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  • Travel on an amazing Antarctica cruise from Ushuaia
    Travel on an amazing Antarctica cruise from Ushuaia
  • See Antarctic wildlife in astonishing numbers!
    See Antarctic wildlife in astonishing numbers!
  • M/V Ushuaia in Antarctica
    M/V Ushuaia in Antarctica
  • Crabeater seal, Antarctica
    Crabeater seal, Antarctica
  • See huge icebergs in Antarctica!
    See huge icebergs in Antarctica!
  • The ship Ushuaia cruising Antarctica's Lemaire Channel
    The ship Ushuaia cruising Antarctica's Lemaire Channel
  • Zodiac excursions offer unique perspectives
    Zodiac excursions offer unique perspectives
  • Adelie penguin and its chick
    Adelie penguin and its chick
  • Extraordinary scenery Antarctica!
    Extraordinary scenery Antarctica!

Classic Antarctica Cruise: MV Ushuaia

This Classic Antarctic expedition cruise on board the MV USHUAIA offers the ideal introduction to the White Continent. The itinerary is expertly planned to take best advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery during each part of the Antarctic season. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience and no two voyages are the same. Your Expedition Leader and their team will show you busy penguin colonies and spectacular seabirds, seals and whales amidst the imposing mountain ranges, ice-filled channels, and beautifully shaped icebergs and glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Ideal first trip to Antarctica.
  • Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small and ice strengthened expedition vessel
  • Learn about Antarctica with expert onboard lecturers
  • See Antarctic wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales
  • NEW: Classic Antarctica Taster

    A new 8 night / 9 day itinerary with dates 7-15 February 2017. A perfect introduction to Antarctica at very attractive rates! Includes three days of landings in Antarctica instead of the usual five.

    See Dates, Costs and Booking for further details.

    Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina Embark the MV Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass and then sail towards Antarctica. Day 2 - 3: Crossing the Drake Passage Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, the lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3. Days 4 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by 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. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, blue-eyed cormorants, Antarctic terns and southern giant petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins. Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of gentoo penguins. Days 9 - 10: Drake Passage We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia. Day 11: Ushuaia We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the MV USHUAIA after breakfast. Please note: The 9 night/10 day departures offer one day less in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

    Expedition Vessel: M/V Ushuaia

    Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel USHUAIA is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline. All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an observation lounge and bar, a conference room with modern multimedia equipment, a well-stocked library, a changing room and a small infirmary. The expert captain, officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation and have a great love of nature. A specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers are all extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. Chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.

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    Date Selected: 22nd Dec 2017


    Adult (1) US$6540
    Sub total US$6540

    Expedition Options

    Name Description Price
    Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (3-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 3-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 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$450
    Ushuaia stopover (3-star) 3 DAY/2 NIGHT USHUAIA STOPOVER Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world is a colourful port, situated on the shores of the Beagle Channel in a bay of incredible beauty. Your stopover pre or post cruise, includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, one way transfer airport/hotel or vice versa and a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park with a ride on ‘The Train at the End of the World’. Cost shown per person Twin share (contact us for single or triple pricing) and based on 3-star hotel accommodation (contact us for other standards). Price subject to change due to availability or seasonal rates. US$370

    Essential Information

    Rates, Share and Sole Use policy All rates are quoted per person, based on shared twin or triple occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with another person of the same gender at the shared rate. Two dedicated Premier single cabins are available at a special single rate. A limited number of twin cabins are also available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate. Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in the Suites and Superior may be occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate. Special rates for families A child (under 16 years) accompanied by two adults can travel free of charge in a triple Superior cabin or triple Suite (subject to availability). Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 30% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Balances may be paid by bank transfer alternatively by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge). Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure = US$500. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarpply Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

    Included

    • Voyage to Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the MV Ushuaia.
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
    • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
    • Detailed post-expedition log.

    Excluded

    • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
    • Pre- and post land arrangements
    • Transfers to / from the vessel
    • Passport and visa expenses
    • Government arrival and departure taxes
    • Meals ashore
    • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended)
    • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges
    • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).