Polar Circle Air/Cruise: Magellan Explorer
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this fly/cruise expedition takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be on of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle
- Unique combination of flying and sailing to Antarctica
- Save time and comfort by skipping the Drake Passage
- Just 69 passengers for an intimate experience exploring Antarctica
- Expert guides and state-of-the-art, luxurous polar-class vessel
- Highly experienced flight operator takes you direct to King George Island in Antarctica
- Cross the Antarctic Circle to lesser-explored waterways of Antarctica
The Antarctic Air-Cruise ModelFly over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica quickly and in comfort! There was a time when adventure travellers who wanted to reach the Antarctic Peninsula had only one option: to sail across the tempestuous Drake Passage. This expedition gives you a more comfortable alternative.
FLY THE DRAKEA two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage – and the potential seasickness - and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer.
CRUISE ANTARCTICAThis is a boutique-style wilderness adventure, not a cruise. Feeling more like private yachts than cruise ships, the small expedition vessel gives you privileged access to Antarctica, taking you where larger ships cannot. With a smaller number of passengers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you spend time exploring, not waiting.
- COMFORT: Avoid storms in the Drake Passage
- SPEED: Get to Antarctica quickly and save time
- SIZE: Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience
Skip sea time on the Drake Passage and spend maximum time in Antarctica!
OverviewJumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this fly/cruise expedition takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be on of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle.
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Luxury expedition Vessel: Magellan Explorer
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. Magellan Explorer has capacity for 100 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
- Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage (in case of using the complimentary hotel night upon return from Antarctica, no transfer is included the following day).
- 1 overnight in Punta Arenas at a four star hotel and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1 (except ANTARCTICA EXPRESS Air-Cruise).
- 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- 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, dinner, and at the bar
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
- All guided shore excursions.
- Lectures and entertainment on board.
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
- Contingency Plan for air-cruise departures as foreseen for each voyage (see further on).
- Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
- Personal 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.
- Up to 180 days prior to departure: full refund of the deposit received, less a $1,000 USD per person.
- 179 and 120 days prior to departure: no refund of the deposit paid.
- 119 and 90 days prior to departure: refund of 10% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
- 89 and 60 days prior to departure: refund of 7.5% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
- 59 and 30 days prior to departure: refund of 5% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
- between 29 and the departure date: no refund whatsoever.
- Booking a dedicated single cabin.
- 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 (same gender cabins). No supplement is applied.
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