Polar Circle Air/Cruise: M/V Ocean Nova
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 68 passengers for an intimate experience exploring Antarctica
- Expert guides and modern, comfortable ice-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
Miss the Drake Passage and spend maximum time in Antarctica, exploring the southern reaches of the Peninsula south of the Antarctic Circle.
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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Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. For Antarctica Fly/Cruises the aircraft BAE-146 is used in combination with the Ocean Nova. It was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
- 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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