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Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey | Ocean Endeavour

Save 40% on all categories Except Cat 2 & 3.
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Available until 31 Mar 2023 unless sold out prior.

11 Days
Save Up To 40 % off!

WAS From AUD 16,394   Now From AUD 9,836

Trip Code: ACACWJ

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Endeavour

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula

DestinationDeparture Date

08/02/2023, 17/02/2024, 09/03/2024, 18/03/2024

MealsMeals

Breakfast at Hotel & All Meals Onboard the Ship

TransportTransport

Group Transfers On Arrival, Embarkation & Disembarkation

TransportAccommodation

Hotel & Cabin Onboard a Ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily Antarctica Landings, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team

OVERVIEW

Set sail in search of the giants of the Southern Ocean on this voyage of discovery to the spectacular frozen continent of Antarctica.  Brave the formidable Drake Passage and have your camera ready for albatross and petrels as they soar and swoop around the ship, keep your eyes peeled for a silhouette and unmistakable breach.  Awe inspiring scenery, calving glaciers and ice-filled channels await and provide a perfect backdrop as you explore by zodiac the ice filled bays bringing you closer to the magnificent migrating mammals.  Take a step on the continent and spot seals lazing along the shores and walk among penguin rookeries. On board, enjoy optional activities, lectures presented by resident polar experts and a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities.  

There is no better way to discover the majestic beauty of the Antarctic peninsula and its largest inhabitants.

 

*40% discount on the 2022/23 season valid for new bookings from 1 Nov 2022 until sold out or departed. Excludes Cabin Categories 2 & 3.
*20-25% discount on the 2023/24 season valid for new bookings from 17 Nov 2022 until 31 March 2023.  Excludes Cabin Categories 1, 2, 3 & 4a.
*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.

**Please note that due to the recent increase in global fuel prices, a fuel surcharge has been applied to all voyages across Antarctic 22/23 season.  This has already been applied to the price**

ITINERARY

Arrival in Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It has a dramatic setting, surrounded by mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, making it a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic adventure.

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Your cruise itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Ushuaia. If you arrive into Ushuaia early enough, the day is yours to explore. Avenida San Martin and the surrounding streets are where most hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and tourist services are located.

The Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia (Maritime & the Prison of Ushuaia Museum) is well worth a visit. Located in the former prison of Ushuaia, the prison buildings now house four museums - the Maritime Museum, the Prison Museum, the Antarctic Museum and the Marine Museum of Art. The buildings date back to 1906 when convicts were transferred from Isla de los Estados to Ushuaia to build this national prison. Construction was completed in 1920 and the cells that were designed for 380 inmates, held up to 800 prisoners before closing in 1947.

Tierra del Fuego National Park is a short bus ride from Ushuaia and was the first shoreline national park established in Argentina. It is a rugged, mountainous park with great views of Lapataia Bay and dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes. There are many hiking trails within the park including the Coastal Path (Senda Costera) that connects Ensenada Bay to Lapataia Bay on Lago Roca. The park is home to many species of animal including the guanaco, Andean fox, North American beaver, European rabbit and muskrat. There are also many species of birds including the torrent duck, kelp goose, austral parakeet, Andean condor and the Magellanic oystercatcher.

The Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train) is a steam train that runs from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park, providing an alternative way to get to the park.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia, giving you time to wander the streets of this quaint port town, or discover Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Transfer to the pier of Ushuaia for embarkation in the late afternoon. You will be welcomed on board the Ocean Endeavour by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers.

This evening we set sail through the Beagle Channel that was named after the British ship the HMS Beagle. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and is rich in wildlife. Keep a look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as sea lion colonies.

Enjoy your first taste of life at sea and a welcome dinner. The air is likely to be filled with anticipation, as your next view of land will be of Antarctica - the White Continent.

At Sea - Day 3 to 4

As we leave the Beagle Channel, prepare yourself for potentially rough seas as we enter the legendary Drake Passage. This infamous and unpredictable channel of water separates the southernmost tip of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake.

As we head southwards, there is time to get to know your shipmates and get an insight into the excitement ahead with presentations from the Expedition Team on everything Antarctic - from the history and geology to the incredible wildlife.

We will notice a drop in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. At the Antarctic Convergence, the colder polar waters flowing north meet the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. Look out through the panoramic observation windows or brave the elements outside on deck as you keep your eyes peeled for albatrosses flying overhead, icebergs and maybe even breaching whales.

