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Antarctic Explorer: Ocean Endeavour

Antarctic Peninsula

Travel from Argentina to Antarctica. This cruise to visit Antarctica offers the best of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll be delighted by the places to visit in Antarctica, along with Antarctica’s wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales. Cruise amongst icebergs while you explore the iconic sights of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environment

  • Perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica.
  • Travel from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • The expedition ship Ocean Endeavour - specially designed and ice strengthened
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, elephant seals, whales and more!

Arrival & Departure Details

Since air transportation to and from your voyage is not included in the cost of your expedition, you will need to arrange flights from your home to the starting point, and home again from the finishing point.  Here are the details of your expedition:

Arrival Day and Embarkation

You may arrive Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will make your way to the included group hotel. That evening, an expeditions representative will greet you and be available to answer your questions at the pre-departure briefing. After breakfast the following morning, on Day 2, your group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Please note that there is a strict luggage limit of 20 kg (44 lbs) checked luggage and 5 kg (11 lbs) cabin baggage on the flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Buenos Aires. There is NO option to pay for additional luggage.

Upon arrival in Ushuaia (Day 2 of your itinerary), you’ll have some free time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier and embarking around 4 pm. Information about embarkation will be given during your pre-departure briefing at the Buenos Aires hotel. (If you are not taking the Buenos Aires flight package, you should instead arrive Ushuaia the day before the cruise starts, i.e. at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary.)

Final Day and Departure

The ship is scheduled to arrive back at the pier in Ushuaia between 7 am and 8 am local time. After breakfast, and once the ship has docked, you will have time to bid farewell to your Expedition Team and shipmates before completing your disembarkation. The process takes about an hour. If you have purchased the Buenos Aires hotel and transfer package, we will depart the pier to take a short tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for our return charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you may connect directly with your homeward flight, as we will land at the international airport (EZE). Approximate arrival time is scheduled for 5 pm.

Please note that weather conditions can always delay our arrival, and airline schedule changes have also been known to occur. Booking flexible tickets is always encouraged, as we cannot be held responsible for ship delays due to unforeseen circumstances. A post-expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires is recommended.

Special Offers

2018/19 SEASON: Save on the following selected departures:

05 Nov 2018 - Standard cabins* 30%, Premium cabins** 35%
02 Dec 2018
- Standard cabins* 15%, Premium cabins** 15%

2019/20 SEASON: Book before 31 October 2018 and save on the following selected departures:

05 Nov 2019 - Standard cabins* 25%, Premium cabins** 30%
02 Dec 2019 - Standard cabins* 20%, Premium cabins** 25%
11 Dec 2019 - Standard cabins* 15%, Premium cabins** 20%
07 Jan 2020 - Standard cabins* 10%, Premium cabins** 15%
28 Jan 2020 - Standard cabins* 15%, Premium cabins** 20%
06 Feb 2020 - Standard cabins* 15%, Premium cabins** 20%
06 Feb 2020 - Standard cabins* 15%, Premium cabins** 20%
07 Mar 2020 - Standard cabins* 25%, Premium cabins** 30%

Use Promocodes  XXQ10, XXQ15, XXQ20, XXQ25, XXQ30 or XXQ35 during the booking process.

Terms and Conditions:
*Standard cabins: Standard: Inside Single, Twin Porthole, Twin Window, Upper Deck Twin/Double, Twin Porthole Suites
**Premium cabins: Superior, Top Deck Double, Twin Window Suites, Junior Suite
Valid on new bookings, applicable to above departure dates and selected categories only. Excludes triple cabins. Must quote the Promocodes above and provide full names at time of booking. Not combinable with any other promotion and applies to voyage only - not applicable for transfer packages, land-based programs, Adventure Options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance, or flights. The right is reserved to limit, change or discontinue promotion at any time without notice. No cash value.

Stewart's Take

A great-value Antarctica cruise on a really comfortable ship and with a big team of Antarctica experts to enhance your experience. For adventure seekers, this is the perfect Antarctic trip, with adventure options such as paddling excursions, kayaking, camping, mountaineering and cross-country skiing in Antarctica.

Overview

Travel from Argentina to Antarctica. This cruise to visit Antarctica offers the best of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll be delighted by the places to visit in Antarctica, along with Antarctica’s wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales.

