Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

DURATION

8 Days / 7 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 14,151.00

WHEN

Multiple Departures

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Embark on our Classic Antarctica Air Cruise for a journey like no other. Witness breathtaking landscapes and encounter mesmerizing wildlife from the comfort of our luxury vessel. With guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises, immerse yourself in the beauty and grandeur of the White Continent. Our expertly curated itinerary ensures an unforgettable adventure filled with excitement and discovery. Whether marveling at towering icebergs or observing penguin colonies, every moment promises awe-inspiring experiences. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Antarctica in style and comfort. Book now and let us redefine your sense of adventure amidst the wonders of the southernmost continent.

Trip Highlights

Travel with the most experienced and prepared group of expedition leaders in Antactica.

Explore the picturesque and remote áreas of Antactica in the most complete itinerary in the market.

Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit this otherworly place.

Best food on board guaranteed.
Avoid the rough Waters of the Drake Passage by flying over, guaranteing the most comfortable experience while visiting the Antarctic.

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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise (#159)

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the Air-Cruise

Arrive at Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2:00 PM. Antarctica21 employees will meet you there and transport you to your hotel. You are greeted at Explorers House in the afternoon for a required briefing where you will learn crucial details regarding your air-cruise and go through critical rules for visitors to the Antarctic. Meet your fellow travelers later on while eating traditional local food for a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands marks the start of your Antarctic journey. The crisp Antarctic air enters your lungs for the first time as you step off the plane. To reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will carry you to your upscale adventure ship, you then walk 2 km (1.25 miles), passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station.

Day 3-6
Exploring Antarctica

Enjoy the company of seagulls, penguins, seals, and whales as you cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in ice-filled bays and among magnificent icebergs. Every day, disembark by Zodiac and go on an excursion with knowledgeable polar experts. While on board the ship, participate in an interesting schedule of informative lectures, take in breathtaking views from the lounge, and chat with other passengers about your daily excursions.

As no trip is ever the same, adaptability is essential for success in Antarctica. To create a distinctive and spectacular experience each time, the Expedition Team prepares the trip itinerary to take advantage of the always-changing opportunities offered by nature. While the precise itinerary varies depending on the expedition, you will visit several locations that provide the finest overall picture of the diverse Antarctic landscape. The South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Sound, Gerlache Strait, and Penola Strait may all be visited throughout your tour.

Day 7
Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

Before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica. Transfer to your hotel for the night after arrival. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and are not included in the package).

Day 8
End of the Air-Cruise

Transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your subsequent flight after breakfast.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

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Ocean Nova

 Ocean Nova, an expedition ship built in Denmark in 1992, serves as an exceptional vessel for Antarctic missions. Originally designed for Greenland’s icy waters, its sturdy construction and reinforced hull ensure suitability for Antarctic expeditions. Following a complete renovation in 2006 and subsequent yearly enhancements, Ocean Nova now accommodates 67 passengers on air excursions. The ship offers three types of comfortable accommodations: single, twin, and triple cabins, each equipped with standard amenities including picture windows, writing desks, heating systems, and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities feature a spacious dining area, bar, library, gym, and infirmary, alongside an observation lounge and presentation room. Seven Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife viewing and landings. Ocean Nova promises an immersive Antarctic experience with its blend of comfort, functionality, and exploration opportunities, making it an ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking unforgettable polar adventures.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water


Deck Plans Ocean Nova

OCN Deck Plan Air Cruise

Dates & Prices

DURATION

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

PRICE FROM

$ 14,151.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise (#159)

Recommended Expeditions

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

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DURATION

6 Days / 5 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 5,995.00

WHEN

Multiple Departures

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Embark on the Antarctica Express Air-Cruise, a unique adventure that offers an affordable and quick exploration of the Antarctic. This six-day expedition starts from Ushuaia, Argentina, taking you through the legendary Cape Horn and the Drake Passage to the icy landscapes of Antarctica, with a return flight from King George Island, avoiding the rake Passage on the return.

Highlights include a visit to Cape Horn, the chance to witness the majestic wildlife of the Antarctic, and the opportunity to explore this remote landscape through guided shore excursions. Perfect for those looking to experience the magic of Antarctica in a condensed format.

Trip Highlights

Cross the Drake Passage only once, reducing by 50% the chances of rough seas.

Navigate close to Cape Horn

Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit this otherworly place.

Enjoy the intimacy of a yacht-like sized ship, with superb services, accommodations, and food.

