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Antarctica Explorer | Ocean Albatros

13 Days
From £ 9,226

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACABAAE

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula

DestinationDeparture Date

19/02/2025

MealsMeals

All meals Onboard the Ship

TransportTransport

Group transfers to/from the ship to Ushuaia centre 

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board 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

Our longest Antarctica-only cruise, the 13-day Antarctica Explorer, will take us to the Great White Continent's breathtaking beauty, glacier-covered peaks, and extraordinary wildlife. Get ready for the ultimate Antarctic trip as we head off, we'll cruise across the quiet, calm waters of the Beagle Channel and take in the breathtaking views of slope glaciers. But as we cross the fabled Drake Passage, where the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet the icy Antarctic, the true adventure starts. Get ready for an exciting voyage as we cross this fabled body of water, which is famed for its wild weather and powerful westerly winds known as the Roaring Fifties.
Fear not, though, since our ship was designed with stabilisers, strong engines, and a revolutionary reclining bow that offers comfort and stability in choppy seas while consuming very little gasoline. Even the most experienced sailors consider crossing the Drake Passage a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment, and you'll get to do it twice! Prepare to be astounded by the quantity of seabirds, albatrosses, and several whale species as we navigate these nutrient-rich seas. If the conditions are right, we might even see seals and penguins. Keep a watch out for whales, sea lions, elephant seals, a staggering number of seabirds, and penguins as we go through the South Shetland Islands, a sparkling chain of ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes.


UPGRADE to a Premium Deck Category C Cabin (Deck 6) - Book a Category C Cabin on an Antarctica voyage & pay an extra Upgrade Fee to enjoy the benefits of the Premium Category C Cabin on Deck 6. Along with the benefits of a higher deck cabin with an enclosed balcony, you will also be eligible for priority boarding & suite amenities (like daily replenished mini-bar, welcome fruit basket & sparkling wine). Subject to availability & upgrade must be booked at time of booking. Please contact us for more details and full Terms and Conditions.


*Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change based on availability, currency exchange and other factors. Please contact us for live availability and prices.

ITINERARY

Arrival & Embarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

At Sea - Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 2 & 3

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

With the unique X-BOW design, the Ocean Albatros will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessels – and with far less carbon emission. Due to the speed of the vessel, we might be able to do a first landing or activity in the South Shetland Islands on the afternoon of day 3, weather permitting.

Antartica Peninsula Adventure Awaits

As our ship approaches the sparkling white expanse of Antarctica, the anticipation builds. The air is electric with the excitement of what awaits us. And as we draw closer, the sheer abundance of wildlife is staggering. We're surrounded by tens of thousands of lively penguins, curious seals, nesting birds, and the majestic spray of marine mammals.

Our adventure truly begins on the Antarctic Peninsula, where we'll encounter an array of fascinating creatures. From leopard, fur, and Weddell seals on Cuverville Island to the humpback whales of Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay, and the dramatic orcas of the Lemaire Channel - this is a wildlife lover's paradise. We may even venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle, exploring seldom-visited areas like Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound, and Detaille Island.

Another highlight of our journey could lie in the Weddell Sea, where navigating through the massive icebergs and sea ice is a true test of skill and determination. Here, we'll witness the sheer magnitude of this remote wilderness, where the only inhabitants are Weddell and elephant seals, seabirds, and penguins - including some of the largest colonies ever seen.

Our itinerary is flexible, and we'll adapt our plans based on the weather, swell, and ice conditions. But one thing is for sure - we're in for the full Antarctic experience. And as our journey draws to a close, we may even follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Shackleton, navigating to Elephant Island, home to the mighty elephant seals, and the site where Shackleton and his team waited for rescue.

So all aboard are ensured a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, where every day is full of wonder and discovery. With no set itinerary, our staff will work tirelessly to create the most unforgettable experience for all onboard. This is the Antarctica Explorer, and you won't want to miss it.

Departing Antartica - At Sea

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition team on board, visit our shop, unwind in the spa or enjoy the ship’s facilities designed to provide a comfortable relaxing time.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our expedition cruise, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

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Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Undertaking it's first sailing in 2023 the Ocean Albatros features the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 94 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros is one of the most popular expedition vessels in polar waters. Featuring two restaurants, a wellness area, Nordic bar, an open deck dining facility, modern lecture lounge and a number of other state-of-the-art amenities, the Albatros provides the ultimate expedition experience. Boasting 50% less emissions than traditional polar vessels, the Albatros provides peace of mind in regard to comfort and sustainability for our guests.  The Albatros also comes with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

 

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4mMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
189

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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.

Departing Ending Duration From Price
19 Feb 2025 03 Mar 2025 13 £ 0
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Cabin SOLD OUT
CAT F - Triple Porthole SOLD OUT
CAT E - French Balcony Stateroom SOLD OUT
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom SOLD OUT
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SOLD OUT
CAT B - Balcony Suite SOLD OUT
Cat A - Junior Balcony Suite SOLD OUT
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite SOLD OUT
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite SOLD OUT

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
    Ushuaia shuttle transfers to ship from city centre (embarkation) / from the ship to city centre or airport (disembarkation, morning)
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Complimentary use of rubber boots during course of voyage 
    All luggage handling on board ship 
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
    Shuttle transfers to ship from city centre/from the ship to city centre or airport on day of embarkation (Ushuaia)

     

    EXCLUSIONS 

    International flights
    Passport and Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Excess baggage fees on international flights
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landings and excursions 
    Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
    Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
    Any additional overnight accommodation 
    Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request for some cabin categories on select departures, 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 and availability.

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