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Explorers & Kings: Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica | Ocean Explorer

20 Days
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WAS From USD 30,095   Now From USD 18,959

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise 

Trip Code: ACQEAEK

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Explorer

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia

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OVERVIEW

This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travellers!

 

*Current Discounts, promotions and pricing are available until 31 Mar 2024, however discounts may be withdrawn or changed at any time and are subject to availability on selected cabins and departure dates.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. The advertised prices may also include a 'Pay in full at time of booking' which is a 5-10% early payment discount, which requires the full balance to be paid at the time of booking to apply.  Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet boasts many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking.

Embarkation Day

As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. On board to ensure your comfort and safety, your team will also help make your wildlife dreams come true.

At Sea

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) - day 4 & 5

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landings.

Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck and possibly the elusive Cobb’s wren.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

At Sea - Day 6 & 7

Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, helps create the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.

South Georgia - Day 8 to 11

This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, its incredible densities of wildlife make it truly memorable. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, will open your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures.

One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and interwoven relationship is something your Expedition Team will explain to you during your time here.

At Sea - Day 12 & 13

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival.

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

South Shetlands & Antarctica - Day 14 to 17

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. During Zodiac cruises, keep an eye out for Antarctic whales such as minkes, which may give you a chance for an intimate experience with these majestic animals. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Crossing the Drake Passage - Day 18 & 19

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy your final moments celebrating with your fellow shipmates. The busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

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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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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

Royal Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

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

20 % off

USD 35,995 USD 28,796

Available

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

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.

20 % off

USD 43,495 USD 34,796

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..

20 % off

USD 30,995 USD 24,796

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.

20 % off

USD 23,995 USD 19,196

Unavailable

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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.

20 % off

USD 25,495 USD 20,396

Unavailable

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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.

20 % off

USD 26,995 USD 21,596

Unavailable

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

20 % off

USD 28,495 USD 22,796

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • 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.

20 % off

USD 29,495 USD 23,596

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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.

20 % off

USD 30,995 USD 24,796

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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.

20 % off

USD 37,995 USD 30,396

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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.

20 % off

USD 42,495 USD 33,996

Unavailable

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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.

20 % off

USD 40,995 USD 32,796

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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 39,995 USD 33,996

Available

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

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 47,995 USD 40,796

Available

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

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 33,995 USD 28,896

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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 26,495 USD 22,521

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • 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 28,495 USD 24,221

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • 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 29,995 USD 25,496

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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 31,495 USD 26,771

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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 31,495 USD 26,771

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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 33,995 USD 28,896

Available

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

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 41,995 USD 35,696

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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 46,495 USD 39,521

Available

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

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 44,995 USD 38,246

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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..

37 % off

USD 36,495 USD 22,991

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 28,495 USD 17,951

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 31,795 USD 20,030

Available

Enquire Now
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 33,495 USD 21,101

Available

Enquire Now
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 34,495 USD 21,731

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 30,095 USD 18,959

Available

Enquire Now
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 36,495 USD 22,991

Available

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

Royal Veranda Stateroom

Features:-

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

37 % off

USD 37,495 USD 23,621

Available

Enquire Now
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 38,495 USD 24,251

Unavailable

Enquire Now
  • 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.

37 % off

USD 43,495 USD 27,401

Available

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

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.

37 % off

USD 46,795 USD 29,480

Available

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

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.

37 % off

USD 41,795 USD 26,330

Available

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

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS
     

    Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals on board throughout your voyage
    Beer & Wine during dinner. 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 Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary
    One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
    Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
    Group transfer from ship to airport or luggage storage facility post-expedition

     


    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
    Optional Adventure Activities 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available Upon Request

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

  • Departure dates, seasonality, availability & currency fluctuation 

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