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Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer | Ocean Endeavour

11 Days FROM USD 6,766 40 % off!

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Book and Save: Up to 40%* off select cabins

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. 
 

*40% discount on the 2022/23 season valid for new bookings from 1 Nov 2022 until sold out or departed. Excludes Cabin Categories 2 & 3.
*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, 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 From Price
12 Dec 2022 22 Dec 2022 11 USD 9,276
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,686
CAT 2 Triple Interior LIMITEDUSD 9,276
CAT 3 Twin Interior USD 10,276
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 6,766
CAT 4A Single Porthole SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,886
CAT 5 Twin Window LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 7,966
CAT 5A Single Window SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 11,626
Cat 6 Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,506
Cat 7 Select Twin LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,046
Cat 8 Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,586
CAT 9 Junior Suite LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 10,126
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 10,726
02 Jan 2023 12 Jan 2023 11 USD 10,476
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,646
CAT 2 Triple Interior USD 10,476
CAT 3 Twin Interior LIMITEDUSD 11,676
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 7,606
CAT 4A Single Porthole LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 10,726
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,326
CAT 5A Single Window SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
Cat 6 Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,866
Cat 7 Select Twin SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,406
Cat 8 Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,946
CAT 9 Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 10,486
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 11,086
11 Jan 2023 21 Jan 2023 11 USD 10,475
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 Single Interior SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,646
CAT 2 Triple Interior LIMITEDUSD 10,475
CAT 3 Twin Interior LIMITEDUSD 11,675
CAT 4 Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 7,606
CAT 4A Single SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 5 Twin Window SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,326
CAT 5A Single Window LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 11,686
CAT 6 Twin Select SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 8,866
CAT 7 Twin Comfort LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,406
CAT 8 Superior SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 9,946
CAT 9 Junior Suite LIMITED - SAVE UP TO 40% OFFUSD 10,486
CAT 10 Owner's Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
09 Dec 2023 19 Dec 2023 11 USD 8,810
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin USD 13,950
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin USD 8,810
CAT 3 - Twin Interior USD 9,960
CAT 4 - Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 8,896
CAT 4A - Single Porthole USD 16,470
CAT 5 - Twin/Double Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 9,400
CAT 5A - Single Window SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 13,768
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 9,736
CAT 7 - Select Twin SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 10,240
CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 10,778
CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 11,565
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 12,510
27 Jan 2024 06 Feb 2024 11 USD 10,800
Cabin Type From Price
CAT 1 - Single Cabin USD 15,210
CAT 2 - Triple Cabin SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT 3 - Twin Interior USD 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 12,353
CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 25% OFFUSD 13,298

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Camping

Camping

Hiking

Hiking

Photography

Photography

Yoga

Yoga

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. 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, fuel surcharges, 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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