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Classic Antarctica Expedition

National Geographic Explorer

The newly renovated National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class polar expedition vessel accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins, all with private...
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National Geographic Explorer

The newly renovated National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class polar expedition vessel accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins, all with private facilities, climate controls, and windows or portholes. It is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing comfort. It has been freshly redesigned to provide travelers with the most innovative tools for exploring the undersea, the Polar Regions and key destinations around the globe. The ship houses technology for sea exploration, such as Zodiacs, kayaks, hydro-phones, underwater HD cameras and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Public areas include two restaurants, a lounge and bar, library, observation lounge, spa, fitness center, and sauna. A mud room with lockers provides storage for guests’ expedition gear. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.

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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant wildlife. On every expedition, a National Geographic Photographer will give talks and one-on-one photo tips in the field, where it counts. An Undersea Specialist captures rarely seen footage of life beneath the icy surface for viewing in the comfort of the ship’s lounge. Join us on our classic Antarctica itinerary.

National Geographic Orion

Technically and aesthetically, the National Geographic Orion is among the most sophisticated vessels in its class...

National Geographic Orion

Technically and aesthetically, the National Geographic Orion is among the most sophisticated vessels in its class. Constructed by one of the world's leading shipbuilders, Cassens Shipyard in Emden, Germany, and launched in November 2003, Orion boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and caliber of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship. Guest capacity numbers approximately 100 guests, all cared for in intimate, 5-star comfort by a crew of 75.


2016/2017 Itinerary, Dates, & Fees

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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

This classic Antarctica itinerary delivers huge tabular icebergs, sculptural bergs floating in pools of turquoise blue melt water, mountains rising some 9,000 feet straight up from the sea, penguins galore, abundant marine mammals and experiences like cruising through the solemn majesty of the Lemaire Channel, among many more. Spend your days and nights in a rapture of discovery.

Please note these trips start and end in Santiago, Chile (NOT Buenos Aires)

Sea Adventurer

The Sea Adventurer has a proud reputation as a well-appointed, elegant expedition ship designed for exploration in polar regions. Built in 1975, she underwent a $13 million...
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Sea Adventurer

 The Sea Adventurer has a proud reputation as a well-appointed, elegant expedition ship designed for exploration in polar regions. Built in 1975, she underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. An exceptionally comfortable ride is ensured by stabilizers and an ice-hardened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. The Sea Adventurer is outfitted with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment as well as a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. The deluxe ship accommodates 117 guests in 61 outside cabins, all with private en suite facilities in a variety of categories. Cabins feature individual temperature controls and in-room music. Comfortable public areas include a window-lined dining room, two bars and a lounge/presentation room.


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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.



Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the Seventh Continent. Fully immersed in the Antarctic environment, you’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to awe, from exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all.

You may go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Or, you might plan to climb one more peak for a better vantage point and find yourself in a rookery of curious penguins. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.

 

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and ice. Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding into crystal waters from an iceberg, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea-ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

 

Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North

Revel in the excitement of crossing the famed Drake Passage after embarking from Ushuaia, with the convenience of a northbound return flight at the end of your expedition. Minke and humpback whales or Adélie penguins floating on ice floes may greet you as you pass en-route to the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The surreal silence in this vast wilderness may at first overwhelm, but playful, charismatic wildlife and your intrepid traveling companions keep you grounded. You’ll develop a new appreciation and understanding of Antarctica’s extreme contrasts - harsh, rugged mountain peaks and fragile ecosystems; stark, lonely icescapes and populous, gregarious penguins.

 

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula – and no Drake Passage crossings required! Included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the Seventh Continent with a spectacular aerial view before transferring to your ship in no time.

Keep your camera ready as you Zodiac cruise in search of whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snow-capped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.


Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North

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.

Ocean Diamond

The Ocean Diamond is a sleek, modern, stable super-yacht—a polar expedition vessel beautifully designed for traveling to Antarctica. Because the Ocean Diamond is faster than most...
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Ocean Diamond

The Ocean Diamond is a sleek, modern, stable super-yacht—a polar expedition vessel beautifully designed for traveling to Antarctica. Because the Ocean Diamond is faster than most other tourist vessels making the voyage, its passengers will gain an additional 12 hours accessing the wildlife, rugged beauty and adventure activities an Antarctic expedition has to offer. The newly refurbished 406-foot-long ship carries a maximum of 189 passengers. Seven classes of accommodations offer a variety of single, twin and triple cabin and suite configurations. All cabins have en-suite facilities, outside views, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Suites also have private outdoor balconies. An elevator provides access between decks. The Ocean Diamond’s staff and crew of 144 provide a nearly one-to-one ratio with guests, ensuring outstanding service. The vessel’s onboard facilities and amenities are impressive. In addition to an excellent restaurant and bar, the Ocean Diamond has a theater-style auditorium for "Expert-in-Residence" lectures by polar researchers and scientists, a Polar Library well stocked with books and DVDs, a photography program that includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a clinic with licensed doctor, a Massage & Wellness program offering yoga classes, aromatherapy treatments and massage therapy. Every traveler aboard the Ocean Diamond receives a free one-year enrollment in the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute association, along with a financial contribution to the institute from the ship.

