Expedition
The Ocean Endeavour - 200 Guests
Antarctic Whale Journey
Antarctica Expedition

Join us aboard the magnificent Ocean Endeavour on this 11-day Antarctic whale journey, as we set sail from Ushuaia, destination Antarctica, in search of whales - the giants and rulers of the Southern Ocean.

As we enter the frozen wilderness of the White Continent, amazing, sculptured icebergs, thunderous calving glaciers, imposing mountain ranges and ice-strewn waters, all lie in wait. Explore on foot, by sea kayak, snowshoe and Zodiac. Sailing and cruising by Zodiac, we scan the icy waters for the silhouettes of these mighty marine mammals as they glide alongside the vessels or surface the waters in a spectacular breach. Can you imagine the thrill and excitement of kayaking alongside one of these majestic creatures? Not forgetting encounters with curious penguins, basking seals and many fascinating seabirds. This is the trip of a lifetime for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Imposing mountain ranges, beautifully sculpted icebergs, calving glaciers and ice-filled channels.
  • Explore your surroundings by Zodiac and make shore landings amongst the iconic penguin colonies.
  • Witness an incredible abundance of humpback whales as these serene marine mammals migrate down the Antarctic peninsula to feed on krill each year.
  • Experience the White Continent and encounter an incredible variety of wildlife.
  • Optional photography trips, yoga and even sea kayaking on offer on this Antarctic adventure aboard the Ocean Endeavour.
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains and volcanoes.
  • Benefit from a variety of onboard activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology by the expedition team.
  • Enjoy the amenities onboard including expedition lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, jacuzzi, library, gym, spa facilities and sauna.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateCAT 2 - Triple InsideCAT 1 - Single InsideCAT 3 - Interior TwinCAT 4 - Exterior TwinCAT 5 - Main TwinCAT 6 - Comfort TwinCAT 7 - Select TwinCAT 8 - Superior TwinCAT 9 - Junior SuiteCAT 10 - Suite
Feb 08, 2023Feb 18, 20238,99014,4909,99010,99012,19013,09013,99014,89015,79016,690
Mar 01, 2023Mar 11, 20238,29013,4909,29010,29012,29013,19014,09014,99015,89016,790
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
CAT 2 - Triple Inside
(Mid-range)
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin
(High-end)
CAT 10 - Suite
Feb 08, 2023Feb 18, 20238,99013,09016,690
Mar 01, 2023Mar 11, 20238,29013,19016,790


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office. The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

The remainder of the day is at leisure and you are
free to explore, maybe making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets, or relaxing in a café. Avenida San Martin is the main street and there are some excellent museums to visit or you may prefer to wander the streets taking in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

DAY 2 – Embarkation in Ushuaia
This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean condor, Magellanic oystercatcher, kelp goose, austral parakeet and torrent duck.

Late this afternoon we transfer to the port of
Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting to welcome us aboard. As we set sail, familiarise yourself with the layout of the Ocean Endeavour and its great amenities and enjoy a welcome dinner.

This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle
Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

DAY 3 & 4 – At Sea, crossing the Drake Passage
The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. It is often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. It is unpredictable, so be prepared!

Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities, maybe join a
yoga class, attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead – from the geology of Antarctica to the history, wildlife and even the ice!

As we sail towards Antarctica, there is a fall in
temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. Head out on deck to look out for the mighty albatrosses that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the  panoramic windows of the observation deck.

We continue our course south and hope to make
landfall by the evening of Day 12, depending on the weather conditions. Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land – that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

DAY 5-8 – South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
The next four days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising amongst the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, maybe visiting a scientific or historic base. There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and of course learn more about photography with one of the experts.

Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery,
from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs and ice-strewn channels. Not to mention the wildlife – from extensive colonies of chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, to crabeater, Weddell, fur and elephant seals and a plethora of fascinating birds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Every day brings a new experience and new landing site.

As we cruise from one landing site to the next,
enjoy the continued lecture programme and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the health and fitness facilities from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

DAY 9 & 10 – Antarctic Peninsula & at Sea,  crossing the Drake Passage
As we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, we take with us our memories and photographs. We set a course for the Drake Passage as we enjoy some final lectures and presentations and look out for wildlife from the observation lounge and the outer decks.

Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, we
enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.

DAY 11 – Disembarkation in Ushuaia
We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and we disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team
and the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend a extra days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

PLEASE NOTE: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

The Ocean Endeavour (Expedition, 200-guests)

Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. The newly-refurbished vessel offers a superb guest experience with an expansive choice of cabin categories, large cabins and common areas, a sundeck and observation area, plenty of deck space for polar landscape viewing, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship's interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel throughout.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All meals onboard the vessel including snacks
  • Onboard lecture program (all voyages) from expedition staff and naturalists
  • All onshore excursions and Zodiac cruising (excluding optional activities with cost)
  • Free use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Pre-night accommodation prior to embarkation, breakfast and transfer to The Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
  • Transfer to airport on return to port
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and onboard Jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Use of expedition jacket
  • All Port taxes

Not Included
  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • Optional activities like Sea Kayaking or Ice Camping whilst onboard
  • Entry to the International Antarctic Centre in Punta Arenas
  • Meals ashore

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Kayaking: USD 1,099
  • Forward-facing Zodiac: USD 50 (Payable onboard)
  • Private Photography Workshops: USD 1,099
  • Camping: USD 349
  • Hiking: Free
  • Zodiac Cruising: Free
  • Yoga: Free

 

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