HIGHLIGHTSDeparting Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage, followed by the ever-present seabirds and whales. With its patented reclining bow and efficient stabilizers, our brand-new vessel, Ocean Albatros, cuts through the waves to give smoother and more comfortable sailing towards South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, we pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. The cruise ends at King George Island where we board a strong 4-engine jet for the flight back to the South American continent. After a comfortable 2-hour flight we land in Punta Arenas in Chile. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!
Any voyage to Antarctica is an adventure, but this cruise offers a unique experience for the few. Shore landings, excursions, lectures and Zodiac safaris are easily accommodated to help you enjoy an unrivalled expedition experience. Onboard our brand new strong, Ice Class 1A expedition vessel, Ocean Albatros, we are sure to get close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important and considerable part of the planned itinerary, hopefully enabling all expedition guests to set foot on the Antarctic continent, as well as the surrounding islands.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Category F||Category G||Category H||Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B2||Category B1||Category A||Polar Premium Suite|
|Feb 10, 2023||Feb 16, 2023||4,490||6,790||5,990||5,990||5,790||6,490||6,990||8,990||9,900||10,990|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
Polar Premium Suite
|Feb 10, 2023||Feb 16, 2023||4,490||6,490||10,990|
1: ARRIVAL USHUAIA. EMBARK OCEAN ALBATROS
and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world's southernmost town.
the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day
trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del
Fuego. A hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers,
flower-filled meadows, and boggy quagmires. Afterwards we embark the
ship Ocean Albatros, our home for the coming days.
journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a
strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
2-3: AT SEA. DRAKE PASSAGE, POSSIBLE FIRST ZODIAC LANDING
onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks
the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and
Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy
sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties'. While this
passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our
expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful
engines, and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors
consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you
can tick it off on the list yourself!
the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view
with our first sight of seals, penguins, and albatrosses. Having
crossed the Drake, we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South
Shetland chain and be marvelled by the captivating landscapes we will
encounter along the way.
the patented X-BOW design, the Ocean Albatros will offer you a smoother
sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessel
– and with a far lesser fuel consumption.
4-5: EXPLORING THE SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
the next days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our
ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the
Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marvelled by the
captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.
permitting, our projected landfalls could include: Deception Island, an
extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim. Half Moon
Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. But
there are many other fascinating landing options.
the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of
wildlife multiples with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive
seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds
along our planned route along the Antarctic Peninsula. Leopard, fur and
Weddell seals of Cuverville Island and humpback whales of Gerlache
Strait. Landings and routing are as always dependent on weather and ice
conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the
captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through
regularly scheduled briefings.
this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire
trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna,
restaurant, bar, and a library for our guests to spend their spare
time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share
great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to
biology, geology, ice and wildlife.
6: DEPART ANTARCTICA – FLY TO PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
it is time to bid a farewell to ship, crew, and expedition staff as we
disembark and by Zodiacs go ashore at Fildes Bay on King George Island.
King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands and
home to no less than 10 research stations, 2 churches and one of
Antarctica's few airstrips open for commercially chartered flights.
While our luggage is transported to the airport, we enjoy a 2-kilometer
walk to the Chilean Eduardo Frei Base, calmly awaiting our airplane
landing on the legendary airstrip.
the ‘Fasten your seatbelt' sign lights up, it is time to
re-cross the Drake Passage – now in 2 hours. Just enough time
to realize what a truly spectacular adventure we have just completed.
arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile, a transfer is arranged for our 4-star
hotel in town center.
Arenas is the ‘capital' of southern Patagonia. The historic
city is surrounded with rolling hills and has the Strait of Magellan in
front. Its past is rich in exciting events, from being a penal colony
to becoming a sheep and gold rush colony with many European settlers.
7: PUNTA ARENAS
morning concludes our Cruise & Fly expedition, and you can
continue your adventures or begin your return home.
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cruise from Ushuaia to King George Island with accommodation in a
shared outside double stateroom with private facilities
flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, in standard seats
overnight stay in centrally located hotel in Punta Arenas in a shared
double room (post-cruise)
Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
from Punta Arenas airport to hotel in connection with the King George
boots on a loan basis
briefing and lectures by our expedition leader and team
Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species
list and more!
board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea
at the hotel (during our stay in Punta Arenas day 7)
tea and coffee 24 hours a day (during the cruise)
and farewell cocktails on board
excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
room supplement and stateroom upgrades
seat upgrade on the flight (see prices separately)
other than on board the ship
on day 6 (after returning to Punta Arenas)
(other than coffee and tea)
for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
to/from the airports in relation to international flights
not mentioned under 'Inclusions'