Taking discerning travellers to distant lands. Antarctica is a land like no other, a place of ethereal icescapes and breathtaking scenery; narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs, rugged mountains and abundant wildlife
Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Day 3 - Beagle Channel
Days 4 & 5 - Drake Passage
Days 6 & 7 - Shetland Islands
Days 8 & 9 - Antarctica Peninsula
Days 10 & 11 - Drake Passage
Day 12 - Buenos Aires
Day 13 - Return Flight
In the 1770s, Captain Cook sailed into the Southern Oceans unchartered but could not penetrate beyond 70° South. Many attempts followed, the most compelling being that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Shackleton’s ship Endurance departed the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia in December 1914, navigating a maze of pack ice, an ice floe ensnared Endurance and unable to live up to her name, she succumbed to the unforgiving ice. Eclipsing disaster, the team set across Drake Passage onto deserted Elephant Island. Shackleton forged onward to South Georgia returning to rescue his crew. An expedition of epic proportions – fortunately, Antarctic exploration today, whilst just as awe-inspiring is much more comfortable and predictable.
The main focus of expedition cruising is the experience of nature and contact with natural surroundings, visiting remote and isolated sites often accessible only by Zodiac. Sculptural white icebergs, ice floes and deep blue seas flank the barren, rocky coastlines, which are home to moss, lichens and small plants and an incredible abundance of marine mammals and seabirds. On board the ice-classed expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, a unique experience for the few, shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris are at a distinct advantage on a small ship, with better access to the dramatic coastlines and the deep fjord systems, enabling travellers to set foot several times on the Continent of Antarctica and surrounding sub-Antarctic islands.
Lectures and Workshops
No Single Supplement - Cruise
Group Size: 4 – 20
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires.
Day 2 Arrive Buenos Aires, transfer to the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta for an overnight stay. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city stopping at the famous Café Tortoni. (B)
Day 3 Fly to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. Transfer to the Ocean Atlantic. The journey begins navigating through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. (B, D)
Day 4 Sailing onward, cross the famed passage, named after Sir Francis Drake - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view, here, catch the first sight of seals and penguins as well as an abundance of birdlife. (B, L, D)
Day 5 As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, our on board Polar Experts prepare you with presentations on all things Antarctic, from wildlife to history with lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you can notice a distinct drop in temperature as the ship enters the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain with their busy penguin and sea bird rockeries. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend 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. Projected landfalls include King George Island, Deception Island and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. (B, L, D)
Day 7 The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. Unbeknownst to most, two active volcanoes exist in Antarctica, and one is on Deception Island. In fact, this horseshoe-shaped island is the volcano's caldera and one of the only places in the world where vessels can sail directly into the centre of an active volcano. What's more intriguing, the island's thermally warmed waters are even suitable for a polar dip! (B, L, D)
Day 8 As Antarctica looms on the horizon, the presence of wildlife multiplies by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds on the projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula, leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island, humpback whales of Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay, and Lemaire Channel's orcas. The peninsula has some of the most dramatic scenery and richest variety of native wildlife of the entire 'White Continent.' The voyage offers ample time to experience the special magic of the wilderness region which so few people have visited. (B, L, D)
Day 9 An essential element of any expedition is the ability to come in close contact with the natural surroundings. Enjoy Zodiac excursions and landings on the Peninsula with a stunning backdrop of icebergs, glaciated mountains with volcanoes. One feature of our expedition cruises includes landings and excursions aboard Ocean Atlantic's fleet of 20 inflatable, motorized rubber "Zodiac" boats. The Zodiac brand has earned a well-deserved reputation as the sturdiest and safest small watercraft available. These boats have a low draft and great stability. Zodiacs are constructed for professional use and are outfitted with a top-quality outboard engine, yet their design minimally impacts the environment. The Zodiacs are designed to provide unrestricted access to the world's last great frontier. Their versatility enables us to make landfall on remote shores, cruise along awe-inspiring coastlines and get lucky (and we usually are!) to share breathtakingly close encounters with whales, seals, penguins, seabirds and more. We will come within arm's reach of icebergs and set foot on land discovered by pioneering explorers just over a century ago. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Spend two days at sea on the return to Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En route, cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. Your on board polar experts will be on deck to advise and assist as you search birdlife and whales. (B, L, D)
Day 11 During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and this provides the perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers. Onboard activities while at sea include lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting. As we sail we have the opportunity to reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days (B, L, D)
Day 12 Arrive back in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires and the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta for the final night. Enjoy a farewell dinner and Tango show at El Viejo Almacen. (B, D)
Day 13 Transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. (B)
Day 14 Arrive London Heathrow.
