Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Ushuaia Patgônia blue snow-Argentina-2563042-P

Spirit of Antarctica

Aurora Expeditions
4.6 . Excellent
92%
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: 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
12 days
From: $ 8,500 $ 708 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds
  • Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula
  • There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories
  • Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs
  • A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s).
  • Gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel

Short Description

Antarctic adventures are best enjoyed midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals. We visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth.

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
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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 Punta Arenas
End City Ushuaia

Trip Includes

  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour.
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then set sail along the Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3

Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.

Days 4-9

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, climbers ascend pristine peaks and our snorkellers delight in marine discoveries. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Days 10-11

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 12

We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.

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13 Aurora Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings

92%
4.6 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 10
Great 2
Average 0
Disappointing 1
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Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

Spirit of Antarctica

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Not impressed!

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Just got off polar pioneer. Got charged my bar bill on my credit card today. Pretty pissed off! Only had 2 bottles of wine and a dozen beers or so between the two of us. Bill was $700 AUD. Shame they failed to tell us that the only thing included is tap water. $3USD soft drink cans.... Nice way to take advantage of the captive audience there guys.
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I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.

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My South Georgia and Antarctic odyssey ended a few days ago. It was amazingly unbelievable and words will never be enough to describe the encounters experienced during my 18 days on the PP.
A huge thank you to the amazing crew who managed things perfectly, I'll forever be grateful for those arms coming out to assist when hoping in and out of zodiacs, especially when disembarking at Cape Horne and hoping out of the water after the polar plunge. I was totally in awe of the wildlife at South Georgia and the beauty of Antartica....
Thanks Aurora for exceeding expectations, everything I wanted to see/do was ticked off my list: Walking on a berg, sighting leopard seals, orcas, whale sightings in zodiacs to mention a few.
I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.
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WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken

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Just back from our amazing trip to Antarctica. WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken. Thank you to Aurora Expeditions for making a dream come true, and much thanks to the wonderful crew who made our time full of excitement plus. This is an incredible place, and as we left I felt the magic seeping into my veins. Antarctica is now part of me, and I must return.
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Fantastic

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We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip. Cannot wait.

Fantastic experience

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We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica in 2004 and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip, leaving 22/8/14. Cannot wait

Details

Ship Name

Anakonda

Ship Stats

  • Staff & Crew: 25
  • Guests: 36
  • Length: 45 metres
  • Breadth: 9 metres
  • Decks: 4
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Ship Description

M/V Anakonda is a purpose-built, 45 metre, 36-passenger expedition ship offering all inclusive comfort in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The observation deck with outdoor lounge and spa are ideal places to relax and enjoy spectacular views. Excursions are in fiberglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke, low emission engines.

The M/V Anakonda is truely the most unique way to experience the Amazon.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

We recommend cancellation insurance. If it becomes necessary to cancel your expedition, we ask that you notify your Travel Agent or our Sales Team immediately in writing. Cancellation will take effect upon receipt by Aurora Expeditions of your written notice. Cancellation made before 90 days of expedition departure are subject to a non refundable deposit of $2,500, however your deposit may be transferred towards a different expedition for a fee of $500. Transfers are subject to availability and are only valid on expeditions that depart within 12 months from date of transfer and you are permitted one transfer only. Funds will not be held in suspense and new booking must be advised at time of requested transfer. You must pay the difference between the original booked price and the price of any transferred booking including the new deposit amount. If cancellation takes place less than 90 days prior to departure, you will be required to pay the full cost of the expedition.

Additional Information:

Health, Fitness, Trip Grades and Age Limits

It is your responsibility to advise Aurora Expeditions of any preexisting medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase risk of you requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of an expedition and the enjoyment of other expedition members. You are required to provide an assessment of your medical condition from a fully qualified medical practitioner.

Aurora Expeditions reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Aurora Expeditions also reserves the right to cancel your participation in an expedition at any time, including after the commencement of the trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to aff ect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other expedition members.

Trip ID#:

SpiOfaAur

Trip Excludes

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

Meals Included:

All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage

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