Antarctica - Off the Beaten Track

Resolute Antarctic Cruise Ship
Resolute
146 Passengers
Adventure Options

Early season is a time of intense activity in Antarctica. The wildlife migrations have commenced and the sea ice is quickly receding, allowing access to locations which have been ice choked since winter. We anticipate exciting ice navigation on the ship and will be among the first to visit many of the well known sites this season. For all these reasons, it's one of our favorite times of the year to visit Antarctica. What makes this journey so special is the enhanced program of off-ship activities offered on this departure. Taking advantage of optimal snow and ice conditions in November, we offer a range of additional activities which complement our regular programming.

For those with some technical ability and experience, we offer back-country ski touring. Snow-shoeing is another exciting option. If you have some experience sea kayaking, why not enjoy this unique activity? Accompanied by a small group of paddlers, your expert guides will allow you to experience Antarctica in a very different way. Camping is yet another great activity. All this is complemented with a fascinating series of onboard presentations, led by adventurers, marine biologists, naturalists, glaciologists, historians and our onboard photographer.

This voyage has been designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Yet it has great appeal to those who wish to experience Antarctica at a magical time of season. Several additional days of exploration in Antarctica compared to the typical 10-night voyage is an added bonus.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile
Days 2 & 3 At Sea – Towards Antarctica
Days 4 & 5 South Shetland Islands and Antarctica
Days 6 to 9 Gerlache Strait (Antarctica)
Day 10 South Shetland Islands
Days 11 & 12 Drake Passage – Return to South America
Day 13 Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina – Voyage Concludes

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile

Our journey commences in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central meeting point and transfer to the wharf where we embark our expedition ship. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet the expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air and we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner. We chart a course through the Straits of Magellan and are on our way, bound for Antarctica – and what promises to be an incredible adventure.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea – Towards Antarctica

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern expedition vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. As we approach the coastline of Antarctica, we anticipate an increase in whale sightings.

Days 4 & 5 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctica

We awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of the South Shetland Islands are laid out before us. Depending on ice and weather conditions, we plan on entering the McFarlane Strait, which separates Greenwich and Livingstone Islands. Half Moon Island or nearby Yankee Harbor are possible landing sites. A short way to the southwest lies Deception Island – a flooded volcanic caldera. Navigating the ship into the narrow passage takes great skill. The old whaling station here begs exploration and there are some fantastic hikes available along the black sand beach to investigate the old aircraft hangar and other relics. A hike of several kilometers up to a high point known as Neptune's Window is another option.

Overnight we cross the Bransfield Strait and are now along the coastline of continental Antarctica. Over the next four days, our itinerary is deliberately flexible to account for early season ice conditions, and to take advantage of optimal snow conditions at several of our favorite landing sites. Our planned exploration starts in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbor and neighboring Cierva Cove – both beautiful locations and the perfect introduction to Antarctica.

Days 6 to 9 — Gerlache Strait (Antarctica)

Heading south along the coastline of the continent, our busy program of activities will now be in full swing. Our days are spent exploring on and off the ship. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, while the historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is always a memorable activity.

Based on site characteristics, the ski touring group may set off to explore the pristine terrain and range several kilometers inland with our experienced mountaineering guides. What a unique thrill it is to carve ‘fresh tracks’ in the virgin snow of Antarctica. The expedition snowshoe group may follow in the tracks of the skiers, climbing to high points which afford breathtaking views. If you are not up to the more strenuous snowshoeing program, you will be able to try this unique activity at many of our landing sites.

Our expedition sea kayakers will head out on excursions which may last all day. An overnight kayak/camping excursion is available to the more adventurous in the group. Everyone aboard will have an opportunity to camp onshore for the night in Antarctica if the weather conditions co-operate. We have all the gear to keep you warm, dry and as comfortable as possible. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with our expedition photographer on an all-day field workshop.

We range as far south as ice conditions permit and hope to navigate as far as Neko Harbor and into the Errera Channel. Witnessing the migration of the penguins early in the season, as they busily re-establish their rookeries and prepare nests is a fascinating experience.

Day 10 — South Shetland Islands

The adventure is not over and we plan an additional day of exploration in the South Shetlands. Prevailing weather conditions will dictate our landing locations. Aitcho Island is a possibility and is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetland's including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbor where we sometimes encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike. Hannah Point, with it's elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels could also feature. In the evening, we navigate north and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

Days 11 & 12 — Drake Passage – Return to South America

Making our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy a memorable voyage recap by our expedition leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It is a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the captain of the ship.

