Antarctica Express

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
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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: 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
6 days
From: $ 5,695 $ 949 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cruise the Beagle Channel and weather permitting and step foot on Cape Horn
  • View stunning bird-life while crossing the Drake Passage
  • Marvel at the abundant wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula including sea birds, penguins & seals
  • Cruise past towering icebergs
  • Spend time whale spotting
  • Enjoy time at the South Shetland Islands, home to several Antarctic Research stations and abundance of Flora and fauna

Short Description

Legendary Cape Horn

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina where you'll board your ship and sail along the Beagle Channel, before setting sail to legendary Cape Horn. You'll be one of the few privileged adventurers (weather permitting) to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent 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 Punta Arenas

Trip Includes

  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctic
  • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program
  • Flight from Frei Station on King George Island to Punta Arenas.
  • Ship cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctic Peninsula
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre and post voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • All cruising on board the Ocean Nova
  • One way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile

Please Note: The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Meals: Dinner

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

Day 2: Cape Horn And The Drake Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Days 3: Drake Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass- enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

Day 4: Drake Passage And Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

Day 5: King George Island – Punta Arenas

Meals: Breakfast

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

Day 6: Punta Arenas

Meals: Breakfast

Your incredible adventure comes to an end today. We trust you leave with wonderful memories of your Antarctic adventure!

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Fred Olsen Cruises are so friendly and excellent service/food and entertainment would recommend any of the ships.

Definitely going to book again with Freds.

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A couple of days ago I left my first ever cruise in lisbon but firstly I,ll like to give a bit of my history, I,m a 61 year old merchant navy Capt. (Cargo ships) I was talked into taking a cruise by my family (busmans holiday) after a bit of skeptical consideration from my part it was decided to go for a short taster, we decided on the 3 day southampton to Lisbon cruise aboard "Braemar" we made our way to Southampton full of pre embarkation excitement and got to the terminal and were guided thru the process by very helpfull and polite dock staff we then got onboard and at this stage I began to feel how smooth calm and profesional this was all turning out to be.
We are now onboard making our way to our cabin and the friendliness of everyone especially crew we met was quite astounding because I felt the friendliness was real and not just air hostess type smiles and greets, also another thing I couldn't help noticing was the new carpeting throughout the ship (immaculate) but anyway I,ll try and shorten this reveiw as I feel I,m starting to waffle on..
Apart from further praising the crew onboard the food, well in all my years I have never tasted or seen better and believe you me I've been around and done some mileage, we also participated in the formal night and prior to dining the Capt and heads of departments were present in Neptune lounge to toast and greet us passengers, The Capt did an excellent unscripted speech and introduced all heads of departments in such a friendly and warm Manner which was to be admired as he is a seaman and not an actor or presenter but carried it out superbly and so at ease and made us passengers feel so welcome (and Happy) and also part of the family, (well done Capt Glavic).
To cut a long story short I definitely recommend "Braemar" and Fred olsens staff also deserve a mention on how easy they seem to carry out the whole operation in a pleasant and swift way. Oh and another thing,I didnt see or hear any screaming noisy kids onboard ! Its not that I dont like kids because I even used to go to school with them (sometimes)..anyway we are definitely going to book again with Freds.
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We have done several Fred Olsen cruises and love them

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We have done several Fred Olsen cruises and love them. The staff are always friendly and remember your name and your preferred drink. The food is fabulous and such a wide choice you can always find something you like. The ships are a nice, friendly size and if you meet someone one day, it is easy to see them again and chat, unlike the great big ships with thousands of people on board. Having said that, if you prefer to be on your own, it's easy to find a quiet area to sit. We have four more cruises booked with FO and can't wait
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Fred Olsen are to me one of the best lines to Travel on for all adults

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Fred Olsen are to me one of the best lines to Travel on for all adults no matter what your age. They look after Solo travellers so well. the ships are spotless, the Crew fantastic so friendly and interested in you. Entertainment is good and Food is superb. Cruising on Smaller friendly ships reaching places the big ships carnt get.
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Everyone fed up and tired !!

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Waiting to board Balmoral at Southampton. Time to arrive at port was 18:00. Ship late arriving by 1.5 hours.
Still waiting to board at 20:40. And expect at least another 20 minutes. Everyone fed up and tired !!
Even when on-board, have to find cabin, then lifeboat drill. Don't know about evening meal ... might miss it and have two breakfasts. Let's hope the cruise goes well.
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If this had been a hotel we would have left after an hour but cruise was very expensive and always felt things would improve

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We were on the black watch to St Petersburg . This was our first cruise and cruise line was recommended. On arrival first impressions were ship could do with a refit as everything very shabby . The cabin was poorly appointed and also shabby. TV limited to two channels rerunning films constantly when it worked. wifi outrageous and took ages to connect, if at all, £34 for 90 minutes. . The food was repetitive and like school dinners. The allocated late sitting for meal was non negotiable and we had to compete with other guests at the next door buffet each night.. please note all Hi season cruises seem to attract a very elderly infirm population which is to be avoided if not in that age group.
If this had been a hotel we would have left after an hour but cruise was very expensive and always felt things would improve. They didn't! . never never never again..
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Ship Name

M/V Ocean Nova

Ship Stats

  • Passengers: 72
  • Expedition staff & crew: 46
  • Zodiac boats: 7
  • Length: 73.0m
  • Breadth: 11.0m
  • Draft: 3.7m
  • Gross Tonnage: 2183
  • Ice Class: Lloyds 1B,E0,1A (hull)
  • Cruise speed: 12.0 knots
  • Speed (max): 12 knots in open water

Ship Description

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefited from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Ocean-Nova-Deck-Plans-300

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Independent

Accomodations

  • 4 nights on-board the Ocean Nova
  • Cost based on twin cabin
  • 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas after returning from Antarctica

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation of reservation/s must be provided to us in writing and is subject to the following cancellation fees:

  • 90 days or more days before departure - loss of deposit
  • 89 to 75 days before departure - 25%
  • 74 to 61 days before departure - 50%
  • Within 60 days of departure - 100%

Additional Information:

Please Note

Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

Trip ID#:

AntExpBun

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

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