Leaving the Antarctic Convergence in our wake, we continue south towards Antarctica, maybe making landfall by early evening on Day 4, if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement, and is often embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

South Shetlands and Peninsula - Day 5 to 8

For the next four days we explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula that is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife. The scenery, wildlife and serene silence of Antarctica will enchant and enthral and you will soon realise why this region has captivated the attention of explorers and travellers for centuries.

Your days on the Antarctic Peninsula will form the core of your adventure. Every day will be different as we cruise by Zodiac amongst the beautifully sculpted icebergs and take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Unpredictable weather and ice conditions mean that the itinerary will be flexible, but will make the most of wildlife sightings, as we aim to explore penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas as well as visiting sites of historic and scientific interest and climbing to vantage points for panoramic views. There is always something new or unexpected to see, with opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing and photography with an expert, which means that your expedition will be a unique and personal experience and unlike any other. Enjoy the antics of thousands of curious penguins as you sit on a pebbled beach, scout for whales and seals as you cruise by Zodiac, visit a research base, listen out for the mighty crack of a calving glacier and maybe brave a polar plunge in the icy waters!

As we cruise through the Peninsula, the lecture programme continues and sightseeing is at its most spectacular off the ship’s outer decks. Enjoy the Ocean Endeavour’s newly designed health and fitness features, with facilities that include a spa, His and Hers saunas, saltwater pool and gym plus yoga sessions.

Drake Passage - Day 9 to 10

We hope to make one final excursion or shore landing today before we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, and head back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck of the ship, as you identify seabirds and maybe whales with the help of your Expedition Team. Gain more insight into the region by attending final lectures and presentations by the polar experts and take time to relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experiences.

By the evening we hope to be back in the tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel, ensuring a restful nights sleep on board.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast as your Antarctic expedition comes to an end and the memories of an amazing adventure begin.

After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend some extra days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

PLEASE NOTE: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • In just under two weeks you will experience the world’s most remote wilderness: the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

  • You will learn about the Peninsula's remarkable history and will encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crab-eater and leopard seals; as well as orca, humpback and minke whales in the Antarctic waters.

  • Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, is a highlight in itself as it is located in the dramatic landscape of Tierra del Fuego.

  • You will have the chance to step foot on the great white continent, experiencing some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world.

 Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

Your experiences through the Ocean Endeavour's in-depth expedition program, is the number one priority! 

With her ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment, the Ocean Endeavour is ideally suited for expedition cruising to the Polar Regions. Onboard, the extensive range of cabin options includes dedicated single cabins for solo travellers, suites and triple cabins that feature two bathrooms. The ship offers an unmatched sense of space with plenty of both interior and exterior areas, where you can enjoy the company of your fellow travellers or enjoy Antarctica in quiet solitude. There are spacious lounge and bar areas and a top deck observation room with panoramic windows, as well as lecture theatres, a library and a polar boutique. The ample deck areas are equipped with comfortable lounge chairs and feature a heated saltwater pool, “His and Hers” saunas and even a hot tub. Other newly-designed health and fitness features include a gym, spa treatments and yoga classes designed to enhance your personal wellness. The ship carries forward-facing Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings and offers additional activities such as sea kayaking, snowshoeing, ice camping and hiking plus a photography program, all designed to enhance your polar experience. This small, well-appointed expedition ship allows you to explore the world’s remotest regions whilst enjoying the class and comfort of a hotel.   

Sail with confidence

SAIL WITH CONFIDENCE: In such unprecedented times, we now more than ever understand your want to travel safely and with the support needed to fully enjoy your expedition to the Antarctic in the most responsible and healthy manner possible. For more please see our Sailing With Confidence - Covid-19 Response


vink WHY CHOOSE THIS SHIP 

  • * We offer carbon offset departures. 
    We quantify our carbon usage and then purchase carbon credits from various projects to offset our impact.
     
  • * We are assisting in Scientific research.
    During every Antarctic voyage, you have the chance to observe, record, and report on natural phenomena as part of a collaboration project with Antarctic scientists. Find out More
     
  • * We have an 8:1 passenger to expedition crew ratio.
    This is one of the highest in the industry and ensures our guests personally experience the professionalism and expertise of our expedition team, which will maximize their experience.
     
  • * We have a fleet of 22 zodiacs and multiple loading points.
    With a large fleet of 22 zodiacs, including two large forward-facing watercraft, our large team of boat drivers allows small groups to hit the water and venture onto the ice in smaller congregations.
     
