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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

  1. 2022
    Monday, January 17, 2022 to Monday, January 31, 2022
    Tour Duration: 
    15 days
    Tour Price:
     $13,135 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Ushuaia
    EET leader will accompany the expedition only with sufficient bookings. Onboard birding staff will be excellent even without an EET leader.
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    164
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Highlights
  • Cross the mighty southern continent off your bucket list
  • Attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Experience the teeming wildlife of the islands of the Southern Ocean
  • See the Antarctic ice first-hand with our expert Zodiac drivers
  • Enjoy views of tabular icebergs of epic scale
  • Zodiac cruise spectacular bays looking for orca, minke, and humpback whales

 

Overview

Sailing in comfort aboard one of our luxurious and comfortable ships, we begin this expedition at the tip of South America. We will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle.

The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter. Our aim is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice. Should we arrive at 66°33’S, we will become members of very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

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Day 1: Arrival

No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Day 2: Ushuaia

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 3: Embarkation
Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once on board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the ship’s officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past porpoising Magellanic penguins, Rock Cormorant, and Black-browed Albatross.

Day 4-5: Drake Passage

As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in SeaBird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. We’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 6: South Shetland Islands

The volcanic South Shetland Islands offer amazing abundance and beauty, so we’ll hop into our inflatable Zodiac boats and spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature’s glory! 

Day 7-9: Antarctic Circle
As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we sail towards the Antarctic Circle. From our most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we will make our way back north, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, or the living museums of Detaille or Horseshoe Island are some of the less visited places of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are significantly further south making sea ice more common. The ice ultimately directs what adventures we will have in these lesser traveled waterways.

Day 10-12: Antarctic Peninsula
Heading north, we’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbors, maneuvering through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as we spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea.

Day 13-14: Drake Passage
We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 15: Ushuaia Disembarkation
With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning, letting you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Ship Info
MS Seaventure
  • Passengers: 164*
  • Crew: 90 (includes Staff)
  • Built by: Mitsubishi Shipyard, Kobe (Japan)
  • Built in: 1990
  • Reimagined: 2019
  • Refurbished: Spring 2021
  • Manager: RsR Nemo Ship Management, Cyprus
  • Registered in: Limassol, Cyprus
  • Length: 111,5 m
  • Width: 17,0 m
  • Tonnage: 6 752 GRT
  • Class: B.V. Ice Class 1A Super (highest available)
  • Stabilization: Retractable-type Fin Stabilizers (11 m2 ea)

*To enhance our guest experience, we carry a maximum of 139 passengers

Deck Plan

MS Seaventure Deck Plan

Pricing

2022 Fares are per person in US Dollars: (15% off through January 2021)

Category 1 (Triple Suites): $13,135 

Category 2 (Porthole Suite): $15,115

Category 3 (Window Suite): $16,925

Category 4 (Promenade Suite): Not available

Category 5 (Deluxe Suite):  Not available

Category 6 (Veranda Suite): $18,275

Category 7 (Penthouse Suite):  Not available

Category 8 (Owner Suite): $19,925

 

Optional additions: Kayaking $895, Camping $125

Prices quoted are per-person based on double/triple occupancy.
A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.  Most suites are available as triple occupancy with a sofa that is suitable for people 5'10" and shorter.