- Tailor made
oarding the Luxury Antarctica Cruise, M/V Sea Explorer, discover one of the most spectacular places on earth.
In just two hours, fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island and board an ice-strengthened Luxury Antarctica Cruise.
In total comfort, visit extraordinary landscapes rich in wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy an active adventure with multiple daily landings, hikes, and Zodiac boats excursions. Attend engaging presentations by the expert expedition team, and enjoy the attentive service of the professional hospitality staff.
|Keep in mind||Highlights|
|6, 7 and 8 day Programs available||The 2-hours flight from Punta Arenas, skipping the infamous Drake Passage|
|Book well in advance!
(12 months before is suggested)
|12 polar guides scorting every adventure and a dedicated staff onboard|
|Only 5 departures on December 2015 & January 2016!||Only 71 guests per departure and 10 zodiacs allow efficient disembarkation|
3 departures only (21 Dec 2015, 26 Dec 2015 & 31 Dec 2015)
Day 1: Arrival to Punta Arenas
Day 2: Flight to King George Island
Days 3 to 6: Cruise through Antarctica Peninsula
Day 7: Flight back to Punta Arenas
Day 8: Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport
Ask post cruise programs..
6 & 7 DAYS – ANTARCTICA EXPRESS
2 Departures only, please ask for dates & detailed itinerary.
Sea Explorer is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005. Several improvements have been made since. With an ice-strengthened hull, Sea Explorer offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica.
Sea Explorer has capacity for up to 110 guests, accommodating a maximum of 71 guests, further increasing the comfort. The ship offers six different categories of accommodation. All Suites are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed.
Public areas include a panorama lounge, a Library, a Lounge with audio-visual facilities, a Dining room, a Sun Deck with Jacuzzi, an Exercise Room, a Medical Clinic and an elevator serving all passenger decks.
Penthouse Suites with private veranda
Veranda Suites with private veranda
The jet aircraft, a BAE-146, was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace. As a four turbo fans high-wing aircraft, it has very short runaway requirements, which make it perfectly suited for operation at King George Island’s remote airfield. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
ntarctica is located in the entire area south of the 60th parallel. Its surface spans a bit more than 14,000,000 km². Its diameter is close to 4,000 km. It is divided into two sectors: Major Antarctica or Eastern Antarctica, the widest and oldest, and Minor Antarctica or Western Antarctica, a recent formation characterized by its curved tail which points north like a serpent and its known as the Antarctic Peninsula. It has two seas of its own: the Weddell and Ross Seas, with their corresponding bays.
More than 90% of its territory is covered by ice. It is the highest of all the continents, with an average altitude of 2,250 m and peaks that frequently reach above 3,000 m. It is also an important factory of winds: its system rules the climate of the entire planet, especially in the Southern Hemisphere.
Half Moon Island
mong the main species that make up marine Antarctic fauna are Whales, Elephant Seals, Weddell Seals, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, in addition to the variety of birds, such as Albatrosses, Petrels and Snowy Sheathbills.
Southern Giant Petrel
ntarctica has the coldest and harshest climate in the world. Average temperatures in the interior of Antarctica vary between -70°C and -40°C during the cold month of August, and between -15°C and -45°C in the warmer month of February.
Coastal temperatures are higher, from -32°C to -15°C in winter. The average summer temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula ranges at about 0°C (32°F), between between -5°C and 5°C. Sometimes it may get a little lower because of the chill factor caused by the wind.
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very effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe an unpredictable weather.
We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason Antarctica XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond Antarctica XXI’s control without consulting the participants.
CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR CRUISE 8 DAYS: PUNTA ARENAS – ANTARCTICA – PUNTA ARENAS
21 DEC 2015 – 28 DEC 2015
26 DEC 2015- 02 JAN 2016
31 DEC 2015- 06 JAN 2016
ANTARCTICA EXPRESS AIR-CRUISE 6 DAYS: USHUAIA – ANTARCTICA – PUNTA ARENAS
18 DEC 2015 – 23 DEC 2015
ANTARCTICA EXPRESS AIR-CRUISE 7 DAYS: PUNTA ARENAS – ANTARCTICA – USHUAIA
05 JAN 2016 – 11 JAN 2016
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica XXI takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by Antarctica XXI staff and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Overnight in Punta Arenas. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)
Breakfast at the hotel and the transfer to the Airport, or towards your post-cruise program.
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.
N.B.: Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glassenclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.).
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Note: The January 5-11, 2016 departure on board Sea Explorer is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.
In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, Antarctica XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
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It is required that participants are adequately covered by a medical insurance policy that includes emergency evacuation from Antarctica, which is not included on the rate. Cancellation insurance is strongly recommended to protect your travel investment. Please ask us about a proper policy.
WHAT TO PACK
The maximum weight allowed on the flight to and from Antarctica is of 20 kg. per passenger. Antarctica XXI will take care of keeping any excess baggage in custody.
Sunglasses with high UV protection
Cap and scarf
Thermal underwear and socks
Gloves (well insulated)
Ski pants and upper coat (waterproof)
Sunblock Lotion (High SPF)
Personal medications (regular use)
Antarctica XXI provides passengers with knee-high waterproof boots before arriving in Antarctica.
OPTIONAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:
There are 2 optional activities at additional cost to boost the adventure!
