EPIC ANTARCTIC VOYAGE
Immerse yourself in the most complete Antarctic experience ever offered
EPIC ANTARCTIC VOYAGE
ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS ISLANDS, WEDDELL SEA
23 DAYS 29 DEC - 20 JAN 2017

Imagine a voyage that provides SIXTEEN days of off-ship excursions! This equates to more than 30 shore landings. Only scientists who work at the research bases in Antarctica spend more time down among the ice. We can now offer this exceptional experience by linking two existing voyages. The itineraries provide plenty of variation throughout – and allow guests to experience literally EVERY major highlight Antarctica has to offer, including the Antarctic Circle, Gerlache coastline, Weddell Sea, Elephant Island and The Falkland Islands. If you have the time, we have the voyage. This is the most comprehensive and far-reaching Antarctic itinerary ever offered.

Tour Highlights
  • MORE TIME IN ANTARCTICA THAN ANY OTHER VOYAGE
  • ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE
  • HISTORIC SITES SCIENCE BASES
  • TABULAR ICEBERGS, WEDDELL SEA
  • FALKLAND ISLANDS
  • ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Falkland Islands

  • When
    :

    January, February, December

  • What
    :

    Cruise, Nature, Wildlife

BOB AND KAREN C, JAN 2015

“Antarctica is like another planet. Amazing! One Ocean were brilliant and we couldn’t fault them. All in all it was a brilliant holiday. Many thanks for all your organisation which made everything seamless.
Looking Forward to more travel with you in the future.”

Itinerary

Arrive in Punta Arenas, transfer to hotel for your included pre-cruise accommodation.

Our epic journey commences as we board our 90 minute flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Stanley is reminiscent of a charming rural town in coastal Britain, with brightly colored houses, flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. There will be time to explore the town before embarkation.
Excitement is in the air as we cast off, bound for Antarctica, and the adventure of a lifetime.

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in marine life and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross.
Our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best photographic techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days.

We pass through the ice strewn waters making our way towards our ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. A favoured landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut from the 1950’s. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows us to stretch our legs and explore a historic British Antarctic Survey hut. Petermann Island is home to an Adelie penguin rookery. Pleneau Island offers
opportunities for shore landings. A zodiac cruise here may well be a highlight of the voyage.

We cruise north towards Paradise Harbour. By morning we arrive in the South Shetland Islands towards Whalers Bay at Deception Island, a very dramatic place and history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station. This is where Australian explorer and pioneer aviator, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928.

This morning we are anchored off King George Island. You will say farewell to many of your fellow passengers as they disembark.There will be an opportunity to go ashore, or you may wish to relax on board. We are soon underway for the second leg of our epic adventure.

Weddell Sea region is home to Adelie penguin The Gerlache coastline is one large polar rookeries of staggering size – some contain ‘playground’ with a great variety of landing more than 100,000 nesting birds. Such
sites. As always the weather and ice will dictate colonies dwarf the rookeries we have visited so our route. Planned visits could include Port far. Weather permitting, excursions may include Charcot, Orne Harbour or Andvord Bay. All three Hope Bay, Paulet Island and Brown Bluff. The locations offer excellent hiking opportunities, or history of exploration in this region is incredibly a cruise through the Errera Channel to and land rich. The epic century-old story of Shackleton on Danco Island – a large dome shaped island and the HMS Endurance expedition has strong with terrific views of the region from its summit. links to the region.

We are now on our way towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. and On our port side, will be the South Shetland Islands. Half Moon Island is nearby and is home to a sizeable chinstrap penguin rookery. Across islands the MacFarlane Strait is Yankee Harbour – with Saunders, in the West its broad pebble beach – a known location for for Weddell seals.

As we sail into the sound we witness, for the first time the vast sweep of the Antarctic In the early morning, we navigate through icecap. It is an awe-inspiring sight. Heading the narrows and into Stanley. There is time to into the Weddell Sea we notice a significant explore the town, before we make our way to
increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs and the presence of sea ice.

The While sailing north to the Falkland Islands spectacular seabirds once again join us are our constant companions as they soar above the ship. Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore the of West Point and Falkland archipelago. West Point is known its rockhopper penguin rookeries and large nesting black browed albatross colony.

The airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices are per person sharing a cabin in USD
    TRIPLE SHARE SEMI PRIVATE TWIN PRIVATE SUPER SHACKLETON SUITE ONE OCEAN SUITE
    2017

    29DEC
    12JAN
    19JAN

    $15,295 $18,195 $19,895 $20,895 $22,995 $25,195
    2018

    11JAN

    $19,290 $22,490 $24,290 $25,490 $27,890 $30,390

    Single travellers can choose to share with another traveller (matched based on gender and age) and pay the above prices.
    Sole use of a cabin has a 50% surcharge, and 100% for Suites.

INCLUSIONS

    Flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and back from The Falkland Islands.

    Arrival transfer and one night pre-cruise accommodation.
    (based on twin share – 50% discount for single travellers)
    Flight from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas

    Extensive pre-departure information package
    Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
    Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer.
    All zodiac and landing excursions
    All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
    One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
    Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
    Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
    Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub
    Experienced doctor on each journey
    Multimedia Room to download images, with Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

    Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage – valued at US$1,000
    Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
    Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    Water resistant binoculars
    Waterproof backpack
    Trekking poles available on shore

    Optional

    Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 (Arctic) US$795 (Antarctic) per person.
    Pre-registration required at time of booking.
    Overnight Camping (Antarctica only, included in the voyage price), no pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please ask us for further details.

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