Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
This Antarctic cruise explores the Antarctic Peninsula over a period of 10 nights/11 days. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antarctica. Camping in Antarctica is included.
Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favourite activities every day make this voyage the perfect introduction to the white continent. In the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, we spend our days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat, making shore landings in the company of our expert guides. By breaking into small special interest groups, we discover Antarctica and its remarkable wildlife through photography, Zodiac excursions, hiking onshore, and for the more adventurous, camping and sea kayaking. Visits to historic huts and working research bases add another dimension to the voyage.
The One Ocean Voyager (Akademik Sergey Vavilov) is modern, comfortable, safe and ice strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate lounge and bar with panoramic views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad of activities offered throughout the voyage. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There's also a dedicated expedition 'mud-room' where you prepare for your off-ship excursions. With just 92 guests on board, this is the perfect way to explore Antarctica.
RCGS Resolute offers comfort and style in an ice fortified vessel. Comprised of 7 decks, the ship has a series of luxury suites and four cabin levels to choose from. Guests are treated to an on board gymnasium and a wellness centre offering RMT massage therapy and yoga sessions led by qualified instructors. Other amenities include a Jacuzzi, heated outdoor pool, dry sauna, steam room, two observation decks and an observation lounge. Guests also have access to a bistro, dining room, bar, lounge and the ship's bridge. For all passengers, a full expedition gear package is included and features a waterproof jacket and pants, rubber boots, Nordic trekking pole, binoculars and water proof backpack. All luxury suites are located on deck six and come with a 24 hour private in-room 'Adventure Concierge' service.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, direction Antarctica.
Day 2 & 3: Drake Passage Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are our companions as we transit the Drake Passage. 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, wildlife and history.
Day 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula Take a deep breath - you have arrived. Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before us. It's a a truly awesome sight. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities including guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides. The historic huts and science stations located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and potential future. Zodiac cruising among the ice searching for seals and whales is amemorable activity. Meanwhile, the sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship. Our resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera setting and image composition. Somewhere along this stretch of coastline we plan a night on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have all the right gear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen - all you need is an adventurous spirit!
Day 8: South Shetland Islands and Deception Island After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with its rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings.
Day 9-10: Drake Passage and Cape Horn As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. It's a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
• Extensive pre-departure information package • On board Information Folder • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures • All zodiac and landing excursions • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs • Welcome reception & welcome dinner • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub) • Natural essential oil amenities • Services of English speaking medical officer • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers • Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants • Comfortable insulated rubber boots • Water resistant binoculars • Waterproof backpack • Trekking poles available on shore • From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures) • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
Optional • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. • Stand up Paddle boarding • Overnight Camping ( included in the voyage price) including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions.
Pricing (per person) $USD
Booking conditions If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details.
If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details.
Not included • Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional cost. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience.
• International and national airfares
• Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
• Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival / departure cities
• Meals & transfers in arrival / departure cities
• Personal expenses
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
• Massages from registered therapist
• Personal laundry charges
• Postage, telephone calls & email set up
• Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
• Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
• Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
• Gratuities to staff and crew
• Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional cost. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience. • International and national airfares • Visa and passport fees, airport taxes • Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival / departure cities • Meals & transfers in arrival / departure cities • Personal expenses • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Massages from registered therapist • Personal laundry charges • Postage, telephone calls & email set up • Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications • Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory) • Trip interruption / cancellation insurance • Gratuities to staff and crew