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Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer | Ocean Endeavour

11 Days FROM USD 8,390

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Overview

Set sail aboard the comfortable and spacious polar expedition vessel, the Ocean Endeavour to give you the best of the stunning South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula in 11 Days.  Explore the natural environment and closeup encounters with wildlife on our forward-facing zodiac’s and on foot. For the adventurous, take a kayak and drift among the sea ice and sculptured icebergs, spend a night on the 7th continent under the stars or snowshoe in the footsteps of past explorers. Walk among enormous penguin rookeries, encounter basking seals and their playful pups and search for humpback, minke and orca whales. Onboard, enjoy talks on regional history, zoology and geology by experts. Pamper yourself with one of our spa treatments or simply relax with a yoga class.  A voyage like this will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 

 

*Offers aboard the Ocean Endeavour 2022/23 season end 31 July 2022 and are subject to availability. Not combinable with any other promotion. Offers apply to new bookings only. Book cabin categories Cat 5, Cat 5a, Cat 6 and Cat 7 and save up to 25% off the regular retail price. Book cabin categories Cat 8, Cat 9 and the Owners Suite and save up to 30% off the regular retail price. Applies to selected departures only; cabins limited. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, please contact us for more information.

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Camping, Hiking, Photography, Yoga

Trip Code: ACACWLX

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise, Small Ship Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • In just under two weeks you will experience the highlights of the northern Antarctic region: the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

  • You will visit sections of the Antarctic Peninsula with remarkable views of the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent and a wide range of wildlife.

  • While at sea, you can enjoy the amenities of the Ocean Endeavour. There is also a lecture program which will educate you about the unique flora and fauna of this part of the world, as well as the legendary tales about early explorers.

  • The itinerary allows possibilities for unforgettable activities such as Zodiac excursions, guided hikes on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, kayaking, camping and the exploration of historic huts and science stations.

  • You will learn about the Peninsula's remarkable history and will encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crab-eater and leopard seals; as well as orca, humpback and minke whales in the Antarctic waters.

CRUISE ITINERARY

The journey begins at the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. You will be briefed at your hotel on the journey that lies ahead and the details for tomorrow’s embarkation. If you have spare time, check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on the region’s history or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin if you're after any last-minute essentials before departing for Antarctica. Enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant and sample some of Argentina's famous red wine. For the adventurous travellers, there are many hiking trails nearby as well the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Ushuaia, Argentina - Day 1

You will board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon. Take some time to settle into your cabin as we begin cruising the stunning Beagle Channel, named after the famed vessel 'The Beagle' that facilitated some of Charles Darwin's most significant voyages. As the Ocean Endeavour pulls away from the port there’s always an air of anticipation, as the next time you see land, you will be when gazing upon the White Continent of Antarctica.

Embarkation In Ushuaia - Day 2

The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Francis Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. Often rough and turbulent, but sometimes calm, be prepared for the unpredictable.
Over the next two days at sea you’ll have time to enjoy some of the onboard facilities, such as yoga, the polar library and presentations from the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead – from the geology of Antarctica to the history, wildlife and tips on how to best photograph what you’ll be witnessing.
Sailing towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south.
Head out on one of the spacious outer decks to look out for the mighty albatrosses that fly overhead. Scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the Ocean Endeavour's observation deck. Your first sighting of land should be early evening on day four – heralding your arrival to the White Continent.

At Sea, Drake Passage - Day 3-4

The next four days will be spend exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula – a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers.
Explore by Zodiac boats, cruising amongst the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where you mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views and perhaps visit a scientific or historic base.
Optional activities such as kayaking or snowshoeing allow you to explore further afield and have a more intimate experience. If you’re feeling brave, take a polar plunge into the ice Antarctic waters while our talented Expedition Photographer captures the moments as they unfold.
Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs, and ice-strewn channels. Witness extensive colonies of Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, Crabeater, Weddell, Fur and Elephant seals and a plethora of fascinating birds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Each day brings a new experience and new landing sites to explore.
The lecture program will continue throughout the cruise, and you can also meander around the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour spotting wildlife, read up on Shackleton’s adventure in the polar library or make the most of the ship’s wellness facilities like the spa, sauna, saltwater pool and gym.
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.

