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Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula tour

Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula

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Travel Style: N/A
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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 9,995 $ 625 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Ushuaia
  • Discover the South Shetland Islands
  • Visit Half Moon Island with its mountainous backdrop and the landscapes of Livingston Island
  • Enjoy sailing through the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • See spectacular landscapes of Antarctica, exploring the scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula

Short Description

A Wildlife Explorative. Experience Antarctica while its marine mammals are at their most active during this unique 14-day expedition from Ushuaia. Witness leopard seals as they hunt for penguin chicks, get up close to seal wallows and penguin rookeries on zodiac excursions, and watch as humpback and minke whales migrate through these icy waters in what is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photographers will have no shortage of inspiration with these fascinating wildlife encounters, while there is the opportunity to help collect data as part of numerous marine mammal research projects.

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
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

One night Hotel accommodations in embarkation city.

Transfer from Airport in embarkation city

Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation

Group transfer from ship to airport or central location on disembarkation

Shipboard accommodations

All scheduled landings and excursions

All meals on board

Coffee, Tea and Cocoa available 24 hours a day

Welcome and Farewell Cocktail

House wine, berr and soft drink with dinner

Expediton Jacket (yours to keep)

Insulated rubber boots for use durring the voyage

Wifi on Library computers

100 minute Wifi Card (for use on personal devices)

All port fees

All landing fees

Digital voyage log

In Owner's Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 gift shop credit

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Accommodation: Arakur Hotel and Resort

Your expedition begins in the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia, with a night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort. Take the time to explore its walking trails and indulge in a spa treatment or head into Ushuaia to browse its Argentinean leather markets and award-winning museum. Ushuaia is also on the doorstep of Tierra del Fuego National Park which can be accessed along the famous “Train at the End of the World”. 

In the evening there will be an optional briefing where you can meet some of your Expedition Team and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Embarkation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Island Sky

Spend the morning exploring Ushuaia before being transferred to the ship in the mid-afternoon. On board you will meet your Expedition Team and the ship’s Officers, then relax on deck as we sail through the Beagle Channel, passing colonies of Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants and sea lions.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Island Sky

The next couple of days will be sent sailing across the Drake Passage as we head towards the “White Continent”. Join your marine mammal experts out on deck to spot whales and dolphins, together with albatross, prions and petrels which may follow the ship. A series of informative lectures will be presented by your Expedition Team on the wildlife, history and geology of the Antarctic Peninsula, then take note of the distinct drop in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence.

Sea conditions will determine the exact length of our journey, but we should approach the South Shetland Islands during the evening of Day 4, with pelagic whales often spotted in these nutrient-rich waters. 

Day 5-7: Antarctica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Island Sky

During the next couple of days, we will explore the South Shetland Islands, visiting Half Moon Island with its mountainous backdrop and the glaciated landscapes of Livingston Island. We may also sail directly into an active volcano and go swimming in the waters of Deception Island or visit the site of an abandoned whaling station in Bransfield Strait. 

As we continue sailing through the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, the flexible itinerary will be largely determined by weather, ice and wildlife opportunities. We’ll aim to explore the most spectacular bays and channels, with the chance to see Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins.

Day 8-11: Antarctica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Island Sky

We’ll then head further south into the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica, exploring the scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula. Destinations may include Gerlache Strait, picturesque Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay which is renowned for its humpback whales and the striking Lemaire Channel. We may also visit the magnificent Neumayer Channel and the wildlife-filled waters of the Penola Channel. We’ll launch the zodiacs to visit penguin rookeries, seal wallows and bird colonies, as well as working scientific bases such as Poland’s Arctowksi or the U.K.’s Port Lockroy.

At this time of year, marine mammal sightings are impressive, with Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals found basking in the sun, together with predatory leopard seals and Antarctic fur seals. Minke and humpback whales are also frequent visitors, while orca sightings are not uncommon.

Day 12-13: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Ms Island Sky

We’ll depart the Antarctic Peninsula on our return trip across the Drake Passage, continuing our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Then cruise back through the Beagle Channel as we celebrate this incredible wildlife expedition during a slideshow presentation.

Day 14: Ushuaia 

This morning you will disembark the vessel for your flight back to Buenos Aires or an extended stay in this southern city

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Ship Description

Hebridean Sky Technical Specifications

Passengers: 118*
Crew: 75 (includes Staff)
Manager: Salén Ship Management AB, Sweden
Registered in: Nassau, Bahamas
Built by: Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Italy
Built in: 1991
Refurbished: May, 2016
Length: 90,6 m
Width: 15,3 m
Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
Class: B.V. Ice Class 1C
Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology


Island Sky Technical Specifications:

Passengers: 118*
Crew: 75 (includes Staff)
Manager: Salén Ship Management AB, Sweden
Registered in: Nassau, Bahamas
Built by: Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Italy
Built in: 1992
Refurbished: Sept, 2015
Length: 90,6 m
Width: 15,3 m
Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
Class: B.V. Ice Class 1D
Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology

Deck & Cabin Plans

  • Exterior views
  • Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
  • Sitting area with sofa and side chair
  • Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
  • Telephone
  • Independent temperature controls
  • Mini-Bar
  • Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • 220 square feet or more
  • Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

Promenade, Deluxe, Single, Veranda & Penthouse Accommodations Include all of the features above plus: 

  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine

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 we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

Are flights included?

No flights are included in the cost of your trip.  While we are not licensed to purchase international air we can recommend an excellent flight broker to assist you with your travel to Ushuaia, Trelew or Puerto Madryn (depending on your itinerary).

Are pre or post trip hotels included?

Day 1 of every departure is your arrival day at your embarkation city and a hotel stay is included.  You can arrive any time this day and you will be guaranteed your room will be ready.  If you arrive on the scheduled day of departure there will be an airport transfer provided.

Do I need a passport or visa for this trip?

Currently all you require as a US citizen is a valid passport – we recommend having at least 6 months validity remaining beyond your planned return date – while Argentina is not currently enforcing this it is a requirement for many other South American countries and we cannot be held responsible if you are denied entry because your passport is close to expiration.

Currently citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Argentina (please double check however if you require to pay an entry fee). Please be sure your passport has sufficient blank pages for entry and exit stamps.

What is the weather like?

Typical day time temperatures are 28 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit but it can change in an instant.  Winds can also make the temperatures feel considerably colder so it is best to be dressed for wet and windy conditions all the time.

Can I travel with my Children?

While these trips are not aimed at children we are happy to welcome families on board.  If you intend to travel with children younger than 16 please talk to us to discuss what trip would be appropriate.

Trip ID#:

MarMamAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
  • Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Alcohol and soft drniks on board (except as listed in inclusions)
  • On board communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wifi from personal devices in excess of 100 minutes provided
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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