The “Classic Antarctic” Route

(Antarctic Peninsula – Discovery & Learning Voyage)
Ushuaia → Antarctica → Ushuaia (9 NIGHTS)
FROM US$7,200 

Expedition Overview

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of m/v Hondius is 10.5 knots.

The ‘Classic Antarctic’ route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous 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. Including photography workshops with Neill Drake and videography workshops with George Kennedy.

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: End of the world, start of a journey → Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.


Day 2-3: Path of the polar explorers → Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.


Day 4-7: Entering Antarctic → Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites you may visit include:

Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren  – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.


Day 8-9: Familiar seas, familiar friends Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.


Day 10: There and back again Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies. 

Included in this voyage

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded from this voyage

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
    Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
    Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

 

 

 

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M/V Hondius

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Quadruple Porthole:

(Max. 4 Passengers)

Sharing berth:
Share your cabin with others for the best price
US$6,500
Complete Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.
US$26,000

Triple Polehole:

(Max. 3 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$7,350
Complete Cabin US$22,050

Twin Porthole:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$7,950
Single Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
US$13,515
Complete Cabin US$15,900

Twin Window:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,350
Single Cabin US$14,195
Complete Cabin US$16,700

Twin Deluxe:

(Max. 2 P.)

Sharing berth US$8,950
Single Cabin US$15,215
Complete Cabin US$17,900

Superior:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$16,405
Complete Cabin US$19,300

Junior Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$17,510
Complete Cabin US$20,600

Grand Suite with Provate Balcony:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$20,145
Complete Cabin US$23,700

Hodius Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$23,120
Complete Cabin US$27,200

Quadruple Porthole:

(Max. 4 Passengers)

Sharing berth:
Share your cabin with others for the best price
US$6,500
Complete Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.
US$26,000

Triple Polehole:

(Max. 3 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$7,350
Complete Cabin US$22,050

Twin Porthole:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$7,950
Single Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
US$13,515
Complete Cabin US$15,900

Twin Window:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,350
Single Cabin US$14,195
Complete Cabin US$16,700

Twin Deluxe:

(Max. 2 P.)

Sharing berth US$8,950
Single Cabin US$15,215
Complete Cabin US$17,900

Superior:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$16,405
Complete Cabin US$19,300

Junior Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$17,510
Complete Cabin US$20,600

Grand Suite with Provate Balcony:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$20,145
Complete Cabin US$23,700

Hodius Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$23,120
Complete Cabin US$27,200

Quadruple Porthole:

(Max. 4 Passengers)

Sharing berth:
Share your cabin with others for the best price
US$7,200
Complete Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.
US$28,800

Triple Polehole:

(Max. 3 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,200
Complete Cabin US$24,600

Twin Porthole:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,900
Single Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
US$15,130
Complete Cabin US$17,800

Twin Window:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$9,200
Single Cabin US$15,640
Complete Cabin US$18,400

Twin Deluxe:

(Max. 2 P.)

Sharing berth US$9,800
Single Cabin US$16,660
Complete Cabin US$19,600

Superior:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$18,020
Complete Cabin US$21,200

Junior Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$19,295
Complete Cabin US$22,700

Grand Suite with Provate Balcony:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$21,939
Complete Cabin US$25,800

Hodius Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$25,330
Complete Cabin US$29,800

Quadruple Porthole:

(Max. 4 Passengers)

Sharing berth:
Share your cabin with others for the best price
US$7,200
Complete Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.
US$28,800

Triple Polehole:

(Max. 3 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,200
Complete Cabin US$24,600

Twin Porthole:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,900
Single Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
US$15,130
Complete Cabin US$17,800

Twin Window:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$9,200
Single Cabin US$15,640
Complete Cabin US$18,400

Twin Deluxe:

(Max. 2 P.)

Sharing berth US$9,800
Single Cabin US$16,660
Complete Cabin US$19,600

Superior:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$18,020
Complete Cabin US$21,200

Junior Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$19,295
Complete Cabin US$22,700

Grand Suite with Provate Balcony:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$21,939
Complete Cabin US$25,800

Hodius Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$25,330
Complete Cabin US$29,800

Quadruple Porthole:

(Max. 4 Passengers)

Sharing berth:
Share your cabin with others for the best price
US$7,200
Complete Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.
US$28,800

Triple Polehole:

(Max. 3 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,200
Complete Cabin US$24,600

Twin Porthole:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$8,900
Single Cabin:
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
US$15,130
Complete Cabin US$17,800

Twin Window:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$9,200
Single Cabin US$15,640
Complete Cabin US$18,400

Twin Deluxe:

(Max. 2 P.)

Sharing berth US$9,800
Single Cabin US$16,660
Complete Cabin US$19,600

Superior:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$18,020
Complete Cabin US$21,200

Junior Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$19,295
Complete Cabin US$22,700

Grand Suite with Provate Balcony:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$21,939
Complete Cabin US$25,800

Hodius Suite:

(Max. 2 Passengers)

Sharing berth US$25,330
Complete Cabin US$29,800

FLEET (1 Ship) ↓

M/V Hondius

Their newest, most advanced vessel is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship, exceeding all the latest green requirements of the Polar Code.

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register demands for ice-strengthened cruise vessels. Hondius also exceeds the requirements of the Polar Code as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), allowing you to enjoy the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible. Upon completion, Hondius will be the most flexible, advanced, innovative ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions. It is optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

Hotel comfort, expedition class

Hondius offers high-quality accommodation for 174 passengers in one spacious suite (35 square meters, 377 square feet), six grand suites with balconies (27 square meters, 291 square feet), eight junior suites (19 to 20 square meters, 205 to 215 square feet), eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 21 square meters, 205 to 226 square feet), 14 twin window cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet) as well as 28 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size from 12 to 18 square meters, or 129 to 194 square feet. The passenger capacity certificate for Hondius is 196 persons. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.

Specs

Passengers: 174 in 82 cabins
Staff & crew: 72
Length: 107.6 meters
Breadth: 17.6 meters
Draft: 5.30 meters
Ice class: Polar Class 6 (equivalent 1A-Super)
Displacement: 5,590 tonnes
Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines; total 4,200 kW
Speed: 15 knots

Accommodation Details:

M/V Hondius Deck Plan ↓

Cabins ↓

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.

 

  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.

 

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe
  • Safe

 

  • 1 window
  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

 

  • 2 windows
  • 2 single beds
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

 

  • 2 windows
  • 2 single beds
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

 

  • 1 double window
  • 1 double bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

 

  • 1 double window
  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private balcony
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

 

  • 4 windows
  • 1 double bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Walk-in closet

 

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

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Flight and Cruise

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FROM: US$ 4,695 pp
Flight and Cruise

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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

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FROM: US$ 14,680 pp
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