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Discover Antarctica Cruise 2020

11 Days FROM £ 5,235 25 % off!

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Book by 30 September 2019 and save up to 10% PLUS receive free* flights

Book by 30 September 2019 and save up to 25%*

Book by 30 September 2019 and save up to 25%*

Book by 30 September 2019 and save up to 25%*

This 11-day cruise takes you from Ushuaia, across the legendary Drake Passage to discover the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost region of Antarctica. Spectacular pristine ice landscapes await as you sail past glaciers and amongst vast and beautifully sculptured icebergs. Scan the waters for seals and whales and the skies for albatrosses and other seabirds. Marvel at the antics of penguins in their rookeries, explore sites such as Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay and Neko Harbour, and maybe even visit an active research station. This voyage will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACTSDAC4

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise, Small Ship Cruise

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Ocean Atlantic

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

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

  • Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, is also a highlight in itself as it is located in the dramatic landscape of Tierra del Fuego.

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

  • The itinerary schedules four days to explore the Antarctic Peninsula which is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, calm waters and abundant wildlife.

  • You will visit famous sites such as Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay and Neko Harbour.

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 afternoon we will meet with your Chimu escort in a central location, before heading to the ship. We board our vessel in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. After meeting our fellow passengers and finding our way around our new home we set sail through the famed beagle channel. Passing incredible scenery we glimpse our last sight of land as we head due south towards Antarctica.

Depart Ushuaia

We spend the day at sea, through the legendary waters of the Drake passage that is named after famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the ample outer deck space to look for dolphins, whales and orcas as well as seabirds including the mighty Albatross following the ship. A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between.

Crossing the Drake

Today we continue crossing the Drake passage and hope to make landfall by early evening if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.

Drake Passage, arrival to South Shetland Island

For the next four days we explore the Antarctic Peninsula that is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, calm waters and abundance of wildlife. Our lecture program continues during our voyage and sightseeing during this period is at its most spectacular off the ship’s outer decks. We hope to visit an active research station during our time on the peninsula (subject to approval) as well as explore well known sites such as as the Lemaire Channel, Deception Island, Paradise bay and Neko harbour. Whilst on the Peninsula we will have our famous Antarctica quiz as well as a host of interesting night time activities.

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 5 to 8

Leaving Antarctica behind we sail north to our home port of Ushuaia. We have time to reflect on our amazing journey and hear more wonderful talks on Antarctica.

Crossing the Drake

By the evening we hope to be back in the tranquil surrounds of the Beagle, ensuring a restful nights sleep. Our last meal together is often a highlight of any Chimu trip.

Crossing the Drake

After breakfast we disembark the ship. We wave goodbye to our new friends and continue on our journey or home. Transfer to the airport is included.

Arrival in Ushuaia

We specialise in Tailor Made Journeys in Latin America. All Tailor-Made journeys depart daily and can be customised around your cruise. Contact us for today to discuss.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Begin your Antarctic experience by first exploring the dramatic and stunningly beautiful “End of the world”. Start in Buenos Aires, the capital of Tango and a vibrant, historical gem. Experience the wonders of El Calafate a land of stunning beauty and wonder located in the Patagonian steppe before finishing in Ushuaia and witnessing the incredible beauty of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Find out more

  • Why not extend your Antarctic expedition and explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on this exclusive Chimu Adventures charter we will be trailing in the wake of the legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led three expeditions to the Antarctic and has become well known for his formidable rescue effort of his crew, who were stranded on Elephant island after losing their ship to the wrath of the Antarctic sea ice, back in 1917. Find out more

     

  • Why not start your Antarctic Journey with a visit to the “Paris of the south”? Discover the wonders of Buenos Aires on this 4-day itinerary. Explore a unique fusion of European elegance and Latin American energy as you explore the history of this magnificent city. Take part in a unique tango show or take a break from cities and visit the gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco. Find out more

Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
21 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 11 £ 5,235
Cabin Type Price
Inside Cabin SOLD OUT
Standard Cabin Save Up to 25% - From£ 5,235
Marco Polo C Cabin Save Up to 25% - From£ 5,520
Magellan Superior B Cabin £ 8,120
Marco Polo Superior A Cabin £ 9,185
Premium Suite Save Up to 25% - From£ 7,630
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

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

    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, refer optional activities section for details

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. No single supplement if willing to share. Contact us for more details.

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

     

    The following activity is available on this voyage, please contact us for more details:

    Kayaking (US$750 per person) 

    Previous kayaking experience is required.

     

    Minimum age for children for this cruise is 12 years accompanied by a responsible guardian.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to find the perfect Antarctica expedition cruise and turn your dream into a reality. Chimu also specialise in Tailor-Made journeys so you can explore some of the highlights of South America pre or post cruise. Our Destination Specialists have exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience in the regions we visit, and 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

As a member of IAATO we follow 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 boats 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