January 16 – 24, 2017
|This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is to Antarctica, a remote and wild wilderness essentially unspoiled by human habitation. During the short austral summer, the Antarctic’s nutrient rich waters provide habitat for thousands of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and other wildlife to mate and rear their young. This awesome congregation of wildlife in one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world is a mystical experience that will form a lasting impression.
On this trip we fly to King George Island and thus avoid two days of sailing across the Drake Passage. After the tour we fly back to Punta Arenas. When we get to Antarctica we board the Ocean Nova, a small, maneuverable ice-class expedition ship that accommodates 68 people. Once aboard and in the company of expert naturalist guides we sail to the “last continent”. We will sail through majestic narrow straights and view vast glaciers, and visit remarkable places including Deception Island, a volcanic caldera that we sail into; Paradise Bay, one of Antarctica’s best scenic locations; Cuverville Island, one of the peninsula’s largest Gentoo penguin colonies; Paulet Island, the home of a large rookery of Adelie penguin pairs and their chicks; and the Lemaire Channel with walls rising thousands of feet out of the water.
Day 1: Monday, January 16, 2017. Depart USA for Chile
Day 2. Tuesday, January 17. Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 3. Wednesday, January 18. Fly to Antarctica
Days 4-7. Thursday-Sunday January 19-22. Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, we will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Our voyage may include visits to sites such as Deception Island and Paradise Bay, travel as far south as the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, and Petermann Island, and if time and weather conditions permit, our expedition may even venture over toward the Weddell Sea to include visits to historic locations such as Hope Bay and Paulet Island. (BLD)
Day 8. Monday, January 23. Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 9. Tuesday, January 24. Depart for the USA
General Note: Please note this itinerary is intended as a general guide only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife and scenery. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
The Ocean Nova offers a glass enclosed observation lounge/presentation room on the top deck, which makes for wonderful wildlife and landscape watching opportunities from the warmth and comfort of inside. The bridge is open and accessible to all passengers throughout the voyage. In addition, there is plenty of open deck space, a spacious dining room with windows, a library with an additional lounge area on the bridge deck, an infirmary and an exercise room. The décor is modern and uncomplicated. The ship’s dining room serves an excellent international cuisine accompanied by premium wines, and seats all passengers in one sitting. Breakfast and some lunches are served buffet-style. The rest of the meals are by table service. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available around the clock. The vessel is manned by a 26-member nautical crew and 12 expedition staff. The expedition team includes an expedition leader, expedition leader assistant, guides/naturalists/Zodiac drivers, and a doctor. The ship’s 37 spacious, outside cabins are configured as triples, twins and dedicated singles – all with picture windows and private facilities. The ship is equipped with seven Zodiacs for shore excursions and a unique Antarctic vehicle named “Bigfoot”, which assists in quick and efficient Antarctic baggage transport and was especially designed and built to adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain.
COST: $12,895 per person –Twin Cabin
COST INCLUDES: Professional English-speaking guides, natural history staff, and guest speakers; internal airfare (Punta Arenas/King George Island/Punta Arenas); ship accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary; wine, beer, soda, juice, coffee/tea included during lunch and dinner service; all shore excursions via Zodiac; one pre-expedition hotel night in Punta Arenas; one post-expedition hotel night in Punta Arenas; Punta Arenas pre-trip arrival transfer (you must arrive before 3pm); transfers for Antarctica flights; Punta Arenas post-trip departure transfer; entrance fees for all applicable scheduled tours, national parks, and archaeological sites.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: International airfare to Punta Arenas; lunches and dinners in Punta Arenas (unless otherwise noted); expedition parka and other personal gear; Medical Evacuation Insurance (mandatory); personal expenses (beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, gratuities, telecommunication charges, medical or travel insurance, laundry, airport taxes, Chilean visas or reciprocity fees, etc.). Kayaking activities available at additional cost and hiking & snowshoeing program available at additional cost.
In terms of difficulty, this trip is rated easy, as we lodge on the ship and hiking is limited. However, daily we will board Zodiac craft for wildlife excursions.
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