Day 13 — Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina – Voyage Concludes

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.

Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a ‘guide only’ and may change. The ship’s captain in conjunction with the expedition leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may hinder our planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2018-19
Triple
Twin
Superior
Superior Plus
Shackleton Suite
One Ocean Suite
Camp, Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795Full$12,195$10,995Full$13,995$12,795Full$14,295$13,095Full$15,795$14,595Full$19,695$18,495Full
Camp, XC Ski, Kayak, Snowshoe
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
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$13,295$12,095$14,495$13,295$16,695$15,495$17,095$15,895$20,095$18,895$23,695$22,495
Camp, Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795$12,195$10,995$13,995$12,795$14,295$13,095$15,795$14,595$19,695$18,495
Camp, Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795Full$12,195$10,995Full$13,995$12,795Full$14,295$13,095Limited$15,795$14,595Limited$19,695$18,495Limited
Kayak
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Expires Aug 31st 2018
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Camp, Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$14,295$13,095Limited$15,795$14,595Full$18,095$16,895Limited$18,495$17,295Full$20,595$19,395$25,395$24,195
Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$19,795$18,595$21,795$20,595Limited$24,995$23,795Full$25,595$24,395$28,295$27,095Limited$35,095$33,895Full
Kayak
Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795Full$12,195$10,995Full$13,995$12,795Full$14,295$13,095Full$15,795$14,595Full$19,695$18,495Full
Photography, Kayak
Photography Symposium

Save $1,200 (Prices in Red) PLUS Pre-Voyage Hotel w/ $50 spa/dinner credit.
Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795$12,195$10,995$13,995$12,795$14,295$13,095$15,795$14,595Limited$19,695$18,495
Kayak
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Expires Aug 31st 2018
$10,995$9,795$12,195$10,995$13,995$12,795$14,295$13,095$15,795$14,595$19,695$18,495
Kayak
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$5,695$4,495$6,995$5,795$7,295$6,095$7,655$6,455$7,895$6,695$9,895$8,695
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Rates are per person, based on twin-share.

The Single supplement is 1.5x the published twin rate for Twin Private, Superior & Superior Plus.
Single supplement is 2x the published twin rate for suites.
Single supplement is not available in triple cabins.
No single supplement applies for passengers willing to share in Twin Private, Superior & Superior Plus.

Costs for standard adventure options: Photography - Free of charge, Snowshoeing - Free of charge, Camping - Free of charge, Kayaking (must be pre-booked, maximum 25 participants) – $795.
Please note - camping is less likely to happen on the longer voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica itinerary or on March voyages. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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   One Ocean Suites
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are located nearby on Deck 7. (475 sq.ft./44m²)
   Shackleton Suites
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Plus Cabins
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Centrally located on the ship, these cabins provide easy access to the aft observation lounge featuring 180 degree views and the ship’s dining areas. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Cabins
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the forward stairs leading up to the bridge on Deck 6 and the forward observation lounge located on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Twin Private Cabins
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the main dining room on the ship as well as the gift shop. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Triple Private Cabins
These cabins are a popular choice for solo travellers willing to share, a family, or a group of friends travelling together. Located on Deck 3, cabins feature three single beds, one of which can convert to a convertible sofa and lounge during the day. These cabins feature writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
Cabin and Voyage Inclusions            
Outside view with panoramic windows (triple private cabins have portholes)
Complimentary use of Expedition Gear Package (jacket, pants, boots)
Complimentary use of binoculars, trekking pole and waterproof backpack
Custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities
Canadian-made linen + ‘Dream-Sleep’ package
100% Cotton bathrobe
Hair Dryer
Digital clock with media connector
In-room tea and coffee station
Flat-screen entertainment system + onboard intranet
Welcome package and stainless-steel water bottle
In-room snack menu
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (non-alcoholic)
Resolute Adventure Concierge service
Deluxe custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities    
Complimentary Resolute voyage notebook    
Resolute Expeditions Wildlife/Field Guide    
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. beer/wine)    
In-room bistro menu    
Deluxe in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service    
In-room private reference library      
In-room iPad preloaded with reference and fictional content      
Exclusive check-in service on day of embarkation        
Deluxe welcome package (as above plus wine, fruit basket + snacks)        
Single brew coffee machine (Nespresso)        
Mini stereo        
Private in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service        
In-room dining menu        
Early morning in-room café service        
Evening après dinner drink service        
Premium in-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. spirits)        
Complimentary 1-hour massage/spa experience