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One Ocean Expeditions Antarctic Circle Voyage

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 14,995

Explore a landscape of mighty icebergs, migrating whales, and penguin colonies on this journey to the Antarctic Circle. Aboard an ice-strengthened cruise vessel, you’ll explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands to spot remote wildlife and abandoned research stations, and appreciate the stunning landscape.


This 12-day Antarctic cruise takes you to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands to explore a frozen landscape at the edge of the world. It features moderate accommodations aboard a cruise vessel, shared excursions, and is a great option for explorers wanting to venture to the South Pole.

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, the tourism base for Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for “Land of Fire”), the southernmost tip of Argentina. In Ushuaia, you’ll board the RCGS Resolute, an ice-strengthened cruise vessel that will be your home during your journey to the South Pole. With comfortable rooms, on-board dining, observation lounges, and a dedicated crew of scientists and experts, the Resolute is perfectly equipped for expeditions to Antarctica.

Spend two days crossing the Drake Passage, the turbulent waterway that sits between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. Although the waters are choppy, they also are full of fish and whales attracted by strong water currents. You’ll spot your first sightings of Antarctica in the Matha Strait, where you’ll make landfall at Detaille Island, located beneath the Antarctic Circle. Visit an abandoned British science station and get your first taste of the frozen landscape.

Continue to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Gerlache Coastline, where you’ll spend four days exploring the islands. Hike along Winter Island and see the Adelie penguin colony on Petermann Island. See the calving icebergs of Penola Strait or set foot on the continent itself in Paradise Harbour. Go sea kayaking up to icebergs in frozen coves or visit Orne Harbour to see a chinstrap penguin colony and enjoy stunning views of the peninsula. On Cuverville Island, you can visit a Gentoo penguin colony or go zodiac cruising in Wilhelmina Bay, hoping to spot a migrating humpback whale. If you aren’t lucky enough to spot a whale in Wilhelmina Bay, you’ll have another chance as the vessel heads north to the Bransfield Strait, where humpback whales and orcas migrate through the waters.

Continue north and spend a day exploring the South Shetland Islands. If the weather is good, you’ll land at Deception Island and hike up the volcanic caldera. You can also cruise to Livingston Island to go hiking to elephant seal colonies or take a zodiac along the coast to spot Antarctic petrel nests. Then return across the Drake Passage, spending two days crossing the waters on route to Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel.

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you’ll bid farewell to your expedition and disembark, ending your journey.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 14,995

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Your journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. Gather at the central meeting point, transfer to the pier and embark your expedition ship. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship, you'll meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration11 Nights
Accommodation

RCGS Resolute

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    RCGS Resolute



    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views ...

    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include our theater style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Gift Shop
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Massage Rooms
    • Plunge Pool
    • Sauna

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Day 2

At Sea - Towards the Antarctic Circle

You chart a southerly course and can reach your goal of the Antarctic Circle due to the capabilities of your expedition vessel - RCGS Resolute. Her superior speed ensures a swift crossing of the Drake Passage on your way south of the circle. This stretch of water is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. You will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the celebrated wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as you make your way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and your photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Later, perhaps join the ship's Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of your modern research vessel. Throughout the journey your on-board experts will educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history. The presence of icebergs announces your arrival into Antarctic waters.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

At Sea - Towards the Antarctic Circle

Another day at Sea towards the Antarctic Circle.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Matha Strait and the Antarctic Circle

Awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before you. It is plan to navigate via Matha Strait and will attempt a shore landing at Detaille Island, below the Antarctic Circle. An abandoned British science station - 'Base W' was established in the 1950s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs this is a fascinating place providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic visitors. Toast your success on crossing the Antarctic Circle turning your gaze northwards, viewing the spectacular chain of glacier-covered peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. This coastline begs further exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula Exploration and Southern Gerlache Coastline

Overnight you have navigated north towards the low-lying Yalour Island group. Hope to visit a working scientific base to learn of the important climate-related research happening here. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows you to stretch your legs and explore the old British Antarctic Survey hut. Petermann Island is home to a sizable Adelie penguin rookery. Adelies - the smallest of the Antarctic penguins nest here and share the location with Gentoo penguins and Imperial cormorants.

The view to the north of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel. Nearby Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just offshore, in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massive icebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, a Zodiac cruise here will be a highlight of the voyage.

Aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Both locations offer great hiking opportunities up to panoramic view points. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. It is somewhere in this vicinity you hope to be offered camping.

Orne Harbour is another beautiful location you hope to visit and the hike up to a rocky knoll provides stunning views and great access to a chinstrap penguin rookery. At Cuverville Island, there is a large Gentoo penguin colony which you'll observe at close quarters. Leopard seals are often sighted cruising the shallows along the landing site. For the kayakers, a full circumnavigation of the island is a possibility. You'll navigate into Willhelmina Bay -- a known location for large numbers of humpback whales which you'll view in close proximity from the ship or when out Zodiac cruising.

After several busy days of exploration along the Peninsula, head north across the Bransfield Strait, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is an important whale migration corridor and you expect sightings of humpbacks, or the resident pod of Orca that inhabit this stretch of water.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Antarctic Peninsula Exploration and Southern Gerlache Coastline

Another day to explore Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Gerlache Coastline.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Antarctic Peninsula Exploration and Southern Gerlache Coastline

Another day to explore Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Gerlache Coastline.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Antarctic Peninsula Exploration and Southern Gerlache Coastline

Another day to explore Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Gerlache Coastline.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

South Shetland Islands

By morning you arrive in the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and history is all around you as you explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated wooden huts. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. This is where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There is also an outstanding hike, high up onto the rim of the crater.

After leaving Deception Island, you'll cruise along the coast of Livingston Island which in a sunny day is a memorable experience. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetlands including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where Weddell seals sunning themselves are sometimes encountered. This is another great spot for a hike or a zodiac cruise. Hannah Point, with its elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels is another possibility. In the evening, navigate north through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Drake Passage - Return to South America

As you make your way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and you'll enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by the Expedition Leader. Join the photography experts at the multimedia stations and download your precious images. If weather conditions allow, you hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It is a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Drake Passage - Return to South America

Another day at Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina - Voyage Concludes

In the early morning, arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.

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DEPARTURES:

RCGS Resolute
2020 - 
From Ushuaia: Jan 17

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landing
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and science stations
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (i.e. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained medical physician onboard the voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)
  • Access to well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take-home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire. Subject to availability and weather conditions

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