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Antarctica Crossing the Antarctic Circle Adventure Cruising

An Epic Voyage from The Drake Passage to Kodak Gap

 

Journey through Polar straits on this trip of a lifetime. Meet in Ushuaia, "The End of the World," and board your expedition ship. Cross Drake Passage, and arrive at the otherworldly Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, where you'll adventure by Zodiac boats. With custom itineraries maximizing opportunity, our ships may call on remarkable places like Deception Island and Paradise Bay, teeming with wildlife. Travel even further to the Antarctic Circle and arrive at the Kodak Gap. Few places on Earth make a deeper, more lasting impression than this.

  • Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Antarctica from the comfort of your luxury expedition ship

  • Set sail through legendary sights from Drake Passage to the Kodak Gap

  • Explore the up-close thrill of polar icebergs, glaciers, whales, penguins, and other wildlife

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Arrive:

Ushuaia, Argentina

Depart:

Ushuaia, Argentina

Price: from $15,115

Duration:

13 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

Min Age:

8 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

You can expect 1 or 2 half-day excursions for each day in Antarctica depending on weather conditions. During guided shore excursions, guests break up into smaller special interest groups with several options ranging from an easy shoreline walk to a strenuous hike (1-3 hours.) Excursions may include a Zodiac cruise to observe icebergs and wildlife (1-1.5 hours.)
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  • Arrive in "The End of the World"

    Day 1

    Arrive in Ushuaia, or "The End of the World," on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and check-in to the luxurious Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. Bring your bathing suit to take a dip in the hotel's 17-meter lap pool, visit the spa, or simply take a bath. Get over jet lag with good night's sleep.

    Accommodation: Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, surrounded by nature inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, is a luxurious property set above the city, yet minutes from downtown Ushuaia. Designed with sustainable architecture in mind, each room and suite uses local Argentine materials and décor for a contemporary and warm feel. Geothermal air conditioning, humidity control and acousting insulation systems also add to the guest room experience. Facilities include fine dining restaurants and bars, swimming pools, hot tubs, a fitness center and more.

    Transportation: 30-minute airport transfer

  • Explore the Town of Ushuaia

    Day 2

    Today is all yours to explore Ushuaia's many city sights. At the extreme southern tip of South America, from famous leather markets to its maritime museum. Nestled underneath the Martial mountain range, this explorers' hub is the gateway to Antarctica. Continue to indulge at the lovely Arakur, and attend an optional evening briefing on the days ahead—adventure awaits.

    Accommodation: Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, surrounded by nature inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, is a luxurious property set above the city, yet minutes from downtown Ushuaia. Designed with sustainable architecture in mind, each room and suite uses local Argentine materials and décor for a contemporary and warm feel. Geothermal air conditioning, humidity control and acousting insulation systems also add to the guest room experience. Facilities include fine dining restaurants and bars, swimming pools, hot tubs, a fitness center and more.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Set Sail for Antarctica

    Day 3

    Embark on a mid-afternoon transfer to the Island Sky, and board the ship for your Polar expedition, meeting our team of regional experts and the ship's commanding officers onboard. View a concise safety and orientation briefing, and take part in the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic penguins, rock shags and the large black-browed albatross.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Transportation: 30-minute van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross the Drake Passage

    Day 4

    Approach the iconic waterway that is the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. Cross 600 miles over two days, inching closer towards the white continent. Learn about Antarctica's history and its native flora and fauna from our Polar experts. Partake in SeaBird sighting surveys or collecting salinity samples and weather data while enroute, scanning the horizon for icebergs and whale species.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Dive into Antarctica's History

    Day 5

    Continue onwards through the Drake Passage, named after 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Feel temperatures plummet once past the Antarctic Convergence, spotting wildlife or delving deeper into the history of this uncharted territory.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Antarctica for the First Time

    Day 6

    Arrive to the highly volcanic South Shetland Islands in the Antarctic Peninsula and board a Zodiac boat to marvel up close at nature's glory in a custom itinerary created by our expedition leader and captain based on weather, ice and opportunity. Visit the most scenic bays and channels, with stops to penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the South Shetland Islands