The cruise vessel takes up to a maximum of 198 passengers.
Excursions are by Zodiac or on foot, they may be over uneven ground and a reasonable level of mobility is required. There will be a combination of wet and dry landings. Landings are projected and the final schedule is dependent on weather conditions.
Portholes are closed when crossing Drake’s Passage.
A 5-star hotel in the Retiro district. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 175 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
The 459 ft. MV Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising, with an international ice class rating of 1B and one of the strongest in Antarctica. Her strength and shallow draft allows for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveller. Renovated in 2016 and with a crew of 140, accommodation is for just 198 passengers. With five decks and two lifts, facilities include elegant public areas, a restaurant, panoramic lounge, library, observation deck, lecture theatre, sauna, pool and gym. Cabins have twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe and TV.
Cat. G (97 sq.ft) - Single cabin
Cat. E Inside (215 sq. ft.) – Marco Polo Deck
Cat. D Outside (113 sq. ft.) – porthole – Columbus Deck
Cat. C Outside (129 sq. ft.)- window – Marco Polo Deck
Cat. B ; Outside (215 sq. ft.) Window and seated area located on the Hudson and Magellan Decks
Cat. A Outside (204-258 sq. ft.) – window and seated area – Marco Polo Deck
Iguazu Falls Extension
Recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Iguassu National Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Sharing the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Iguassu Falls is a mightily impressive mass of water that leaves visitors speechless. Spend two nights at the 5-star Panoramic Hotel in Iguassu Falls, explore the Argentinian side of the falls before returning to Buenos Aires for an overnight.
Day 1 Fly from Argentina to Iguazu and transfer to the 5-star Panoramic Hotel Iguazu for a two nights stay. The National Park is full of exotic subtropical vegetation surrounding the falls: several plant species with giant trees, ferns, lianas and orchids, 400 species of colorful birds (toucans, parrots, woodpeckers, humming birds and butterflies, with fascinating vivid colors and designs), and other fauna such as jaguar, tiger-cat, foxes, tapir, monkeys. (B)
Day 2 Full day tour of Iguazu National Park (6 hours.) Depart for the Argentinean National Park. Board a gas-propelled train which takes you to the upper falls circuit and Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo), the most prominent and one of the highest falls. There is the opportunity to walk more than 3km along the Iguassu river canyon, to appreciate the flora and fauna. (B)
Day 3 Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to the 4-star Pulitzer Hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 4 Day at leisure before the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)
Day 5 Arrive London Heathrow.
This 5-star hotel offers panoramic views of the Iguazu river and the triple frontier and is surrounded by a lush garden. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 91 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A modern, stylish 4-star hotel close to Plaza San Martin. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 104 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room and Cat. E cabin
British Airways from London Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room and Cat. E cabin
British Airways from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON CRUISE
Limited availability, on these dates:
2019: Jan 13, Oct 23, Nov 28
2020: Jan 3
Single supplement £215
Category G Single cabin £1835
Cat. D cabin £1650
Sole use of Cat. D cabin £7040
Cat. C cabin £2200
Sole use of Cat. C cabin £7990
Cat. B cabin £2650
Sole use of Cat. B cabin £8940
Cat. A cabin £3200
Sole use of Cat. A cabin £9690
Premier Suite £4450
Sole use of Premier Suite £11320
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £595
British Airways Business Class from £2375
Extension - Iguassu Falls
3 nights £795
Single supplement £225
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £55
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 2 nights' hotel and 9-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board and complimentary tea, coffee and water on board, excursions, cruise director, on board lecturer, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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