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Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica

 

Chimu Exclusive Cruise - Pristine Antarctica, departing 23 Nov 2019

 

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

Arrival and departure in Ushuaia

We have included accommodation for the night prior to the voyage departure in Ushuaia as part of your cruise package to ensure you have sufficient time to be prepared on the day of embarkation. On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart Ushuaia after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage. Please contact your booking agent to discuss pre & post voyage accommodation and flight options.

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 you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.

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 here to view.

 

FORMS

International Maritime Regulations require that we create a manifest for each expedition. To fulfill our obligation certain information is required. Below are a few forms that will need to be completed. Forms will be made available approximately 6 months prior to departure and must be returned NO MORE THAN 100 days prior to departure. You will be notified by your booking agent once these forms are available.    
 
ALL passengers must complete their own separate:
 
✔ Passenger Information Form –  Now available for completion via this Passenger Information Form link
✔ Traveller Cruise Contract -  Now available for download and completion via this Traveller Cruise Contract link
✔ Zodiac Waiver Form -  Now available for download and completion via this Zodiac Waiver Form link
 
Based on the information provided some passengers may be required to complete additional forms which can be downloaded by clicking the links below. This is particularly important if you have pre-booked kayaking as an optional activity as you will be required to download and complete the appropriate form.
 
If you have a pre-existing medical condition​ please advise your booking agent as soon as possible as additional forms may be required:
 
- Pregnancy Form link – required by all pregnant passengers
- Kayaking Equipment & Waiver Form link - required by all travellers confirmed for the kayaking programme
- Child Waiver Form link - required by all Guardians of children under 18 years of age at time of travel
 

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

The following activities are available on this voyage subject to availability:
 
- Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. Limited availability. 
- Snowshoeing is a unique way to explore Antarctica. Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone. Unlimited availability. 
Camping is an incredible opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of being in the Antarctic elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure. Limited availability. 
 
Please see below for more information. Please contact your booking agent with any queries and to check availability.
 

RESOURCES & CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Outdoor gear and equipment rental is available on this voyage and can be delivered to your pre-stay hotel or onboard the ship at embarkation. Simply place your order via our supplier's online store here. For more information please contact your booking agent.

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
Camping

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.

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Optional Activity
Kayaking

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.  

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Optional Activity
Snowshoeing

Head off the beaten track to walk atop fresh snow and visit places that are inaccessible by foot with our showshoeing excursions available on this voyage.

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About the
MV Hondius

The MV Hondius which is being built and will start sailing Polar waters in 2019, will be the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened vessels.

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TRAVELLERS GUIDE
ANTARCTICA

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

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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.

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Travellers Guide
Latin America

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

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