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11 Day Antarctic Whale Cruise on Ocean Endeavour

Ushuaia

Cruise on the spectacular Ocean Endeavour ship

Explore the iconic penguin colonies by the Zodiac 

Admire icebergs, glaciated mountains & volcanoes

Experience the White Continent and encounter rare wildlife

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From $13,699 Typically $17,135 pp twin share

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Description


Join us aboard the magnificent Ocean Endeavour on this 11-day Antarctic whale journey, as we set sail from Ushuaia, destination Antarctica, in search of whales – the giants and rulers of the Southern Ocean. As we enter the frozen wilderness of the White Continent, amazing, sculptured icebergs, thunderous calving glaciers, imposing mountain ranges and ice-strewn waters, all lie in wait. Explore on foot, by sea kayak, snowshoe and Zodiac. Sailing and cruising by Zodiac, we scan the icy waters for the silhouettes of these mighty marine mammals as they glide alongside the vessels or surface the waters in a spectacular breach. Can you imagine the thrill and excitement of kayaking alongside one of these majestic creatures? Not forgetting encounters with curious penguins, basking seals and many fascinating seabirds. This is the trip of a lifetime for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representativewill be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). The remainder of the day is at leisure and you are free to explore, maybe making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets, or relaxing in a café. Avenida San Martin is the main street and there are some excellent museums to visit or you may prefer to wander the streets taking in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the BeagleChannel to the south.

Accommodation: To be advised

Meals: inflight only

Day 2

Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America.The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead youthrough the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean condor, Magellanic oyster catcher, kelp goose, austral parakeet and torrentduck. Late this afternoon we transfer to the port of Ushuaia intime for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting towelcome us aboard. As we set sail, familiarise yourself with the layout of the Ocean Endeavour and its greatamenities and enjoy a welcome dinner.This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels andblack-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Dinner

Day 3

At Sea, Crossing The Drake Passage

The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost   South America. It is often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. It is unpredictable, so be prepared! Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities, maybe join a yoga class, attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead –from the geology of Antarctica to the history, wildlife and even the ice! As we sail 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 deck 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 observation deck. Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land – that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

At Sea, Crossing The Drake Passage

 Enjoy the ship's facilities as you cruise along the Drake Passage.

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

The next four days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising amongst the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, maybe visiting a scientific or historic base. There may even be opportunities to sea kayak and of course learn more about photography with one of the experts. Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs and ice-strewn channels.

Not to mention the wildlife – from extensive colonies of chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, to 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. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Every day brings a new experience and new landing site. As we cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture programme and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the health and fitness facilities from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy the ship's facilities as you cruise along and explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy the ship's facilities as you cruise along and explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy the ship's facilities as you cruise along and explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

Antarctic Peninsula & At Sea, Crossing the Drake Passage

As we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, we take with us our memories and photographs. We set a course for the Drake Passage as we enjoy some final lectures and presentations and look out for wildlife from the observation lounge and the outer decks. Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, we enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

[Ship] Antarctic Peninsula & At Sea, Crossing the Drake Passage

Enjoy the ship's facilities as you cruise back along the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. 

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Disembarkation in Ushuaia 

We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and we disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour. After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend some extra days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas. PLEASE NOTE: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Cruise accommodation in a Category 5 Twin Window cabin on a twin share basis
  • All meals onboard the vessel including snacks
  • Onboard lecture program (all voyages) from expedition staff and naturalists
  • All onshore excursions and Zodiac cruising (excluding optional activities with cost)
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Pre-night accommodation prior to embarkation, breakfast and transfer to the vessel for embarkation
  • Transfer to airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and onboard jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Use of expedition jacket

 

Cruise Accommodation

Ocean Endeavour Ship in a Category 5 Twin Window Cabin on a twin share basis

Read more about your included cabin in our Trip Brochure on Page 10. 

 

Cruise Cabin Upgrades

To upgrade your cruise cabin, choose any of the below on Checkout under the Add-On's section. Read more about these cabins in our Trip Brochure on Page 10. 

Category 8 Superior Twin or Double: $2,355 per person

Category 9  Junior Suite: $3,430 per person

Category 10 Owner's Suite: $4,500 per person

Exclusions

  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • Optional activities like Sea Kayaking or Ice Camping whilst onboard
  • Snowshoeing
  • Camping (only on 16th February departure)

 

Child Policy

Not recommend for children under the age of 8 (at time of travel). Children must travel with a parent or guardian. Child rate equals 50% of adult rate in a suitable cabin. Children must be aged between 8 & 12 at time of travel to be eligible. Please note that all children under the age of 16 must have a child waiver completed on their behalf by a parent or guardian.

 

Solo Travellers

Single cabins are available on request, please inquire with our team for a quote. Call 1300 893 404 or email info@traveldream.com.au. Note that single shares are not available in CAT 8, 9 or 10 cabins. If you are willing to share with another traveller of the same gender at no additional cost, CAT 2-7 cabin options are available.

 

Optional Activities

To view a complete list of optional activities available at an additional cost on your cruise, check out Page 5 of our Trip Brochure

Departure Dates


FEB 2022
07 th
Monday 07 Feb 2022  ‐  Thursday 17 Feb 2022
FEB 2022
16 th
Wednesday 16 Feb 2022  ‐  Saturday 26 Feb 2022
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