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Discover Antarctica Cruise 2020

11 Days FROM USD 9,195

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Overview

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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Trip Code: ACTSDAC4

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Ocean Atlantic

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
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
21 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 11 USD 5,990
Cabin Type Price
Inside Cabin SOLD OUTUSD 5,990
Standard Cabin USD 9,195
Marco Polo C Cabin USD 9,695
Magellan Superior B Cabin USD 10,695
Marco Polo Superior A Cabin USD 12,095
Premium Suite USD 13,395
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Important Information

  • Arrival Semi Private (Day 1)
    1 nights accommodation Superior Hotel with Breakfast

    Hotel to Port Transfer (Day 2)

    Shipboard accommodation

    All meals onboard

    All scheduled landings/excursions

    A pair of boots for use during the voyage

    Guiding and lectures by expedition leader and team

    English-speaking expedition team

    All port fees

    All landing fees

    Group transfer from ship to airport upon disembarkation

     

    EXCLUSIONS: 

    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city

    Visa and passport fees (if applicable)

    Transfer to ship on Day 1

    Travel Insurance

    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

    Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board

    Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request. No single supplement if willing to share.

  • 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.

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants 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

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this vulnerable ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO and all activities are governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. 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, and all waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal, unlike some of the larger ships which do not facilitate this. This trip begins in Ushuaia where you will have time to sample local food and shop at local boutiques which we encourage individuals to take part in for experience and in support of the local community. We also try to create opportunity to see research and historical sites. We discourage the buying of souvenirs made from endangered species or wrongfully taken from the environment i.e. shells. Our pre-departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice about how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This pack highlights initiatives such as waste reduction, and how to appropriately engage with wildlife and the environment around you.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

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