Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Ushuaia → Antarctica → Ushuaia (11 DAYS – 10 NIGHTS)
FROM US$9,095 

Expedition Overview

This Antarctic cruise explores the Antarctic Peninsula. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antarctica. Camping in Antarctica is included.

Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favourite activities every day make this voyage the perfect introduction to the white continent. In the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, we spend our days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat, making shore landings in the company of our expert guides. By breaking into small special interest groups, we discover Antarctica and its remarkable wildlife through photography, Zodiac excursions, hiking onshore, and for the more adventurous, camping and sea kayaking. Visits to historic huts and working research bases add another dimension to the voyage.

Antarctica Expedition Cruise Offer

We also include in most cases some attractive extras free of charge should we book one of these expedition cruises for you. Such extras range from free return flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas, or Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, or a hotel night or two free of charge or other parts of your overall travel itinerary at no cost. Note: The final offer will be determined by us and depend on type of cabin, length of trip and which expedition cruise you book with us.

Itinerary

Day by Day: What you can experience: Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Please note this is a SAMPLE ITINERARY and subject to change. Reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure details.

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season – please check trip notes for updates to pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter.

Day 1: Stanley → 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.


Day 2-3: Drake Passage → Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are our companions as we transit the Drake Passage. 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, wildlife and history.


Day 4-5: Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea and Northern Gerlache Strait Navigating into Antarctic Sound we witness for the first time the vastness and majesty of the Antarctic icecap. It is an awe-inspiring sight. We notice a significant increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs entering the Weddell. These massive icebergs break from the huge ice shelves to the south drifting here on the prevailing currents. Adélie penguin rookeries of staggering exist here – some contain more than 100,000 nesting birds. We have several fantastic locations to consider but the ice conditions will likely dictate our landing sites. Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff are two such locations featuring substantial penguin rookeries. The region is also full of history of early exploration and has fascinating geological sites with thousands of fossils strewn over the shoreline. We have a busy day of exploration on shore, in the Zodiacs and on the ship.


Day 6-7: Southern Gerlache Strait Anvers Island is one of the largest of the off-shore ‘barrier’ islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are several outstanding sites here as well as on neighbouring Wiencke Island. These locations provide us with opportunities to venture on shore, breaking into smaller groups. Enjoy a short or longer hike, wander over to observe penguins guarding their precious eggs or newborns on the nest, cruise in the Zodiacs or just sit and soak it all in. The choice is yours. A short transit across the Gerlache Strait brings us along the actual continental landmass of Antarctica. A potential shore landing at Paradise Harbour will be a highlight for many – as you step foot on the continent proper, for the very first time.


Day 8: South Shetland Islands The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station. The nearby Aitcho Islands provide some great hiking routes showcasing the colourful mosses and lichens found on the island. Gentoo and chinstrap penguins nest here and on the beaches, and we usually encounter seals coming and going from the surrounding waters. Fort Point situated on Greenwich Island is another possible location for a visit.


Day 9-10: Drake Passage – Return to Stanley → As we make our way back to Stanley and the Falkland Islands, the educational presentations continue, and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader.


Day 11: Arrive Stanley (Falkland Islands) Voyage Concludes → 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.

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Ship ↓

RCGS Resolute

Date Price From Ship
Dec 1-11, 2019 $11,295 p/person + Charter Flight: US$995 RCGS Resolute
Dec 11-21, 2019 Sold Out RCGS Resolute
Dec 18-28, 2020 Sold Out RCGS Resolute
Date Price From Ship
March 10-21, 2020 $11,795 p/person RCGS Resolute
Dec 20-31, 2021 $11,795 p/person RCGS Resolute

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795

FLEET (1 Ship) ↓

RCGS Resolute

The 10th year of One Ocean Expeditions saw the expansion and enhancement of our expedition cruising fleet. In November 2018, a purpose built polar expedition vessel, RCGS Resolute, joined the One Ocean Navigator and One Ocean Voyager under the One Ocean Expeditions banner, offering the most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise fleet in the industry.

Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship 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. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include our theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness centre, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

Specs

Launched: 1993
Shipyard: Rauma, Finland
Length: 122.8 metres
Beam: 18 metres
Draught: 4.97 metres
Gross Tonnage: 8378
Speed (Max): 15 knots
Cruise Speed: 14 knots

Passengers: 146
Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
Vessel Stability: External Stabilization

 

Accommodation Details:

Deck Plan

The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are located nearby on Deck 7.

The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7.

Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Centrally located on the ship, these cabins provide easy access to the aft observation lounge featuring 180 degree views and the ship’s dining areas.

Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the forward stairs leading up to the bridge on Deck 6 and the forward observation lounge located on Deck 7.

Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the main dining room on the ship as well as the gift shop.

Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway.

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
→ SO. SHETLAND ISLANDS → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

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