Polar Circle Air/Cruise: Magellan Explorer

Antarctic Peninsula

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 Model

Fly 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 DRAKE

A 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 ANTARCTICA

This 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.

KEY BENEFITS

  • COMFORT: Avoid storms in the Drake Passage
  • SPEED: Get to Antarctica quickly and save time
  • SIZE: Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience

Stewart's Take

Skip sea time on the Drake Passage and spend maximum time in Antarctica!

Overview

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.
Day 1 - Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by the expedition staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. N.B. - Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours. Day 2 - Punta Arenas / King George Island, Antarctica Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. Days 3 to 8 - Antarctica and Polar Circle Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Day 9 - King George Island / Punta Arenas Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas. N.B. Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 9 of the Travel Program. ITINERARY 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.

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Luxury expedition Vessel: Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer expedition vessel

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.

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Included
  • 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).
Excluded
  • 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.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at Punta Arenas airport.
Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $2500 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 120 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 180 days prior to departure: there will be a full refund of the program cost less a $500 USD per person processing fee. Cancellation received between 179 days prior to departure and the 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.
N.B.: In case of sharing the cabin with another passenger, this also implies sharing any other hotel accommodation foreseen in the Travel Program of each voyage. FLIGHT CONNECTIONS A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica. CONTINGENCY PLAN In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, Antarctica XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage (details available on request).
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