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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

Explore Antarctica on a small, modern and comfortable expedition ship. Sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina, this expedition takes you through the scenic Beagle Channel and across the mythical waters of the Drake Passage. Explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the Antarctic Peninsula, during the busy early summer when millions of penguins and other wildlife gather for the breeding season. Majestic snow-capped peaks soar overhead with wild glaciers tumbling to the water's edge. Extend your adventure with optional kayaking and snow-shoeing excursions.

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Nov 2018 Expedition: Save USD$1000 (or equivalent currency) for confirmed bookings before 31 December 2017!

  • Small ship access to Antarctica’s hidden gems
  • All travellers ashore at once, quickly
  • Penguins, seals, whales, and natural beauty
  • Just 68 passengers for an intimate experience exploring Antarctica
  • Expert guides and modern, comfortable ice-class vessel
  • Outstanding value for the experience of a lifetime!

The Antarctica expedition on Ocean Nova exceeded our expectations.  We were very, very satisfied.

The expedition program was well planned, with various wildlife sightings, breath-taking scenery and informative, interesting presentations.  The expedition team are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and the best of all, their passion about Antarctica is contagious.  A wonderful professional team.

The operation team on board offered excellent service.  The food was superb - kudos to the chef, his team and the dining service crew.

The captain and his crew provided us safe passage.  Great job.

It was a fabulous trip.  I'd love to return to the Antarctic, i.e., after first visiting the Arctic some time!

Day 1 – Ushuaia Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail towards Antarctica. N.B. Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel. Day 2 & 3 – Drake Passage Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-­‐enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Day 4 to 7 – Antarctica 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 sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge 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 ever-­‐changing 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. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board. Day 8 & 9 – Drake Passage Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks. Day 10 – Ushuaia Arrive back in Ushuaia and disembark. NOTE Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason the vessel operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond control without consulting the participants.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. For Antarctica Fly/Cruises the aircraft BAE-146 is used in combination with the Ocean Nova. It was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

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Date Selected: 11th Nov 2018

Adult (1) US$5995
Sub total US$5995

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Kayaking Antarctica The sea kayaking program is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants under the guidance/leadership/responsibility of an experienced Kayak Master. US$895
Snow Shoe Hiking The snowshoeing program is a group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants. The group will meet on board with the Snowshoeing Guide at the beginning of the expedition for a briefing session and an overview of the equipment. The group will then snowshoe together for the duration of the expedition. To take part in the snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. US$195
Early Booking discount Book Early and save with this exclusive discount from Expeditions Online! US$-1000

Essential Information

Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $1500 per person 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 alternatively bank transfer. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by calling us (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card (however subject to a 2% surcharge) or bank transfer. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellation received up to 120 days prior to departure: there will be a full refund of the program cost less 75% of the Booking Fee. Cancellation received between 119 days and up to 90 days prior to departure: there will be a refund of 50% of the total cost of the tour (per person). Cancellation received between 89 days prior to departure and departure date: there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarctica XXI 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. Single travellers Single travellers can choose between:
  • Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
  • Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
  • Sharing a twin cabin with another passenger (male or female). No supplement is applied, and the shipping company will take care of finding the matching companion.


  • Comprehensive pre‐expedition information material
  • Expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula with daily shore excursions (based on local conditions)
  • Loan of waterproof boots for every passenger for wet landings
  • Briefings and recaps pre-and post-excursions given by expedition staff
  • All guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Lectures and presentations given by Antarctic specialists
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner offering a choice of three main courses
  • A selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
  • Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip

  • Excluded

    • Juice, soft drinks, wine, beer, spirits, and mixed drinks served at the bar
    • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers in Ushuaia
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
    • Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
    • Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.