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$ 5460

Classic Antarctica Cruise: MV Ushuaia

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min $ 5460
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Tour details
Destinations: Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 5460
Duration: 11 days
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This Classic Antarctic expedition cruise is the ideal introduction to the White Continent. Take best advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery with a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Discover busy penguin colonies, spectacular seabirds, seals and whales amidst the imposing mountain ranges, ice-filled channels, and beautifully shaped icebergs and glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula
Highlights of this Antarctic Expedition
  • Ideal first Antarctic expedition
  • Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small and ice strengthened Antarctic cruise ship
  • Learn about Antarctica with expert onboard lecturers
  • See Antarctica’s wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales.

Overview

This Classic Antarctic expedition cruise is the ideal introduction to the White Continent. Take best advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery with a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Discover busy penguin colonies, spectacular seabirds, seals and whales amidst the imposing mountain ranges, ice-filled channels, and beautifully shaped icebergs and glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Ushuaia Antarctica Cruise Day 1: Ushuaia (Argentina to Antarctica) Embark the Antarctic cruise ship MV Ushuaia and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail from Argentina to Antarctica along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass, beginning your Antarctic expedition cruise. Day 2 - 3: Crossing the Drake Passage. Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, creating a great upwelling of nutrients which sustains the biodiversity of this region. On this Antarctica voyage, as we sail across the passage, the lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of Antarctica’s wildlife. The Ushuaia’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation (or just enjoy the view!). Upon reaching the South Shetland Islands - a group of twenty islands and islets - you’ll be met with sightings of stunning icebergs and picturesque snow-capped mountains. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals. Days 4 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands Become Antarctic explorers! The South Shetland Islands are a haven for Antarctica’s wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. Some of the best Antarctica Wildlife Hotspots Discover King George Island - the largest of the South Shetland Islands - home to many Antarctic birds, and colonies of nesting Adélie and chinstrap penguins. At Livingston Island, discover even more of Antarctica’s abundant wildlife as macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguins (as well as elephant seals) await you here. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredibly wide variety of wildlife. Abundant Antarctica wildlife, beautiful waterways and spectacular glaciers During this expedition, along with penguins and seabirds, you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales up close. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions) such as: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel. The latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Go ashore and visit thousands of pairs of Adélie penguins! We plan to make at least two landings per day (including Paradise Bay; perhaps the most aptly named place in the world). After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and blue-eyed cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of gentoo penguins. Days 9 - 10: Drake Passage. We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia. Day 11: Ushuaia. We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast. Please note: The 9 night/10 day departures offer one day less in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the captain and/or expedition leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success of this Antarctic expedition cruise.
Included Voyage to Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia All meals throughout the voyage aboard the MV Ushuaia. All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac. Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff. All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program. Comprehensive pre-departure material. Detailed post-expedition log. Excluded Any airfare (scheduled or charter flights). Pre and post-land arrangements (Including transfers to/from the vessel). Passport and visa expenses. Government arrival and departure taxes. Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended). Extra expenses (excess baggage charges, bar and beverage charges, meals ashore, communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc). The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided). Rates, Share and Sole Use policy All rates are quoted per person, based on shared twin or triple occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with another person of the same gender at the shared rate. Two dedicated Premier single cabins are available at a special single rate. A limited number of twin cabins are also available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate. Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in the Suites and Superior may be occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate. Special rates for families A child (under 16 years) accompanied by two adults can travel free of charge in a triple Superior cabin or triple Suite (subject to availability). Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 30% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Balances may be paid by bank transfer alternatively by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge). Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure = US$500. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarpply Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Expeditions Online
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