Cruise amongst icebergs while you explore the iconic sights of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environment.
Antarctica expedition itinerary from Argentina to Antarctica: Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during today. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, make your way independently to the group hotel* (part of the Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package). Day 2 — Charter Flight to Ushuaia Your cruise to Antarctica from Argentina starts here! After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight* from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. Take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier where your trip to Antarctica from Argentina begins! Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage: Ushuaia to Antarctica The Drake is unpredictable and always changing - but you’re in safe hands! You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead. Days 5 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Become Antarctic explorers! It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike as we take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With Antarctica’s wildlife wonderfully abundant here, visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. A stunning, 360° view of your surroundings The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Each day a different Antarctic experience Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories. Savor penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Antarctic expedition team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world. If you’re looking for the ideal Antarctica cruise to see penguins, this is it! Days 9 and 10 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia. The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales. You can also enjoy a few final presentations by your expedition team or simply relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experience. Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia with charter flight* back to Buenos Aires. You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight* to Buenos Aires. Antarctic Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Antarctic Expedition Cruise! All Antarctic voyages include great daily outdoor activities. These include:
  • Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing
  • Camping on Antarctica (few people have the opportunity to say they’ve camped on the 7th continent and is one of the best ways to see Antarctica in a more intimate manner).
  • Cross-country skiing, kayaking, mountaineering and stand-up paddleboarding are some of the other incredible options.
Contact us to learn more about your Antarctic adventure options. *Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package The Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package is not included in the base price of the trip - see inclusions/exclusions. Note: Some departures are 10 days and include one less day in Antarctica. Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places visited may be changed from those mentioned above to others equally as interesting. POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS Stepping foot on Antarctica is a moment of pleasure that affects each traveler differently. Your possible landing in Antarctica will take place on the Peninsula, which is an extension of the Transantarctic Mountains chain and is the most northern stretch of Antarctic land. Formed by uplifted submarine troughs that were filled with sediment about 220 million years ago, this is a dynamic land of both desolation and diversity. To the east is the frozen, wild Weddell Sea. To the west, howling winds and warming seas from the Southern Ocean create perfect conditions for whale sightings. CUVERVILLE ISLAND A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on a rocky beach at the north end of the island. Depending on when in the season you arrive, you may see the penguins building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island. DAMOY POINT If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor where Port Lockroy is located. DANCO ISLAND Home to gentoo penguins, this small island is easy to explore, at only one mile (1.6 km) long. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut, where you can watch for a variety of seabirds, such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags. ENTERPRISE ISLAND Located in Wilhelmina Bay, this island was once used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship. LEMAIRE CHANNEL You’ll see firsthand why this strait, which runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, is one of the most scenic locations on the peninsula’s west coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow 6.8-mile (11 km) long passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters. MELCHIOR ISLANDS This group of low islands in Dallmann Bay is where you may see hauled-out male fur seals as they recuperate from their battles for supremacy at the end of their breeding season. NEKO HARBOUR Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see whale vertebrae being used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. Climb up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor. PETERMANN ISLAND Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island. PORT LOCKROY As part of Operation Tabarin during the Second World War, a secret British base was built in this sheltered harbor, located on the west side of Wiencke Island. Now a designated historic site, the base is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases in Port Lockroy support the British Antarctic Heritage trust, which preserves historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration. A large gentoo penguin population resides here and is observed for any effects of tourism. WATERBOAT POINT You may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the historic area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the point from 1921 to 22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site. SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS The Bransfield Strait separates this archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula. The South Shetland Islands stretch for 335 miles (540 km) from northeast to southwest. In the 1820s, sealers swept the islands’ beaches of seals. When the seal market collapsed, the sealers retreated. Over the course of time, seals have returned to the islands. AITCHO ISLANDS This group of small islands, some still unnamed, is situated in the northern entrance of the English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife in the area, with gentoo and chinstrap penguins having established rookeries on the islands. Southern elephant and fur seals frequently haul out here, too. BAILY HEAD Also known as Rancho Point, Bailey Head is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge that dominates the natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography. HALF MOON ISLAND This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike sealers, who tried to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here, including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua. HANNAH POINT Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on this point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from January 10 onward. PENDULUM COVE Geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, named for observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding water! PENGUIN ISLAND Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes. ROBERT POINT A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado petrels breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters. TELEFON BAY Your Expedition Team will be happy to point out that this is where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen. TURRET POINT Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries are found on this point, situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches here are often crowded with southern elephant, fur and Weddell seals hauling out on the rocks. WHALER’S BAY To reach Whaler’s Bay, it is necessary to sail through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbor created by the formation of the circular flooded caldera known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see the rusting remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam that may rise from geothermally heated springs along the shoreline. YANKEE HARBOUR Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbor, situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. Here, you can see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a large glacier that stretches along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned sealing try pot is all that remains of the activity that brought men thousands of miles in tall ships to seek their fortune.

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Your Luxury Expedition Ship: M/V Ocean Endeavour

Expedition Ship M/V Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is an extremely well-appointed expedition ship expertly engineered to explore Antarctica. Carrying up to 199 guests, the ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. 

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Included
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings. An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
  • All shore landings per the daily program. Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program. Formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers.
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials.
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport. All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
Excluded
  • Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package: Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast, Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires, Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (return), Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship (return).
  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
Rates and Share Bookings Prices shown are per person in US Dollars on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.7 times the twin share rate. Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% (minimum $1000 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. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer, or credit card subject to a 2% surcharge (or 3% for Amex). Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $1000 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. 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 Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This voyage is operated by Quark 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.
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