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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 expedition has now become considerably easier to access. We invite you to come & enjoy Antarctic expedition cruises with our 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 Chile, South Shetland, and Antarctica
From $12495 Per Person Double Occupancy
Penguins

Ocean NovaPlease note that departures during the 2015 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 Expedition Cruise
5 Days / 8 locations in Chile, South Shetland, Argentina, and Antarctica
From $5395 Per Person Double Occupancy
Antarctic

Ocean Nova Please 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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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
12 Days / 0 location in
From $9650 Per Person Double Occupancy
Birds

M/V Plancius“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities.

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Antarctic Peninsula With South Shetlands
10 Days / 3 locations in Antarctica and South Shetland
From $7900 Per Person Double Occupancy
Antarctica

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

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Antarctica, Falklands & S. Georgia from Buenos Aires
22 Days / 3 locations in Falkland Islands and Argentina
From $10791 Per Person Double Occupancy
Minke Whale

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 Cruises
12 Days / 3 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Argentina
From $8411 Per Person Double Occupancy
Antarctica 2

M/V Sea SpiritSpend the most magical Christmas holiday in the most fantastic corner of the world. Join us on our Classic Antarctica cruises. 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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Discover Pantagonia and Antarctica Expedition Cruises
16 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica, Argentina, and Chile
From $6170 Per Person Double Occupancy
Midnat

MS Midnatsolarting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition cruises ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins, and we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord, and witness the mighty Garibaldi Glacier unfolding at the end of the fjord.

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Falkland Islands and South Georgia
20 Days / 3 locations in Falkland Islands and South Georgia
From $14550 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V PlanciusSpectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. This voyage includes seven full days on South Georgia, probably the most beautiful place on earth! Be prepared for ten thousands of king penguins and their chicks, sea lions on the beaches, elephant seals, wandering albatrosses and Gentoo penguins and great historical sites including the trails of Ernest Shackleton.

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