Watch the television crew in action and come home with your very own 44 minute HD DVD memoir of your, once in a lifetime, experience!
You’ll be travelling with television personality Clint Bizzell and sailing legend Jesse Martin as they discover and film this magnificent place on our planet.
Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia
Join Chimu Adventures and "Places We Go" team as seen on Chanel 10 and 1HD on this very special departure.
This afternoon we embark the expedition vessel and meet your friendly expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins, we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
Day 2 and 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions' lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.
The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favourable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.
Day 4,5,6,7: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.
The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.
We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:
Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.
Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.
Day 8 and 9: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.
Day 10: Arrival at Ushuaia
We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.
Cabins (equipped with air-conditioning and heating) with private or semi-private bathrooms (depending on cabin class)
Broadcast quality HD DVD to keep!
Chance to see a renowned Australian television crew in action.
Chimu Adventures Polar fleece
Meals on board:
Continental and American Breakfast buffet
Buffet or seated served lunch
Pre and post tour accommodation
No single surcharge for twin cabins, if willing to share (C - A class only)
This itinerary is subject to change according to climactic conditions.
We can place a hold on a cabin without deposit for up to 4 days
Price Dependent On
Availability, cabin type and deck
book before October 31 2012 and receive up to A$700 credit for you to use toward your flights!
Departs 25th March, returns 3rd April 2013
C Cabin, Semi private facilities: $4950 Limited availability
B Cabin, Semi private facilities: $6250 RECEIVE: A$500 flight credit*
A Cabin, Private facilities: $7850 RECEIVE: A$500 flight credit*
Superior Cabin, Private facilities: $8075 RECEIVE: A$700 flight credit*
Suite, Private facilities: $8,550 (x 2.5 if 3 pax sharing) RECEIVE: A$700 flight credit*
Prices are per person
*Flight credit can be used toward the airline of your choice, flights must be booked via Chimu Adventures, Flights must taken in conjunction with your Antarctica in HD cruise, applicable for new bookings only. Offer ends September 30 2012.
EX SYDNEY flying with Aerolinas Argentinas*
Departs 23rd March, returns 4th April 2013.
C Cabin, Semi private facilities: $7,495 Limited availability
B Cabin, Semi private facilities: $8,795 NOW: A$8295
A Cabin, Private facilities: $10,495 NOW: A$9995
Superior Cabin, Private facilities: $10,725 NOW: A$10025
Suite, Private facilities: $11,200 NOW: A$10500
*Advertised price is per person based on return economy airfares, pre paid airfare taxes only, Antarctic cruise plus overnight stay in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Airfare taxes were calculated on 04/05/2012, are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on departure date.
From the 1st of July 2012, Aerolinas Argentinas will fly 3 times a week non stop to Buenos Aires from Sydney, with direct connections to Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica!
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