This special, once-per-year voyage includes extra days so we can push deep into rarely visited regions south of the Antarctic Circle. In so doing, we are following in the historic footsteps of legendary polar explorers and early scientific expeditions. The vast, white landscapes here are both bleak and beautiful, the weather is especially wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting sea ice and enormous tabular icebergs. This is expedition cruising at its most authentic.
Day 1. Ushuaia, Argentina. Our program starts in the city of Ushuaia. Enjoy your staying at Arakur hotel resort, part of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. Day 2. Embarkation day in Ushuaia. We embark the Sea Spirit and set sail down the Beagle Channel. Our ship heads south to icebergs and penguins, and even deeper south to the “boundary” of Antarctica – the Polar Circle. Day 3-4. Crossing the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage is named after the famous 16th century English pirate (and explorer) Sir Francis Drake. The passage has picked up an unpredictable character of the pirate; it might be rough sea there. However we hope to make our crossing comfortable with help of the Sea Spirit’s stabilizer fins. We plan to see the first subantarctic land on the second day of our sea passage. Day 5-7. The South Shetlands and Antarctic Continent. As our ship gets to the region of Antarctic Peninsula we make 2 landings a day to have maximum opportunities to explore Antarctica with all our five senses. We plan to visit the most interesting sights: stunning landscapes at Lemaire and Neumayer Channels, fantastic icebergs and glaciers of Pleneau and Paradise Bays, penguin colonies at Cuverville and Petermann Islands, several historic and active scientific stations. Day 8. Crossing the Antarctic Circle. Today we cross 66° 33′ 44″ and will have joined the select group of those who have seen what is up (or down) there. At Crystal Sound we watch impressive high mountains and huge glaciers. We plan to land at Fish Islands to observe the southernmost colony of Adelie penguins in the region of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the evening our ship reverses its course heading back to South America. Day 9-10. Return trip via the South Shetlands and Antarctic Continent. Our return trip goes via Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetlands. Thus we have excellent opportunities to discover sights we’ve missed on our way south. Day 11-12. Drake Passage. Antarctic birds and whales escort our ship. We believe that now you can identify them all easily. Day 13. Ushuaia, disembarkation. Our voyage finishes at the same port where it had started. What is quite different – that’s you. Now you are the part of the select group of travelers who have been south of the Antarctic Circle.
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called Zodiacs- for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe Suites, Premium Suites and the Owner's Suite have private balconies for viewing the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. Cruise with all the comfort of home - king-size beds (twin beds for those who prefer them), an open bar, balconies and a hot tub. Plus enjoy the amenities of a fine hotel, while a resident photographer helps you take brag-worthy photos.
|Kayaking (Sea Spirit)||The polar regions are a paddlers’ paradise. Whether in the Arctic or Antarctic you can experience some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and incredible marine wildlife from an unique perspective! Sea Kayak Club members will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and marine animals while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains.||US$595|
|Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (4-star)||Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on lower or higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year.||US$510|