Antarctic Explorer Cruise: Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctic Explorer Cruise: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Days

Price fromUSD$11,495

• Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula • Experience Quark's specially designed ice strengthened vessels • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more

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.

Your ships

World Explorer Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy - these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only is it among Quark Expeditions' fastest ships, but it is also one of their finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation..

Ocean Diamond This modern, stable super-yacht is one of the largest of Quark Expeditions' expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

Ocean Adventurer The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years, and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017.

Ultramarine The newest ship in the Quark Expeditions fleet, Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.

Antarctic Explorer Cruise:  Discovering the 7th Continent map

11 Days/10 Nights via Ushuaia

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation Day Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

Days 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other, creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360 degree views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 & 10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning allowing for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

11 Days/10 Nights via Buenos Aires

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2: Charter Flight to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, we'll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Days 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.

We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360 degree views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins.

Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 & 10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia with Charter flight back to Buenos Aires You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

• One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia (or Buenos Aires if aboard Ultramarine). The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available. • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships' galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.) • All shore landings per the daily program • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Also included during expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond: • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages. • Headsets available on loan for listening to staff presentations and commentary. • Access the world's largest floating collection of polar books and DVDs in many languages. • Yoga classes and onboard wellness program. • A comprehensive photography program that includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation, photography focused excursions at landing sites.

Also included during expeditions aboard the Ocean Adventurer: • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages.

Mandatory Transfer Package (Ultramarine) includes: • Pre-expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast • Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires • Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN SINGLE EXTRAS

2021

World Explorer 3 Nov

Veranda Suite

Infinity Suite

Triple (per person, share triple)

World Explorer 19 Dec

Veranda Suite

Infinity Suite

Triple (per person, share triple)

Ultramarine 31 Oct

Explorer Suite

Balcony Suite

Explorer Triple (per person, share triple)

Solo Panorama

Mandatory Transfer Package

Ultramarine 20 Nov

Explorer Suite

Balcony Suite

Explorer Triple (per person, share triple)

Solo Panorama

Mandatory Transfer Package

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$13,995

$14,495

$9,995

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$15,995

$16,495

$11,495

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$15,995

$17,995

$11,995

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$12,495

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$17,495

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$17,995

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$995

2022

Ocean Adventurer 12, 21, 30 Jan

Lower Deck Twin

Main Deck Window

Triple (per person, share triple)

Ocean Diamond 17 Jan, 23 Feb

Twin obstructed view

Twin window

Single porthole

Triple (per person, share triple)

Ocean Diamond 6 Mar

Twin obstructed view

Twin window

Single porthole

Triple (per person, share triple)

World Explorer 7, 16 Jan

Veranda Suite

Infinity Suite

Triple (per person, share triple)

Ultramarine 11 Feb

Explorer Suite

Balcony Suite

Explorer Triple (per person, share triple)

Solo Panorama

Mandatory Transfer Package

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$12,995

$14,995

$9,995

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$12,495

$13,495

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$8,995

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$11,495

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$17,995

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Departs

Ocean Adventurer 2022: Jan 12, 21, 30
Ocean Diamond 2022: Jan 17, 26; Feb 13; Mar 6
World Explorer 2021: Nov 3; Dec 19. 2022: Jan 7, 16; Feb 3
Ultramarine 2021: Oct 31; Nov 20. 2022: Feb 11

Booking conditions

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy and excitement of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Single travellers will be matched with another traveller of the same gender and pay the share twin price. Single travellers who wish to have their own cabin, please enquire.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes • A mandatory transfer package from Buenos Aires is an additional cost when sailing aboard Ultramarine • Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance • Excess baggage charges • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Telecommunications charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Massage service

Gratuity

Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.