Antarctica & Ross Sea Expedition

Overview

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*Book by 28 February 2019, subject to availability, further

Cruise to Antarctica, the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea in complete luxury as you sail aboard the elegant, all-suite Crystal Endeavor with personal butler and 24-hour room service. This is Antarctic cruising in absolute style and comfort. Explore the Balleny Islands, a snow-covered wonderland of glaciated, volcanic islands and ice floes. See the historic huts at Cape Adare, iceberg dotted Terra Nova Bay and the massive Drygalski Ice Tongue. Helicopter expeditions take you to see McMurdo Station and Scott’s Discovery Hut and to survey the vast Ross Ice Shelf. Cruising through pack ice, glacier landings and quests in search of remote penguin colonies are more highlights of this once in a lifetime voyage. The on-board experiences are as amazing as the Antarctic scenery that surrounds you. Take in the panoramic views as you lounge poolside in the 2-storey glass-enclosed solarium, indulge in a relaxing spa, or enjoy programs that are designed to enrich your journey as you learn abut the history and destinations of Antarctica. In the evenings you have a choice of 6 beautiful venues in which to enjoy culinary creations, six star service and welcoming hospitality.
 
TRIP CODE
ACTSARSE
DEPARTURE
06-Jan-2021
DURATION
23 Days
LOCATIONS
Antarctica

Itinerary

Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Deluxe
Inclusions
Inclusions;
All Suite accommodation with private butler service
Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
Arrival and Departures Transfers (on the day of Embarkation & Dis-Embarkation)
An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
Michelin-inspired cuisine served in six unique venues, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, 
Waterside Restaurant, Marketplace, Prego, the Vintage Room (Additonal Reservation charge Approx USD$200pp) and the Bistro
Drinks included - Premium spirits, select wines, cocktails, champagne, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea
Wines, specialty coffees and teas, and light refreshments served 24 hours a day in The Pantry
Complimentary expedition jacket (to keep)
Complimentary use of gumboots (rental)
Use of full-service Crystal Lift Salon & Spa and dedicated fitness facilities
Use of two-story glass enclosed solarium with Jacuzzi and swimming pool
Optional activities - including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, and stand-up paddle boarding 
Port, pilotage charges and landing fees
 
Exclusions;
Optional adventures via helicopter or the yacht’s private submersible
International or doemstic flights
Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Airport arrival or departure taxes
Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
All items of a personal nature
 
Difficulty Rating 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

Notes

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Season and availability

Sustainability

GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC

RECOMMENDATION XVIII-1, ADOPTED AT THE ANTARCTIC TREATY MEETING, KYOTO, 1994

Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements, referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System. The Treaty established Antarctica as a zone of peace and science.

In 1991, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which designates the Antarctic as a natural reserve. The Protocol sets out environmental principles, procedures and obligations for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment, and its dependent and associated ecosystems. The Consultative Parties have agreed that as far as possible and in accordance with their legal system, the provisions of the Protocol should be applied as appropriate. The Environmental Protocol was ratified in January 1998.

The Environmental Protocol applies to tourism and non-governmental activities, as well as governmental activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. It is intended to ensure that these activities, do not have adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment, or on its scientific and aesthetic values.
This Guidance for Visitors to the Antarctic is intended to ensure that all visitors are aware of, and are therefore able to comply with, the Treaty and the Protocol. Visitors are, of course, bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.


PROTECT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.

Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
Do not use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.


RESPECT PROTECTED AREAS

A variety of areas in the Antarctic have been afforded special protection because of their particular ecological, scientific, historic, or other values. Entry into certain areas may be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by an appropriate national authority.
Activities in and near designated Historic Sites and Monuments and certain other areas may be subject to special restrictions.

Know the locations of areas that have been afforded special protection and any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.
Observe applicable restrictions.
Do not damage, remove, or destroy Historic Sites or Monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

RESPECT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Do not interfere with scientific research, facilities or equipment.

Obtain permission before visiting Antarctic science and support facilities; reconfirm arrangements 24-72 hours before arrival; and comply with the rules regarding such visits.
Do not interfere with, or remove, scientific equipment or marker posts, and do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps, or supplies.
BE SAFE

Be prepared for severe and changeable weather and ensure that your equipment and clothing meet Antarctic standards. Remember that the Antarctic environment is inhospitable, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous.

Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic environment, and act accordingly. Plan activities with safety in mind at all times.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Take note of, and act on, the advice and instructions from your leaders; do not stray from your group.
Do not walk onto glaciers or large snow fields without the proper equipment and experience; there is a real danger of falling into hidden crevasses.
Do not expect a rescue service. Self-sufficiency is increased and risks reduced by sound planning, quality equipment, and trained personnel.
Do not enter emergency refuges (except in emergencies). If you use equipment or food from a refuge, inform the nearest research station or national authority once the emergency is over.
Respect any smoking restrictions, particularly around buildings, and take great care to safeguard against the danger of fire. This is a real hazard in the dry environment of Antarctica.

KEEP ANTARCTICA PRISTINE

Antarctica remains relatively pristine, the largest wilderness area on Earth. It has not yet been subjected to large-scale human perturbations. Please keep it that way.

Do not dispose of litter or garbage on land. Open burning is prohibited.
Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams. Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly.
Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks or buildings.
Do not collect or take away biological or geological specimens or man-made artifacts as a souvenir, including rocks, bones, eggs, fossils, and parts or contents of buildings.
Do not deface or vandalize buildings or emergency refuges, whether occupied, abandoned, or unoccupied.​​

 

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