2016/2017 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.


Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Itinerary

This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. You’ll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour is a well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. The 137-foot-long vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiac craft for exploration...

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour is a well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. The 137-foot-long vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiac craft for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. Ocean Endeavour accommodates 199 guests plus 124 staff and crew. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces. Public spaces include several spacious lounges, a lecture theater, polar library, two restaurants, sun deck and plenty of additional deck space on multiple levels for observing the polar landscapes and wildlife. The Polar Boutique sells gifts, souvenirs and gear to enhance the voyage experience. Ocean Endeavour is the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica with a special focus on health and wellness. A well-equipped gym, pool, hot tub, newly built saunas, yoga and stretching classes, massage therapy, and wellness café with juice bar offer varied opportunities for exercise and physical rejuvenation.

2016/2017 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

 

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.


Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. You’ll enjoy more time communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, this ship was designed to travel quietly, during hydro-acoustic research...
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Scandinavian built for the Russian Academy of Science, this ship was designed to travel quietly, during hydro-acoustic research. She is exceptionally stable, yet maneuverable. She accommodates 92 guests in a variety  cabin categories, with private, semi-private, and shared facilities, all with exterior views. Amenities include a sauna and plunge pool. The Vavilov has one elevator between passenger deck levels and the Bridge level.

2016/2017 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

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Antarctica Peninsula Adventure Itinerary

Join us on the ultimate first time experience the Antarctic. As the ice recedes from the Antarctic Peninsula, profusions of penguins, flocks of seabirds, pods of whales and rafts of seals overtake the area. We take this opportunity to immerse ourselves by zodiac and on foot in the wildlife of the Antarctic. Experience everything the area has to offer from towering glaciers and massive icebergs, to mountainous landscapes and the natural Antarctic beauty. Come join us as we discover a true Antarctic Peninsula Adventure!



Marine Mammals in Antarctica Itinerary

The 10-day trip will be accompanied by Dr Ari Friedlaender, a Research Scientist at Duke University, who has been to the Antarctic nearly 20 times on scientific voyages and whose work focuses on the feeding behavior and movement patterns of marine mammals around the world. Ari, who is actively studying how climate change and global warming are affecting whales and other krill predators, is currently leading a project to track the long-term movement patterns of humpback whales around the Antarctic Peninsula to understand how they are being affected by changes to their environment.

Participants will learn how to document whale numbers, help to conduct photo surveys, determine movement patterns and identify individual animals. They will also be able to locate and document behavior of whales that have previously been fitted with satellite tracking devices.

Els Vermeulen, international marine consultant and founder of the Marybio Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of marine mammals in Argentine Patagonia, will also join the voyage. Els is scientific advisor to the Belgian delegation in the International Whaling Commission, and a perfect companion to have on board during this special interest expedition.


Antarctic Peninsula Explorer & Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands has a rich and storied history. It also features wild, windswept landscapes and is home to an abundance of unique wildlife. It is also the starting point of this exciting new voyage. This expedition combines a visit to the Falklands and an in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our journey is complete when we explore the South Shetland Islands. The major feature of this new itinerary is the extra days we enjoy exploring – meaning more off ship excursions. Walks ashore with naturalist guides, visits to historic huts, cruising in the zodiac boats to view spectacular icebergs, and witnessing an abundance of wildlife species are just some of the highlights you can expect.


Ultimate Antarctica: Amongst Emperors & Kings

On this exceptional voyage, we fly from Punta Arenas and over the Drake Passage to the Weddell Sea, the ice-choked region made famous by the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men from the Endurance Expedition nearly 100 years ago. Images of massive tabular icebergs, ice-choked waters and human hardship come to mind when contemplating the Weddell Sea. Our journey then takes us north to the beautiful Falkland Islands and we enjoy several days exploring the western archipelago discovering several additional penguin species and viewing nesting albatross. Enjoy a flight back to Punta Arenas at the end of this adventure.


