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Best of Antarctica: White Christmas | Ocean Endeavour

11 Days FROM USD 9,540

Overview

There’s nothing more magical than journeying to Antarctica and experiencing the ice-capped mountain ranges, iconic Antarctic wildlife and immense icebergs and glaciers over the Christmas period. During this 11-day expedition, you’ll have the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, visit penguin rookeries, spot Minke and Humpback whales up close from your Zodiac, photograph seals resting on ice floes and more. For the brave souls, participate in the Polar Plunge before warming up in the sauna or trying some on-board yoga. The team ensures the spirit on board the Ocean Endeavour over the holiday season is festive and fun, delivering a one-in-a-lifetime experience to make this a Christmas adventure to remember. 

*20-25% discount on the 2023/24 season valid for new bookings from 17 Nov 2022 until 31 March 2023.  Excludes Cabin Categories 1, 2, 3 & 4a.
*Not combinable with any other promotion. Offers apply to new bookings only. Cabins are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, please contact us for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.

**Please note that due to the recent increase in global fuel prices, a fuel surcharge has been applied to all voyages across Antarctic 22/23 season.  This has already been applied to the price**

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Camping

Trip Code: ACOEBWC

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruising

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • White Christmas is guaranteed when you explore this icy white continent over the festive period.

  • Penguin chicks are hatching and in abundance on the Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, so it’s a perfect time for wildlife lovers.  

  • The longer summer days gives us 22 hours of daylight to maximise the time for exploration.

  • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology, photography and ecology by the expedition team.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your journey starts in the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia Argentina. After transferring from the airport to your hotel and getting acquainted with your fellow travellers, we’ll have our welcome briefing. If you arrive a day early, Tierra del Fuego National Park has an array of outdoor activities on offer. You can also visit the Museo Maritimo for a history lesson or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin to pick up some last-minute essentials for your journey.

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

The morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia further. Late this afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port to board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and Captain will be waiting to welcome you onboard and after settling into your cabin, your journey south begins by cruising through the famed Beagle Channel. Enjoy the incredible views as the last glimpse of land fades away and the ship heads south towards Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation In Ushuaia

The waters of the Drake Passage are legendary. Named after British seafarer Sir Francis Drake, they're often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. Our journey to the Antarctic Peninsula will take two days and, if conditions allow, you’ll be able to enjoy the outer decks to catch your first glimpse of whales and orcas, as well as a wide range of seabirds that live in the region, including the impressive Wandering albatross. Our comprehensive lecture program will also get underway, with your team of polar experts sharing fascinating insights into Antarctica’s history, geology, biology, and everything in between.

Spend this downtime enjoying the onboard facilities including gym, polar library, yoga classes and more. We’re scheduled to reach the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening on day four.

Day 3-4: At Sea, Drake Passage

Welcome to the Antarctic Peninsula, where a vast amount of wildlife
can be found with a backdrop of ice, water and mountains. The sheer scale of everything must be seen to be believed. Scheduled twice daily, Zodiac excursions are tailored to allow for closer encounters with marine life including whales and seals, while onshore exploration might take you to penguin rookeries. Choose from a range of paid adventure options to enhance your adventure, including snowshoeing excursions or overnight ice camping, hit the water for a day paddle or kayaking excursion, or learn how to capture that perfect shot by joining our dedicated Photography Program. Our lecture program will continue throughout your time on the Antarctic Peninsula and our Expedition Team will always be available to answer any questions you may have about the region.

If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, this is as white as it gets! Enjoy the festive spirit on board the Ocean Endeavour, where your presents come in the form of more landings and wildlife sightings throughout the day. Some of these wildlife encounters are likely to include Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins.

An average day onboard begins with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a delicious lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.

Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula & Christmas Day

As you leave Antarctica behind, cruising north to Ushuaia, you’ll have the time to reflect on the amazing journey and unique Christmas. We’re scheduled to reach the waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening to ensure a restful night’s sleep before disembarkation day. Our final meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy it as you celebrate the journey with your fellow travellers.

Day 9-10: At Sea, Drake Passage

This morning you will disembark the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia after breakfast as your Antarctic journey comes to an end. Transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for flights departing today, but if you're sticking around a little longer there is so much to see in this incredible region.

Day 11 – Disembarkation In Ushuaia, Argentina

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Departing Ending Duration From Price
18 Dec 2023 28 Dec 2023 11 USD 9,540
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin USD 15,210
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin LIMITEDUSD 9,540
CAT 3 - Twin Interior LIMITEDUSD 10,800
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 9,648
CAT 4A - Single Porthole USD 17,840
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 10,240
CAT 5A - Single Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 15,024
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 10,576
CAT 7 - Select Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 11,080
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 11,565
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 12,555
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 13,298

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Camping

Camping

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
    Accommodation onboard the Ocean Endeavour in booked cabin category
    Onboard lecture program from Expeditions Team and Naturalists
    All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
    Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
    Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the voyage
    Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel with breakfast
    Transfer from Ushuaia hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
    Transports to Ushuaia airport on return to port
    All port taxes
    All landing fees
    Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi and onboard yoga
     

    EXCLUSIONS

    International or internal flights unless specified
    Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
    Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
    Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
    Tobacco, alcoholic or beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Miscellaneous extras
    Laundry and communication charges on board
    Gratuities for Expedition team and crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
    For minors under 16 years of age at time of travel; life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots
    For guests who require larger sizing; Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Contact us for details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to weather and ice conditions

     

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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