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Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North | Ocean Explorer

10 Days
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WAS From USD 16,995   Now From USD 14,446

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACQEFSCO

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Punta Arenas, Chile

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Explorer

DestinationDestination

Antarctica

MealsMeals

Breakfast at hotel. All meals & snacks on board. Beer, standard wines & spirits, & cocktails during pre-dinner bar service, dinner & evenings

TransportTransport

Group transfers throughout & charter flight Punta Arenas to King George Island

TransportAccommodation

Hotel & 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

See Antarctica for the first time from the air with a three-hour trip, which is the quickest route there. This will give you a unique introduction to the vast and dramatic scenery of one of the last remaining untouched parts of the planet. Proceed with your voyage aboard the ship, where an experience beyond your wildest dreams is in store. Afterwards, retrace the steps of historical explorers as you cross the treacherous Drake Passage to make your way back across the most fabled and thrilling waterway in the world. Anticipate the unexpected and be rewarded with exceptional natural features and fauna, with each highlight surpassing the previous one. Admire the contrast between a barren terrain and a plethora of animals, such as playful and inquisitive seals and penguins. And relish the thrill of being here on the continent for the first time.

 

*Current Discounts, promotions and pricing are available until 30 Jun 2024, however discounts may be withdrawn or changed at any time and are subject to availability on selected cabins and departure dates. Some current in market offers may be combinable and Shackleton Club Past Passenger and multi trip discounts may be applied subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, and other external factors. No discount applies to any transfer packages, additional activities or pre/post services. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants, and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Fly to King George Island and Embark

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will enable you to cross the legendary Drake Passage in only two hours, while far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends onto the South Shetland Islands. After landing, make your way to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Antarctica & South Shetland Islands - Days 3 to 6

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The Antarctic Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

As your Captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region, and presentations on photography to help you take memory-catching images.

Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a shore inhabited by thousands of penguins is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and orcas inaction, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled wilderness experience.

Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 7 & 8

A rite of passage for any Antarctic adventurer, crossing the Drake signals the end of your journey. No matter the sea conditions, you will benefit from having developed your sea legs over the course of the previous four days. While the journey home has begun, your wildlife spotting continues. Your Expedition Team will be available on deck and on the ship’s bridge to help you spot the majestic wandering albatross and a number of whale species, such as minke and humpback.

When you’re not looking at photos and reminiscing about the previous days, the Expedition Team will conclude their series of engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history and glaciology.

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final breakfast aboard the ship, say goodbye to your crew as we disembark in Ushuaia. We’ll transfer you to the hotel to check in and then you’ll have a chance to explore the town on your own to shop, sightsee and sample Argentinian wine and cuisine.

Depart Ushuaia

Today you are free to make your way to the airport for departure, or extend your stay in Ushuaia.

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?

  • Experience the best of both worlds when crossing the infamous Drake Passage, fly one way and cruise he other

  • The wildlife encounters you will experience in Antarctica are reason enough to go

  • Travel in style on the state of the art, custom built expedition ship, the Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer

Utilising the best ships and expedition crew is necessary to venture further in the Polar Regions. We have both of them. In terms of elegance, adventure, and cutting-edge technology, Ocean Explorer is the ideal complement to our fleet. For our sophisticated polar explorers, Ocean Explorer enhances the polar experience on all fronts. 

The Ulstein X-Bow, the industry-leading X-Bow design, ensures that your clients will glide through even the roughest waves with ease. In any polar sea state, the ship's distinctive forward-sloping X-Bow reduces vibration, noise, and impact for a comfortable ride. The ship is equipped with the newest sustainability technologies, including fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines and the revolutionary MAGS gasification system, which turns garbage into energy and reduces the environmental effect of waste transportation. Equipped with a fleet of 15 Zodiacs and four distinct sea-level embarkation locations, Ocean Explorer provides a wide range of off-ship experiences, such as Zodiac cruising and kayaking, enabling your guests to experience a close-up encounter with the Antarctic and Arctic wilderness.

Every interior feature on board, including the striking two-story forward lounge, the floor to ceiling glass retreat in the library, and the elegant fittings and furniture throughout the ship, has been meticulously chosen by designers to ensure that visitors have a wonderful experience. The roomy and opulent cabins guarantee your guests a peaceful stay free from noise pollution from nearby rooms, and nearly every cabin has an outdoor balcony. Two outdoor Jacuzzis and a dry sauna are available for your clients to relax in after a full day of activities off-ship.

