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Antarctic Explorer - Discovering the 7th Continent 2019

Imagine cruising in a Zodiac trough sea ice that crakles like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniqely shaped by its journey through the sea. Travel with the expedition ship Ocean Adventurer on an exciting trip to the world's most remote and dramatic continent - Antarctica!

  • Offer: 20-25% discount on selceted cabins
Accommodation: Hotel, cabin on board Ocean Adventurer. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiacs. Ship: Ocean Adventurer. Passengers: 132 passengers. Languages: English. Length: 12 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 8 695. Departures: 24 February 2019

Itinerary

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This is where we get to experience serenity and grandeur, and the superlatives are both many and obvious. We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions, and our exact itinerary depends on these factors. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Day 1 - Ushuaia

With a population of more than 63 000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. 

Day 2 - Emabrkation day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which Ocean Adventurer will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart - the next time you'll see land, you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

Days 3 and 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead. We recommend you to be a bit prepared for potentionally rough weather as we cross the Drake Passage. 

Days 5 to 9 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. 

Our ambition is to each day take you on Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.  

The majesty of the Antartic Peninsula's mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you a 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the oppurtunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you'll have the choice between hiking to the island's summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. 

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. 

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world. 

Days 10 and 11 - Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final oppurtunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scounting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences. 

Day 12 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home. 

The trip is operated by Quark Expeditions. All information before and during this trip will therefore be in English, guiding and lectures included.      

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.  

Adventure Option: Sea Kayaking

Imagine gliding across the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea. A small group of sea kayakers will plan to go out multiple times per voyage during landings, taking advantage of the best oppurtunities, as kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. We recommend that you have some prior kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit. Price per person: USD 995. 

The ship Ocean Adventurer

  • Quark Expeditions
  • Hull Karenjacot
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Rogelio Espinosa
  • Caroline Modolo
  • Superior cabin
    Rogelio Espinosa
  • Lower Deck Twin
    Rogelio Espinosa
  • Twin with windows
    Rogelio Espinosa
  • Twin with portholes
    Rogelio Espinosa
  • Triple cabin
    Rogelio Espinosa

Ocean Adventurer is a comfortable, ice reinforced expedition ship built in former Jugoslavia 1976. It has been refurbished several times, and the most comprehensive one was made in 2017. The ship carries 132 passengers in 63 comforable outside cabins, all with private facilities. In the dining room delicious food is served between the excursions and in the lounge you can listen to the guides lectures about the wildlife, nature and history of Antarctica. On board is also a bar, a small souvenir shop and a library where you can relax with a good book. The bridge is always open for visits and the ships spacious outer deck is perfect for admiring the dramatic landscape and to look for wildlife from.

In all cabins you find a TV, desk with a chair and plenty of space to store clothes and other equipment. The triple cabins and some of the double cabins has portholes whilst all other cabins has windows. The triple cabins has two lower beds and one higher, The doule cabins, superior cabins and deluxe cabins has two lower beds whilst the suits and the Owner's suites has double beds.

Cabins & prices

  • Offer: If you book your trip before 31 July 2018 you save 20 % on Lower Deck Twin cabins, Main Deck Twin cabins with portholes and Main Deck cabins with windows. If you book your trip before the 31 July 2018 you save 25 % on Deluxe cabins, Suite cabins and Superior cabins.
Cabin category Price per person
Triple USD 8 695
Twin lower deck USD 9 795
Twin with portholes USD 10 795
Twin with windows USD 11 895
Superior USD 12 995
Deluxe USD 13 995
Suite USD 15 395
Owner's Suite USD 17 295

Price includes: Shipboard accomodation with daily housekeeping . All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board . Beer and wine during dinner . All shore landings per daily program . Leadership troghout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader . All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program . Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled . Photography guide on Expedition Team . Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings . A parka to keep . Coffee, tea and cocoa around the clock . Comprehensive pre departure materials . All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program . All luggage handling on board the ship . All gratuties . Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit uf USD 500 000 per person . Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 . One night's pre-expedition hotel accomodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast . Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day and upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport

Not included: Flights . Passport and visa expenses . Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above . Meals ashore unless otherwise specified . Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended . Excess-baggage fees on international flights . Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned . Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified . Phone and internet charges . Additional overnight accomodation . Optional adventure activities

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24 February 2019 7 March 2019