  • * No single supplements on single cabins. 
    We have increased our number of solo-use cabins on the Ocean Endeavour, making solo travel to Antarctica more economically viable while bolstering our social distancing measures and maximizing the safety and the experience of all of our passengers.
     
  • * We offer a large variety of activities.
    Yoga, hiking, kayaking, zodiac expeditions, exclusive photography programshowshoeing and camping

 

SHIP

 

kayak OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

 PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM 
Unique to the Ocean Endeavour, this workshop is perfect if you are passionate about photography, or just passionate about capturing the beautiful landscape and wildlife you will encounter on your incredible Antarctic adventure. Learn More >
 

 ICE CAMPING
Fall asleep amid the snow-capped mountains as you watch the colours of the Antarctic twilight bounce off the ocean and surrounding glaciers. Learn More >
 

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

 SNOWSHOEING
Snowshoeing allows you to go even deeper into Antarctica’s interior and reach less visited places where many other visitors simply don’t go! Learn More >
 

DAY PADDLE 
As part of a small, expertly guided group, you will paddle between icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or drift quietly as you absorb the majestic scenery. 
 

SHIP LAYOUT

ship layout

 

Ice Class: Length: 137.10 M
Breadth: 21.00 MMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 16.0 knots
Electricity: 380 / 220 V, 50 Hz a.c. Passenger
Capacity:
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.

Learn More

Camping

Fall asleep amid the snow-capped mountains as you watch the colours of the Antarctic twilight bounce off the ocean and surrounding glaciers.

Learn More

Snowshoeing

Go even deeper into Antarctica’s interior and reach less visited places where many other visitors simply don’t go! 

Learn More

Yoga

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08 Feb 2023 18 Feb 2023 11 AUD 13,540
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CAT 1 Single Interior SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 2 Triple Interior LIMITEDAUD 13,540
CAT 3 Twin Interior LIMITEDAUD 14,965
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 9,836
CAT 4A Single Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 10,865
CAT 5A Single Window LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 16,178
CAT 6 Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 11,636
CAT 7 Twin Select SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 8 Superior SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 13,178
CAT 9 Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 13,949
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SAVE UP TO 40% OFFAUD 14,723
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CAT 2 Triple Interior SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 3 Twin Interior SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 4A Single Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 5 Twin Window SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 5A Single Window SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 6 Comfort Twin SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
Cat 7 Select Twin SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
Cat 8 Superior Twin/Double SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 9 Junior Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
17 Feb 2024 27 Feb 2024 11 AUD 12,590
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CAT 2 - Triple Cabin LIMITEDAUD 12,590
CAT 3 - Twin Interior LIMITEDAUD 14,230
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 12,712
CAT 4A - Single Porthole AUD 23,530
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 13,432
CAT 5A - Single Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 19,672
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 13,912
CAT 7 - Select Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 14,632
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 15,398
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 16,523
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 17,873
09 Mar 2024 19 Mar 2024 11 AUD 12,430
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin AUD 17,830
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 3 - Twin Interior AUD 12,430
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 11,144
CAT 4A - Single Porthole AUD 21,290
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 11,752
CAT 5A - Single Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 17,752
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 12,232
CAT 7 - Select Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 12,952
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 13,493
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 14,618
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 15,968
18 Mar 2024 28 Mar 2024 11 AUD 10,490
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin AUD 17,390
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin AUD 10,490
CAT 3 - Twin Interior AUD 11,990
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 10,792
CAT 4A - Single Porthole AUD 20,830
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 11,384
CAT 5A - Single Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 17,384
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 11,864
CAT 7 - Select Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFAUD 12,584
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 13,148
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 14,273
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFAUD 15,623

Important Info

  • INCLUSIONS

    All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
    Accommodation onboard the Ocean Endeavour in booked cabin category
    Onboard lecture program from Expeditions Team and Naturalists
    All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
    Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
    Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the voyage
    Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel with breakfast
    Transfer from Ushuaia hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
    Transports to Ushuaia airport on return to port
    All port taxes
    All landing fees
    Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi and onboard yoga
     

    EXCLUSIONS

    International or internal flights unless specified
    Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
    Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
    Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
    Tobacco, alcoholic or beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Miscellaneous extras
    Laundry and communication charges on board
    Gratuities for Expedition team and crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
    For minors under 16 years of age at time of travel; life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots
    For guests who require larger sizing; Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. No single supplement if willing to share. Contact us for more details.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.  

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure Date,  Fuel Surcharges, Cabin Category, Currency Fluctuations, Seasonality & Availability.

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