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Antarctica Travel

Crossing The Circle: Southern Expedition

On The Ocean Adventurer

from $10,095
14 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Adventurer

Trip Type

Antarctica + Polar Circle

Antarctica Fly Roundtrip

When To Go

Jan - Feb

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I worked with Lori Goodwin, who was absolutely great... Everything was perfect.  All we had to do was show up and Lori already had taken care of all travel logistics.  She really fitted us to the Antarctic ship that was perfect for us.  She was absolutely awesome.

Max W.
Keyser, WV

Trip Summary

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it also offers the opportunity to venture farther south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head toward a milestone that few travelers reach, you’ll feel as if you’re in a world without borders, sailing across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice. Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Camping
Hiking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Ushuaia

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

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead.

Day 3 - 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Day 5 - 8

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful floating icebergs and be fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites that we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

Day 8 - 9

Antarctica Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66°33´ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

Day 10 - 11

Northbound Along Peninsula

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

Day 12 -13

At Sea

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.

Day 14

Disembarkation Ushuaia

Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateTriple WindowLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
 Jan 14 - Jan 2710095114951259513995152951649518195
 Feb 16 - Mar 110095114951259513995152951649518195

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 20% of fare (minimum $1000 per person), payable by credit card.

Final Payment: Due 120 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, wire transfer or money order.

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Single: 1.7 times the single rate for Lower & Main Deck Twin categories; 2 times in Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories
  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a cabin at the triple or double rate (excluding Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories)
  • Camping Option: $295 per person (1/14/18 Sailing Only)
  • Sea Kayaking: $995 (Offered all Departures)
  • Child policy: Children ages 8 and up are accepted as long as they meet the height and weight requirements (64lbs and 48")

Included: Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary; one night pre-expedition hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from ship hotel on disembarkation day; one night post-expedition hotel with breakfast in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings and Zodiac cruising per daily program; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.

Not Included: Any airfare except flights mentioned as included; transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the expedition; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore except those mentioned as included; kayaking and camping; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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Offer expires 03/31/2018

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Ship Information

M/V Ocean Adventurer - 117 Passengers

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers in 57 outside suites and cabins with en-suite facilites. The Ocean Adventurer features a spacious forward lounge and 2 bars, window-lined dining room and promenades, presentation room, exercise room, polar boutique and ship-to-shore satellite communications that provide email and wireless internet access when possible. The decor is traditional and comfortable on this classic expedition ship which is fully equipped with Zodiacs for exploration as well as kayaks and other adventure equipment. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary; one night pre-expedition hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from ship hotel on disembarkation day; one night post-expedition hotel with breakfast in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings and Zodiac cruising per daily program; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person

Not Included: Any airfare except flights mentioned as included; transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the expedition; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore except those mentioned as included; kayaking and camping; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refunded of deposit less $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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