    Day 7

    Spend another day discovering the incredibly diverse and rich terrain of the South Shetland Islands with a custom itinerary. Visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston's eastern shore, or the historic Deception Island, weather permitting. Spot sub-Antarctic species along the way, including chinstrap penguins and southern elephant seals.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head South towards the Antarctic Circle

    Day 8

    For three days, adventure across the Bransfield Strait, whose undersea trough was formed by rifting which began 4 million years ago. Sail south through ice-filled channels towards the Antarctic Circle before heading back north, enjoying sightings of spectacular icebergs and enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Survey the Crystal Sound & Beyond

    Day 9

    Discover the best possible overview of the Antarctic environment-from spectacular waterways such as the Crystal Sound, the living museums of Detaille Island in Lallemand Fjord, or Horseshoe Island along the west coast of Graham Land-with a flexible itinerary created to maximize opportunities to explore.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Further Explore the Antarctic Circle

    Day 10

    Embrace the pioneering spirit of famous explorers from time past, including James Cook, Sir Ernest Shackleton and beyond, spending another day venturing into the Antarctic Circle. See what surprises are in store in this beautiful, rugged world.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head Southwest for the Antarctic Peninsula

    Day 11

    Journey southwest for the next three days, entering Gerlache Strait, which separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Arctic Peninsula, and Trinity Coast. The expedition team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing climate, ensuring an extraordinary experience every time. Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, while Weddell and crabeater seals are often found resting alongside predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur Seal. Minke and humpback whales are also frequent visitors in the late season, as are orcas.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross the Legendary "Kodak Gap"

    Day 12

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, whether Neko Harbor on Andvord Bay, named for a Scottish whaling boat, the Neko, sheltered Paradise Harbor behind Lemaire and Bryde Islands, home to huge whales and porpoising penguins, or Wilhelmina Bay. Visit the renowned Lemaire Channel or "Kodak Gap," with its steep cliffs and iceberg-laden passage, 11-kilometers long.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit an Active Research Base

    Day 13

    Discover the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel between Anvers Island and Wiencke and Doumer Islands. Stop at an active research base, whether Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station Arctowksi, the Ukranian Vernadsky Research Base, or the U.K.'s Port Lockroy or Wordie House on Winter Island.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pass the Antarctic Convergence

    Day 14

    As we begin to leave this magical place and make our way north across the Antarctic Convergence and Drake Passage, share and swap stories of tales with your fellow expeditioners, as we continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Recross Drake Passage

    Day 15

    Cross Drake Passage for one last time, sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, where it all began. Celebrate the conclusion of our epic expedition with a special slideshow.

    Accommodation: Seaventure

    The stylish Seaventure is one of the finest small expedition vessels in the world, crafted in an Italian shipyard with spaciously appointed suites and modern public areas. Each suite includes a sitting area, private bathroom, picture windows, and twin beds that may be joined to form queen-size beds. Some suites boast private balconies with tinted doors, while triples include a sofa bed. Public areas include a bar lounge, library with computers, dining room, exercise room and a panoramic observation deck.

  • Ushuaia Disembarkation

    Day 16

    Set foot on land, disembarking the Island Sky in the morning upon arriving to Ushuaia. Catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more adventure and sights.

    Transportation: 20-minute airport transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctica Crossing the Antarctic Circle Adventure Cruising

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Experience an explorer's rite of passage and enter Antarctica crossing the iconic Drake's Passage.

Reason #02

In true MT Sobek style, go further and farther than most travelers, venturing south into the Antarctic Circle.

Reason #03

Sail in comfort aboard luxurious and comfortable ships carefully scouted and selected by MT Sobek's Polar team.

Meet your guides

Jeff Reynolds

Jeff Reynolds

As a child, Jeff was stung by a jellyfish at summer camp, an event that would inspire his entire future. In that moment, he realized how mysterious the oceans were and couldn't wait to unravel those mysteries. His career as a marine biologist has ranged from classifying the biodiversity of glass sponge reefs off the coast of Canada to conducting fish and marine mammal surveys for Alaska's shoreline. An avid sailor, scuba diver and photographer, Jeff has worked in and on the ocean for over a decade and, no matter what the temperature or weather brings, you'll always see him smiling with camera in hand.

