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Antarctica Aboard the Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond tour

Antarctica Aboard the Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
11 days
From: $ 6,150 $ 559 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Sail in all suite ship or a high-value larger luxury vessel.
  • Sail Antarctica in comfort on a classic itinerary.
  • Many voyages feature optional adventure activities like camping and sea kayaking!

Short Description

We are very happy to offer two outstanding expedition vessels that offer comparable service yet highly unique individual advantages. The Ocean Diamond can be classified as a luxury ship yet due to her larger size (189 passengers) the prices are lower than most Antarctic cruises. Alternatively, the 114-passenger Sea Spirit is a well appointed "all-suite" luxury vessel with a hot tub, gymnasium, lounge, open bar, and more with the smallest cabins sized at a spacious 215 feet.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ushuaia
End City Ushuaia

Trip Includes

  • Voyage aboard the M/V Plancius
  • All meals aboard the ship, including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the ship to the Ushuaia airport (directly after disembarkation)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Lecture program by noted naturalists and experienced staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges during the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive and overnight Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population over 60,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and classic meals in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2: Board the ship and begin your expedition

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: South Atlantic

Today board your vessel in the late afternoon after which you will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This body of water transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as we depart - the next time you see land we’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3: Sailing the Drake's Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: South Atlantic

Prepare yourself for potentially rough seas, however sometimes we encounters smooth sailings as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend today and tomorrow getting to know your fellow passengers, while the crew will provide safety briefings and insights into the excitement that lies directly ahead.

Day 4: Sailing the Drake's Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: South Atlantic

Continue sailing, enjoying wonderful meals, lectures and fabulous bird sightings along the way. Keep an eye out for whales as the ship gets closer and closer to the South Shetlands.

Day 5: Cruise the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we see something new or unexpected, meaning your trip will be unlike any other - creating a singular, personal experience.

We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always as our priority you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the menacing leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360 degree views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, provides us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, join others for an invigorating polar swim.

Meditating in the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you on this wonderful part of the world.

Day 6: Cruise the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Sail and see more of this amazing region.

Day 7: Cruise the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Continue touring the region. The goal is often 2 land visits a day, along with potential zodiac touring along the shore. On some expeditions, due to inclement weather, we may make just 1 land visit, however the trip leader can often adjust programs to include 3 another day to make up for any missed opportunities. It's not unheard of to make a landing at midnight or 1 am, as the light is perfect at that time for photography and enjoying the peace of the continent.

Day 8: Cruise the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Visiting: Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy more excursions and profound sight-seeing of the mountains as they rise precipitously out of the sea.

Day 9: Begin sailing back to Ushuaia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Day 10: Continue the voyage back to Ushuaia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

Enjoy a final day with the staff and fellow travelers as you sail the Drake back to Ushuaia.

Accommodation: Luxury Lodging: Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond

Day 11: Return to Ushuaia and disembark

Meals: Breakfast

Visiting: Ushuaia

The ship arrives in Ushuaia in the morning allowing you to catch a flight from about 12 noon and after.

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Ship Name

The M/V Sea Spirit

Ship Description

The Sea Spirit is a luxurious vessel that has spacious suites for all passengers. Every suite has private bathroom facilities and an exterior views, while some suites include a private balcony. All suites have flat screen televisions and DVD players. A maximum of 114 guests will be carried per voyage.

 

Activities

 

Snowshoeing

 

Sea Kayaking

 

Camping

 

Mountaineering

 

Cross-country Skiing

 

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be advised in writing. Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by Adventures Within Reach as follows.

61+ days prior to departure: Full deposit retained by AWR (no refund)

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of total price retained by AWR

30 days - Departure Day / no show: 100% of total price retained by AWR (no refund)

Full Payment Due: 60 days prior to trip

Trip ID#:

AntAbrAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare; government arrival and departure taxes
  • Lodging, meals and local transportation pre- and post voyage
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges
  • Tips to ship staff and guides
  • Optional (but recommended) travel insurance

Meals Included:

9 Breakfast, 8 Lunches and 9 Dinner

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