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Antarctic Classic in Depth | MS Expedition

13 Days
From USD 8,199

STYLE: Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACTSACD

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Expedition

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula

DestinationDeparture Date

11/11/2023, 01/12/2023

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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Antarctica is a world unto itself and this trip, similar to the 11 day Antarctic Classic expedition, introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but gives you two extra days to explore its majesty. Encounter leopard seals hauled out on ice floes and vast rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. Gaze at immense icebergs and witness dramatic glaciers from the open deck. The MS Expedition will bring you safely and comfortably through the stunningly beautiful South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula while its expert guides and lecturers offer knowledgeable insights that will bring the natural history of the region  to life and create an adventure of a lifetime. 

*Discounts are on selected departures and cabins. Pricing is available until 30Jan2023 and subject to change due to availability and currency fluctuation

ITINERARY

Check into your pre-cruise hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is free for any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park or a hike up to the Marshall Glacier. The evening is spent on board watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel. On the first day on-board, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Our adventure begins with an 800km (497 mile) crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. On the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. As we make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where you meet your guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Keep a look out for sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the ship’s wake.

Over the coming days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and on to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers feeding in the cold but fertile waters, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in our wake. There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

Today we turn north to begin our journey back across the Drake Passage to our home port of Ushuaia. In between bird watching, whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, our final two days are a perfect opportunity to relax and review the highlights of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

And so our adventure comes to a close. We'll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. Upon completion of the 8:00 am disembarkation in Ushuaia, you will be transferred to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

*** Important - Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation from your cruise ship.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • In just under two weeks, you will experience the world’s most remote wilderness: the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

  • An extension on a typical Antarctica Classic voyage, enjoy two extra days to explore the Antarctic Peninsula which is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, calm waters and abundant wildlife.

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

  • The chance to step foot on the great white continent to experience some of the most unique wildlife and inspiring scenery in the world.

  • Learn about the Peninsula's remarkable history as you encounter different species of penguins, seals and whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

Expedition

Expedition

Safe, sturdy and fast, the MS Expedition is amongst the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. With a focus on top of the line safety and comfort, the MS Expedition has been transformed into one of the world's leading Polar expedition cruise ships, 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 spacious 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.

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.

 

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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Important Info

  • 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 expedition leader and team 

    English-speaking expedition team 

    All port fees

    All landing fees

    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep)

    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

  • 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.

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

  • Departure date and availability.