Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
199 Passengers
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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 the 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 to 7 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

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 rich architecture and European heritage, you will independently transfer to your included hotel.

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, which 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 see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

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

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit to 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.

Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are exploring the Antarctic terrain, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with four different species of seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to our Zodiacs, giving you a chance to experience these majestic animals in their own environment. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the astounding beauty of Antarctica. Listening to the crackling and crumbling of icebergs and glaciers and watching penguins waddling on the beach will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking is an optional activity 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 — 66°33’ S. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of sparkling wine!

Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, penguins and some of the most awe-inspiring ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the continent.

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 and 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 and looking out for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

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 presentations as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage. Be sure to take some time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced so far.

Day 14 — 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 by 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 team 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. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected, but not guaranteed. Your expedition team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not a guarantee.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Required Flight and Hotel Package - $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.)

Drinks included. Soft drinks & juices all the time. House wine & non-premium beer at dinner.

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: Kayaking - $995 (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $295 (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage), Camping - $295, Stand-up Paddleboarding - $295, X-Country Ski - $575, Mountaineering - $575. 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, Mountaineering 10 and Skiing to 15 individuals. Some activities require experience.

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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 225 sq. ft. (20 m²)
    Twin Porthole
Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
  Twin Porthole Upper/Lower
Same as Twin Porthole but features one lower and one upper berth.
    Twin Porthole Suite (2)
Twin Porthole Suite (2) on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Porthole Suite
Same as Twin Porthole Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    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 Suite (2)
Twin Window Suite (2) on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Window Suite
Same as Twin Window Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    Inside Single
Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
    Upper Deck Twin
Upper Deck Twin on Deck 7 features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²)
  Upper Deck Double
Same as Upper Deck Twin but on Deck 8 & features one double bed.
    Superior Twin
Superior Twin on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower beds, a pull-out sofa bed and a private bath.
Approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 m²)
  Superior Double
Same as Superior Twin but on Deck 7 & features one double bed & sofa.
Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.
    Top Deck Double
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)