THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXPRESS - Polar Latitudes - 17Jan20

Antarctica

Inclusions

This succinct 11-day version of Polar Latitudes `classic` Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers the same abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities and possible stops at active scientific or historic bases as the original while allowing travelers to complete door-to-door travel within two weeks. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell and Crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
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PRICES - in USD per person from*
Twin Porthole Suite from US $11,495 *pp
Twin Window Suite from US $13,495*pp
Twin Promenade Suite from US $13,995 *pp
Twin Veranda Suite from US $15,495*pp
Twin Penthouse Suite from US $16,995*pp
Single Porthole Suite from US $19,540*
(see below for suite ammenities)

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THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXPRESS Cruise-Stay package includes:
- Complimentary 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay at the Arakur Hotel & Resort, Ushuaia with breakfast
- One way transfer from Ushuaia hotel to port on embarkation day
- 9 night Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise round trip from Ushuaia aboard the Hebridean Sky including:
- All onboard cruise ship main meals
- Beer & wine included with dinner onboard ship
- Coffee, tea and cocoa onboard
- A USB keepsake with images of your voyage
- A Polar Latitudes stainless steel water bottle
- Approximately two zodiac landings per day in Antarctica (subject to weather conditions)
- Loan of a pair of sturdy `Muck` boots for the entire voyage
- A Complimentary Expedition Jacket - yours to keep
- Wi-fi free internet service in the ships library
- Port/govt taxes
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CABIN TYPES:
All Window Suites Feature:
- Exterior views
- Sitting area with sofa or side chairs and table
- Flat Screen TV
- Telephone
- Independent temperature controls
- Mini-Bar
- Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
- Hair dryer
- 220 square feet or more

Promenade and Deluxe Suites include all standard features listed above plus:
- En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
- Complimentary Mini-Bar (beer, wine, & soft drinks)
- En suite Nespresso machine available on request

Owner`s, Penthouse, & Veranda Suites include all standard features listed above plus:
- Ensuite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
- Complimentary Mini-Bar (beer, wine, & soft drinks)
- Ensuite Nespresso machine

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1, Ushuaia - make your own way to Ushuaia hotel
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. The optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2, Embarkation - Hebridean Sky
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you`re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once on board, you`ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship`s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain`s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 3-4, Drake Passage
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we`ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in SeaBird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. We`re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we`re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 5, South Shetland Islands
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Our first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals

Day 6-8, Antarctic Sound
As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we sail towards the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea. A massive clockwise current pushes cold, ice-filled waters north, making this part of the Sound dramatically different from the Western Peninsula. Here we will endeavor to explore an area rich in Heroic Age history and take in the varied ecology found surprisingly this far north. Adelie penguins thrive in these colder, ice-filled waters. The ice ultimately directs what adventures we will have in these lesser-traveled waterways, but the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere we will visit this trip.

Day 9-10, Drake Passage
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 11, Ushuaia disembarkation
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (16Nov18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to Argentina must complete an online visa entry application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Full comprehensive with evacuation travel insurance is MANDATORY and proof is required before documents can be released. Insurance is not included in prices listed here. Medical questionaire must be completed prior to departure or documents will not be issued. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Details

This succinct 11-day version of Polar Latitudes `classic` Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers the same abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities and possible stops at active scientific or historic bases as the original while allowing travelers to complete door-to-door travel within two weeks.

9 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Hebridean Sky. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.

Note: Cruise departing 26 Jan 2020 is a Chinese New Year in Antarctica Special Departure.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 — Embarkation
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Days 3 & 4 — Drake Passage
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. We’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 5 - South Shetland Islands
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Our first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Days 6 to 8 — Antarctica
As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell and Crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Days 9 & 10 — Drake Passage
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 11 — Ushuaia - Disembarkation
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Pricing (per person)

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Twin

Outside

US $11,495

Terms & Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (16Nov18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to Argentina must complete an online visa entry application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Full comprehensive with evacuation travel insurance is MANDATORY and proof is required before documents can be released. Insurance is not included in prices listed here. Medical questionaire must be completed prior to departure or documents will not be issued. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

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