Atlantic Odyssey

Atlantic Odyssey– Antarctica –37 days / 36 nights, Ushuaia - Antarctic Continent - Lemaire Channel - Drake Passage - South Georgia - Gough Island - Tristan da Cunha - Nightingale Island - St. Helena - mid-Atlantic Ridge - Ascension IslandOur 37-day Atlantic Odyssey explorer cruise on the m/v Plancius will sail from Ushuaia through the Drake Passage. Cross the Antarctic Convergence to Deception Island, home to a colony of thousands Chinstrap Penguins. In the Antarctica we will look for encounters with Adelie Penguins, Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals and Orcas. In Cooper Bay observe Chinstrap Penguins and Macaroni Penguins, in Georgia huge King Penguin colony, elephant and fur seals.

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Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin window Twin Deluxe Superior
on request on request on request $15,100 on request $17,150

PLA32A Rates for 2017, in USD, per person, 36 nights

Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin window Twin Deluxe Superior
$7,250 $8,050 $8,0850 $9,250 $9,650 $10,400

PLA32B Rates for 2016, in USD, per person, 27 nights

Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin window Twin Deluxe Superior
$1,050 $1,200 $1,350 $1,450 $1,550 $1,650

PLA33 Rates for 2016, in USD, per person, 6 nights

Operation March 17 - April 22, 2017
Departure PLA32A, March 17 - April 22, 2017, Ushuaia - Ascension (31 nights)
PLA32B, March 26 - April 22, 2017, Ushuaia - Ascension (27 nights)
PLA33, April 22 - April 28, 2017, Ascension - Praia (Cape Verde), (6 nights)
Price from $11,550 per person, Quadruple cabin
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
Meals ashore
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 PLA 32B offers the Atlantic Odyssey, excluding the Antarctic Peninsula.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 will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on Ortelius.

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 US $25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
Tour Options PLA33, Atlantic Odyssey, Ascension Island - Praia, Cape Verde, April 22 - April 28, from USD 1,050
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Day 1 USHUAIA 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.

Day 4 - 7 ANTARCTICA We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Ronge Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas. If we land on Orne Island we can observe chinstrap penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the bay. Throughout this area we have good chances to see Humpback whales and Minke whales. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at the Wilhelmina Bay where we often are fortunate to see feeding Humpback whales. We may embark on a Zodiac cruise if the conditions allow ending at the wreck of Guvernøren an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. Around Melchior Islands amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter more whales but also Leopard seal and Crabeater seals.

Day 8 - 9 AT SEA - DRAKE PASSAGE On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 10 USHUAIA In the afternoon, we embark new passengers in Ushuaia - the southernmost city in the world - located at the Beagle Channel, and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 11 - 14 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 Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Day 15 - 17 SOUTH GEORGIA We aim to visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the World. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. Salisbury Plain offers this scenario in mind boggling quantity. We will see the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf.

On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles we can see breeding Wandering Albatrosses. We will also find time to visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and second in command Frank Wild. We will attempt to land Gold Harbour and St Andrews Bay with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none.King penguins are truly Kings here!

Day 18 - 22 AT SEA In the Westerlies we have often have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 23 GOUGH ISLAND Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising in Quest Bay. As always weather permitting. Here we can see the Northern Rockhopper Penguins, and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough Island and in particular, to see it at such close quarters. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you.

Day 24 - 26 TRISTAN DA CUNHA In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather.

Please note that we will try and approach for landings, however due to the weather conditions this is not always possible. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey's (1998) we failed during 35% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather.

Day 27 - 30 AT SEA We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Day 31 - 33 ST. HELENA St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. On this island, we will have opportunity to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkelling in the shallow surf where we can find a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

Day 34 - 35 AT SEA At sea along the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Day 36 - 37 ASCENSION ISLAND Here we encounter a dry volcanic landscape with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to make a trip to the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island. At Comfortless Cove near Georgetown we can offer a very comfortable swim with good snorkelling too (no snorkelling gear is supplied). We may also witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

Day 29 - 30 AT SEA During these sea day, we sail enroute to Ascension Island.

Day 31 - 32 ASCENSION ISLAND Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to climb the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island offering also great opportunities for snorkelling. We may witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

Days 33 - 37 AT SEA PLA33 Atlantic Odyssey, Ascension Island - Praia, Cape Verdes, April 23 - April 29, 2015, from USD1,000.
We witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator ("the Line").

Day 38 PRAIA Passengers will disembark at 9.00 hours* Those who will fly from Praia on the night of April 29 / 30 will be offered an excursion in Praia on Sao Tiago. We shall make an excursion to Cidade Velha, steeped in history, and shall observe the massive fortress on the hill, built to deter English marauders in the period when the Crowns of Portugal and Spain were united and Portuguese possessions became as fair game to the likes of Drake and Raleigh as were Spanish ones. We shall see the ruins of the Cathedral, the oldest Christian Church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. The village is well watered and there are plantations of sugar cane, which support a rum distillery, and several species of birds. We shall have another guided stroll around the City of Praia, which is the capital of the Cape Verdes, and which has given rise to a unique variety of folk music, which we shall hear as we pass the various bars!

* For the disembarking passengers we will reserve a few rooms in a hotel in Praia, where we collect their luggage and where they can freshen up at the end of their excursion before travelling to the airport in the night or to their hotels if they are staying longer in Praia.

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