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Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Punta Arenas – Antarctica – Punta Arenas  (5 NIGHTS)
FROM US$4,695

Leaving from Ushuaia, the 2019-20 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises take you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. From there you cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth – Antarctica. Five departures are offered during the 2019-20 season, two aboard Ocean Nova, two aboard Hebridean Sky and one aboard Magellan Explorer.

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 1: Start of the Air-Cruise → Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


Day 2: Cape Horn and Drake Passage → After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.


Day 3: Drake Passage As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.


Day 4: Drake Passage and Antarctica → Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 5: Antarctica and Return Flight → Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 6: End of the Air-Cruise

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

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↓ Rates and Dates (3 Ships By Separate)

NEW SHIP

Trip start and end Triple Suite Porthole Cabin Veranda Cabin Deluxe Veranda Cabin Penthouse Suite Grand Suite Single Cabin
Dec 6-13, 2019 12,995 13,995 15,995 16,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 11-18, 2019 12,995 13,995 15,995 16,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 16-23, 2019 12,995 13,995 15,995 16,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 21-28, 2019 12,995 13,995 15,995 16,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 26-Jan 2, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Dec 31-Jan 7, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Jan 5-12, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Jan 19-26, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Jan 24-31, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995 Sold out
Feb 5-12, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995 Limited availability
Feb 10-17, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Feb 15-22, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Feb 20-27, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995
Feb 25-March 3, 2020 14,595 15,795 17,995 18,995 23,495 26,995 26,995

– All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.

 A Preferred Seating promotion is now in effect until Sept. 20, 2018. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive Preferred Seating Promotion reduction per person. This promotion is capacity-controlled and may be discontinued at any time.

– Single travellers can choose between 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) or sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender.

Note: This pricing chart presents our dates and prices. For real-time availability, please contact us.

Trip start and end Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Dec 2-9, 2019 11,395 12,995 17,395 Sold Out
Dec 7-14, 2019 11,395 12,995 17,395
Dec 12-19, 2019 11,395 12,995 17,395 Sold Out
Dec 17-24, 2019 11,395 12,995 17,395 Sold Out
Dec 22-29, 2019 12,995 14,995 21,495
Dec 27, 2019-Jan 3, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495 Sold Out
Jan 17-24, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495
Jan 22-29, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495 Sold Out
Jan 27-Feb 3, 2020 12.995 14,995 21,495 Dedicated to Asian groups
Feb 1-8, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495 Sold out
Feb 6-13, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495
Feb 11-18, 2020 12,995 14,995 21,495

– All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.

 A Preferred Seating promotion is now in effect until Sept. 20, 2018. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive Preferred Seating Promotion reduction per person. This promotion is capacity-controlled and may be discontinued at any time.

– Single travellers can choose between 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) or sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender.

Note: This pricing chart presents our dates and prices. For real-time availability, please contact us.

Trip start and end Triple Suite Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite Owner’s Suite
Dec 13-20, 2019 12,995 14,995 15,995 16,995 17,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 18-25, 2019 12,995 14,995 15,995 16,995 17,995 20,995 23,995 23,995
Dec 23-30, 2019 13,795 15,795 16,795 17,995 18,995 21,995 24,995 24,995
Dec 28, 2019-Jan 4, 2020 13,795 15,795 16,795 17,995 18,995 21,995 24,995 24,995

– All prices are per person and indicated in USD.

 A Preferred Seating promotion is now in effect until Sept. 20, 2018. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive Preferred Seating Promotion reduction per person. This promotion is capacity-controlled and may be discontinued at any time.

– Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

Note: This pricing chart presents our dates and prices. For real-time availability, please contact us.

FLEET (3 Ships) ↓

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Accommodation Details:

Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 ft2 – 8 mt2 One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 ft2 – 10 mt2 Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 ft2 – 14 mt2 Two lower beds and one upper bed

 

NEW: M/V Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications.

For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 73 passengers accommodated 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 other cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-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.

Technical Details

PASSENGERS: 100 maximum*
* Up to 73 guests for Air-Cruise operations:
EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 60
LENGTH: 90.7 m (298 ft.)
BREADTH: 16.2 m (53 ft.)
PROPULSION: 2x MAN main engines, total 3,440 kW
ICE CLASS: LR PC6
DRAFT: 4.3 m (14 ft.)
CRUISING SPEED: 14 knots
GROSS TONNAGE: 4,900
FLAG: Bahamas

Accommodation Details

Category Average size Details
Triple
Suite
440 ft-40 mt2 2 twin beds and 1 queen-size sofa bed, 2 private balconies with sitting area
Porthole
Cabin
220 ft-20 mt2 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed
Veranda
Cabin
220 ft-20 mt2 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed, private balcony with sitting area
Deluxe Veranda
Cabin
220 ft-20 mt2 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed, private balcony with sitting area
Penthouse
Suite
330 ft-30 mt2 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed, private balcony with sitting area
Grand
Suite
440 ft-40 mt2 2 twin beds or 1 king-size sofa bed, 2 private balconies with sitting area
Single
Cabin
220 ft-20 mt2 1 king-size bed, private balcony with sitting area

Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky, formerly called Sea Explorer, is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small-ships in the world.

Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.

Accommodation Details

Category Average size Details
Owner’s suite 370 ft-34 mt2 Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom
Single suite 240 ft-22 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Penthouse suite 325 ft-30 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Veranda suite 260 ft-24 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Deluxe suite 240 ft-22 mt2 Suites with bow and side windows, and sitting area
Promenade suite 220 ft-20 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Window suite 225 ft-21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Triple suite 225 ft-21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area

 

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

ANTARCTICA EXPEDITIONS

 

 

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 5,460 pp
Aboard The Ushuaia Ship

Expedition cruise to Antarctic Peninsula & So. Shetland Islands.

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

7 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 11,395 pp
Flight and Cruise

Fly over Cape Horn and Drake Passage, and then cruise aboard the Ocena Nova, Magellan Explorer or Hebridean Sky.

On board the Magellan Explorer or Ocean Nova Ships

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 15,495 pp
Flight and Cruise

Fly over Cape Horn and Drake Passage, and then cruise aboard the Ocean Nova or Magellan Explorer.

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

5 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 4,695 pp
Flight and Cruise

Leaving from Ushuaia, the 2018-19 Antarctica Express Air-Cruise takes you through the Beagle Channel and to Cape Horn aboard the Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky or Magenllan Explorer.

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → FALKLAND ISLANDS → SOUTH GEORGIA → ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → FALKLAND ISLANDS → SOUTH GEORGIA → ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

14 DAYS
FROM: US$ 14,680 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer

Experience Antarctica from every perspective using a range of exploration tools aboard the National Geographics Explorer and National Geographic Orion, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor.

23 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 25,220 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer/Orion

Set out on cruise then on Zodiac or kayak glide icebergs of Antarctic Peninsula. Expedition on South Georgia and Falklands.

10 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 7,950 pp
Aboard M/V PLANCIUS OR M/V ORTELIUS

The “Classic Antartic” route. This cruise delivers you to wonderous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

Antarctic Expedition Adventure

10 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 9,095 pp
Aboard One Ocean RCGS Resloute

This Antarctic cruise explores the Antactic Peninsula over a period of 10 night/11days. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antactica. Camping in Antarctica is included.

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