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Antarctica Expedition

The “Classic Antarctic” Route

with Ocean Wide

Ushuaia – Antarctica – Ushuaia

9 Nights From US$7,200 per person

Antarctica Ocean Wide Expedition Overview

Ocean Wide Brief Summary

Please Note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Therefore, programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Above all, the on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary closer to the day. For this reason, flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Moreover, the average cruising speed of m/v Hondius is 10.5 knots.

The ‘Classic Antarctic’ Route

This Expedition will enable you to experience the wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Most importantly, the great “star-actors” of Antarctica are the penguins, and you may see, in total, seven species during your voyage. Learning with enjoyment is part of our ethos. Therefore, you will be able to participate in photography workshops with Neill Drake, and videography workshops with George Kennedy.

Experience Chile Offer

ExperienceChile.Org 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. In conclusion, we will make booking through us financially benefital to you.

Note: The final offer will be determined by us and depends on type of cabin, length of trip and which expedition cruise you book with us.

The Expedition Itinerary

Ocean Wide Antarctica Expedition Voyage Itinerary

Herewith below is the itinerary you will enjoy should you join this trip.

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. For example, we will start in the afternoon, when you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World”. Thereafter you will sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.


Day 2-3: Path of the Polar Explorers 

During the next two days will be navigating through the Drake Passage. However, during this part of the adventure you will be able to enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the first, great polar explorers who charted these regions. For example, 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 will be in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Therefore, in this zone not only does the marine life change, but the avian life changes too. For example, 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 may see.


Day 4-7: Entering Antarctic

Today, you should see gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. The navigation will first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites that 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 

This is 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-like 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 

Most importantly, if the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. As a result, there is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Port Lockroy 

Once we have sailed through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station. Above all, this is now a museum and the post office for Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Moreover, you may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Most importantly, 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. Therefore, 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. For example, 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. 

What's Included

What is Included and Not Included in the Cost

 

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.
  • The 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).

 

 

Antarctic Expedition Cruise Route Map

Map of the Expedition Cruise Route at Antarctica

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

About the Ship (M/V Hondius)

Information About the Ship, Including Deck Plans

The M/V Hondius

This is the newest, most advanced vessel is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship. Consequently, it exceeds all the latest green requirements for 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. The ship also goes beyond 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. Therefore, it is optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

Hotel Comfort, Expedition Class On Board Accommodation

Hondius offers high-quality accommodation for 174 passengers in 82 Cabins.

There are 7 large suites (35 square meters, 377 square feet).

In addition, the ship has:

Six grand suites with balconies (27 square meters, 291 square feet)

Eight junior suites (19 to 20 square meters, 205 to 215 square feet)

Another eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet)

Eleven twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 21 square meters, 205 to 226 square feet)

Fourteen twin window cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet)

Plus twenty eight 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 total 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 the Hondius. However, although elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.

Deck Plan M/V Hondius

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

 

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

Seasons 2020 Rates and Dates

Rates Per Person in USD, Based Upon Cabin Type

 

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:

(Capacity 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:

(Capacity 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:

(Capacity 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:

(Capacity 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

Cabin Descriptions with Photos

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 2 portholes
  • Plus 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.

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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.

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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

 

Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

  • 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

 

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Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Wide the “Classic Antarctic” Route

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