Antarctica Off the Beaten Track - Resolute

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore from south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. Options include camping out on the ice amidst the Polar landscape, sea kayaking (with or without overnight camping), high alpine ski touring, snowshoeing and all traditional activities (walking, hiking, zodiac cruising). Even experienced staff members many of whom have visited Antarctica a hundred times or more are still astonished

  • Variety of adventure options including camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and photography excursions.
  • Longer voyage with more time spent admiring Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fast, powerful and luxurious vessel
  • Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Onboard hospitality staff look after your every comfort
  • Antarctic wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Important Voyage Logistics

    This trip commences in Santiago – Chile’s elegant capital city. We recommend you arrive in Santiago at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure date. This gives you a buffer in the event of any unexpected travel delays between home and trip departure time. From Santiago we fly south to Stanley in the Falkland Islands via a special charter flight service. We transfer into town and have time to explore or enjoy a visit to Gypsy Cove prior to ship embarkation.

    At the conclusion of the trip, we fly from Stanley back to Santiago. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central downtown location. This return flight arrives in the late afternoon and onward international flight connections may be possible.

    Full joining instructions are provided in your final travel documentation. If you have questions before this time, please ask us.

    The right gear for your trip – included!

    Expedition Clothing Gear package included

    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).

    Special Offer

    Deposit before 31 August 2019 and save as follows:

    2019-20: US$500 per person (or equivalent currency).

    In addition, we will include a complimentary pre-voyage hotel night combined with an onboard US$50 dining/spa credit.

    Stewart's Take

    An outstanding adventure with options for kayaking. The vessel's speed and strength offers great opportunities to get closer in to icy waterways.

    Overview

    Explore from south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. Options include camping out on the ice amidst the Polar landscape, sea kayaking (with or without overnight camping), high alpine ski touring, snowshoeing and all traditional activities (walking, hiking, zodiac cruising). Even experienced staff members many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by Antarctica's pristine beauty and wildlife.
    Early season is a time of intense activity in Antarctica. The wildlife migrations have commenced and the sea ice is quickly receding, allowing access to locations which have been ice choked since winter. We anticipate exciting ice navigation on the ship and will be among the first to visit many of the well-known sites this season. For all these reasons, it's one of our favourite times of the year to visit Antarctica. What makes this journey so special is the enhanced program of off-ship activities offered on this departure. Taking advantage of optimal snow and ice conditions in November, we offer a range of additional activities which complement our regular programming. For those with some technical ability and experience, we offer back-country ski touring. Snow-shoeing is another exciting option. If you have some experience sea kayaking, why not enjoy this unique activity? Accompanied by a small group of paddlers, your expert guides will allow you to experience Antarctica in a very different way. All this is complemented with a fascinating series of onboard presentations, led by adventurers, marine biologists, naturalists, glaciologists, historians and our onboard photographer. This voyage has been designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Yet it has great appeal to those who wish to experience Antarctica at a magical time of the season. Two additional days of exploration in Antarctica compared to a regular 10-night voyage is an added bonus. DAY 1 / SANTIAGO (CHILE) TO STANLEY (FALKLAND ISLANDS) We depart Santiago this morning on our special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transfer from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides our first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. Making our way to the port, we board our expedition ship, RCGS Resolute in the afternoon. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth. DAYS 2-3 / AT SEA – TOWARDS ANTARCTICA We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. As we approach the coastline of Antarctica, we anticipate an increase in whale sightings. DAY 4 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS & ANTARCTICA We awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of the South Shetland Islands are laid out before us. We are now heading north towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. If weather conditions permit, we sail the ship right into the middle of a volcanic caldera. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted relics and old wooden structures. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. This is where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There is an outstanding hike here to a location known as ‘Neptune’s Window’ – high up onto the rim of the crater. DAYS 5-7 / GERLACHE STRAIT (ANTARCTICA) 'Heading south along the coastline of the continent, our busy program of activities will now be in full swing. Our days are spent exploring on and off the ship. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, while the historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is always a memorable activity. Based on site characteristics, the ski-touring group may set off to explore the pristine terrain and range several kilometres inland with our experienced mountaineering guides. What a unique thrill it is to carve ‘fresh tracks’ in the virgin snow of Antarctica. The expedition snow shoe group may follow in the tracks of the skiers, climbing to high points which afford breathtaking views. If you are not up to the more strenuous snow shoeing program, you will be able to try this unique activity at many of our landing sites. Our expedition sea kayakers will head out on excursions which may last all day. An overnight kayak/camping excursion is available to the more adventurous in the group. Everyone aboard will have an opportunity to camp onshore for the night in Antarctica if the weather conditions co-operate. We have all the gear to keep you warm, dry and as comfortable as possible. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with our expedition photographer, on an all-day field workshop. We range as far south as ice conditions permit and hope to navigate as far as Neko Harbour and into the Errera Channel. Witnessing the migration of the penguins early in the season, as they busily re-establish their rookeries and prepare nests, is a fascinating experience. DAY 8 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS The adventure is not over and we plan an additional day of exploration in the South Shetlands. Prevailing weather conditions will dictate our landing locations. Aitcho Island is a possibility and is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetland's including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we sometimes encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike. At Hannah Point we may see the elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels. In the evening, we navigate north and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America. DAYS 9- 10 / DRAKE PASSAGE – RETURN TO FALKLANDS Making our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy a memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It is a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. DAY 11 / ARRIVE STANLEY (FALKLAND ISLANDS) – VOYAGE CONCLUDES – FLY BACK TO SANTIAGO (CHILE) This morning we find ourselves back in the port of Stanley. We say goodbye to our crew and after some free time in town, make our way to the airport for our return charter flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago our journey comes to an end. Onward regional and international flight connections may be possible this evening. Discuss the options with your booking agent. A transfer is provided to a downtown location for those choosing to stay and explore Santiago and the delights of Chile. SPECIAL ACTIVITIES ON THIS VOYAGE
    • Expedition Sea Kayaking US$795;
    • Overnight Sea Kayaking Option US$300;
    • Backcountry Ski Touring US$750;
    • Expedition Snow Shoeing - complimentary;
    • Overnight Camping - complimentary;
    • Onboard Photography - complimentary;
    IMPORTANT NOTES: Expedition Sea Kayaking is limited to 30 paddlers. Overnight Sea Kayaking is an option for those already enrolled in the regular Sea Kayaking program and is limited to six paddlers. Backcountry Ski Touring is limited to 12 skiers. You will need to supply your own ski gear and must have suitable backcountry ski touring experience. Expedition Snow Shoeing is available to all guests who wish to try this unique activity which will be offered on several occasions over the duration of the voyage. Overnight Camping is always dependent on favorable weather and ice conditions on shore. Onboard Photography: All guests will have access to our Resident Photography expert over the duration of the voyage. ABOUT OUR ITINERARY: Polar exploration can be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a ‘guide only’ and may change. The ship’s Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may hinder our planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

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    Luxury Expedition Vessel: RCGS Resolute

    RCGS Resolute

    The purpose built polar expedition vessel RCGS Resolute provides a most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise experience.  Designed for comfort, there are public spaces ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. RCGS Resolute has the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS).  Equipped with propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.  The ship is very stable and her stability and strength are features greatly appreciated in ice laden large waters.  Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes dictate daily plans. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows.  Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on our guests needs. 

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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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