Expedition
TheOceanEndeavour - Guests
Best of Antarctica - Pristine Wilderness

Discover the raw, untouched beauty of the Great White Continent on this 11-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

During this magical time, landscapes are at their most pristine as the thawing of sea ice invites you into an unspoiled polar wilderness. Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seals, seabirds and astounding icebergs displaying a palette of snow white and deep aquamarine.

Watch penguins squabbling over pebbles for their nests as they begin to court and scan for Leopard seals on ice floes. While the Ocean Endeavour edges its way through the fractured ice, perhaps entering the narrow, sheer-sided Lemaire Channel, you are invited onto the bow as we follow the continent's inhabitants further south into the untouched snowscapes of pristine Antarctica.


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • After the harsh winter, Antarctica awakens and a blanket of snow cloaks the continent in a pristine whiteness.
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs and glaciated mountains.
  • Penguin populations in the rookeries are thriving, and the birds are busy nest-building and courting.
  • Albatross, fulmars and petrels fly the Drake Passage and Blue-eyed shags reappear in Antarctica.
  • A fantastic time for photographers as the lengthening days conclude with incredible evening light, noctilucent clouds and beautiful rose-coloured sunsets.
  • Experience daily Zodiac excursions and onshore landings and personalise your expedition with our wide range of paid adventure options during your voyage such as Kayaking and Day Paddle, Camping, Photography and Snowshoeing.
  • Benefit from a variety of onboard activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology and participate in our Citizen Science Program, all led by our expert Expedition Team.
  • Enjoy the Ocean Endeavour's amenities including Aurora lounge, sun deck, Polaris Restaurant, bar, Polar Library, saltwater pool, jacuzzi, gym, spa and sauna.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateCAT 2 - Triple InsideCAT 1 - Single InsideCAT 3 - Interior TwinCAT 4 Twin PortholeCAT 4A Single PortholeCAT 5 Twin-Double WindowCAT 5A Single WindowCAT 6 - Comfort TwinCAT 7 - Select TwinCAT 8 - Superior TwinCAT 9 - Junior SuiteCAT 10 - Suite
Nov 02, 2023Nov 12, 20237,34012,1708,3909,44014,5809,96015,21010,38011,01012,27013,32014,580
Nov 11, 2023Nov 21, 20237,65012,4808,7009,75014,90010,28015,53010,70011,33012,59013,64014,900
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
CAT 2 - Triple Inside
(Mid-range)
CAT 5A Single Window
(High-end)
CAT 10 - Suite
Nov 02, 2023Nov 12, 20237,34015,21014,580
Nov 11, 2023Nov 21, 20237,65015,53014,900


ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina
Your adventure begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to exploring the southern extent of Patagonia
while preparing for your Antarctic voyage. There are plenty of hiking trails and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park offers a range of outdoor activities. Visit museums, restaurants, cafes and stock up on any last-minute essentials in town.

Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
Following your embarkation onto the Ocean Endeavour in the late afternoon, you begin your Antarctic journey south, passing through the infamous Beagle Channel.
Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds.

Day 3-4: At sea, Drake Passage
The infamous Drake Passage is wild and unpredictable. Soak up some fresh air on one of the Ocean Endeavour's many outer decks while you feel the breeze of the roaring forties and furious fifties – waters not yet tamed even by the most intrepid of explorers.
The Expedition Team will provide insights into the adventures ahead and offer educational lectures on everything from history and geology to photography and ornithology. During these two days at sea, you'll witness plenty of seabirds crossing the Southern Ocean. With favourable sea and weather conditions, the first sighting of land will appear on day four.

Day 5–8: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
This is when your Antarctic adventures truly begin. The South Shetland Islands come into view – a region that has long captivated the attention of many explorers alike. The Expedition Team and Captain will scout for whales and seabirds and alert you to any new sightings.
Enjoy in-depth explanations and more lectures on the glaciology, history, and wildlife of the region as we explore them. Even more exciting will be your first land excursion. Daily Zodiac cruises and shore excursions take you to explore local bays, channels, and landing sites with wildlife opportunities always at the forefront of your Expedition Team's mind. Walk on beaches dotted with penguins, visit penguin rookeries, and search for southern seal species, including the fearless penguin eater, the Leopard seal.

No two days or landing are the same, with each day presenting new photo opportunities and sightings. But it won't take long for you to spot the difference between an Adelie, Gentoo and
Chinstrap penguin. You might hike to a penguin rookery one day and take a Zodiac cruise among towering icebergs the next. From coming eye to eye with a Humpback whale to the sound of a calving glacier, you will wake up excited each day with a desire to explore this icy wilderness. You also have the option to treat yourself to an overnight ice camping experience on land, a snowshoeing excursion to explore further afield, or hit the water for a day paddle excursion giving you a more intimate Antarctic experience. An average day onboard begins with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a delicious lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.

Day 9–10: At sea, Drake Passage
Your journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the Antarctic air.
So make sure to spend some time on the outer decks scouting for whales, watching seabirds or enjoying a presentation by your Expedition Team. Celebrate the unforgettable experiences you have shared with your fellow passengers exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
After arriving in the port of Ushuaia, the Expedition Team will gather on the deck to farewell you as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast.
Your transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for all flights departing today.

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.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
  • Onboard lecture program from Expedition Team and Naturalists
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options that have an additional cost)
  • Use of rubber boots on land and waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of your voyage
  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
  • Transfer to Ushuaia airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool, jacuzzi and yoga
EXCLUSIONS
  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
  • Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Laundry and communication charges
  • Medical care
  • Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots for minors under 16 years of age at time of travel
  • Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots for guests who require larger sizing
  • Gratuities for Expedition Team and crew

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Kayaking: USD 1,099
  • Camping: USD 399
  • Photography Program: USD 1,099
  • Explorer Boats: USD 50
  • Day Paddle: USD 250
  • Snowshoeing: USD 150
  • Yoga: FREE

 

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