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Sea Spirit | Antarctic Peninsula 11 Days

11 Days FROM USD 9,086

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Overview

Our Antarctic Peninsula expedition offers the essential experiences of one of the wildest and most spectacular places on Earth. Setting sail from the city of Ushuaia – the southernmost city in the world, we cross the Drake Passage on our way to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The scenery is stunning with snow-capped mountain ranges, glaciers, ice-filled channels and beautifully-carved icebergs at every turn. Add to that an abundance of seals, whales, seabirds and vast penguin colonies, and you have the makings of a journey of a lifetime!

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Photography, Camping

Trip Code: ACTSPC11

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: SEA SPIRIT

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

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Experience the incredible and pristine beauty of the 'Frozen White Continent', a land ruled by snow and ice, a truly once in a lifetime experience.

  • Embark on a true expedition experience on board the Sea Spirit, allowing you to experience the wonders of the Antarctic in true comfort and style. 

  • See an incredible array of wildlife including four different species of penguin, six seal and several whale species as you glide through the icy waters. 

  • This Antarctic itinerary is easily combined with land based tours in South America, allowing you to experience the dynamic beauty and experiences of two of the worlds most unique continents

CRUISE ITINERARY

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our expedition. Your hotel accommodation has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city centre.

Ushuaia, Argentina
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savour the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.
Embarkation in Ushuaia
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica.
Across the Drake Passage - Day 3 & 4
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. We take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac. The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office. The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs. Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula - Day 5 to 8
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town centre if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
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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

  • Before embarking on your Antarctic voyage, why not experience the amazing wonders of two of South America’s most vibrant cities. A 9 Day Rio to Buenos Aires journey will be the perfect way to indulge in a mix of Latin American cultural experience and sights. From the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer, to the roaring cascades of Iguazu falls and the European avenues of Buenos Aires this is a spectacular way to experience this unique and dynamic corner of our world. 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 per person & dates

Sea Spirit | Antarctic Peninsula 11 Days from USD 9,095
Departing Ending Duration
20 Dec 2021 30 Dec 2021 11
10 Dec 2022 20 Dec 2022 11

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Photography

Photography

Camping

Camping

Important Information

  • 1 Pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia;
    Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
    Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia;
    Shipboard accommodations;
    All scheduled landings/excursions;
    Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
    All meals on board throughout the voyage;
    Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
    Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
    A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings;
    Expedition jacket (yours to keep);
    All port fees;
    Pre-departure materials;
    Digital Voyage Log

    Exclusions

    Airfare
    Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
    Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
    Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
    Personal expenses such as laundry and on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
    Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
    Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000;
    Staff gratuities;
    Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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

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