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CONGRATULATIONS ON BOOKING YOUR EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA ON BOARD THE OCEAN ENDEAVOUR!

We are thrilled to have you join us on this incredible adventure! Here you will find additional details that we require from you, information to help you plan for your trip as well as some ideas on other destinations you might like to visit in South America either before or after your Antarctica cruise. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR GUESTS TRAVELLING IN 2021/22
Health and safety remains the number one priority and Ocean Endeavour  are closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 management and vaccination roll-out in our client's home countries, as well as in Ushuaia Argentina, our home port. While we remain confident that our upcoming 2021/22 season will operate, we are exploring alternatives to ensure we operate in a safe and responsible manner. These alternatives could potentially include changing home port location, and therefore the joining and finishing point, so all travellers can embark the Ocean Endeavour safely. For this reason we ask that you do not confirm flights or any additional land arrangements until you receive an update from us in late August 2021. For more information, please contact your booking agent.    

Embarkation in Ushuaia / Punta Arenas (Best of Antarctica 02 Nov 2021 and 02 Nov 2022)
Your cruise includes an arrival night in your embarkation city (please refer to your Confirmed Itinerary for details) and an arrival transfer if arriving on Day One. If you wish to add additional arrangements please discuss options with your booking agent.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia / Puerto Madryn
On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.

Fuel Surcharges
Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.

International Flights to meet your cruise
International flights to join your Antarctica cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post cruise itinerary options in South America.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend that when obtaining your travel insurance, you ensure the policy meets the minimum requirements to travel to Antarctica. Because of the remoteness of Antarctica, medical attention and evacuations are extremely expensive, making travel insurance cover an absolute necessity. We encourage you to take the highest level of cover but require a minimum of USD $500,000 coverage for medical repatriation from Antarctica. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.

Provided Gear
For the duration of your voyage, we supply you with a parka and rubber boots. In order for us to make good parka and boots provisions, we ask you provide us with your preferred sizes. For more information on the gear we will provide, please download our PDF.

Sailing with Confidence
In such unprecedented times, we now more than ever understand your want to travel safety and with the support needed to fully enjoy your expedition to the Antarctic in the most responsible and healthy manner possible. For more information, please see our Sailing with Confidence - Covid-19 response PDF. 

Terms and Conditions
By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click to view.

Communication aboard the Ocean Endeavour
The Ocean Endeavour is equipped with the latest available satellite communication equipment for our areas of operation. While we are pleased to provide optional internet service aboard the Ocean Endeavour, please understand that even under the best conditions, the functionality and reliability of an internet connection in the polar regions can be challenging. The satellite signal may be blocked by mountains, or the vessel may enter a coverage blind spot. 
Our onboard communications systems operate via satellite and provide us the possibility of internet, phone reception, and email. For more information regarding the different options and their costs, please download our information sheet here.

 

FORMS

International Maritime Regulations require that we create a detailed manifest for each expedition. To fulfill our obligation certain information is required for all passengers on board. Required forms will be made available to you approximately 3 months prior to departure. Based on the information provided some passengers may be required to complete additional forms which will be indicated to you.  

You will be notified by your booking agent once these forms are available.

 

KEY GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS

We are a member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and comply by the organisation’s guidelines in promoting and practising safe and environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. IAATO, in cooperation with ship operators, has established extensive procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic.

In line with the Antarctic Treaty system, IAATO is committed to the principle that planned tourism activities will have no more than a minor or transitory impact on the Antarctic environment. Please familiarise yourself with the guidance documents provided here: 

ADVENTURE OPTIONS, additional cost

A range of Paid Adventure Options are available on the Ocean Endeavour, on selected voyages, subject to availability: 


 PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Unique to The Ocean Endeavour, this workshop is perfect if you are passionate about photography, or just passionate about capturing the beautiful landscape and wildlife you will encounter on your incredible Antarctic adventure. Learn More >


 ICE CAMPING

Fall asleep amid the snow-capped mountains as you watch the colours of the Antarctic twilight bounce off the ocean and surrounding glaciers. Learn More >


 SEA KAYAKING

Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group. Learn More >


 SNOW SHOEING
Snowshoeing allows you to go even deeper into Antarctica’s interior and reach less visited places where many other visitors simply don’t go! Learn More >


Please see below for more information. Please contact your booking agent to for queries relating to prices and availability.

RESOURCES & CRUISE EXTENSIONS

We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Ice Camping in Antarctica

Experience the sights and sounds of being in the elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

Paddle through the majesty of the icebergs with your guide and live the experience of seeing varied birds, seals and whales in their natural habitat.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Snowshoeing in Antarctica

Head off the beaten track to walk atop fresh snow and visit places that are inaccessible by foot with our snowshoeing excursions available aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Photography Program

Take home the best memories you can by capturing and developing incredible images with our Antarctica Photography Workshops aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

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The Ocean Endeavour Ship Booklet

This comfortable and well-appointed ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions has a facilities that incorporate a focus on health and wellness. 

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Travellers Guide

Check out our Antarctica Travellers Guide to help you prepare for your Antarctica adventure. Includes information about joining cities, what to pack and more.

Beyond Antarctica
South America Add-ons

There are many incredible places to explore in South America. Let us inspire you with our top itineraries to add pre or post your Antarctic cruise.

Travellers Guide
Latin America

Useful traveller information about each country in Latin America, from the climate, visa requirements, local currency and everything in between.

Ocean Endeavour Booking Conditions

Click here to download the full booking terms and conditions of your voyage.

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