If you’re looking for a more efficient Antarctic experience, this is it. Venture south on an expedition cruise, crossing the infamous Drake Passage en route to your first sighting of Antarctica with your fellow shipmates. Here you'll explore the Antarctic Peninsula and remote South Shetland Islands by Zodiac, and by land, for some incredible up-close wildlife encounters. After your penguin, seal, whale, iceberg and glacier cravings have been satisfied, you’ll take the relaxing and expedited way home by flying back to South America with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile. This is a perfect taste of what the great White Continent has to offer.
Cruise Package Start Dates (2015):
Board a shuttle for a shared transfer to your hotel.
Meet up with the transportation for your shared transfer to port, along with many of your fellow expedition mates.
Welcome aboard.Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll depart in the afternoon with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure.
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, your transition through the Drake Passage is a task your expedition-built ship is up to. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers.
As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, the Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations and help prepare you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.
Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome you to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as you get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot penguins chilling out on ice floes and whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.
As soon as possible, the Zodiacs will be readied for your first landing in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The first time you experience this immense wilderness up close can be a numbing experience. The silence is great, the vastness is even greater. Thankfully the noisy locals – penguins and seals – are there to remind you that this wonderful landscape isn’t just a dream.
Your Expedition Team will monitor the ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites you can visit.A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers at Petermann Island, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view of Port Lockroy. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless.
As the ship turns north, you’ll say goodbye to the penguins, as well as many of your shipmates. With only the Drake Passage ahead, you’ll disembark and enjoy a bit of time on King George Island before flying off to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Your flight back north to Punta Arenas will take approximately 2 hours.
Upon arrival to Punta Arenas, you'll be transfered from the airport to your hotel, where you're free to explore and enjoy a final dinner at leisure.
Tucked into an idyllic hillside above Ushuaia, Las Hayas Resort Hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the downtown area. The 93 guest rooms are large, and decorated with a flurry of colour. Enjoy a spectacular view from your room. The hotel has 2 restaurants, with Le Martial in high demand for its succulent meat cuts and fresh seafood. Take a walk into the city or check out the area's mountains, the Beagle Channel, and the forests.
This Sea Adventurer ship was built in 1975, undergoing a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite. Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining.
Hotel Rey Don Felipe, at just two blocks from Punta Arenas' main square, is a modern building with architectural design inspired by the traditions and history of the Magallanes province. Guests will find cozy and comfortable interior spaces with not only charm but varied services, technology and small details that make it an ideal place for travelers. Historic buildings, palaces, museums and the port are all within reach from the hotel.
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