AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION - Fly Cruise departs 7th Dec 2019

  • Special provided by: Cruise Traveller
  • Ship: Le Soleal
  • Cruise Line: Ponant
  • Special valid until: 31 Mar 2019
  • Selected sailing date: 09 Dec 2019
  • Available sailing dates:
Antarctica

Inclusions

Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice... the Antarctic has its own language, which you`ll soon speak fluently! Ponant are offering you a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula to discover an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet. This is a fascinating journey to the heart of this remote land, Penguins live in here their thousands, waddling on the shores, whilst Humpback Whales come and swim alongside ships....

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Example of Cruise Highlights^
- Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
- Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
- Hiking opportunities (weather permitting)
- Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
- Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
- Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
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PRICES per person in AUD from
Twin Category PR4 Prestige Balcony was $22,785 - NOW from $19,995*
Twin Category PR5 Prestige Balcony was $23,625 - NOW from $20,825*
Twin Category DS6 Deluxe Suite was $32,035 - NOW from $27,975*
Single Category PR4 Prestige Balcony was $27,945 - NOW from $24,835*

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AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires inc. taxes
- One way private car transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel
- FREE* 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Buenos Aires with daily breakfast
- One way private car transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport
- Return economy class airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia inc tax
- One way shuttle transfer from Ushuaia airport to port with meet and greet by Ponant staff
- 10 night EXPEDITION cruise with Le Soleal round trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation); Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request); Evening entertainment and events; Room service 24h (special selection); Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; Zodiac excursions; Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable), Port taxes
- BONUS EUR200 per person shipboard credit!
- A warm water-proof parka will be provided onboard (for adults only)
- One way transfer from Ushuaia port to airport
- One way transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel by private car
- 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Buenos Aires including breakfast
- One way transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport by private car

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single), in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (04Dec18) and ends 31Mar19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Prices based on 15% off Ponant bonus fares and are subject to change without notice. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All air/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. 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. Highlights are^Just for example. Given the inaccessibility of the White Continent, please choose your insurance company carefully. It is mandatory to return the medical questionnaire, provided at time of booking, between 90 and 45 days prior departure. This questionnaire is very important in order to respect mandatory safety rules in polar zones. Any false information on this questionnaire may lead to a refusal of your embarkation at the port of departure. These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Australian entering/exiting Argentina must have a valid passport and pay a Reciprocity Tax. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Details

Wildlife, Wild lands in Wild Antarctica await you aboard Ponant`s Le Soleal in 2019

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Le Soleal.

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights of this cruise:

Ushuaia
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Antarctic Peninsula
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Drake Passage
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Please select your cabin type to enquire

Pricing (per person)

  • All (2)
Twin

Balcony

AU $19,995

Suite

AU $27,975

Terms & Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single), in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (04Dec18) and ends 31Mar19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Prices based on 15% off Ponant bonus fares and are subject to change without notice. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All air/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. 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. Highlights are^Just for example. Given the inaccessibility of the White Continent, please choose your insurance company carefully. It is mandatory to return the medical questionnaire, provided at time of booking, between 90 and 45 days prior departure. This questionnaire is very important in order to respect mandatory safety rules in polar zones. Any false information on this questionnaire may lead to a refusal of your embarkation at the port of departure. These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Australian entering/exiting Argentina must have a valid passport and pay a Reciprocity Tax. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

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