Travel with the best expedition leading team in Atarctica.

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Antarctica Air Cruise Express

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the air-cruise

Your voyage starts at the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina. The world’s most southern settlement, Puerto Williams, Chile, is reached by sailing along the Beagle Channel after you board your ship in the afternoon. Prior to setting sail for Cape Horn, explore the area.

Day 2
Cape Horn and Drake Passage

You awaken with a clear glimpse of the fabled Cape Horn after traversing Nassau Bay overnight. Depending on the weather, hop aboard a Zodiac and become one of the select few fortunate travelers to set foot on this renowned and little-visited island. Reboard the ship and go to the fabled Drake Passage, which Sir Francis Drake, the illustrious British explorer of the 16th century, had dubbed in his honor.

Day 3
Drake Passage

Attend an interesting schedule of lectures and presentations as you cruise through the Drake Passage on your way to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. From the lounge or the outside decks, observe animals while being accompanied by knowledgeable guides. On their migration south to Antarctica, majestic seabirds like albatrosses and petrels as well as other whale species may be seen.

Day 4
Drake Passage and Antarctica

After passing over the Antarctic Convergence, the surroundings significantly alter. This is the moment to look for the first icebergs and the first glimpse of Antarctic land, so have your camera ready. While traveling to the South Shetland Islands, enjoy the companionship of seagulls, penguins, seals, and whales as you cruise through ice-filled coves. Take a Zodiac for your first unforgettable shore excursion to a colony of penguins. Using the prolonged Antarctic daylight, exploration will last well into the night.

Day 5
Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Arriving at King George Island, get off the boat in Fildes Bay. You must traverse the Chilean Frei Station and the Russian Bellingshausen Station on a 2-km (1.25-mile) walk to get to the airplane. Once you get on the plane to return to Punta Arenas, say goodbye to Antarctica. Transfer to your hotel for the night after arrival. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not \ included in the package).

Day 6
End of the air-cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

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Ocean Nova

 Ocean Nova, an expedition ship built in Denmark in 1992, serves as an exceptional vessel for Antarctic missions. Originally designed for Greenland’s icy waters, its sturdy construction and reinforced hull ensure suitability for Antarctic expeditions. Following a complete renovation in 2006 and subsequent yearly enhancements, Ocean Nova now accommodates 67 passengers on air excursions. The ship offers three types of comfortable accommodations: single, twin, and triple cabins, each equipped with standard amenities including picture windows, writing desks, heating systems, and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities feature a spacious dining area, bar, library, gym, and infirmary, alongside an observation lounge and presentation room. Seven Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife viewing and landings. Ocean Nova promises an immersive Antarctic experience with its blend of comfort, functionality, and exploration opportunities, making it an ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking unforgettable polar adventures.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water


Deck Plans Ocean Nova

OCN Deck Plan Air Cruise

Dates & Prices

DURATION

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

PRICE FROM

$ 5,995.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

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Antarctica Air Cruise Express

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DURATION

Multiple dates

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

Fixed departures

Antarctica Fly and Cruise

Discover the ultimate Antarctic adventure with New Paths Expeditions. Our Fly and Cruise itineraries are meticulously designed to offer an unparalleled experience of Antarctica, combining the luxury and comfort of superb ships with the expertise of the industry’s finest guides and leaders. Avoid the daunting Drake Passage and save both time and money without compromising on the thrill of exploration. With us, you embark on a complete and ideal journey, assured of witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty and diverse wildlife of the Antarctic region.

Skip the Drake:

Bypass the notorious Drake Passage by flying directly to Antarctica.

Time Efficiency:

Save precious travel time with streamlined itineraries.

Luxurious Vessels:

Enjoy state-of-the-art ships offering unmatched comfort and amenities.

Elite Guides:

Be led by the finest experts in polar exploration.

Comprehensive Journeys:

Experience all-encompassing itineraries that leave no stone unturned in the Antarctic wonderland.

“Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the moon.” ― Jon Krakauer

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Antarctica Fly and Cruise

Our Antarctic Air Cruise Itineraries

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Polar Circle Air Cruise

Duration  | 10 Days / 9 Nights

One of our most daring trips is the air-cruise over the Arctic Circle. On our air-cruise adventure, our primary goal is to attempt to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle, which is situated around 66° south of the equator. Every journey is individually designed by the Expedition Team based on the prevailing conditions in Antarctica, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploration every day of the Polar Circle air-cruise.

