Antarctica Cruises and Tours


Antarctica Cruises

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Antarctica, prior to 1820 was known as 'the Lost Continent', its existence being only speculation. It eluded even the greatest explorer/navigator of his or any other day- James Cook. In 1768, though not yet a captain, Cook was appointed leader by the Royal Navy of a scientific expedition to Tahiti to observe a solar eclipse by Venus. This was successfully achieved aboard the tiny 'Endeavor' but Cook had secret orders to seek a southern continent geographers had long believed kept the world in balance.

Those relative few with experience in these waters know very well how clouds & mists blend with glaciers & ice-bergs until solid land is virtually impossible to discern. Some of them believe that Cook may well have been the first to see the mainland - without knowing it. His accounts of rich sea-life brought whalers en masse & any one of these too could well have been the first to find the 'Lost Continent'.

It was 50 years before Russian explorer Thaddeus Von Bellingshausen was appointed by the Czar to sail further south than Cook & he was even more likely to have seen the continent without knowing it. However he later sailed into the giant breached volcanic crater of Deception Island & discovered -to his amazement & chagrin -dozens of American & British whalers comfortably at anchor. From a high & windy notch on the crater rim, the mainland was pointed out to him by Nathaniel Palmer - a young whaler from Connecticut. He was forced to concede to the youngster the questionable claim to a first sighting of Antarctica.

The British firmly believe it was their intrepid Captain Edward Bransfield who sighted the north-west Peninsula on Jan 30th 1820. The first sighting of the mainland for todays passengers going south may well be here, or at the popular first stop of Deception Island. Here you may see the Antarctic mainland from the same high windy notch where Palmer stood. On a possible second Deception Island landing, wear your swimsuit & you may well be treated to a surprise dip (yes in Antarctica!)in the volcanically heated sea-water of the lagoon.

Antarctica has now become considerably easier to access & we invite you to come join experienced crews & staff of lecturer/guide/specialists & thrill to the "once-in-a-lifetime" sights & sounds of the Last Continent.

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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise
8 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $10995 Per Person Double Occupancy
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Ocean NovaPlease note that departures during the 2014-5 season do not include the last night in Punta Arenas or the transfer to the airport. Please contact us to add these arrangements.

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Antarctica Express Air Cruise
5 Days / 8 locations in Chile, Antarctica, South Shetland, and Argentina
From $5395 Per Person Double Occupancy

Ocean NovaPlease note that the January 5-11, 2016 departure (AE3-XPL) 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. The December 18, 2015 departure is also aboard the Sea Explorer.

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Polar Circle & Antarctica Aboard the M/V Plancius
12 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $9650 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V PlanciusAntarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world. The mysterious White Continent, with its multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offers unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores.

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Polar Circle & Antarctica Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius
12 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica and Chile
From $9300 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V OrteliusThe Antarctic Peninsula offers you the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. In the southern summer large ice-free areas provide breeding grounds for very large numbers of seabirds and seals.

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Antarctic Peninsula & S. Shetland Islands Cruise
12 Days / 4 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $9500 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V PlanciusSnowshoeing (included), kayaking and field camping (additional charge) available.

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Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia
20 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Chile, and Argentina
From $15481 Per Person Double Occupancy

m/v Sea Explorer

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Antarctica, Falklands & S. Georgia from Buenos Aires
22 Days / 3 locations in Argentina and Falkland Islands
From $10791 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V Sea SpiritThe Falkland Islands are generally cool and windy because they are situated in the stormy latitudes of the southern westerly winds or Roaring Forties. Temperatures can range between 40 - 50 F (5 - 10 C). The Falklands were discovered in 1592.

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Christmas in Antarctica
12 Days / 3 locations in South Shetland, Antarctica, and Argentina
From $8411 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V Sea SpiritSpend the most magical Christmas holiday in the most fantastic corner of the world. Join us on our Classic Antarctica cruise. Experience some of the wildest and most breathtaking places on Earth. Tick off five penguin /six seal /several whale species in your Antarctic check-list. Set foot on the actual Antarctic continent. Over-estimate your size cruising close by “multi-storied” icebergs.

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