Antarctica & the Falkland Islands: Penguins and Sea Birds

As the short Antarctic Summer approaches, wildlife activity is beginning to reach fever pitch. The huge penguin rookeries are a hive of activity. Nests have been re-established after winter and anxious parents carefully guard precious eggs and feed brand new chicks, some only days old. On this voyage our aim is to see as many as eight different penguin species.Elsewhere, cormorants, gulls and skuas are also busy tending their nests and welcoming the arrival of their newborn. We also anticipate great encounters with various seal species and migrating whales as they arrive to feed in the nutrient rich waters. We make daily excursions ashore with our expert guides and enjoy a great range of activities. Walks and hikes to places of incredible natural beauty, visits to wildlife colonies, historic huts and science stations are just some of the activities on offer. Adventure seekers will also revel in this exciting expedition, timed for the emergence of the short Antarctic Summer –a beautiful time of the season to visit.


Christmas in Antarctica

This exciting new Antarctic expedition, which includes flights, may well provide the most unique ‘white Christmas’ you will ever experience. Over the course of 11-days you will enjoy up to eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats.

 

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

This exciting new Antarctic expedition provides a modern twist on a much loved classic.Utilizing our decades of experience exploring Antarctica, we have designed a new voyage allowing us to reach our objective of the Antarctic Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, we enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats. Each day we explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies, visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes that surround us. For a relatively short voyage, this trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic and scientific interest.


Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & the Falkland Islands

This exciting expedition, which includes flights, provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and the historic location of Elephant Island –a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition 100 years ago. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations in the Falkland Island archipelago –home to nesting albatross and the colorful King penguin.


Antarctica Epic: In-Depth Combination Voyage

This exciting new expedition has been many years in the making. It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive journey to Antarctica ever offered. Only scientists and researchers, who spend many months working at the numerous research stations in Antarctica, can claim to spend more time ‘down on the ice’. This unique experience links two existing voyages to create one‘super adventure’. Over the course of three weeks, we spend an unprecedented 16 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, the spectacular, icy Weddell Sea region and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands. Our January and February departures will also journey below the Antarctic Circle –providing yet another amazing highlight! In practical terms, this voyage will provide you with more than THIRTY off-ship excursions.

Akademik Ioffe

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a...
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Akademik Ioffe

Designed and built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability while still permitting excellent maneuverability. The Ioffe has an ice-strengthened hull and a maximum cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. She accommodates 96 guests and has been refitted and refurbished in recent years to enhance guests' comfort and the caliber of onboard facilities.

2016/2017 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

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Antarctica Peninsula Adventure

Join us on the ultimate first-time experience to the Antarctic. As the ice recedes from the Antarctic Peninsula, profusions of penguins, flocks of seabirds, pods of whales and rafts of seals overtake the area. We take this opportunity to immerse ourselves by zodiac and on foot in the wildlife of the Antarctic. Experience everything the area has to offer from towering glaciers and massive icebergs, to mountainous landscapes and the natural Antarctic beauty. Come join us as we discover a true Antarctic Peninsula Adventure!

 

Off the Beaten Track

An extended itinerary consisting of 12 nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, we bring all adventure options to life. Overnight sea kayaking, full day ski touring, expedition photography, and expedition snow-shoeing are only some of the brilliant options available on this specialty departure. Pairing the best adventure with the most remote region on the planet—Antarctica Off the Beaten Track.


Christmas in Antarctica

Join us for the ultimate ‘white Christmas’ on a memorable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities each and every day make this voyage the perfect introduction to the white continent.


Journey Below the Antarctic Circle

This journey take us further south than at any other time in the season. We witness expansive landscapes, sizable Adelie penguin rookeries and we hope to see the large tabular icebergs that have drifted north from the Bellingshausen Sea. We always anticipate exciting ice navigation on this expedition.

With favorable weather and ice conditions we hope to reach our objective -Detaille Island. This is a spectacular location. The snowy peaks which surround us, soar more than 2,000 meters above the ice-strewn waters. We aim to cross 66°degrees, 33’ minutes South of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle on the global map. We then return north, along the heavily glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing through the Argentine, Fish and Yalour Island archipelagos along the way and into the Gerlache Strait region. 


Marine Mammals of Antarctica

On this voyage we plan to visit several known locations along the Antarctic Peninsula that are the focus of long-term research projects by esteemed academic institutions including Oregon State University (USA) and Stanford University (USA). We are joined on the ship by several world renowned cetacean (whale) experts and observe their important fieldwork in close proximity. They share with us unique underwater footage and scientific data and interpret the behavior, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of adult whales and their calves. Their participation on our voyage is greatly valued and provides a fascinating glimpse into world of Antarctic science.

For those with a passion for whales and seals -and an interest in the important science happening in Antarctica, this unique voyage should not be missed. Oh, did we mention it’s also our favorite time of the year for blistering orange and pink Antarctic sunrises and sunsets?

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