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Antarctica Christmas Cruise tour

Antarctica Christmas Cruise

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 12,695 $ 1,154 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit historic huts and working scientific research stations.
  • Explore Antarctic Peninsula discovering its wildlife-rich islands
  • Experience cruise towards the South Shetland Islands
  • Explore Ushuaia

Short Description

Aboard the RCGS Resolute
Experience an unforgettable “White Christmas” at the height of the Southern Hemisphere summer on this 10-night voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ushuaia
End City Ushuaia

Trip Includes

  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants
  • Educational presentations from ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammal experts
  • Photography advice and instruction from the resident photographer
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to an English speaking medical advisor
  • Access to wellness area (finnish sauna, hot tub, sea water pool, natural essential oils)
  • Use of multi-media room
  • Expedition gear package for duration of the voyage (windproof/waterproof jacket and bibs, insulated rubber boots, water resistant binoculars, waterproof backpack, trekking poles)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe

Arrive into the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia, where you will board your expedition ship and get settled into your cabin. In the early evening, we’ll set sail along the Beagle Channel and into the Drake Passage, heading south towards the white continent of Antarctica.

Day 2-3: Drake Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe

The next couple of days will be sent sailing across the vast Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for giant petrels, Cape petrels and albatross which may follow the ship, together with whales and dolphins. A series of informative lectures will be presented by your polar experts on the environment, wildlife and history of Antarctica and you will have the opportunity to join the Captain on the bridge to learn about the operations of this modern research vessel.

Day 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe

The next four days will be spent exploring the majestic landscapes of Antarctica, sailing through its deep bays and pristine coves and discovering its wildlife-rich islands. We’ll sail along the Gerlache coastline with its heavily glaciated mountains and visit Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries along the rocky shores. Other destinations may include the beautiful Lemaire Channel which serves as the gateway to Petermann Island and the iceberg "graveyard" at Pleneau Island, as well as Paradise Harbour and nearby Neko Harbour. Encounters with seals, including leopard seals, are common, while humpback whales and minkes are known to frequent these waters.

Each day will include a range of fascinating hikes and zodiac excursions led by naturalist guides, with the opportunity to visit historic huts and working scientific research stations. Sea kayakers can slowly paddle through the pristine waters, while our resident photography guide will assist you in capturing impressive photos during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We also plan to spend a night camping along the shores and falling asleep beneath the never-ending Antarctic night sky.

Day 10: South Shetland Islands and Deception Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe

After several days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, we’ll cruise towards the South Shetland Islands. If weather conditions are favorable, we’ll sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island and visit an old whaling station, with its rustic wooden buildings and old relics.

Day 11: King George Island and return to South America

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Punta Arenas Hotel

This morning we depart the ship to take our charter flight back to Punta Arenas on the mainland of Chile, this flight and your overnight hotel in punta arenas are included in the price of your itinerary. On arrival in Punta Arenas we will transfer you to your hotel to relax and perhaps explore the town.

Day 12: International Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home or to continue your travels.

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Ship Name

RCGS Resolute

Ship Stats

Ship Specifications:

  • Launched: 1993
  • Shipyard: Rauma, Finland
  • Length: 122.8 metres
  • Beam: 18 metres
  • Draught: 4.97 metres
  • Gross Tonnage: 8378
  • Speed (Max): 15 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Passengers: 146
  • Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
  • Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
  • Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
  • Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
  • Vessel Stability: External Stabilization

Amenities:

  • 360 degree viewing from outer decks
  • Salt wataer plunge pool
  • Large relaxation deck
  • Hot water jacuzzi
  • Wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room)
  • Gymnasium
  • Presentation room
  • Observation lounge and bar
  • Two dining rooms
  • Multimedia room and Library
  • Spacious cabins (22-44 M Squared)

Both the Vavilov and Ioffe ships are amazing vessels. They are sister ships, so very similar in many ways.  Please see below for specifics for each ship.

Ship Description

Ice-strengthened for Antarctic waters, the RCGS Resolute is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel with a modern layout and design. It boasts a spacious lounge with 180-degree views and a well-stocked library where you can relax with a good book. Grab a drink at one of the two bars and feast on sumptuous meals in one of the two dining rooms, with large picture windows so you won’t miss a thing. Keep fit in the onboard gym and saltwater pool or indulge in a spa, sauna or steam room session in the wellness center.

Each of the spacious cabins feature modern lounge areas, new carpets and high-quality cabinetry, as well as en-suite bathrooms and soft lighting. There is a range of bedding configurations to suit all travelers, with porthole windows or expansive panoramic windows ensuring ocean views. If you want to splurge, opt for the 44-square-meter One Ocean Suite that boasts enough room to entertain other guests.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and Refunds

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan.


Travel Protection Plan

We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan which can include a full trip refund should you cancel at any time for medical or health reasons.  Coverage also includes medical evacuation, trip delay, and other elements.  Because so many of our guests purchase this plan, we add the cost to your invoice as a convenience and it becomes effective on the day your premium payment is received in our office.  Should you not wish to purchase this travel plan, simply deduct its cost from your invoice. Participants are responsible for researching the terms of their insurance coverage.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16 years

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Sea kayaking excursions (See note below)
  • International and National Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees, Airport taxes
  • Pre and Post cruise hotel accommodations
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Massages
  • Personal laundry service
  • Postage and telephone calls
  • Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities

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