Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

The classic Antarctic Explorer voyage gives you the best of the stunning Antarctic Peninsula in 11 days.


Antarctic Peninsula
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Conquer the famed Drake Passage in your choice of four stabilized, polar-class vessels; explore majestic natural environments by zodiac and on foot; get up close and personal with penguins, whales and other wildlife; and enjoy talks on history, biology and glaciology by onboard polar experts. You can personalize your adventure with options that suit your interests, and cross the 7th Continent off the list—your way.

Starting in 2021, this itinerary allows you to the opportunity to experience our pioneering new vessel, Ultramarine. This purpose-built vessel is designed to extend the boundaries of polar exploration and offer an unmatched Antarctic experience, including a flightseeing tour you’ll never forget and a range of adventure options more extensive than any other ship in its class.

Duration: 11 days
Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ends: Ushuaia, Argentina
Language: English speaking voyage


Included

Itinerary

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
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.

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

DAYS 3 AND 4 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

DAYS 5 TO 8 | SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glaciated bays, channels and landing sites. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are hiking the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or consorting with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, all of which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals as well as curious whales, such as humpbacks, minkes, or perhaps orcas while on a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

DAYS 9 AND 10 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team and celebrate the experiences shared exploring Antarctica.

DAY 11 | DISEMBARK IN USHUAIA
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
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.

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

DAYS 3 AND 4 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

DAYS 5 TO 8 | SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glaciated bays, channels and landing sites. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are hiking the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or consorting with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, all of which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals as well as curious whales, such as humpbacks, minkes, or perhaps orcas while on a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

DAYS 9 AND 10 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team and celebrate the experiences shared exploring Antarctica.

DAY 11 | DISEMBARK IN USHUAIA
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.


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INCLUSIONS

• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
• All shore landings as per the daily program
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
• Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• A photographic journal documenting the expedition
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
• An official parka to keep
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
• Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travellers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
• Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
• Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility

