Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Spend 6 full days exploring Antarctica with the Polar Circle as your most southerly objective. Carrying just 54 people, this small ship affords an intimacy and ease of logistics unachievable on larger vessels. Kayaking, polar snorkelling and diving available.

11-12 Days

$9,700

Crossing the Antarctic Circle - 11-12 - $9,700

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days in Antarctica = 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • This fly/ sail combination has two departures per season
  • Due to its small size, the only ship capable of up to three landings a day
  • Kayaking, snorkelling & diving (optional, additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:  Embarkation in Ushuaia

Step aboard your home-away-from-home and settle into your comfortable cabin. There's time to greet fellow passengers, meet the staff and explore the ship before our evening's cruise down the Beagle Channel.


Day 2:  Cross the Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Join our polar experts to learn about Antarctica's unique wildlife and history, talk to fellow passengers, staff, and crew, and prepare for landings with environmental and safety briefings.


Day 3:  First Glimpse of Antarctica

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land. With luck, we go ashore this afternoon.


Days 4-9:  Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle

We explore the Peninsula's west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and Leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of the vast, Antarctic landscape.

Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Polar Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas, and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.


Day 10:  Flight back to Punta Arenas

We arrive at mountainous King George Island, time and weather permitting we will explore Fildes Bay and the remote Bellinghausen Church before meeting our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile.


Day 11:  Punta Arenas

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.


Additional Notes

Please note the following slight changes to the itinerary:

  • the 19-Feb-2019 departure is 12 days long. It starts in Ushuaia (Argentina) and finishes in Punta Arenas (Chile) with a short flight from Puerto Williams. You will sail the Drake Passage twice.
  • The 2-Mar-2019 departure is 11 days long. It starts and ends in Punta Arenas  (Chile) with a flight to King George Island (South Shetlands) and from Puerto Williams (Chile) on the return. You will sail the Drake Passage once.

Note: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.


About The Ship

  • One of the smallest ships, only 54 guests
  • Speedy logistics = up to 3 landings a day
  • Time saving flights on some departures
  • High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
  • Optional camping, kayaking & snorkeling
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
Alex Mudd

I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.

Alex Mudd General Manager

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple
Shared Twin
Private Twin
Mini Suite
Suite
February 2019
19-Feb-2019 Full $10,600 $12,100 Full $15,200 Offer available
March 2019
2-Mar-2019 $9,700* $11,400 $13,800 $14,800 Full Offer available

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $9700

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.

Kayaking ($1050) - all departures, basic competency required.

Polar Diving ($975) -alldepartures, basic competency required.

Snorkelling ($600) - all departures, basic competency required.


Single Supplement and Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.


Additional Notes

  • The 19-Feb-2019 departure is 12 days long. It starts in Ushuaia (Argentina) and finishes in Punta Arenas (Chile) with a short flight from Puerto Williams. You will sail the Drake Passage twice.
  • the  2-Mar-2019 departure is 11 days long. It starts and ends in Punta Arenas (Chile) with a flight to King George Island (South Shetlands) and from Puerto Williams (Chile) on the return. You will sail the Drake Passage once.

Includes

  • Flight Antarctica/ P. Arenas
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Printed voyage photo book (1 per booking)
  • Antarctic wildlife guide
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites

Excludes

  • Any flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages & communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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