Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent - 10 day

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
199 Passengers
Adventure Options

Explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. A charter flight ushers you from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia prior to embarkation. Once on board, you’ll marvel at the marine life and the myriad of seabirds swooping in close to show off just for you.

As you cross the Drake Passage and near the northernmost tip of the 7th Continent, prepare to be dwarfed by massive, glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula — the most pristine region on the planet. Rediscover your adventurous spirit: scramble just a little higher up that peak, kayak between ice floes, or share a pebbly beach with curious penguins. A part of you will always stay here, but the experience will remain in your heart after you reluctantly leave.

Expedition in Brief:
• Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica
• Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard an ice-strengthened expedition vessel
• Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
• Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
• Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of your journey

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Charter Flight to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 7 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8 & 9 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 10 Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

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Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Charter Flight to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 7 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, affords us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between mountain hiking or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 8 & 9 — Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your expedition team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 10 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast.

After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2017-18
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Junior Suite
Owner's Suite
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Required Flight and Hotel Package (as noted in Itinerary) - $950 (1 Night in Buenos Aires including breakfast, Group Transfer from Hotel to airport for charter flight to Ushuaia, Group Transfer to Ship. Combined Airport Transfer and express Bus Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation, Charter Flight to Buenos Aires.)

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy except triple (per person shared occupancy) and single (per person single occupancy).

Single supplement is available 1.7 times the standard rate for all standard cabins and 2x the rate for Superior Twin and above. Twin Portholes and windows can be shared.  Superior Twin and above can not be booked as a shared berth cabin. 

Adventure Options: Camping - $295, Kayaking - $995, X Country Ski - $575, Mountaineering - $575, Stand-up Paddleboarding - $225, Snowshoe-Included, Photography-Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16, Paddleboarding 10, Mountaineering 10 and Skiing to 15 individuals. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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     Triple
Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath.
Cabin 4100 has 4 lower single beds and a private bathroom with separate shower room.

Approximately 105 to 160 sq. ft. (10-15 m²)
      Single Interior
Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
   

Twin Porthole
Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath.
Cabins 4060, 4062, and 4064 have one lower and one upper berth and private bath.

Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)

      Twin Porthole Plus-1
Twin Porthole Plus-1 on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with one bathroom. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
    Twin Porthole Plus-2
Twin Porthole Plus-2 on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with two bathrooms. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
      Twin Window
Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
      Twin Window Plus-1
Twin Window Plus-1 on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with one bathroom. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
    Twin Window Plus-2
Twin Window Plus-2 on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with two bathrooms. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
      Upper Deck Twin
Upper Deck Twin features a large picture window (obstructed view), and private bath. On Deck 7, Upper Deck Twin cabins are outfitted with two lower berths. On Deck 8, these cabins offer one double bed.
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²)
      Superior Twin
Superior Twin features a picture window, and a private bath. On Deck 5, Superior Twins have two lower berths. On Deck 7, Superior Twins feature one double bed.
Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Twins have showers.

Approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 m²)
      Top Deck Twin
Top Deck Twin on Deck 8 features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bath.
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 m²)
      Junior Suite
Junior Suite on Decks 5 and 7 features a picture window, one double bed and private bath.
Cabin 7002 has a bathtub; other Junior Suites have showers.

Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)
      Owner's Suite
Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)