Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North - 10 Days

Aboard Ocean Explorer– 138 passengers

Revel in the excitement of crossing the famed Drake Passage after embarking from Ushuaia, with the convenience of a northbound return flight at the end of your expedition. Minke and humpback whales or Adélie penguins floating on ice floes may greet you as you pass, enroute to the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The surreal silence in this vast wilderness may at first overwhelm, but playful, charismatic wildlife and your intrepid traveling companions keep you grounded. You’ll develop a new appreciation and understanding of Antarctica’s extreme contrasts – harsh, rugged mountain peaks and fragile ecosystems; stark, lonely icescapes and populous, gregarious penguins.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafés, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park offer ample adventure activities if you enjoy exploring nature.

Day 2: Embarkation Day
You will embark 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 photographic opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure.

Days 3 and 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations to 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.

Days 5 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
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 Adélie penguins chilling out on ice floes and minke or humpback 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. Experiencing this immense wilderness up close for the first time 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 can be visited. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the white continent by Zodiac and land. Swimming in Antarctica is perhaps the most adventurous option to tempt you, by taking a Polar Plunge in the water! A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless

Day 9: Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
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. Once you’re in Punta Arenas, we’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel, where you’re free to explore and enjoy a final dinner out.

Day 10: Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport. Please note that a departure transfer from the hotel to the Punta Arenas airport is not included.

EXPEDITION SPIRIT: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must consider the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you may experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected, but not guaranteed. Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed. Trips with flights to and/or from Antarctica have a higher risk of having a trip delay or interruption due to weather.

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Studio Double
$16,995
Save 25%
$12,746
Limited
Studio Veranda
$17,995
Save 25%
$13,496
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$18,995
Save 25%
$14,246
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$19,995
Save 25%
$14,996
 
Deluxe Veranda
$20,595
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$15,446
 
Grand Veranda
$21,795
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$16,346
 
Royal Veranda
$22,395
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$16,796
 
Junior Suite
$24,995
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$18,746
 
Explorer Suite
$25,995
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$19,496
Limited
Owner's Suite
$27,995
Save 25%
$20,996
Limited
Studio Single
$21,795
Save 25%
$16,346
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$22,995
Save 25%
$17,246
Limited
Studio Double
$17,895
Save 15%
$15,211
Limited
Studio Veranda
$18,895
Save 15%
$16,061
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$19,995
Save 15%
$16,996
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$20,995
Save 15%
$17,846
 
Deluxe Veranda
$21,595
Save 15%
$18,356
 
Grand Veranda
$22,895
Save 15%
$19,461
 
Royal Veranda
$23,495
Save 15%
$19,971
 
Junior Suite
$26,295
Save 15%
$22,351
 
Explorer Suite
$27,295
Save 15%
$23,201
Limited
Owner's Suite
$29,395
Save 15%
$24,986
Full
Studio Single
$22,895
Save 15%
$19,461
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$24,195
Save 15%
$20,566
Limited

Transfer Package is $995/person on Svalbard Explorer or $695/person on Three Arctic Islands and not included in the cabin cost. 

Single Travelers:

  • Can book a Studio Veranda Single or Studio Single at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in the following categories: Studio Double, Studio Veranda, Deluxe Veranda Forward, Deluxe Veranda Middle and Deluxe Veranda.
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all other categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $795/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $195/person

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a dedicated Single cabin (Studio Single or Studio Veranda Single) at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all higher categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $995/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $295/person
  • Camping: $295/person

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Ocean Explorer Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

This palatial, airy apartment offers stunning views from its large private veranda on the highest cabin level (deck 7). The luxurious suite features a large master bedroom, living room and dining area and two large master bathrooms, among other amenities. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

443 square feet (41.2 sq. m.) 

Explorer Suite

This unique 2-room suite is located on Deck 7. It has one double bed that can be configured into two singles in the inner bedroom and the outer sitting area is furnished with a sofa-bed. Walk-out from either room to a double sized balcony. There are also 2 TV’s, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. And an additional powder room in the outside sitting area.

269 sq. ft (25.0 sq. m.)

Ocean Explorer Junior Suite

Junior Suite

The decor and layout of this stately suite will amaze. The private veranda, convenient Deck 6 location, plus proximity to the lounge and downstairs dining room are equally impressive. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

296 square feet (27.5 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Royal Veranda Stateroom

Royal Veranda Stateroom

This spacious, classic stateroom allows you to stretch freely. Centrally located on Decks 4 and 6. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

189 – 272 square feet (17.6 – 25.3 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Grand Veranda Stateroom

Grand Veranda Stateroom

Near the center of the ship on Deck 6, this stateroom offers easy access to the lounge, dining room and a private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed. 

195 – 205 square feet (18.1 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

Revel in superior comfort of this stateroom on Deck 4 while taking in the panoramic ocean views from your private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

200 – 205 square feet (18.6 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom

These classic staterooms on Deck 4 ensure guests have easy access to all amenities the ship has to offer. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus some with a fold out sofa bed.

203 – 272 square feet (18.9 – 25.3 sq. m.)

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Enjoy privacy and elegance at the front of the ship on Deck 4 where guests are treated to sweeping views from their private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

168 – 195 square feet (15.6 – 18.1 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Stateroom

Located on Deck 6 these cabins have one double bed that can be configured into two singles.  There is a floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a walkout balcony.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor.

173 sq. f. (16.1 sq. m,) 

Studio Double

Enjoy the calm ambience of this Deck 3 stateroom which features a porthole window and every amenity essential for your polar voyage. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

175 – 186 square feet (16.2 – 17.3 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Single

Designed for one. This unique cabin is located on Deck 7 .  It has one twin bed with a  floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a generous walkout balcony. There is also TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

162 sq. f. (15.1 sq. m.)

Studio Single

Designed for one.  This cabin is located on Deck 3 with one double bed and a porthole view.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

177 sq. ft. (16.5 sq. m,) 

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage. Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting your expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast. (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • A post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel
  • One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
 

Exclusions: 

  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities