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Ultimate Antarctica Experience | Ocean Albatros

12 Days
From USD 14,395

STYLE:

Small Ship Expedition Cruise 

Trip Code: ACABUAE

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula

DestinationDeparture Date

15/12/2024

MealsMeals

All meals onboard the ship including Complimentary house wine, beer & soda at dinner (selected labels & brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)

TransportTransport

Group Transfers To/From The Ship From Downtown Ushuaia (or airport after disembarkation)

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board a ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily Antarctica Excursions, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 

OVERVIEW

Discover the Great White Continent's stunning landscapes, glacial mountains, and fantastic animals during this 12-day ultimate Antarctica voyage. This journey is special because there is NO SET ITINERARY, which transforms it into a true exploration voyage.

The journey begins as we navigate the Beagle Channel's quiet, grey seas, before heading south, and entering the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage, a body of water that connects the chilly Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is renowned for its merry weather and powerful westerly winds. The ship is equipped with stabilisers, strong engines, and a revolutionary reclining bow that guarantees stability and comfort in stormy seas while using very little fuel, so you may travel with confidence even though this voyage may be difficult.

As there is no defined course, our skipper and expedition leader will consider our options while studying ice charts and weather forecasts. The enormous tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea, the sparsely populated regions south of the Antarctic Circle, or human research stations in the most remote regions of the planet might all be examples of this. There is no doubt that we will experience genuine adventure and thrilling wildlife, we are always on the watch for sea lions, elephant seals, whales, a staggering number of seabirds, and penguins.


Note: The Ultimate Antarctica Experience has two different subtitles that are designed to give us an inkling of where these "No Set Itinerary" expeditions will go.
For the trips beginning in November it is: Peninsula In Depth, as we will explore the snowy landscapes and witness the penguins mating, nest building and courtships. Unbelievable ice formations and huge ice blocks dot the scenery. The last sunsets of the season occur, which are truly majestic. The trips that begin in DEC-FEB are called: Quest for the Circle, as we intend to go more south and if possible cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′, enjoy longer days with sunlight and even more active penguin rookeries and explore exciting places made possible as the breaking sea ice opens up new avenues.

 

UPGRADE to a Premium Deck Category C Cabin (Deck 6) - Book a Category C Cabin on an Antarctica voyage & pay an extra Upgrade Fee to enjoy the benefits of the Premium Category C Cabin on Deck 6. Along with the benefits of a higher deck cabin with an enclosed balcony, you will also be eligible for priority boarding & suite amenities (like daily replenished mini-bar, welcome fruit basket & sparkling wine). Subject to availability & upgrade must be booked at time of booking. Please contact us for more details and full Terms and Conditions.

 

*Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change based on availability, currency exchange, and other factors. Please contact us for live availability and prices.

ITINERARY

Embarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Crossing the Drake Passage Southbound - Day 2&3

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

With the unique X-BOW design, the Ocean Albatros will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessels – and with far less carbon emission. Due to the speed of the vessel, we might be able to do a first landing or activity in the South Shetland Islands on the afternoon of day 3, weather permitting.

Antarctic Peninsula - Days 4 to 9

There is no set itinerary on this trip, which allows our staff onboard to maximise the experience for all onboard. Whilst our suggestions below are just possible routes and landings, we can be sure that this will be the ultimate Antarctic experience. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather, swell and ice. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Maybe we will explore as far south as the Antarctic Circle at c. 66 deg 33 minutes south of the Equator. Possible landfall in this wild and seldom visited area could be Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Detaille Island.
Maybe we will make our way to the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 by the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the captain and the expedition team would then keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We would aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.
Because of the considerable sea ice and enormous bergs in the Weddell Sea, navigation through this remote nature is at the edge of what is possible; your captain and expedition leader understand shifting ice means that no individual part of this area can be guaranteed as accessible at any time, so they will work together to find the most magnificent opportunities. This is part of the wonder of this part of the world, and you'll be visiting an area few humans have ever seen.
Maybe as our journey draws to a close we end it by navigating to Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, maybe even along parts of the same route as Shackleton’s daring lifeboat escape (this route is only possible if conditions allow it!). While a landing is unlikely, we hope to see where the Elephant island party waited for rescue boat to reach them at Point Wild. A famous part of expedition history, that seems adequate to end our Antarctic explorations this time around.

Crossing the Drake Passage Northbound - Day 10&11

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition team on board, visit our shop, unwind in the spa or enjoy the ship’s facilities designed to provide a comfortable relaxing time.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our expedition cruise, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

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Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Undertaking it's first sailing in 2023 the Ocean Albatros features the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 94 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros is one of the most popular expedition vessels in polar waters. Featuring two restaurants, a wellness area, Nordic bar, an open deck dining facility, modern lecture lounge and a number of other state-of-the-art amenities, the Albatros provides the ultimate expedition experience. Boasting 50% less emissions than traditional polar vessels, the Albatros provides peace of mind in regard to comfort and sustainability for our guests.  The Albatros also comes with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

 

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4mMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
189

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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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Photography

For photography enthusiasts of any skill level. You will receive expert advice on taking and producing amazing photos of Antarctica.

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Pricing per person

* Please note pricing is a guide only. Contact us now for the most up to date cost.

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    Stateroom accommodation on board during your voyage
    Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
    Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
    All Zodiac excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
    Expedition parka
    Rubber boots loan scheme
    Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
    English-speaking Expedition Team
    Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
    Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
    Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
    Taxes and landing fees
    Special photo workshops
    Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties
    Digital visual journal link distributed after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

     

    EXCLUSIONS

    International or internal flights flights
    Extra excursions and optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
    Meals not on board the ship
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 16 per person per day)
    Personal expenses (e.g. Albatros Polar Spa services, Albatros Ocean Boutique purchases)
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landings and excursions 
    Laundry, bar, and other personal charges, unless specified
    Travel and medical insurance (compulsory) 
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
    Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
    Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. No single supplement if willing to share (select cabins only). Contact us for more details.

  • Note: The Ultimate Antarctica Experience has two different subtitles that are designed to give us an inkling of where these "No Set Itinerary" expeditions will go.
    For the trips beginning in November it is: Peninsula In Depth, as we will explore the snowy landscapes and witness the penguins mating, nest building and courtships. Unbelievable ice formations and huge ice blocks dot the scenery. The last sunsets of the season occur, which are truly majestic. The trips that begin in DEC-FEB are called: Quest for the Circle, as we intend to go more south and if possible cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′, enjoy longer days with sunlight and even more active penguin rookeries and explore exciting places made possible as the breaking sea ice opens up new avenues.

     

    Prices are based on per person, and may be based off quad/triple/ or twin share cabins* (please contact us for more details) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.  

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

  • Departure Date,  Fuel Surcharges, Cabin Category, Currency Fluctuations, Seasonality & Availability.

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