Ruth Peacy

Ruth Peacy

Ruth studied Zoology and Science Communication in college. As a wildlife filmmaker, Ruth has spent more than a decade working on documentaries for BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery, including spending five months in Port Lockroy to film Penguin Post Office and the award winning Planet Earth II. rnrnHer current project has her sailing around the South Sandwich Islands filming a wildlife documentary called Expedition Penguin. A project she looks forward to sharing tales of on board this season!rn

Kurtis Randall

Kurtis Randall

Hailing from a small town outside of Ottawa, Kurtis spent most of his time on the lakes, rivers and forests of beautiful Ontario. After studying Geology in college, Kurtis followed his passion for the natural world by becoming a guide. He has spent the past decade guiding in a sea kayak or canoe around the Antarctica peninsula and Canadian arctic. And in 2014, he had the opportunity to be part of the successful search for the infamous Erebus and Terror in the Northwest Passage, Sir John Franklin's lost vessels. He is looking forward to talking about all of his favorite subjects with you over a cup of tea in the lounge!

Activities

Expert polar interpretation and on-board presentations, professional navigation through Antarctic waters, and up-close wildlife experiences on Zodiac excursions.

Lodging

Stylish and well-appointed polar expedition ships offer a luxurious way to explore Antarctica. The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa awaits in Ushuaia.

Climate

There may be days of warm sunshine, but be prepared for wind, rain, and possible snow. Daytime temperatures are usually 20°- 40°F.

FAQ

Is insurance required?

Yes, all passengers must carry an insurance policy to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses, and pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, passengers are strongly advised to carry a plan which includes coverage for cancellation, curtailment, trip interruption, and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to or otherwise involving a passenger. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000 we recommend that no policy carry less than this amount of coverage. Our operator will require information from you as to the carrier, policy number, and a 24-hour contact number.

What kind of experience does the Expedition Team have?

Our Antarctica ship operators know your voyage is more than the ship or even the destination, it is the people who bring that experience to life. Staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are professional adventure guides, some expert academics, others passionate educators. All apply their specific skills in a way to complement each other and collectively deliver truly life-changing trips.

When should I travel to Antarctica?

While there is an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty throughout the seasons, changes in the weather and currents affect the landscape as well as the wildlife.

From October to November the pack ice begins to break up and the landscape is spectacularly pristine with fresh snow all around, epic sunsets and ever changing cloud formations. Keep an eye out for penguin courtship displays and nest building.

December to January mark the peak travel season and the height of the Austral Summer with 18 to 20 hours of daylight a day. Penguin chicks begin to hatch and whale watching is phenomenal along the Antarctic Peninsula.

The late season falls over February and March, and whale watching is at its best! As ice recedes further, ships can travel further south. At this time of year penguin colonies are very active, the chicks begin to molt, the parents begin to abandon the chicks, and most penguins will returned to the sea by the end of March.

Do I need my own waterproof gear?

A waterproof expedition jacket, yours to keep, is included in the cost of your voyage, and will be given to you on board. This jacket is a fully wind- and waterproof outer layer, with a protective collar to help keep body warmth from escaping on windy days. Please note, as this is not an insulated ski parka, we recommend wearing a heavy fleece and/or thermal layers under the jacket for additional warmth in Antarctica.

You will also be loaned a pair of insulated rubber boots for you to use during the voyage. They are great for getting in and out of Zodiacs and are plenty warm with a good pair of thermal or wool socks.

You will need to bring a pair of waterproof pants, as these are not provided.

Are we guaranteed to cross into the Antarctic Circle?

Trips to Antarctica embody the expedition experience. All activities are dependent on the weather, sea conditions, and ice pack. The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter. The ultimate aim of this expedition is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice. Should we arrive at 66°33'S, we will become members of very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

2022

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage
  • 2022 pricing based on double occupancy in a Port Hole suite

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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