Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
199 Passengers
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Explore Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, with a convenient charter flight in between, before embarking on the cruise portion of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it also offers the opportunity to venture farther south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head toward a milestone that few travelers reach, you’ll feel as if you’re in a world without borders, sailing across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice.

Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

Expedition in Brief
• Be one of the few travelers to venture to 66°33 ́ S
• Visit historic research stations in Marguerite Bay
• Witness abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more
• Experience western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites
• Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
• 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 from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 tp 7 The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 8 & 9 The Antarctic Circle
Days 10 & 11 Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 12 & 13 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14 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 from Buenos Aires 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 down 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

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your expedition team.

You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your expedition team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful floating icebergs and be fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites that we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Harbor. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

Days 8 & 9 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66°33 ́ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

Days 10 & 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your expedition team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

Days 12 & 13 — Crossing the Drake Passage

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your expedition team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.

Day 14 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

We 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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     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)