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Jewels of Antarctica

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Overview

January sees the arrival of mid-summer and the Antarctic season is in full swing. Ice and snow on the peninsula begins to melt, and exposes rocky beaches, making it ideal for our Zodiac operations. Whales are arriving in large numbers and Penguin chicks will be present throughout the colonies. You will be enthralled by the different sights and sounds every day. Our journey will take place on the brand new MV Hondius, Chimu are delighted to be the charters of this incredible vessel, offering an amazing itinerary exclusive to Chimu Adventures. The trip is escorted by a Chimu Adventures tour leader, Full expedition crew and special guests to be announced.

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Trip Code: ACTSJOA

Location: Antarctica

Ship: M/V Hondius

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • In just under two weeks you will experience the highlights of the northern Antarctic region: the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

  • You will arrive Antarctica in mid-summer, when Whales are arriving in large numbers and Penguin chicks will be present throughout the colonies.

  • While at sea you can enjoy the amenities of the brand new MV Hondius, as well as the lecture program, that informs you about the unique flora and fauna of this part of the world and the legendary tales about the early explorers.

  • You will visit sections of the Antarctic Peninsula with remarkable views of the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent and a wide range of wildlife.

  • The itinerary allows possibilities for unforgettable activities such as Zodiac excursions, guided hikes on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, kayaking, camping and the exploration of historic huts and science stations.

CRUISE ITINERARY

On arrival, 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 locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

There will be an evening a briefing at 7:30pm to run through details of embarkation the following day. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore.

Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia and pick up any essential supplies before boarding the ship in the mid-afternoon. Highlights of Ushuaia include the award-winning Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in Ushuaia’s former prison, in buildings dating back to 1906, and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park that can be reached by the “End of the World Train”. Stroll along the main street of Avenida San Martin with its many cafes, shops and restaurants, explore the Argentinean leather markets and maybe taste a succulent lamb dish for which Patagonia is famous.

This afternoon, you will be transferred together with your fellow expeditioners to the pier to board your vessel. On embarkation you will meet the expedition crew and be shown to your suite. In the early evening we sail down the majestic Beagle Channel past magellanic penguin, rock cormorant and sea lion colonies as we head towards Antarctica. We will enter the legendary Drake Passage just after midnight.

Embarkation

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight – always an exciting moment for those aboard. Our lecture program will commence during this time and continue for the duration of the cruise. Be prepared to be astounded by legendary tales, find out more about the unique flora and fauna of this part of the world, and learn about the geology of the Antarctic.

Path of the Polar Explorers - Day 3 & 4

We arrive to Antarctica. The world’s most pristine wilderness. Grey stone peaks greet us, sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit during your time here may include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a colony of several thousand gentoo penguins, as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.
Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that may be found nearby. Crystal Sound – If conditions permit, you may enjoy a landing in this ice-packed body of water. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, We may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here. Paradise Bay – You may be able to walk on the Continent again at this location, or to take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters. Here you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.
Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales, and you also may embark on a Zodiac cruise. Around the ghostly wreck of Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. King George Island – Heading to the South Shetland Islands, the aim is a landing at the Chinese Great Wall Station. There are also Russia, Argentine, and Uruguayan research stations in this area. Onboard your adventure you will have plenty of free time, as well as enjoy some fantastic famed Chimu Adventures hospitality!

Enter the Antarctic - Day 5 to 9

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them. The return crossing is always a great time to relive the experiences with your fellow passengers, and check through some of the incredible photography taken by the group.

Crossing the Drake Day 10 & 11

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, after the journey of a life time.

*** Important - Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation from your cruise ship.

Return to Ushuaia
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
25 Jan 2020 05 Feb 2020 12 AUD 11,355
Cabin Type Price
Quad Porthole Cabin AUD 11,355
Triple Porthole Cabin SOLD OUTAUD 12,785
Twin Porthole Cabin AUD 14,070
Twin Window Cabin AUD 14,645
Twin Deluxe Cabin SOLD OUTAUD 15,570
Superior Cabin AUD 16,855
Junior Suite Cabin AUD 17,930
Grand Suite Cabin AUD 20,645
Hondius Suite Cabin AUD 23,645
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Important Information

  • Semi Private arrival transfer from airport to Hotel (Day 1)
    1 nights accommodation Superior Hotel with Breakfast
    Hotel to Port Transfer (Day 2)

    Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals onboard 
    All scheduled landings/excursions

    A pair of boots for use during the voyage

    Guiding and lectures by expedition leader and team

    English-speaking expedition team

    All port fees

    All landing fees

     

    NOT INCLUDED:
    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

    Laundry and personal expenses incurred onboard 
    Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request. No single supplement if willing to share.

  • Please note that itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

     

    The following activities are available on this voyage, please contact us for more details: 

    Kayaking (US$690 per person), Snow Shoeing (US$150 per person) and Camping (US$290 per person)

    Previous kayaking experience is required. 

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this vulnerable ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO and all activities are governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. We are excited to use the newest ship, the MV Hondius on this voyage. This ship is not only the highest polar class ice-strengthened vessel, but also environmentally viable. On top of following strict codes of conduct outlined by SOLAS and MARPOL Convention, the vessel is specifically aligned with the Polar Code which is adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This ensures the appropriate actions are taken regarding oil, garbage and waste to protect the pristine polar environment. The ship uses biodegradable or water-based lubricants and environmental protocol on food and cleaning waste. This trip begins in Ushuaia where you will have time to sample local food and shop at local boutiques which we encourage individuals to take part in for experience and in supporting of the local community. We also try to create opportunity to see research and historical sites including the former research station/now museum of Port Lockroy and engage with local history. We discourage the buying of souvenirs made from endangered species or wrongfully taken from the environment i.e. shells. Our pre-departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice about how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This pack highlights initiatives such as waste reduction, and how to appropriately engage with wildlife and the environment around you.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

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