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Antarctica Explorer

Explorers have been inspired by Antarctica for centuries, and this Antarctica expedition cruise offers you the chance to discover why! Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, encountering a world where nature creates the rules.  Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice, observing as penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs. You enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and are sure to be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

Daily Itinerary

Antarctic Explorer

  • Day
    1

    Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

    Fly to Ushuaia — the southernmost city in the world — aboard independent flights. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise.

    Zodiac surrounded by icebergs
  • Day
    2

    Embark Ocean Endeavour

    Embark your Antarctic cruise ship late this afternoon and set 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 will be in the world’s most southern continent!

  • Day
    3-4

    Antarctica Cruise: Crossing Drake Passage

    Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead. (B,L,D Daily)

    Lounge onboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Day
    5-7

    South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

    Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, your Antarctic adventure really begins! 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, 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 Orne Harbour, affords us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between mountain hiking 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 of your Antarctica expedition will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world. (B,L,D Daily)

    Hiking in Antarctica
  • Day
    8-9

    Antarctica Cruise: Crossing 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 educational presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax. (B,L,D Daily)

     

  • Day
    10

    Disembark / Ushuaia / Depart

    Disembark this morning in Ushuaia and board independent flights home. (B)

     

    Please Note: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

     

Accommodations

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. It features an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. The ship has many superb amenities including a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.

Ocean Endeavour offers a contemporary approach to cuisine and newly-designed health and fitness features. Facilities include a spa serviced by organic spa provider VOYA, His & Hers saunas, a salt water pool, a gym, and a juice and smoothie bar. Complimentary activities include yoga and stretching classes, an exclusive Polar Photography program and the Scientists in Residence program.

From: $7,495 per person
Duration
10 Days, 9 Nights
Trip Type
Land

Trip Highlights

  • Departure Dates: December 11, 19, 2017; January 7, February 19 & 28, 2018
  • Be delighted by penguins, seals & whales as they accompany your journey along the Antarctic coastline.
  • Enjoy snowshoeing, Zodiac cruising, shore landings & hiking/walking.
  • Learn about the environment & wildlife from on-board lecturers & specialists.