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Across the Antarctic Circle: Christmas Voyage | Greg Mortimer

15 Days FROM USD 14,236 20 % off!

Overview

Imagine spending the Christmas holidays in one of the most magical places on earth—Antarctica. This Christmas Antarctic cruise, departing December 14th, departs from Ushuaia and ventures to one of the most remote places on earth—below the Antarctic Circle. Dreamy icebergs, huge swathes of pack ice, and narrow channels open up to feeding whales, lively penguin colonies, and beautiful sea birds. 

On the 15 day cruise, you’ll experience the best of the Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, and the Peninsula before we cross down into the Antarctic Circle, a remote and rugged landscape that only few have the opportunity to visit.  We’ll show you our favourite spots on twice-daily Zodiac landings, searching for wildlife and admiring the sheer magnitude of the ice. 

At the end of each day, share stories and festive toasts with your fellow passengers as you share a wonderful adventure during one of the most special times of the year. 
 

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Snorkelling

Trip Code: ACAUCTC

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: Greg Mortimer

Flights: International flights are not included. Ask us about booking your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will be met on arrival (preferred flights only) and transferred to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to take in the breathtaking scenery of the “End of the World” – Ushuaia.

Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning, your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. You’ll have the day at leisure before making your own way to port in the late afternoon to meet your expedition team and commence boarding at approximately 4.00 pm (final embarkation time will be provided in your final documentation). As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Ushuaia, Argentina - Embarkation

As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment. Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Drake Passage

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Drake Passage & South Shetlands

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You will want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

On this voyage, conditions permitting, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line located at the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33' South (approximately). Crossing below The Circle is certainly a special highlight for many people, and the moment will be celebrated with a toast out on the deck (weather permitting). You have earned some boasting privileges, joining a small group of lucky adventurers who have ventured to this part of the world. As we approach and cross the Antarctic Circle, you will notice subtle changes in the landscape, and also in the distribution of wildlife. The waters at this time of year are rich with krill and we hope to see plenty of whales - particularly humpbacks and minkes and enjoy the spectacle of penguins feeding their ravenous chicks.

Expect a Christmas and New Year celebration like no other, on this voyage. No matter where we are along the peninsula, we will enjoy some festive landings before savouring a special Christmas feast in our beautiful restaurant surrounded by the most spectacular views of the icy landscape that you could ever imagine. Raise a toast to ring in the new year with your friendly crew, fellow expeditioners and expedition team.

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 5 to 12

Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before we re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America.

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced. We hope you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.

As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Drake Passage - Day 13 & 14

During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we disembark from approximately 8.00 am. Farewell your attentive crew, expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your hotel is included in the voyage fare.

Note: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

Disembark in Ushuaia
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Pricing per person & date

Across the Antarctic Circle: Christmas Voyage | Greg Mortimer from USD 14,236
Departing Ending Duration
14 Dec 2023 28 Dec 2023 15

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Important Information

  • Inclusions

    • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary
    • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on day 1
    • Half day city tour in Ushuaia on day 2 prior to embarkation 
    • Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on day 2
    • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
    • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
    • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages 
    • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
    • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
    • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
    • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
    • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage 
    • Comprehensive pre-departure information
    • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees 
    • Gratuities for ship crew
       

    Exclusions

    • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
    • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival or departure taxes
    • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
    • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
    • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
    • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
    • Optional activity surcharges
    • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note that the itinerary is subject to weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to find the perfect Antarctica expedition cruise and turn your dream into a reality. Chimu also specialise in Tailor-Made journeys so you can explore some of the highlights of South America pre or post cruise. Our Destination Specialists have exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience in the regions we visit, and will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

We ensure that we have as little negative impact on the wildlife as possible and minimise disturbances. We also encourage the education and visitation of protection and conservation services, specifically associated with the area. You will also find that we visit many locations and landmarks of which we encourage you to explore yet advise you to remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in pre-departure information and en-route by guides and staff. Furthermore, in our further efforts of supporting the communities, a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us supporting the next generation and the environment they live in.

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

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