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Antarctic Circle & South Shetland Islands | Ocean Victory

* Save 15% discount valid on cabin category C or higher for 2023/24 season on selected departures.
* Discount per person valid for sale until 28 Feb23, Not combinable with any other promotion.
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11 Days
From AUD 14,990

Trip Code: ACABOVSS

SHIP: Ocean Victory

DestinationDestination

Antarctica, Antarctic Circle

DestinationDeparture Date

27/02/2023, 18/02/2024

TransportAccommodation

Superior



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OVERVIEW

On this 11-day inspiring cruise, we explore the Great White Continent's magnificent landscapes, glacial mountains, and incredible wildlife before reaching 66°33′ – the Antarctic Circle. Your voyage departs from the southernmost city in the world, laving through the Beagle Channel and out into the Drake Lake (or Shake). The Ocean Victory has purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and the patented reclining bow, which ensures stability and comfort in the rough seas of the Drake Passage.

Once you reach Antarctica, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. Spread in isolation along the coast, we also see a number of manned and unmanned research stations, which we aim to visit before accomplishing our goal – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ south. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.

Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessels from reach this far south, but with a high ice-class rating, Ocean Victory moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure for life. 

 

*Not combinable with any other promotion. Offers apply to new bookings only. Cabins are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, please contact us for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.
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ITINERARY

Embarkation Ushuaia - Day 1

Arrive 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 board our ship, Ocean Victory.

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

At Sea - Cross Drake Passage - Day 2-3

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins, and albatrosses. As well as the first icebergs as we approach the South Shetland chain of islands.

With the unique X-BOW design, the Ocean Victory will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessels – and with a far less carbon emission.

South Shetland Islands - Day 4-5

Over the next two days, we will explore to the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain.

Projected landfalls could include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano; Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

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.

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 6-8

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

Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Explore as far south as possible towards the Antarctic Circle at c. 66 deg 33 minutes south of the Equator. Possible landfall in this wild and seldom visited area could be Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Detaille Island. We will also visit research stations if ice conditions allow us.

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

Depart Antarctica - At Sea - Day 9-10

Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, 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, and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travellers.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia - Day 11

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia where our tour ends.

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Ocean Victory

Ocean Victory

The latest in Albatros Expeditions fleet, the new luxury Ocean Victory is one of the most modern ships operating in the Antarctic region. With a total of 93 cabins, most with ocean views to provide an incredible visual experience when sailing through some of the most pristine environments in the world. The Ocean Victory is built with unique technologies and sturdy construction; the 'X-bow' provides high stability in rough weather conditions and some of the smoothest movement on high waves. 

Similar to other vessels in its class, the Ocean Victory was built in mind with a strong focus on sustainability, in an attempt to preserve the unique environments through which it sails. A low-energy vessel, the Victory has 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed as well as minimise fuel consumption. Holding just 189 passengers this vessel proposes an intricate focus is a unique blend of comfort and sustainability. 

Ice Class: Length: 104m / 341ft
Breadth: 18m / 59ftMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 16 Knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
146-200

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.

Kayaking

Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Departing Ending Duration From Price
27 Feb 2023 09 Mar 2023 11 AUD 18,990
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Porthole Single SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT F - Porthole Triple SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT E - French Balcony Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT D - Stateroom Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom AUD 18,990
CAT B2 - Balcony Suite AUD 20,590
CAT B1 - Balcony Suite AUD 25,790
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite AUD 28,790
Premium Suite AUD 33,390
18 Feb 2024 28 Feb 2024 11 AUD 14,990
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Porthole AUD 24,090
CAT F – Triple Porthole AUD 14,990
CAT E - French Balcony Suite AUD 19,490
CAT D - Albatros Stateroom Porthole AUD 18,690
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 15% OFFAUD 18,097
CAT B - Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFAUD 20,477
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFAUD 27,192
CAT PS – Premium Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFAUD 32,547

Important Info

  • 11-days/10 nights cruise with accommodation in a shared double cabin featuring ensuite facilities
    All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
    Expedition parka
    Rubber boot rentals
    Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
    Special Photo Workshop
    English-speaking expedition team
    Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
    Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
    Port and authority fees and taxes

    EXCLUSIONS

    Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
    Meals not on board the ship
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
    Personal expenses
    Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’