Destination Antarctica, the X-Bow Express

Antarctic Premium Expedition Cruise Ship
Ocean Albatros
189 Passengers
Starting 2022-23 Season

Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in just 9 action-packed days.

Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage, navigating towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula. Here we will be making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, we pass the famous Deception Island, with its snow capped volcanic cliffs and colonies of penguins. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!

When Ocean Albatros returns to Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, depending on weather conditions, we might pass close to the mythical Cape Horn - the southernmost point on South America; a celebrated maritime landmark.

We call this trip the X-Bow Express, because the design of our ship allow us to make a solid expedition to Antarctica in only 9 days, allowing our guests to make the most of their valuable time!

Route Map

Day 1 Arrival Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3 At Sea Drake Passage, Possible First Zodiac Landing
Days 4 to 6 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 7 & 8 Depart Antarctica, At Sea
Day 9 Back to Ushuaia and Disembarkation

Day 1 — Arrival Ushuaia

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon we embark the ship Ocean Albatros, our home for the coming days.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calm waters of the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea Drake Passage, Possible First Zodiac Landing

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off the list yourself!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses.

Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.

With the patented X-BOW design, the Ocean Albatros will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage, and due to the speed of the vessel, we might be able to do a first landing or activity in the South Shetland Islands, weather permitting.

Days 4 to 6 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Over the next days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and marveled at the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.

Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multipiles by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas and for the Zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

Days 7 & 8 — Depart Antarctica, At Sea

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. On our way we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition team on board, visit our shop, unwind in the spa or enjoy the ship’s facilities designed to provide a comfortable relaxing time.

Day 9 — Back to Ushuaia and Disembarkation

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our expedition cruise, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2022-23
Cat G
Single
Porthole
Cat F
Triple
Porthole
French
Balcony
Suite
Cat D
Albatros
Stateroom
Cat C
Balcony
Stateroom
Cat B2
Balcony
Suite
Cat B1
Balcony
Suite
Cat A
Junior
Suite
Premium
Two-Room
Suite
Cat H
Balcony
Single
Kayak
$10,690 $5,990 $9,290 $8,990 $9,990 $10,990 $13,990 $15,990 $17,990  
Kayak
$19,490 $11,990 $16,990 $16,490 $18,490 $20,490 $24,990 $27,990 $31,990  
Kayak
$13,390 $8,490 $11,490 $10,990 $12,490 $13,590 $16,990 $18,990 $21,990  
Kayak
$13,390 $8,490 $11,490 $10,990 $12,490 $13,590 $16,990 $18,990 $21,990  
Kayak
$12,490 $7,990 $11,990 $11,490 $12,990 $13,990 $17,490 $19,990 $21,990 $13,490 
Kayak
$11,990 $7,790 $11,590 $11,290 $12,590 $13,790 $16,990 $18,990 $20,990 $12,990 
Kayak
$18,990 $17,990 $11,990 $17,490 $16,790 $18,490 $20,790 $24,990 $27,990 $29,990 
Kayak
$14,490 $8,999 $12,490 $11,990Full$13,490 $14,990 $18,590 $20,590 $23,990  
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Rates based on shared occupancy.

Dedicated Triple in Category F. Possible triple rooms in Categories C, B2 & A.; third person in the same room is at 50% off (except Cat F)

Shared accommodations are only available in Category F and Category C

10% off on second room for family booking; only for two rooms with connecting doors (Category B and C only)

Single supplement 75%

VIP service included for Categories B1, B2, A and Premium Suites: unlimited access to the specialty restaurant, Julius Meinl coffee machine, upgraded hair and lotion products, stocked minibar, wine and fruit in-room at commencement of cruise, free laundry.

Kayaking: $250. Snowshoeing: $150.

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   Premium Two-Room Suite
The largest of all the cabins on board, this 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a private observation deck and spacious bathroom. Located on deck. 4.
Approximately 485 sq ft/45 m²
   Category A - Junior Suite
These suites have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. The suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and private observation deck. The cabin can accommodate up to 3 people.
Approximately 450 sq ft/42 m²
   Balcony Suite B1
These two suites on deck 4 feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom and an extra-large private observation deck.
Approximately 375 sq ft/35 m²
  Balcony Suite B2
These four suites on decks 4 & 6 feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom and an extra-large private observation deck.
Approximately 300 sq ft/28 m²
   Category C - Balcony Stateroom
The most abundant type of cabin, the Balcony Staterooms are located in decks 4 & 6. They have a private observation deck, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. Connecting staterooms are available in this category.
Approximately 260 sq ft/24 m²
   Category D - Albatros Stateroom
These staterooms are close to the Mudroom and have quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The cabins are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay. All have 2 single beds and a bathroom. One of the cabins is located on deck 4, and the rest on deck 3.
Approximately 240 sq ft/22 m²
   Category E French Balcony Suite
These standard cabins feature a french balcony, a double bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom. All are located on Deck 7.
Approximately 175 sq ft/16 m²
  Category F - Triple Porthole
These cabins feature portholes with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they’re close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
Approximately 240 sq ft/22 m²
  Category G - Single Porthole
These deck 3 cabins are conveniently located close to the Mudroom which facilitates access to the Zodiacs for off-ship excursions. Perfect for solo travelers.
Approximately 195 sq ft/18 m²
  Category H - Balcony Single
A portion of the Balcony Staterooms on deck 4 are sold as dedicated Singles on select (Fly) departures. They have a private observation deck, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa. Connecting staterooms are available in this category.
Approximately 260 sq ft/24 m²