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Southern Expedition: Crossing the Circle | Ocean Adventurer

14 Days
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WAS From USD 21,995   Now From USD 16,496

Trip Code: ACQEASE

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Adventurer

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle

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OVERVIEW

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Explore Antarctica and its southern depths of the Antarctic Circle on this 14 day cruise. A truly remarkable place, Antarctica offers you pristine scenery and a wonderful array of wildlife as you cruise down the peninsula to 66°33' S where most expeditions do not offer. Enjoy a glass of champagne at this point where few have been, taking in the almost untouched surroundings and solitude of this magnificent locations. 

Discounts of up to 40% are valid on the 2022/23 season valid for new bookings from 04 January 2023 until 03 April 2023 or sold out/departed. Offer only available on selected departures and cabins

*Any offers are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Only combinable with Shackleton Club Past Passenger offers. 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. Excludes Triple and Single Cabins. The below prices may also include a 'Pay in full at time of booking' which is a 5-10% early payment bonus. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival in Ushuaia

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds. Eventually, the channel opens up to the Southern Ocean, and onwards to Antarctica.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 3 & 4

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team.

You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland - Days 5 to 7

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. While weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages (at an extra cost).

Antarctic Circle - Days 8 & 9

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66°33' S. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

Northbound Along the Peninsula - Days 10 to 11

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 12 & 13

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.

Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.

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Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer

Built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, the Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive conversion and refurbishment in 1999 with a further extensive upgrade in 2017. This comfortable ship carries a maximum of 132 passengers, accommodated in 66 cabins all with private en-suite facilities, exterior views and each equipped with a TV and DVD player. The ship also features a large multi-purpose lounge and presentation room, bar, spacious window-lined dining room and exercise room. There are ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless internet access on board. The Ocean Adventurer with its ice-strengthened hull was designed specifically to carry travellers to the remotest corners of the world. It is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers, landings and Zodiac cruises. There are also 4 partially enclosed lifeboats on board. Why we like it "This purpose built expedition ship carries just 132 guests. There are refined public spaces and generous cabins all with private facilities. The ship is sturdy at sea and strong in the ice. This is one of our favourite ships to charter due to the all-round nature of the vessel. Excellent international crew and exceptional food put this ship in the “must recommend” bracket!"

Ice Class: Length: 101 metres
Breadth: 16.2 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
132

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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.

Pricing per person

Triple

Features:-

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

USD 13,995

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  • Triple (3 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Suite

Features:-

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities.

25 % off

USD 28,995 USD 21,746

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

Lower Deck Twin

Features:-

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

20 % off

USD 18,295 USD 14,636

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

Main Deck Twin Porthole

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

20 % off

USD 18,795 USD 15,036

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

Main Deck Twin Window

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.

20 % off

USD 20,895 USD 16,716

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

Superior

Features:-

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Note: this cabin has either corner or parallel bed configuration.

25 % off

USD 21,995 USD 16,496

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

Deluxe

Features:-

A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

25 % off

USD 21,995 USD 16,496

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

Owner's Suite

Features:-

An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Owner's Suites have showers.

25 % off

USD 31,095 USD 23,321

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

Important Info

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

    All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board

    Beer and wine during dinner

    All shore landings per the daily program 

    Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader

    All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program 

    Formal and informal presentation by Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled 

    A photographic journey documenting the expedition 

    Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings

    Parka to keep

    Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock 

    A hairdryer and bathrobes in every cabin

    Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctica Reader

    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program 

    All luggage handling aboard the ship 

    All gratuities 

    Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000.00 per person 

    Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1

    One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast 

    Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day 

    Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport 

     

    EXCLUSIONS: 

    International airfare

    Passport and visa expenses

    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above 

    Meals ashore unless otherwise specified 

    Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance 

    Excess baggage fees on international flights

    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned above 

    Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified

    Phone and internet charges

    Additional overnight accommodation 

    Optional adventure activities 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability