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Fly & Cruise 2018/2019 - Classic Antarctica

Jump over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage! This expedition combines a short flight between Punta Arenas and the South Shetland Islands with a ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula. A perfect alternative if you have limited time but dream of visiting the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent on earth – Antarctica.

Accommodation: Hotel in Punta Arenas, cabin on board Ocean Nova. Transport: Airplane, expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: Ocean Nova in Antarctica. Passengers: 72 passengers. Languages: English. Length: 8 days, 5 nights on ship. Price: From USD 11 395. Future departures: 2 December 2018, 7 December 2018, 12 December 2018, 17 December 2018, 22 December 2018, 27 December 2018, 3 January 2019, 17 January 2019, 29 January 2019, 8 February 2019, 13 February 2019

Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, where we are welcomed by the guides and transferred to a comfortable hotel. In the afternoon, we attend a briefing that provides important information about the voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. In the evening we gather for a welcome dinner and meet our fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

Day 2: Punta Arenas – King George Island, South Shetland Islands

Our Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the mountainous and wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. As we exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills our lungs for the first time. We explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark the small expedition ship Ocean Nova, our home the following days.

Day 3 – 6: South Shetland Islands – the Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. The polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge you can enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. 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 everchanging opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Day 7: King George Island – Punta Arenas

Today it is time to bid farewell to Antarctica. We return to King George Island and fly back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas we are transferred to our comfortable hotel.

Day 8: Punta Arenas

After a hearty breakfast we begin our journey home.

Please note: Flights to/from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. If delays occur a contingency plan is offered. Our exact route in Antarctica always depends on ice, weather conditions and wildlife encounters. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

On this expedition PolarQuest cooperates with Antarctica XXI.

The Aircraft

MODEL: BAE 146-200, ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5, LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m), WINGSPAN: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m), CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h), SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9.500 m), CAPACITY: 71 passengers. 

The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Sea kayaking or Snowshoeing

There is a possibility to take part in the following activities on this trip at an additional cost: Sea kayaking program USD 895. Snowshoeing program USD 195. (Prebooking necessary, limited number of participants.)

The ship Ocean Nova in Antarctica

  • Evelyn Pfeiffer
  • Tripple Cabin
    Marie Lannborn
  • Panorama lounge
  • Adrian Nordenborg
  • Antarctica XXI

The expedition ship Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and in 2006 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. The Ocean Nova takes 72 passengers in twin, triple and quad cabins, all with exterior views and en-suite facilities. The quad, triple and some of the twin cabins on upper deck have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair as well as storage space for clothes and equipment.

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with breathtaking views of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where your guides entertain and educate you with lectures on the area’s flora, fauna and history. On board there is also a library with a collection of polar books and DVDs. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. The atmosphere on board Ocean Nova is relaxed and very friendly. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin (Voyages between 2 - 24 Dec 2018) USD 11 395
Twin cabin (Voyages between 2 - 24 Dec 2018) USD 12 395
Single cabin (Voyages between 2 - 24 Dec 2018) USD 16 395
Triple cabin (Voyages between 22 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019) USD 12 995
Twin cabin (Voyages between 22 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019) USD 14 995
Single cabin (Voyages between 22 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019) USD 21 495
Triple cabin (Voyages between 17 Jan - 20 Feb 2019) USD 11 995
Twin cabin (Voyages between 17 Jan - 20 Feb 2019) USD 13 995
Single cabin (Voyages between 17 Jan - 20 Feb 2019) USD 19 395

Single travellers
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a twin cabin for single use (an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in Twin Cabin) or sharing a twin cabin with another passenger of the same gender.  Passengers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement of USD 450. 

Price includes: Flights Punta Arenas, Chile – King George Island – Punta Arenas, two hotel nights (day 1 and day 7) in Punta Arenas, 5 nights on board Ocean Nova, a welcome dinner day 1, all meals on board, juice, soft drinks, beer and wine served with lunch and dinner, coffee, tea and hot chocolate on board, an experienced expedition leader and knowledgeable guides, loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica, shore excursions, an extensive lecture program, transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary, comprehensive pre- and post-departure information.

Not included: Connecting flights to and from Punta Arenas, beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, airport taxes, travel and cancellation insurance, visa and passport expenses, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, any personal expenses.

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Departure Return
2 December 2018 9 December 2018
7 December 2018 14 December 2018
12 December 2018 19 December 2018
17 December 2018 24 December 2018
22 December 2018 29 December 2018
27 December 2018 3 January 2019
3 January 2019 10 January 2019
17 January 2019 24 January 2019
29 January 2019 5 February 2019
8 February 2019 15 February 2019
13 February 2019 20 February 2019