Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula– Antarctica –12 days / 11 nights, Beagle Channel - Drake Passage - Antarctic Convergence - Deception Island - Lemaire Channel - Detaille Island - Crystal SoundThe Antarctic Peninsula offers the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. Treasures are huge amount of ice-bergs, glaciers, high mountains and the abundant and tame wildlife. Along the North-west coast we observe large numbers of seabirds and four species of penguins. Beaches and ice-flows have an abundance of seals, in waters around the Peninsula Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Killer Whales are common.
|Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
OTL29 D K P, 2016 departure, rates in USD, per person.
|Operation||March 17 - March 28, 2016|
|Departure||OTL29 D K P, March 17 - March 28, 2016|
|Price||from $7,950 per person, Quadruple Porthole, OTL29 DKP (11 nights)|
|Included||Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard 'Plancius'
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Comprehensive pre-departure material
|Not Included||Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to the vessel
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
|Please Note||A typical itinerary to the Polar Circle is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages (except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey) Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change All voyages aboard 'Plancius' will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants.
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of USD 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
|Tour Options||D = Diving. Group size: minimum 8, maximum 24 divers
Supplement: US $520 per person (PLA29: US $930 per diver)
K = Kayaking. Group size: minimum 4, maximum 14 kayakers
Supplement: US $450 per person
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Day 1 USHUAIA EMBARKATION In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Day 2 & 3 AT SEA During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs. The Master of the vessel may decide to sail the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or Mc Farlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island if the conditions are favorable.
Then we might be able to enter Antarctic waters in the late evening of the third day and see Aitcho Island at the South Shetlands. If the conditions do not allow us to maneuvre through the English Strait then we continue sailing South of Livingston. These volcanic islands or the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.
Day 4 - 9 ANTARCTICA We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island, we will try to land. Deception itself is a sub ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns.
Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. On our way further South we will sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island with Elephant Seals and fair chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. At Detaille Island, south of the Polar Circle, in Crystal Sound we reach probably our farthest south. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.
Day 10 - 11 AT SEA - DRAKE PASSAGE On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 12 USHUAIA DISEMBARKATION We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.