South Shetland Isl & Antarctic Peninsula – Day 5-8

Leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind as you set sail across the Drake Passage, enjoying some final lectures and presentations from the Expedition Team. Keep an eye out for wildlife from the observation lounge, outer decks or the Ocean Endeavour's bridge as we head north across the Antarctic Convergence.
Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, enjoy a final dinner and enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel as we approach our home port of Ushuaia.

At Sea, Drake Passage – Day 9-10

Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour following breakfast. Farewell your fellow guests and your Expedition Team and join a transfer to Ushuaia airport for your onward journey today. Or perhaps extend your stay to spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world.

Disembark In Ushuaia, Argentina – Day 11

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Departing Ending Duration Price
12 Dec 2022 22 Dec 2022 11 USD 9,790
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 20%USD 11,192
CAT 2 Triple Interior SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 3 Twin Interior LIMITEDUSD 9,790
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20%USD 8,632
CAT 4A Single Porthole SAVE UP TO 20%USD 12,792
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 9,593
CAT 5A Single Window SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 14,168
Cat 6 Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,268
Cat 7 Select Twin SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,943
Cat 8 Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 30% OFFUSD 10,843
CAT 9 Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 30% OFFUSD 11,473
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
02 Jan 2023 12 Jan 2023 11 USD 9,990
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 20%USD 12,472
CAT 2 Triple Interior LIMITEDUSD 9,990
CAT 3 Twin Interior LIMITEDUSD 11,190
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20%USD 9,752
CAT 4A Single Porthole SAVE UP TO 20%USD 13,912
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,043
CAT 5A Single Window LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 14,243
Cat 6 Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,718
Cat 7 Select Twin SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 11,393
Cat 8 Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 30% OFFUSD 11,263
CAT 9 Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 30% OFFUSD 11,893
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11 Jan 2023 21 Jan 2023 11 USD 9,990
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 20%USD 12,472
CAT 2 Triple Interior LIMITEDUSD 9,990
CAT 3 Twin Interior SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20%USD 9,752
CAT 4A Single SAVE UP TO 20% - LIMITEDUSD 13,912
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,043
CAT 5A Single Window SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 6 Twin Select SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,718
CAT 7 Twin Comfort SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 11,393
CAT 8 Superior SAVE UP TO 30% OFFUSD 11,263
CAT 9 Junior Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
09 Dec 2023 19 Dec 2023 11 USD 8,390
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin USD 13,290
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin USD 8,390
CAT 3 - Twin Interior USD 9,490
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole USD 10,590
CAT 4A - Single Porthole USD 15,690
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window Book and save up to 10%USD 10,071
CAT 5A - Single Window Book and save up to 10%USD 14,751
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin Book and save up to 10%USD 10,431
CAT 7 - Select Twin Book and save up to 10%USD 10,971
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double Book and save up to 15%USD 11,637
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double Book and save up to 15%USD 12,487
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double Book and save up to 15%USD 13,507
27 Jan 2024 06 Feb 2024 11 USD 9,090
Cabin Type Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin USD 14,490
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin USD 9,090
CAT 3 - Twin Interior USD 10,290
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole USD 11,490
CAT 4A - Single Porthole USD 16,990
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window Book and save up to 10%USD 10,971
CAT 5A - Single Window Book and save up to 10%USD 16,101
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin Book and save up to 10%USD 11,331
CAT 7 - Select Twin Book and save up to 10%USD 11,871
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double Book and save up to 15%USD 12,487
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double Book and save up to 15%USD 13,337
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double Book and save up to 15%USD 14,357

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Camping

Camping

Hiking

Hiking

Photography

Photography

Yoga

Yoga

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS:

    1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, pre cruise
    Cabin accommodation on board the ship
    All meals whilst on ship
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English-speaking expedition leader and team
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Group arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia*


    EXCLUSIONS:

    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer optional activities section for details

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. No single supplement if willing to share. Contact us for more details.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality 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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