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Best of Antarctica: White Christmas | Ocean Endeavour

11 Days FROM AUD 12,990

Overview

There’s nothing more magical than journeying to Antarctica and experiencing the ice-capped mountain ranges, iconic Antarctic wildlife and immense icebergs and glaciers over the Christmas period. During this 11-day expedition, you’ll have the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, visit penguin rookeries, spot Minke and Humpback whales up close from your Zodiac, photograph seals resting on ice floes and more. For the brave souls, participate in the Polar Plunge before warming up in the sauna or trying some on-board yoga. The team ensures the spirit on board the Ocean Endeavour over the holiday season is festive and fun, delivering a one-in-a-lifetime experience to make this a Christmas adventure to remember. 

 

*Offers aboard the Ocean Endeavour 2022/23 season end 30 September 2022 and are subject to availability. Not combinable with any other promotion. Offers apply to new bookings only. Book cabin categories Cat 4 ad Cat 4a and save up to 20% off the regular retail price. Book cabin categories Cat 5, Cat 5a, Cat 6 and Cat 7 and save up to 25% off the regular retail price. Book cabin categories Cat 1, Cat 8, Cat 9 and the Owners Suite and save up to 30% off the regular retail price. Applies to selected departures only; cabins limited. 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.

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Camping

Trip Code: ACOEBWC

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruising

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • White Christmas is guaranteed when you explore this icy white continent over the festive period.

  • Penguin chicks are hatching and in abundance on the Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, so it’s a perfect time for wildlife lovers.  

  • The longer summer days gives us 22 hours of daylight to maximise the time for exploration.

  • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology, photography and ecology by the expedition team.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your journey starts in the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia Argentina. After transferring from the airport to your hotel and getting acquainted with your fellow travellers, we’ll have our welcome briefing. If you arrive a day early, Tierra del Fuego National Park has an array of outdoor activities on offer. You can also visit the Museo Maritimo for a history lesson or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin to pick up some last-minute essentials for your journey.

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

The morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia further. Late this afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port to board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and Captain will be waiting to welcome you onboard and after settling into your cabin, your journey south begins by cruising through the famed Beagle Channel. Enjoy the incredible views as the last glimpse of land fades away and the ship heads south towards Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation In Ushuaia

The waters of the Drake Passage are legendary. Named after British seafarer Sir Francis Drake, they're often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. Our journey to the Antarctic Peninsula will take two days and, if conditions allow, you’ll be able to enjoy the outer decks to catch your first glimpse of whales and orcas, as well as a wide range of seabirds that live in the region, including the impressive Wandering albatross. Our comprehensive lecture program will also get underway, with your team of polar experts sharing fascinating insights into Antarctica’s history, geology, biology, and everything in between.

Spend this downtime enjoying the onboard facilities including gym, polar library, yoga classes and more. We’re scheduled to reach the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening on day four.

Day 3-4: At Sea, Drake Passage

Welcome to the Antarctic Peninsula, where a vast amount of wildlife
can be found with a backdrop of ice, water and mountains. The sheer scale of everything must be seen to be believed. Scheduled twice daily, Zodiac excursions are tailored to allow for closer encounters with marine life including whales and seals, while onshore exploration might take you to penguin rookeries. Choose from a range of paid adventure options to enhance your adventure, including snowshoeing excursions or overnight ice camping, hit the water for a day paddle or kayaking excursion, or learn how to capture that perfect shot by joining our dedicated Photography Program. Our lecture program will continue throughout your time on the Antarctic Peninsula and our Expedition Team will always be available to answer any questions you may have about the region.

If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, this is as white as it gets! Enjoy the festive spirit on board the Ocean Endeavour, where your presents come in the form of more landings and wildlife sightings throughout the day. Some of these wildlife encounters are likely to include Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins.

An average day onboard begins with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a delicious lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.

Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula & Christmas Day

As you leave Antarctica behind, cruising north to Ushuaia, you’ll have the time to reflect on the amazing journey and unique Christmas. We’re scheduled to reach the waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening to ensure a restful night’s sleep before disembarkation day. Our final meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy it as you celebrate the journey with your fellow travellers.

Day 9-10: At Sea, Drake Passage

This morning you will disembark the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia after breakfast as your Antarctic journey comes to an end. Transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for flights departing today, but if you're sticking around a little longer there is so much to see in this incredible region.

Day 11 – Disembarkation In Ushuaia, Argentina
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Departing Ending Duration Price
18 Dec 2023 28 Dec 2023 11 AUD 12,990
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin AUD 20,700
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin AUD 12,990
CAT 3 - Twin Interior AUD 14,700
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole AUD 16,410
CAT 4A - Single Porthole AUD 24,270
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window AUD 17,410
CAT 5A - Single Window AUD 25,560
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin AUD 17,990
CAT 7 - Select Twin AUD 18,840
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double AUD 20,990
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double AUD 22,410
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double AUD 24,130

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Camping

Camping

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS:

    1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, pre cruise
    Cabin accommodation on board the ship
    All meals whilst on ship
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English-speaking expedition leader and team
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Expedition jacket provided
    A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Group arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia

    EXCLUSIONS:

    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Contact us for details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to weather and ice conditions

     

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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