Antarctic Explorer Cruise

Discovering the 7th Continent

This expedition transports you to a land that has risen from its winter slumber. Curious penguins are nesting, and majestic whales are returning. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travellers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote, unspoiled and wildest continent.
This expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. 
Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina
With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2

Embarkation Day
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel 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’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4

Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 5-7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers 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 local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife, always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
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 in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 8-9

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, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 10

Disembarkation in Ushuaia
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

What’s Included:

·       One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia (The number of   guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Triple rooms may not be available.)
·       Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
·       All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 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.)
·       All shore landings per the daily program.
·       Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities.
·       All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
·       Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
·       Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
·       A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
·       An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
·       Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
·       Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
·       Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
·       A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
·       All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
·       All luggage handling aboard ship.
·       Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
 Also included during expeditions that embark in Ushuaia:
·       Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
·       Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day.

What’s NOT Included:
·       International flight
·       Passport and visa expenses.
·       Government arrival and departure taxes.
·       Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation and lunch on specified fly and cruise programs.
·       Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
·       Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
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Available dates, ships and prices:
26 Nov 2017 – 05 Dec 2017 (10 Days)
Ship: Sea Adventurer
Starting from EUR 6 120 per person

11 Dec 2017 – 20 Dec 2017 (10 Days)
Ship: Ocean Endeavour
Starting from EUR 5 190 per person

19 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2018 (10 Days)
Ship: Ocean Endeavour
Starting from EUR 5 190 per person

 

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