 

Ice Class: Length: 342 ft (104.4 m)
Breadth: Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
138

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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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Hiking

Hiking excursions are among the most popular options in Antarctica as many itineraries are short and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Guided hikes lead you to amazing vantage points and allow even closer interaction with local wildlife, so don’t forget to pack your camera!

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Photography

For photography enthusiasts of any skill level. You will receive expert advice on taking and producing amazing photos of Antarctica.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle boarding, commonly known as SUP originated in Hawaii and is now available as an optional activity in Antarctica. What a way to explore! 

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Pricing per person

Owners Suite

Features:-

This palatial, airy apartment offers stunning views from its large private veranda on the highest cabin level. The luxurious suite features a large master bedroom, living room and dining area and two large master bathrooms, among other amenities.

15 % off

USD 27,995 USD 23,796

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)

Studio Single

Features:-

Designed for one. These cabins are located on Deck 3 and approximately 177 sq. ft. (16.5 sq. m,) in size, with one double bed and a porthole view. There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art 'infotainment' system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor..

15 % off

USD 21,795 USD 18,526

Unavailable

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  • Single (1 berth)

Studio Double

Features:-

Enjoy the calm ambience of this stateroom which features a porthole window and every amenity essential for your polar voyage.

15 % off

USD 16,995 USD 14,446

Available

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Features:-

Enjoy privacy and elegance at the front of the ship where guests are treated to sweeping views from their private veranda.

15 % off

USD 18,995 USD 16,146

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom 

Features:-

These classic staterooms ensure guests have easy access to all amenities the ship has to offer.

15 % off

USD 19,995 USD 16,996

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

Revel in superior comfort of this stateroom on Deck 4 while taking in the panoramic ocean views from your private veranda.

15 % off

USD 20,595 USD 17,506

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Studio Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

Located on Deck 6 and approximately 173 sq. f. (16.1 sq. m,) in size, these cabins have one double bed that can be configured into two singles. There is a floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a walkout balcony. There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art 'infotainment' system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor.

15 % off

USD 17,995 USD 15,296

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Grand Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

Near the center of the ship on Deck 6, this stateroom offers easy access to the lounge, dining room and a private veranda.

15 % off

USD 21,795 USD 18,526

Available

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Royal Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

This spacious, classic stateroom allows you to stretch freely. Centrally located on Decks 4 and 6.

15 % off

USD 22,395 USD 19,036

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)

Studio Veranda Single

Features:-

Designed for one. This unique cabin is located on Deck 7 and approximately 162 sq. f. (15.1 sq. m.). It has one twin bed with a floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a generous walkout balcony. There is also TV, state of the art 'infotainment' system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor.

15 % off

USD 22,995 USD 19,546

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  • Single (1 berth)

Explorer Suite

Features:-

This unique 2-room suite is located on Deck 7 and is approximately 269 sq. f (25.0 sq. m.) in size. It has one double bed that can be configured into two singles in the inner bedroom.and the outer sitting area is furnished with a sofa-bed. Walk-out from either room to a double sized balcony . There are also 2 TV's, state of the art 'infotainment' system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. And an additional powder room in the outside sitting area.

15 % off

USD 25,995 USD 22,096

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Junior Suite

Features:-

The decor and layout of this stately suite will amaze. The private veranda, convenient Deck 6 location, plus proximity to the lounge and downstairs dining room are equally impressive.

15 % off

USD 24,995 USD 21,246

Available

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS


    Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals & snacks on board throughout your voyage
    Beer, standard wines & spirits, & cocktails during pre-dinner bar service, dinner & evenings
    Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
    Presentations by expedition team & special guests.
    Downloadable photographic journal documenting the expedition
    Expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    An expedition parka to keep
    Hairdryer and bathrobe available in every cabin
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    Luggage handling aboard the ship
    Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
    Group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary
    One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
    Briefing dinner on arrival day 
    Group transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas pre-expedition
    Flight to King George Island as specified in the itinerary
    Group transfer from port in Ushuaia to hotel post-expedition
    One night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
    Free WiFi

     

    EXCLUSIONS


    Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary
    Passport and visa expenses
    Government arrival and departure taxes
    Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified
    Travel insurance
    Excess baggage charges
    Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
    Telecommunications charges
    Voluntary staff and crew gratuities
    Transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the expedition
    Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 33 lbs (15 kg)  checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, a supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. Contact us for more details

  • Departure date,  fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.

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