Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North - 10 Days

Aboard Ocean Explorer– 138 passengers

Take the fastest route to Antarctica – a three-hour flight – and enjoy your first glimpse of the continent from the air, a unique introduction to the vast and dramatic landscape that remains one of the last unspoiled regions in the world. Continue your journey on ship, where an adventure beyond your wildest imagination awaits. Later, return through the world’s most legendary – and exciting – passage of water, as you follow the path of historic explorers across the infamous Drake Passage.

Expect the unexpected and be rewarded with unique wildlife and natural attractions, each highlight surpassing the last. Marvel at the contrast of a desolate landscape inhabited by abundant wildlife including curious, playful penguins and seals. And embrace the excitement of standing on the continent for the very first time.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the included group hotel. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day. 
 
Day 2: Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
Today you board your chartered flight to Antarctica. The journey over the Drake Passage will take you less than four hours, whereas our ship-based travelers take two days to make the journey by sea. Your first glimpse of Antarctica comes into view shortly before the aircraft descends towards King George Island—hope for clear skies so you can appreciate the vastness of this great wilderness! You will have free time to photograph parts of the island and stretch your legs before taking a short zodiac ride to the ship. 
 
Days 3 to 6: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

You’ll get a sense that you’ve arrived on a new planet during the start of your Antarctic voyage, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel you can watch whales swim and feed in nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins frolicking in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the towering snowcovered mountains and massive glaciers of the Peninsula, which will be your playground for the next few days.

Every Zodiac excursion and landing presents new sights, sounds and smells. Some landings may be as relaxing as sitting on a beach, taking photographs of curious gentoo penguins. Other landings may provide exhilarating panoramic views of the Antarctic continent by hiking atop a hill. Perhaps you’ll catch a calving glacier crumbling into the sea at Petermann Island, or take a Zodiac cruise in search of fur and elephant seals around Pleneau Island.

Even common travel experiences like mailing a postcard take on an extra level of excitement in Antarctica. While weather and sea conditions determine which landings we can make, your Expedition Team will ensure that each day of your Antarctic adventure leaves a lasting impression.

Days 7 and 8: Crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, Argentina
A rite of passage for any Antarctic adventurer, crossing the Drake signals the end of your journey. No matter the sea conditions, you will benefit from having developed your sea legs over the course of the previous four days. While the journey home has begun, your wildlife spotting continues. Your Expedition Team will be available on deck and on the ship’s bridge to help you spot the majestic wandering albatross and a number of whale species, such as minke and humpback. When you’re not looking at photos and reminiscing about the previous days, the Expedition Team will conclude their series of engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history and glaciology
 
Day 9: Disembark and overnight in Ushuaia, Argentina
After a final breakfast aboard the ship, say goodbye to your crew as we disembark in Ushuaia. We’ll transfer you to the hotel to check in and then you’ll have a chance to explore the town on your own to shop, sightsee and sample some Argentinian cuisine.
 
Day 10: Depart Ushuaia
Today you are free to make your way to the airport for departure, or extend your stay in Ushuaia. A departure transfer to the airport in Ushuaia 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
$16,195
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$11,337
Limited
Studio Veranda
$17,095
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$11,967
 
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$18,095
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$12,667
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$18,995
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$13,297
 
Deluxe Veranda
$19,595
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$13,717
 
Grand Veranda
$20,695
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$14,487
 
Royal Veranda
$21,295
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$14,907
 
Junior Suite
$23,795
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$16,657
 
Explorer Suite
$24,695
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$17,287
Limited
Owner's Suite
$26,595
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$18,617
Limited
Studio Single
$20,695
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$14,487
Limited
Studio Veranda Single
$21,895
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$15,327
Limited
Studio Double
$16,995
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$14,446
Limited
Studio Veranda
$17,995
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$15,296
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$18,995
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$16,146
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$19,995
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$16,996
 
Deluxe Veranda
$20,595
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$17,506
 
Grand Veranda
$21,795
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$18,526
 
Royal Veranda
$22,395
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$19,036
 
Junior Suite
$24,995
Save 15%
$21,246
 
Explorer Suite
$25,995
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$22,096
Full
Owner's Suite
$27,995
Save 15%
$23,796
Limited
Studio Single
$21,795
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$18,526
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$22,995
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$19,546
Full

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
  • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas 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.)
  • A briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • A pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the hotel to the airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Group Transfer from ship to hotel in Ushuaia for post night
  • Post-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia.
 

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