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Spirit of Antarctica

Antarctic adventures are best enjoyed midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals. We visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth.

Our Spirit of Antarctica voyages, allows us to enjoy the Beagle Channel from Argentina and Chile. The first departure (EAP27) departs from Ushuaia, Argentina and returns to Puerto Williams, Chile, whilst the second (ANP104) departs from Puerto Williams and returns to Ushuaia. Voyage cost includes the flight either from or to Punta Arenas, and a tour of Puerto Williams on arrival.

Prices quoted are per person in US$, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. Prices valid from July 2013. No refund for unused services.

Day 1: Enjoy Ushuaia before boarding Polar Pioneer at 4 p.m. with time to settle in before our evening departure. Excitement lifts as we set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Day 2 - 3: Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition team as we prepare for adventures ahead.

Day 4 - 9: An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, while climbers ascend pristine peaks. 

Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch. 

We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Day 10 - 11: As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 12: A dawn cruise along the Beagle Channel ends in Puerto Williams. Disembark after breakfast for a tour of the town and stunning surrounds, before your flight to Punta Arenas.

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

Itinerary details

Voyage:
Spirit of Antarctica
Duration:
11 nights / 12 days
Start:
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish:
Puerto Williams, Chile
Vessel:
Polar Pioneer

Season 2017 - 2018

Dates & Rates Cabins (all Prices in US$ Dollar)
Code Date Triple shared Twin shared Twin private Mini Suite private Suite private Kayaking surcharge.
  Start Dec 16, 2017
End Dec 27, 2017
8,900 10,400 11,900 13,500 14,900 1,050

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

  • Accommodation during the voyage.
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage.
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, and flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago.
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour.
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley.
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team.
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services.
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage.
  • Daily cabin service.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information.
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal.
  • Port taxes and charges.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE 

  • Air transport or transfers to and from the ship, not included in the above.
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes. 
  • Hotels and meals not included in cruise itinerary.
  • Optional excursions not included in the cruise itinerary.
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.
  • Emergency evacuation charges.