EXCLUSIONS

• International airfare
• Passport and applicable visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
• Meals unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 26 Feb 2023 - 08 Mar 2023 (1211)
Triple Cabin
$8,695
Single Porthole
$15,295
Single Obstructed View
$15,295
Twin Obstructed View
$12,795
Twin Window
$13,295
Suite
$14,795
Balcony Suite
$15,895
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 06 Mar 2023 - 16 Mar 2023 (1164)
Triple Cabin
$9,695
Lower Deck Twin
$12,295
Main Deck Twin
$13,295
Twin Window - M.Deck
$14,295
Superior
$14,795
Deluxe
$14,795
Suite
$19,895
Owner's Suite
$21,495
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 07 Mar 2023 - 17 Mar 2023 (1212)
Triple Cabin
$8,545
Single Porthole
$15,995
Single Obstructed View
$15,995
Twin Obstructed View
$13,395
Twin Window
$13,395
Suite
$15,495
Balcony Suite
$16,695
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 05 Nov 2023 - 15 Nov 2023 (1208)
Triple Cabin
$11,495
Lower Deck Twin
$13,495
Main Deck Twin
$14,495
Twin Window - M.Deck
$15,495
Superior
$16,495
Deluxe
$16,495
Suite
$21,995
Owner's Suite
$23,495
Ship: World Explorer | Date: 05 Nov 2023 - 15 Nov 2023 (1207)
Triple Suite
$12,995
Infinity Suite
$15,995
Veranda Suite
$1,495
Superior Suite
$19,495
Deluxe Suite
$20,995
Owner's Suite
$22,495
Ship: World Explorer | Date: 23 Nov 2023 - 03 Dec 2023 (1688)
Triple Suite
$12,995
Infinity Suite
$15,995
Veranda Suite
$14,995
Superior Suite
$19,495
Deluxe Suite
$20,995
Owner's Suite
$22,495
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 02 Dec 2023 - 12 Dec 2023 (1213)
Triple Cabin
$11,495
Lower Deck Twin
$13,495
Main Deck Twin
$14,495
Twin Window - M.Deck
$15,495
Superior
$16,495
Deluxe
$16,495
Suite
$21,995
Owner's Suite
$23,495
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 04 Dec 2023 - 14 Dec 2023 (1694)
Triple Cabin
$11,495
Single Porthole
$15,995
Single Obstructed View
$15,995
Twin Obstructed View
$13,495
Twin Window
$13,995
Suite
$15,995
Balcony Suite
$16,495
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 11 Dec 2023 - 21 Dec 2023 (1214)
Triple Cabin
$11,495
Lower Deck Twin
$13,495
Main Deck Twin
$14,495
Twin Window - M.Deck
$15,495
Superior
$16,495
Deluxe
$16,495
Suite
$21,995
Owner's Suite
$23,495
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 13 Dec 2023 - 23 Dec 2023 (1215)
Triple Cabin
$11,995
Single Porthole
$16,795
Single Obstructed View
$16,795
Twin Obstructed View
$14,195
Twin Window
$14,695
Suite
$16,795
Balcony Suite
$17,295
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 20 Dec 2023 - 30 Dec 2023 (1244)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Lower Deck Twin
$14,995
Main Deck Twin
$15,495
Twin Window - M.Deck
$16,995
Superior
$17,995
Deluxe
$17,995
Suite
$23,995
Owner's Suite
$25,495
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 28 Dec 2023 - 07 Jan 2023 (1153)
Triple Cabin
$11,895
Lower Deck Twin
$14,995
Main Deck Twin
$16,095
Twin Window - M.Deck
$17,195
Superior
$18,295
Deluxe
$18,295
Suite
$23,995
Owner's Suite
$25,695
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 29 Dec 2023 - 8 Jan 2024 (1245)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Lower Deck Twin
$14,995
Main Deck Twin
$15,495
Twin Window - M.Deck
$16,995
Superior
$17,995
Deluxe
$17,995
Suite
$23,995
Owner's Suite
$25,495
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 12 Jan 2024 - 22 Jan 2024 (1246)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Single Porthole
$17,495
Single Obstructed View
$17,495
Twin Obstructed View
$17,495
Twin Window
$14,995
Suite
$17,495
Balcony Suite
$17,995
Ship: World Explorer | Date: 20 Jan 2024 - 30 Jan 2024 (1248)
Triple Suite
$15,995
Infinity Suite
$19,495
Veranda Suite
$18,995
Superior Suite
$24,495
Deluxe Suite
$25,995
Owner's Suite
$27,995
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 21 Jan 2024 - 31 Jan 2024 (1695)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Single Porthole
$17,495
Single Obstructed View
$17,495
Twin Obstructed View
$14,495
Twin Window
$14,995
Suite
$17,495
Balcony Suite
$17,995
Ship: World Explorer | Date: 29 Jan 2024 - 08 Feb 2024 (1250)
Triple Suite
$15,995
Infinity Suite
$19,495
Veranda Suite
$18,995
Superior Suite
$24,495
Deluxe Suite
$25,995
Owner's Suite
$27,995
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 30 Jan 2024 - 09 Feb 2024 (1696)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Single Porthole
$17,495
Single Obstructed View
$17,495
Twin Obstructed View
$14,495
Twin Window
$14,995
Suite
$17,495
Balcony Suite
$17,995
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 08 Feb 2024 - 18 Feb 0204 (1697)
Triple Cabin
$12,495
Single Porthole
$17,495
Single Obstructed View
$17,495
Twin Obstructed View
$14,495
Twin Window
$14,995
Suite
$17,495
Balcony Suite
$17,995
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 29 Feb 2024 - 10 Mar 2024 (1247)
Triple Cabin
$11,495
Single Porthole
$15,995
Single Obstructed View
$15,995
Twin Obstructed View
$13,495
Twin Window
$13,995
Suite
$15,995
Balcony Suite
$16,495
Ship: World Explorer | Date: 05 Mar 2024 - 15 Mar 2024 (1249)
Triple Suite
$12,995
Infinity Suite
$15,995
Veranda Suite
$14,995
Superior Suite
$19,495
Deluxe Suite
$20,995
Owner's Suite
$22,495

* The prices are per person in US Dollars, unless expressly specified in a different currency. In that case, payment will be in US dollars at the exchange rate of the day.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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