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12 Day Highlights of Antarctica Cruise

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Drakes Passage - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula - Buenos Aires

  • Polar Outside Cabin
  • Enjoy an onboard lecture program
  • Pre cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Internal flights to/from Ushuaia
  • Onshore excursions
  • Book now with a 50% deposit

From $7,999 Typically $12,279

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Description


Single Supplement waived for the 6th February 2022!

Take the time out to tick Antarctica off your list on this 12-day highlight of Antarctica cruise onboard the MS Fridtjof Nansen, this tour is truly not one to be missed! You will begin your expedition with a pre-cruise stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. 

The following day you will be flown to Ushuaia to begin your voyage to Antarctica, meet the crew and your expedition team, and make yourself comfortable onboard your home for the next 11 days. You will learn all there is to know about Antarctica via their lecture program. Explore Drakes Passage, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and see nature, the beautiful sea, and birdlife. Take advantage of onshore excursions to make the most of this once in a lifetime trip. 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

On arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. The first night of your voyage is spent in an overnight stay in the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure.

Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast.

Day 2

Beunos Aires Ushuaia

Early this morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. You will fly to Ushuaia and will be transferred to the port of Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting to welcome us aboard. As we set sail, familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and its great amenities 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 and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and 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 tip of South America. It is often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. It is unpredictable, so be prepared!

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 4

At sea, crossing the Drake Passage

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: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

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: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 6

At sea, South Shetland islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 7

At sea, South Shetland islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 8

At sea, South Shetland islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

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: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 10

Antarctic peninsula & at sea, crossing the Drake Passage

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 11

Antarctic peninsula & at sea, crossing the Drake Passage

Accommodation: MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 12

We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and we disembark after a final breakfast aboard the ship.

After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the crew of the MS Fridtjof Nansen, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Cruise accommodation in a Polar Outside cabin on a twin share basis
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Onboard lecture program (all voyages) from expedition staff and naturalists
  • All onshore excursions (excluding optional activities with cost)
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Pre-night accommodation  in Buenos Aires
  • Internal flights to/from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer to airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and onboard jacuzzi
  • Use of expedition jacket and equipment for onshore activities
  • complimentary take-home expedition jacket and aluminium drink bottle.

 

Accommodation

MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Outside Cabin on a twin share basis

Room Types and max occupancy : Twin or double, maximum occupancy of 2, Triple available upon request

 

Exclusions

  • International airfares to/from Buenos Aires
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Optional activities like Sea Kayaking or Ice Camping whilst onboard

 

Child Policy

Children from 5 years of age can travel on this voyage to Antarctica.  Children aged between 5 -15 will receive a 50% voyage discount when travelling with 2 adults.

 

Single Travellers

Single cabins are available, the single supplement is quoted on request.

Single supplement fee waived on the 6th February 2022

 

Please note a medical questionnaire is mandatory to be completed before setting sail.

Departure Dates


NOV 2021
18 th
Thursday 18 Nov 2021  ‐  Monday 29 Nov 2021
NOV 2021
28 th
Sunday 28 Nov 2021  ‐  Thursday 09 Dec 2021
Surcharge
+ $500 p.p
DEC 2021
08 th
Wednesday 08 Dec 2021  ‐  Sunday 19 Dec 2021
Surcharge
+ $500 p.p
DEC 2021
18 th
Saturday 18 Dec 2021  ‐  Wednesday 29 Dec 2021
Surcharge
+ $800 p.p
DEC 2021
28 th
Tuesday 28 Dec 2021  ‐  Saturday 08 Jan 2022
Surcharge
+ $1,500 p.p

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