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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Duration  | 8 Days / 7 Nights

Our most popular Antarctica expedition program is the Traditional Antarctica Air-Cruise. You will travel between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula after flying to Antarctica. Enjoy viewing majestic icebergs, fjords filled with ice, and other wildlife that calls the White Continent home, like penguins, seals, and whales. All of our expedition ships offer the Traditional Antarctica Air-Cruise.

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South Georgia & Antarctica Air Cruise

Duration  |  17 Days / 16 Nights

Explore South Georgia, Elephant Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula on our air-cruise. Daily excursions led by polar guides offer hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking adventures. Witness stunning wildlife and historic sites.

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Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Duration  |  6 Days / 5 Nights

Travelers looking for a quick Antarctica excursion might choose our Antarctica Express Air-Cruise. You have the opportunity to see Cape Horn, travel through the Drake Passage, and set foot in Antarctica while enjoying the comfort and luxury of our vessels.

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

DURATION

21-23 DAYS

PRICE FROM

$ 13395

WHEN

2022

DESTINATION

Antarctica 

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Weather and ice conditions permitting, we also plan to make a continental landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of these destinations is legendary for abundant marine mammals, exceptional subantarctic birdlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • The waters around the Falkland Islands are home to various species of cetacean including the southern right whale, killer whale, and Peale’s dolphin.
  • The windswept and treeless Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise.
  • The island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space alongside innumerable king penguins.
  • The island is home to albatross, petrels, prions, skuas, shags, gulls, terns, and the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck.
  • Witness the breeding behavior of the world’s largest seabird, the wandering albatross.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The name of the city can be translated as “fair winds” but it is also referred to as the “Paris of South America”. This is an exuberant brew of traditions, languages, and different types of cultures.

Upon your arrival at the airport, we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this welcoming city.

Day 2

Embarkation in Buenos Aires

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5

South Atlantic Ocean

As we head south, ocean breezes become cooler and seabirds become more abundant. We keep a sharp eye out for cetaceans such as Commerson’s dolphins and southern right whales in these productive southern seas. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough weather. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-7

Falkland Islands

Our exploration of the Falklands includes visiting the isolated outlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross has returned to the islands and are just starting to lay their eggs amongst the tussocks while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs to start building their nests nearby.

On sandy beaches below, gentoo penguins are also starting to lay their eggs while king penguin chicks of all ages look on. They are joined by female elephant seals suckling their newborn pups. Just offshore, you may see Peale’s dolphins and even killer whales patrolling the coasts. A wide range of land birds, including the endemic Cobb’s wren and inquisitive striated caracara, contribute to an abundance of wildlife that will leave nature lovers breathless.

On these days we intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops, and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

We also plan to offer an excursion to Gypsy Cove, a national nature reserve where white sand beaches are frequented by numerous bird species, including the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. Here you can also see Magellanic penguins, who have just started to lay their eggs in burrows by the seashore.

Day 8 & 9

Southern Ocean

We sail east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14

South Georgia Island

The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls, and terns. Among these is one of the largest flying birds in the world—the wandering albatross. Here you have the opportunity to see large downy chicks stretching their wings after spending the long Antarctic winter on snowy nests overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.

On South Georgia’s legendary beaches, king penguins are gathered in huge colonies that stretch from sandy shorelines to the foothills of glaciated mountains. Also at this time, hundreds of thousands of macaroni penguins are coming ashore to start their breeding season. Rare birds such as the endemic South Georgia pipit and yellow-billed pintail round out the list of 78 bird species found across the territory. The successfully completed rat eradication program has made this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. At this time, thousands of massive bull elephant seals are defending and occasionally fighting to maintain their harems of females, who have recently given birth. Meanwhile, male fur seals are just arriving to stake out their mating territories. Once hunted nearly to extinction, large whales are also returning to the bountiful seas surrounding South Georgia. With the whalers long gone, the historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum. Here you will also find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, heroic polar explorer, and leader of the famous Endurance expedition.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. There are many opportunities for guided treks through this snowy wilderness, including the famous Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather in this wild and remote corner of the world. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions and circumstances at hand. You can be sure that we will take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this challenging environment.

Day 15 & 16

Scotia Sea
After our amazing time in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward Antarctica. We keep a constant lookout for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies.

Day 17-21

Scotia Sea

During the next five days, we undertake an in-depth exploration of the islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will be our primary area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s Endurance expedition spent the winter of 1916. We continue west to King George Island, home to numerous Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

Weather and ice permitting, we also hope to visit the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals, and bustling penguin colonies. Here we have a chance to land on the continent of Antarctica.

