Christmas in Antarctica and the Weddell Sea

Christmas in Antarctica and the Weddell Sea

» Antarctica

» Dec 16 2019Dec 28 2019 (13 DAYS)

» EMBARKATION: Ushuaia

» DISEMBARKATION: Ushuaia

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF

  • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, zodiac cruising and from the ship
  • In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula
  • Visits to historic sites and science stations
  • Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology of Antarctica from polar experts

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage, at sea towards Antarctica
  • Days 4 to 6 – South Shetland Islands and Western Antarctica Peninsula
  • Days 7 to 10 – Antarctic sound and the Weddell Sea
  • Days 11 to 12 – Drake Passage, return to South America
  • Day 13 – Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP

Akademik Ioffe

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

Kayaking

ACTIVITIES

Camping

One Ocean Suite

One Ocean Suite

Shackleton Suite

One Ocean Suite

Superior Cabin

Superior Cabin

Twin Private Cabin

Twin Semi Private Cabin

Main Deck Triple

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND THE REMOTE WEDDELL SEA

After many years of careful planning, we are excited to feature this unique journey for the very first time. This expedition combines many of the classic and well-known locations along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Yet it also adds a genuine sense of exploration as we

enter the icy realms of the Weddell Sea, situated on the less-visited eastern side of the peninsula. It is here the big icebergs roam. The flat-topped tabular bergs, some the size of whole city blocks – break off the vast ice tongues far to the south before drifting north on the ocean currents.

The Weddell Sea is home to astonishing wildlife colonies that dwarf those found in other regions. At Brown Bluff, on Paulet Island, and in the Danger Islands, it is possible to visit colonies with more than 100,000 nesting Adelie penguins. This is one of nature’s most amazing sights. A known emperor penguin rookery at Snow Hill Island means that we have our best possible chance of encountering the largest of Antarctica’s penguins while exploring in this region. Rich history is found at every turn adding to the experience.

This voyage provides our most in depth exploration of the Weddell Sea, at the optimal time of the season for weather and ice navigation. If you are seeking a voyage which provides a sense of the ‘wild and unknown’ and of ‘true exploration’ – this may well be the trip you’ve been looking for. It’s not a bad place to celebrate the ultimate white Christmas either!


CABINS & PRICES

Triple Share USD 10,895
Twin Private USD 14,795
Superior USD 15,995
Shackleton Suite USD 17,495
One Ocean Suite USD 19,895

All rates per person in USD

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INCLUDES

  • Extensive pre-departure information package
  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants on loan
  • Insulated rubber boots, binoculars, and backpack on loan
  • Services of English speaking medical officer
  • Transfers from/to designated meeting points to/from the ship
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB

EXCLUDES

  • International and national airfares
  • Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
  • Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities
  • Meals and transfers in arrival/departure cities
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Massages from registered therapist
  • Personal laundry charges
  • Postage, telephone calls and email set up
  • Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
  • Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
  • Trip interruption/cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities to staff and crew

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