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Quest for the Antarctic Circle | MS Expedition

14 Days
Save Up To 30%

WAS From CAD 18,035   Now From CAD 12,625

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACTSQAC

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: MS Expedition

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle

DestinationDeparture Date

21/12/2024, 08/02/2025, 20/02/2025, 21/12/2025, 08/02/2026, 20/02/2026

MealsMeals

Breakfast at hotel & all meals on board (excluding drinks)

TransportTransport

Group transfers on arrival & departure in Ushuaia

TransportAccommodation

Hotel & Cabin on board a ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

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

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 

OVERVIEW

SAVE UP TO 30% ON SELECTED DEPARTURES IN THE 24/25 SEASON*  
 

Join a voyage of discovery to Antarctica - our planet's last frontier - a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising in this icy wilderness and the expert staff will ensure that you fully appreciate the majesty of all you encounter. The end result is more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and cross below the fabled 66.5 degrees south. Experience massive rookeries of penguins shuffling across a frozen shore, pods of whales gliding through the cold waters and dramatic landscapes floating off into the distance. This trip will be like no other…… and a memory of a lifetime.


*Discounts are on selected departures and selected cabins in the 24/25 Antarctica season. Pricing is available until 30 June 2024 and subject to change due to availability and currency fluctuation. Offer is on new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. 

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

ITINERARY

Arrive in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on your upcoming adventure.

Please note that the first night in Ushuaia is on twin share basis. If you're travelling solo or have an odd number of travellers in your group and have not purchased a private cabin, you will be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Embarkation

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia, to do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. You and your fellow passengers will take the group transfer to port to begin your journey. Once onboard, enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. Your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for your trip.

** Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Drake Passage & South Shetland - Day 3 & 4

Our adventure begins with an 1000km (600 mile) crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the G Expedition's wake. As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Antarctica & South Shetland - Day 5 & 6

Encounter some of the region's unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle - Day 7 & 8

With a close eye on weather conditions, continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travellers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can't reach.

Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland - Day 9 to 11

Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Continue our exploration of the peninsula and the then into the South Shetland while moving North again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife there might be opportunities to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the Southern waters.

Return across the Drake Passage

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Begin your journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Disembark the ship in the morning after breakfast. Upon completion of disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, the transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30pm or 4:30pm, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

*Please note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • This 14 day voyage takes you further south than most of the Antarctic Cruises: venturing past the Antarctic Circle.

  • While crossing the Drake Passage, you will have the chance to spot a wide range of wildlife such as dolphins, whales and orca, as well as seabirds like the mighty Albatross which follow the ship.

  • You will have the possibility to step foot on the great white continent to experience some of the most unique wildlife and inspiring scenery in the world.

  • Few travellers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and hopefully favourable sea conditions we can access many remote locations that other ships cannot reach.

  • The expedition team will assist with your Antarctic experience. They will provide you with insights on everything Antarctic - from the history and geology, to the incredible wildlife.

MS Expedition

MS Expedition

Built in 1972 the MS Expedition is a safe, sturdy and fast vessel. Step onboard this comfortable and well appointed expedition ship, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. With a focus on top of the line safety and off ship experience, the MS Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply Polar waters. The ship features large common areas and observation decks including a 360° Top Observation Deck that provide panoramic views of the stunning landscapes of Antarctica. Accommodating up to 134 passengers in cozy cabins, each featuring portholes or ocean-facing windows and private en-suite facilities, the MS Expedition provides space and comfort whilst still offering an intimate small-ship cruise experience. The ship also boasts a gym, sauna and barbecue facilities.

The MS Expedition continues the tradition of ground-breaking Polar expedition travel, taking travellers to the destinations that have inspired bold explorers for centuries including the great white continent of Antarctica. The ship has a 10:1 passenger ratio and the expert and knowledgeable team of naturalist guides offer keen insight and unique perspectives. You will return home a different person than when you left after experiencing Antarctica. 

Selected departures offer adventure activities such as kayaking and camping. We recommend you book these well in advance to ensure you don't miss out! 

When you travel onboard the MS Expedition a tree will be planted in your name for each day of your trip, in partnership with Planeterra. 

Why we like it: The MS Expedition is a very comfortable, spacious and well-run expedition ship. From the moment you board this vessel the experienced Expedition Staff and friendly Crew will make you feel welcome, safe and they are always willing to share their wealth of knowledge to ensure you have an unforgettable and educational experience. The cabins are comfortable, there are ample public areas and an abundance of deck space to view the passing scenery and wildlife. It is a true pleasure to cruise on the ship. Kieron Tebbutt, Destination Specialist Manager 

 

Ice Class: Length: 84.73 m / 278.3 feet
Breadth: 15.54 m / 51 feetMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 17 knots
Electricity: European Passenger
Capacity:
134

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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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Camping

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

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Pricing per person & date

Departing Ending Duration
21 Dec 2024 03 Jan 2025 14
08 Feb 2025 21 Feb 2025 14
20 Feb 2025 05 Mar 2025 14
21 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 14
08 Feb 2026 21 Feb 2026 14
20 Feb 2026 05 Mar 2026 14

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    Accommodation on board during your voyage
    Pre night accommodation in Ushuaia hotel on twin share basis
    Group arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia
    All Zodiac excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
    English-speaking expedition team 
    Expedition parka to keep
    Rubber boots on loan (USA sizes 4 - 16)
    Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
    English-speaking Expedition Team
    All meals whilst on board
    Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
    Taxes and landing fees

     

    EXCLUSIONS

    International or internal flights flights
    Extra excursions and optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    Single room supplements
    Meals not on board the ship
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 15 per person per day)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, bar and onboard communication
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landings and excursions 
    Travel and medical insurance (compulsory) 
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
    Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
    Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Willing to share available for no additional cost (Category 1, 2 and 3 cabins only). Surcharge applies for solo use cabin, contact us for pricing. Subject to availability.

  • Prices are based on per person, and may be based off quad/triple/ or twin share cabins* (please contact us for more details) 

    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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