The snowshoeing program offered by ANTARCTICA XXI is a group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants. The group will meet on board with the Snowshoeing Guide at the beginning of the expedition for a briefing session and an overview of the equipment. Before you start snowshoeing, you must perform a safety check to ensure that all equipment assigned to you is in good working order. The group will then snowshoe together for the duration of the expedition. The snowshoeing program is only offered on a group basis. You will not be able to leave the ship on independent excursions, and only participants who are part of the group from the start of the program can take part in the activity. Should you wish to skip an excursion, you are welcome to do so. However, your assigned equipment and place in the group cannot be used by another traveller.
Every day you are in Antarctica your Snowshoeing Guide will work with the Expedition Leader to look for the best snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be led by the Snowshoeing Guide and may be supported by a second staff member. Each snowshoeing excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. Your flexibility will be required, as the local conditions will determine the exact unfolding of the activity. For example, in some cases the snowshoeing excursion may be shorter or longer. In some cases, snowshoeing may not be possible at all.
To take part in the snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, snowshoeing can be a strenuous activity so your level of physical fitness should be good. For your safety, the Snowshoeing Guide may ask you to perform a trial to test your fitness level. To take part in the snowshoeing program you must be able to communicate in English, and you must listen to and follow the instructions of the Snowshoeing Guide. Minimum age for participation is 16 years.
The sea kayaking program offered by ANTARCTICA XXI is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants under the guidance/leadership/responsibility of an experienced Kayak Master. The group will meet on board at the beginning of the
expedition for a brie!ng session and an overview of the equipment. The group will then paddle together for the duration of the expedition. The sea kayaking program is only o”ered on a group basis. You will not be able to leave the ship on independent
excursions, and only participants who are part of the group from the start of the program can take part in the activity. Should you wish to skip an excursion, you are welcome to do so. However your assigned equipment and place in the group cannot be used by another person.
Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be led by the Kayak Master and will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to o”er the group approximately 30 minutes at the landing site so you can participate in the regular activities with the rest of the group on shore. Your flexibility will be required, as the local conditions will determine the exact unfolding of the activity. For example, in some cases the kayaking excursion or the time on land may be shorter or longer. In some cases, kayaking may not be possible at all. Safety will always be the paramount consideration for any decision concerning kayaking, as well as any other activity conducted in Antarctica.
To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. You don’t need to be a top kayaking expert but you must have experience in using a sea kayak with a spray skirt. You must also have experience with an emergency wet exit. For your safety, the Kayak Master may ask you to perform a trial to test your skills. To take part in the kayaking program you must be able to communicate in English, and you must listen to and follow the instructions of the Kayak Master. If you do not understand the instructions, you must inform the Kayak Master right away. For any reason whatsoever, the Kayak Master can deny or interrupt your participation in the kayaking program. If your participation in the program is denied, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund the money you paid for the activity without further obligation to you. Minimum age for participation is 16 years.
Rates are in USD, per person on double occupancy. Please ask for triple cabin and single cabin rates.
CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR CRUISE 8 DAYS
21 DEC 2015 – 28 DEC 2015
26 DEC 2015 – 02 JAN 2016
Penthouse Suites: USD 18,995.-
Veranda Suites: USD 15,995.-
Superior Suites: USD 13,995.-
Window Suites: USD 13,495.-
31 DEC 2015 – 07 JAN 2016
Penthouse Suites: USD 17,395.-
Veranda Suites: USD 14,795.-
Superior Suites: USD 12,995.-
Window Suites: USD 12,495.
ANTARCTICA EXPRESS AIR-CRUISE 6 & 7 DAYS
18 DEC 2015 – 23 DEC 2015
05 JAN 2016 – 11 JAN 2016
Penthouse Suites: USD 6,995.-
Veranda Suites: USD 6,595.-
Superior Suites: USD 5,995.-
Window Suites: USD 5,395.
A Booking Fee of USD 3,000 per person is required to book a cabin, except for ANTARCTICA EXPRESS Air-Cruises, where the Booking Fee is USD 2,000 per person.
The balance is due in full 140 days prior to departure.
Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.
Single travellers can choose between:
Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement should be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
Sharing a twin cabin with another passenger (male or female). No supplement is applied, and ANTARCTICA XXI will take care of finding the matching companion.
N.B.: In case of sharing the cabin with another passenger, this also implies sharing any other hotel accommodation foreseen in the Travel Program of each voyage.
INCLUDED IN THE RATE
Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage.
1 overnight in Punta Arenas at a four star hotel and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1 (except ANTARCTICA EXPRESS Air-Cruise).
1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
Daily buffet breakfast and lunch offering a wide choice of dishes
Daily served dinner offering a choice of three main courses
A selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch, dinner, and at the bar
Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
All guided shore excursions (except Sea Kayaking and Snowshoeing)
Lectures and entertainment on board.
Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
Contingency Plan for air-cruise departures as foreseen for each voyage (see further on).
NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE
Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
Sea Kayaking and Snowshoeing activities.
Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody by ANTARCTICA XXI and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at Punta Arenas airport.
ANTARCTICA XXI requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
ANTARCTICA XXI strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by cancellation insurance.
Passengers are required to fill and sign an on-line Participation Form, and to return it to ANTARCTICA XXI duly filled at least 120 days prior to departure.
Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe an unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants.
A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, ANTARCTICA XXI strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica.
In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, ANTARCTICA XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
Please contact us to obtain the detailed Term & Conditions.