• Antarctic Adventure - Expedition Cruising to the Antarctic Peninsula

    Active Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore Antarctica aboard an ice-class expedition ship. Breathtaking mountains, glaciers, and icebergs plus marine mammals and tens of thousands of penguins. The last wild, unspoiled place on earth!

    Book by April 30, 2014 and receive a $750 p/p discount on December departures!

    best times to go: January - March, December

    departures: 10 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $6,795 see detailed pricing

    Antarctica

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Active Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica is the last wild, unspoiled place on earth, the largest, purest wilderness we know, the only continent that has been almost free of human contact since the beginning of time. It is a realm whose beauty is so spectacular and otherworldly that it often leaves visitors speechless.

And on the Antarctic Peninsula, a 700-mile-long finger of land pointing toward the tip of South America, it's not just the breathtaking scenery that beckons, it's also the spectacular display of wildlife. Thousands of penguins and numerous other seabirds such as petrels, skuas, and albatross. There is also an abundance of marine mammals in this region of Antarctica, including most of the world's great whale species and many kinds of seals.

Aboard a small, maneuverable ice-class expedition ship and in the company of a team of expert naturalist guides, you'll journey south to the "last continent" for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that may change your life forever.

Activities

Easy ship travel, optional walks and Zodiac rides. (Optional sea kayaking and camping on select departures.)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience to the "last continent," the most remote destination on earth
  • See a spectacular wonderland of mountains, glaciers, icebergs and wildlife in a pristine environment
  • Interactive Antarctica on an expedition-style ship - not from the deck of a huge cruise ship!

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Ushuaia End Location: Ushuaia

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    Day 1 : Board ship and set sail

    Board your expedition vessel and begin the journey to Antarctica with a scenic sail through the Beagle Channel, then enter the waters of the Drake Passage.

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    Days 2 - 3 : At sea, crossing the Drake Passage

    Continue to motor across the 620 miles of the Drake Passage, passing over the Antarctic Convergence, where nutrient-rich waters attract many species of seabirds and whales.

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    Days 4 - 8 : Explore the islands, bays, and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore the islands, bays, and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, with plenty of time for shore walks through penguin colonies and "ice cruises" by Zodiac for close-up inspection of towering bergs and creaking glaciers. Our itinerary focuses on scenic areas with large concentrations of wildlife, including Paulet and Cuverville Islands, the flooded caldera of Deception Island, Paradise Bay, and the Lemaire Channel, hemmed in by mountain walls rising thousands of feet straight out of the water (it's nicknamed "Kodak Alley"). We also usually visit one or more research stations, possibly Frei (Chilean) and adjoining Bellingshausen (Russian), Arctowski (Polish), or Vernadsky (Ukrainian).

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    Days 9 - 10 : At sea, crossing the Drake Passage

    At sea, crossing the Drake Passage and rounding Cape Horn en route to Ushuaia.

  • Day 11 : Ushuaia – fly home

    We plan to arrive back in Ushuaia in the early morning. After breakfast on board the ship, transfer to the airport and fly home.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, December Departures: Dec 8 - 18, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Ioffe. Dec 10 - 20, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov Dec 18 - 28, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Ioffe. Jan 21 - 31, 2015 On board the Akademik Ioffe Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov Feb 24, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 5 - 15, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 6 - 16, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 15 - 25, 2015 On board the Akademik Ioffe - Special Marine Mammals Voyage! Mar 16 - 26, 2015 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov - Special Marine Mammals Voyage!

PRICING:

Winter 2014-2015 Prices (all prices are US$ per person):

Dec 8, 10 and all March Voyages:
$ 6,795 Triple Cabin with Shared Bath
$ 9,195 Twin Cabin with Semi-Private Bath
$ 9,995 Twin Cabin with Private Bath
$ 10,395 Superior Cabin with Private Bath
$ 10,795 Shackleton Suite
$ 11,995 One Ocean Suite

Dec 18,  Jan 21, 27, & Feb 24 Voyages:
$ 7,895 Triple Cabin with Shared Bath
$ 10,095 Twin Cabin with Semi-Private Bath
$ 10,595 Twin Cabin with Private Bath
$ 10,995 Superior Cabin with Private Bath
$ 11,595 Shackleton Suite
$ 13,095 One Ocean Suite

$ 795 Sea Kayaking Option
Free Overnight Camping Option (weather and conditions permitting)

Single Supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin price or 2 times the Suite price (singles cannot take over a Triple Cabin).  If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will be happy to match you up and waive the single supplement fee.

  • Expedition Ship

    The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature  an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

    From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

    The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

    Amenities

    One dining room with unreserved seating. 
    Theatre-style presentation room. 
    Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
    Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
    Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
    Clinic with licensed doctor. 
    Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
    Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way. These trips are often led by:

  • Aaron Lawton

    Aaron Lawton developed the Polar program for One Ocean Expeditions (our partner in the Polar Regions), bringing a strong commitment to conservation in the Polar Regions to his work in operations development. An avid paddler, Aaron has been paddling or rowing some form of human-powered boat for most of his life. His experience encompasses wilderness guiding and instruction by canoe and sea kayak, varsity rowing and most recently a passion for Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe racing. Thousands of miles on the water have given him an appreciation and awareness for the subtle changes in the ocean due to local weather and global climate patterns. Aaron is truly Canadian having lived in the mountains of the Yukon Territory, among the wheat fields of Manitoba, in the orchards of Southern Ontario and along the briny coast of Nova Scotia, all by the ripe old age of twelve. Continuing this passion for new places, Aaron has worked in the outdoor industry on six of the seven continents. Over the last decade, Aaron has been expedition leader or kayak guide on about a hundred trips to the Canadian Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula and Svalbard. In 2001, Aaron and his wife Cathy embarked on a 10-night unassisted sea kayak expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula. Aaron holds a degree in forestry from the University of British Columbia. This has led to a real appreciation for and understanding of ecology and the connectivity of ecosystems.

  • Andrew Prossin

    Andrew is the Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions Inc. (our partner in the Polar Regions) and brings his passion for polar regions and their conservation into any discussion he can. An adventurer in his own right, Andrew is an accomplished ocean racing sailor. He led a team that won a race across the Atlantic Ocean in a 30-foot sailboat; he has sailed around Cape Horn in a Southern Ocean gale and competitively raced yachts and high performance dinghies all over the world. Andrew is also a published photographer and an avid snowboarder, spending his quiet time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Andrew grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada and has brought his East Coast sense of humor with him all along the way. After earning a degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, he played a strategic planning role for a major Canadian player in the transportation industry. With around five years in the corporate world under his belt but searching for a life of meaning, Andrew decided to "run away to sea". What started as a three-month commitment to manage a ship transformed itself into a very successful entrepreneurial career in expedition cruising where he could apply his experience and his passion. With a reputation for innovation and attention to detail, Andrew has become well known in the expedition cruise industry for the high quality expedition cruise programs he develops. He is also noted for his attention to vital areas of safety and his commitment to environmental protection.

photo credits: ©Christopher Bettencourt



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Easy

Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

Moderate

More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

Strenuous

Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Dec 8 - 18, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Ioffe. Dec 10 - 20, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov Dec 18 - 28, 2014 Book by April 30, 2014 for a $750 p/p discount!! On board the Akademik Ioffe. Jan 21 - 31, 2015 On board the Akademik Ioffe Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov Feb 24, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 5 - 15, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 6 - 16, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 15 - 25, 2015 On board the Akademik Ioffe - Special Marine Mammals Voyage! Mar 16 - 26, 2015 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov - Special Marine Mammals Voyage!
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