Throughout this area, we encounter Gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins, sometimes nesting side by side. At this time of the season, all three species are busy courting and mating. This is a good time to observe the importance of pebbles in penguin culture, as prized nesting material to be stolen from rivals and given to mates. Also at this time, very high concentrations of sea ice provide more opportunities for seals and penguins to congregate on ice floes, a situation that attracts killer whales. Photographers will appreciate the pristine appearance of fresh, undisturbed snow across the landscape in this early summer month.

Antarctica is a true wilderness with unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate our route and exploration opportunities. With more than 17 hours of daylight per day, we seize every chance to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.

Day 22 & 23

Drake Passage

It is now time to head north across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 24

Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time in Tierra del Fuego. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship

M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit, like most birds, is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

2022

PRICE FROM

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Included:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking, camping;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Antarctic Peninsula

DURATION

11-12 DAYS

PRICE FROM

$ 8795

WHEN

Dec 10, 2022

DESTINATION

Antarctic Peninsula

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Antarctic Peninsula

Your time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • In the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, you can go ashore at sites where Gentoo, chinstrap, and adélie penguins come together in boisterous nesting colonies.
  • The waters of Antarctica are also home to impressive numbers of marine mammals. Humpback and killer whales can be spotted feeding in bountiful seas.
  • The scenery in Antarctica is unique in the world.
  • You will be following in the historic footsteps of early whalers, polar explorers, and scientific expeditions.
  • Have the opportunity to appreciate modern human ingenuity at scientific research stations of various nationalities.

Antarctica is otherworldly, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Stark, cold, beautiful desolation.

– Mark Hoppus

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the starting point of our Antarctic expedition! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this vibrant port city and adventure hub.

For an introduction to local history and wildlife, the interesting Museo del Fin del Mundo is worth a visit. If you have time to spare, a variety of nature activities can be arranged to suit all interests and fitness levels, from hiking in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park to wildlife viewing in the Beagle Channel. For dinner, Ushuaia offers a wide range of restaurants featuring Patagonian lamb and delectable Fuegian seafood.

Day 2

Welcome Aboard!

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Ushuaia. Explore the delightful waterfront and savor views of the snowcapped Martial Range, the southernmost peaks of the Andes. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow onboard the ship. For lunch, the many cafés, parrillas, and gelato shops on Avenida San Martín will be sure to satisfy any appetite.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the luxury expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the scenery and gorgeous evening light as we pass through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 & 4

Across the Drake Passage

After passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we turn south to begin our crossing of the Drake Passage. We watch for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica. We hope to arrive in the South Shetland Islands on the evening of our second day at sea.

Day 5-8

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

During the next four days, we explore the highlights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land. Here we also find Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first area of exploration. We will also explore the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals, and bustling penguin colonies. 

Throughout the islands and on the mainland, we find nesting colonies of Gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins, sometimes side by side. At this time, penguin eggs are just starting to hatch, causing parents to rush to the sea and back to gather krill for their tiny, helpless chicks. Killer whales are also on the hunt for seals and minke whales. Groups of crabeater seals occupy the last of the ice floes while Weddell seals haul out on land. Solitary leopard seals can be spotted patrolling the coast near penguin colonies.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. Our knowledgeable guides will offer hiking and hill-climbing for an even greater perspective of this raw polar wilderness. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of Antarctica offer many chances to paddle with seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways. 

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities will be shaped by weather and ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions in this challenging polar environment. With nearly 22 hours of daylight per day, we seize every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery onshore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

Day 9 & 10

Back across the Drake Passage

It is now time to head back across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 11

Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After yet another delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship

M/V Sea Spirit

Our m/v Sea Spirit, like some birds, is migratory and follows the sun, traveling both north and south depending on the season. It is always prepared for unforeseen discoveries, such as a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a view of a glaciated mountain range. She is extremely elegant and capable of slipping into Spitsbergen’s tiny coves and East Greenland’s tiny fjords. 

All of our passengers experience a warm and welcoming environment onboard. Their shared objective is to have an unforgettable outdoor trip and become polar explorers. We think that seeing these locations firsthand makes one a conservation ambassador and helps fortify our resolve to preserve these natural areas for future generations.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Dec 10, 2022

PRICE FROM

$ 8795

Single Supplement

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STATUS

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Included:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking, camping;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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