Spot whales in Antarctica!

Antarctica Marine Mammals - Akademik Vavilov

Antarctic Peninsula

February and March is definitely the peak time for visiting Antarctica if you are interested in whale watching. Around this time, the whales have usually lost their inhibitions and appear relatively relaxed, enjoying each other's company. Sightings are regular and in fact whales are seen almost everywhere we look! The voyage offers opportunities to see a wide variety of cetaceans including Fin, Sei Humpback, Minke and Orca Whales, as well as Hourglass, Peale's and Commerson's Dolphins

  • Peak season for spotting ehales in Antarctica.
  • Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fast, powerful and ice strengthened vessel
  • Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Onboard hospitality staff look after your every comfort
  • See abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • <h3>The right gear for your trip – included!</h3>
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    <p>During the voyage you will have the use of an expedition gear package
      free of charge. Containing around $US900 worth of essential equipment,
      this kit includes a quality waterproof/ windproof jacket and bib-pants
      plus insulated rubber boots designed for extended walking. We also
      include a set of binoculars and a Nordic trekking pole for use when on
      shore. A waterproof backpack completes your package. This kit saves
      you buying expensive clothing and equipment you may only ever use
      once. It also eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear to the
      ship (total weight around 8kg/17lbs).</p>

    Special Offer

    Book and deposit before 31 January 2019 and save with a flight credit of US$750 per person (or equivalent currency). 

    Stewart's Take

    A wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about whales in Antarctica accompanied by marine mammal experts.

    Overview

    February and March is definitely the peak time for visiting Antarctica if you are interested in whale watching. Around this time, the whales have usually lost their inhibitions and appear relatively relaxed, enjoying each other's company. Sightings are regular and in fact whales are seen almost everywhere we look! The voyage offers opportunities to see a wide variety of cetaceans including Fin, Sei Humpback, Minke and Orca Whales, as well as Hourglass, Peale's and Commerson's Dolphins.
    Join this unique Antarctic expedition to see and study humpback, Minke and killer whales. The Antarctic Peninsula is the main feeding ground for a large number of krill predators, and March represents a critical time as they build energy stores for either the long migration to tropical breeding grounds or to maintain energy in a struggle to survive in ice-choked waters. The 10-day trip will be accompanied by Dr Ari Friedlaender, a Research Scientist at Duke University, whose work focuses on the feeding behaviour and movement patterns of marine mammals around the world. Ari, who is actively studying how climate change and global warming are affecting whales and other krill predators, is currently leading a project to track the long-term movement patterns of humpback whales around the Antarctic Peninsula to understand how they are being affected by changes to their environment. Participants will learn how to document whale numbers, help to conduct photo surveys, determine movement patterns and identify individual animals. They will also be able to locate and document behaviour of whales that have previously been fitted with satellite tracking devices.Els Vermeulen, international marine consultant and founder of the Marybio Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of marine mammals in Argentine Patagonia, will also join the voyage. Els is scientific advisor to the Belgian delegation in the International Whaling Commission, and a perfect companion to have on board during this special interest expedition. Day 1 / Ushuaia Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'our home' for the next 11 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel. Days 2 - 3 / Drake Passage Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard as our numerous Polar experts prepare us for our adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species, some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea. Days 4 - 8 / Antarctic Peninsula In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature's glory. Planned excursions might include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adelie penguin. At Half Moon Island we will observe a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to observe orcas and Minke whales as we go. We finally arrive on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour. Prepare to be dazzled by your first glimpse of the continent. The scenery here is amazing. In particular we will be struck by the oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures, as well as the colossal 'tabular' icebergs that break away from the continent's ice shelf. We hope the weather will be mild enough to allow us all to step foot on the White Continent itself. Some may wish to camp on shore overnight. Whatever your vantage point, whether it is onboard or onshore expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet. Days 9 - 10 / Drake Passage As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner. Day 11 - Ushuaia In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. PLEASE NOTE: As with all of such expeditions, safety is the top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require changes to the itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploring. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.

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    Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov

    Designed for polar research, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also known as the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.

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    Included
    • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
    • Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
    • Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
    • Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
    • An emergency trained English speaking physician
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
    Excluded
    • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
    • Pre- and post land arrangements.
    • Transfers to the vessel.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
    • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
    Deposit Reservations require a 20% deposit 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 Payment Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and can be paid by bank transfer. Balance payments may be made by credit card subject to a 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure = loss of deposit. If cancellation occurs less than 120 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. Pricing, Sharing and Single Occupancy Prices shown are per person 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 1.5 times the twin share rate (not available in the Triple category), or 2 times the rate for Suites. Family Travel and Child Discounts For youth up to and including 17 years of age there is a 25% reduction in price. For youth between the ages of 18-21 there is a 20% reduction in price with proof of educational enrolment (current student card). These youth bookings must accompany an adult booking. Permission is required for any traveller under the age of 18 years and a Child Consent form to be completed. Booking Terms Please read carefully the general Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by One Ocean 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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