15-day Antarctica small ship cruises – Crossing 66º South Latitude

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Book your Antarctica small ship cruises from 25 Jan – 08 Feb 2024, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

15-day Antarctica small ship cruises - Crossing 66º South Latitude
15-day Antarctica small ship cruises - Crossing 66º South Latitude Falklands South Georgia Antarctica 7

15-day Antarctica small ship cruises - Crossing 66º South Latitude, South Georgia, best Antarctica cruise accommodation in triple/twin sharing, private suite.

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Product Price: 12295

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Landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the expedition leader and the vessel captain. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

15-day Antarctica small ship cruises

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our Antarctic expedition! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. You are free to explore this vibrant port city and adventure hub for the rest of the day.

For an introduction to local history and wildlife, the interesting Museo del Fin del Mundo is worth a visit. If you have time to spare, various nature activities can be arranged to suit all interests and fitness levels, from hiking in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park to wildlife viewing in the Beagle Channel. For dinner, Ushuaia offers a wide range of restaurants featuring Patagonian lamb and delectable Fuegian seafood.

After Breakfast at Your Hotel, the Morning is Yours to Enjoy Ushuaia. Explore the Delightful Waterfront and Savor Views of the Snowcapped Martial Range, the Southernmost Peaks of the Andes. Take Advantage of Shopping for Souvenirs or Some Last-minute Necessities Such as Cold-weather Gear. Remember, You Will Soon Receive Your Very Own Parka to Keep and Waterproof Boots to Borrow on Board the Ship. For Lunch, the Many Cafés, Parrillas and Gelato Shops on Avenida San Martín Will Be Sure to Satisfy Any Appetite.

In the Afternoon, You Will Be Transferred to the Pier, Where We Will Warmly Welcome You Aboard the Luxury Expedition Vessel M/v Sea Spirit. Get Settled in Your Spacious Suite and Explore the Ship That Will Be Your Comfortable Home During the Extraordinary Adventure to Come. After Getting Underway, a Full Schedule of Events Kicks Off With Informative Briefings and Introductions From Your Expedition Staff. After the First of Many Delicious Dinners on Board, Step Out Onto the Open Decks to Admire the Scenery and Gorgeous Evening Light as We Pass Through the Beagle Channel.

Breakfast, Dinner

After passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we turn south to begin our crossing of the Drake Passage. We watch for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, bio-security procedures and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica. We hope to arrive in the South Shetland Islands on the evening of our second day at sea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During the next eight days, we undertake an in-depth exploration of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land. Here we also find Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. We will also explore the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals and bustling penguin colonies. We plan to pass through the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the narrow channel reflects the image of sheer snowy mountains.

On this special voyage, we have additional days devoted to pushing even farther south in our attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle. The sublime icescapes in Crystal Sound and beyond are particularly austere, the weather is especially wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting ice. Very few people have ventured this far south. This is a true expedition.

Throughout the islands and on the mainland, we find nesting colonies of gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes side by side. It is a dramatic time at the colonies. While some parents remain at the nest to guard against skua attack, others go fishing in seas patrolled by predatory leopard seals and killer whales. Meanwhile, fluffy chicks are starting to explore away from their nests. Also at this time, humpback and minke whales have arrived in great numbers and the feeding frenzy in is full swing. Crabeater and Weddell seals abound in these highly productive waters.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of Antarctica offer many chances to paddle with seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways. To make the most of your time on the White Continent, you can also spend a night camping ashore, surrounded by untamed Antarctic nature.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities will be shaped by weather and ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions in this challenging polar environment. With over 17 hours of daylight per day, we seize every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery on shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is now time to head back across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After yet another delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure.

Breakfast

Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for main deck and classic, superior suite; 2 for deluxe, premium, and owner’s suite.

Highlights

  • Multi-day expedition in Antarctica.
  • Best option for Antarctica small ship cruises for the most comfortable accommodation.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition team.
  • Photographing opportunities in Falkland Islands
  • Kayaking excursions in Antarctica
  • Wildlife viewing in South Georgia and Falklands

Included

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel.
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation.
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All meals are on board throughout the voyage.
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily.
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions).
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team.
  • Branded parka.
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise.
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails.
  • All port fees.
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation.
  • Pre-departure materials.
  • Digital Voyage Log.
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not included

  • Airfare.
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program.
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable).
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls.
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person.
  • Staff gratuities.
  • Kayaking.
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government before, during, or after the cruise.
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
What type of weather should I prepare for on 21-day Antarctica small ship cruises?

When planning a polar cruise, it is important to be aware of the varying weather conditions that can be encountered. The temperatures in the polar regions are typically near freezing, but the extended daylight hours, with 18-24 hour days, can make it feel milder. Some passengers have even reported feeling comfortable enough to wear a t-shirt. However, it is important to note that fog and white-outs, as well as other adverse weather conditions, can also be present and should be taken into consideration when preparing for your trip.

Is there a single supplement fee waiver for solo travelers on Antarctica small ship cruises?

Solo travelers have the option to participate in our Request-Share program which matches them with another solo traveler of the same gender to share a cabin and save on the single supplement fee. If a cabin-mate cannot be found, the single supplement will be waived. It is important to note that solo travel in Antarctica is seen as a personal experience, and many travelers enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with traveling alone.

What are the additional expenses not included in the Antarctica small ship cruises?

Airfare to the starting and ending points of the cruises is not included, but we do offer flight arrangements for those who want comprehensive planning. All passengers are required to have comprehensive travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $200,000 for Antarctica. Insurance is not included in our Antarctica tour packages. Some passengers may need to purchase additional outdoor clothing before the trip, which is an important part of the planning process. A good quality parka is included in the cost of the expedition, and waterproof boots are provided as needed. Please review the packing list provided by our staff and follow the guidelines.

Are tips included?

Gratuities or ‘tips’ for the crew’s service can be made in cash or charged to your on-board account and are at your discretion. We recommend budgeting 20 USD per person, per day for Antarctic cruise. Gratuities will be collected anonymously at the end of each voyage and distributed among the staff and crew.

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15-day Antarctica small ship cruises – Crossing 66º South Latitude
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From $12,295
/ Adult
  • M/v Sea Spirit Cruise
  • Ushuaia
  • Ushuaia
  • Triple Sharing, Twin sharing, Private suite
  • Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica

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