Antarctic Dream Cruise Expedition
11 days / 10 nights Code: ADE001
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This expedition offers you the ideal introduction to the Great White Continent. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, we take in the most exciting sights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
This expedition offers you the ideal introduction to the Great White Continent. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, we take in the most exciting sights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Our program is oriented towards the viewing of wildlife.
This itinerary as a guide only, the exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions. Flexibility is the key to success for all expedition of the Antarctic Dream Cruise
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina.
Passengers board the M/V Antarctic Dream where you will be greeted by our Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin. Check-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. on departure day.
Day 2 to 3: Drake Passage.
Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort the vessel as you sail south across this famous passage named after Sir Francis Drake, the 16thcentury English navigator. We will continue towards the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zone. In 1819, the British explorer William Smith described the South Shetland Islands as “barren and covered with snow, with seals in abundance”.
Day 4: Aitcho Island.
Aitcho Island will give us an early taste of what the Antarctic really is. It is the biggest island of the South Shetlands, where we will disembark in Potter Bay. In the afternoon we will disembark at Aitcho Island which is in between Greenwich and Robert Islands. We will continue with the crossing of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
Day 5: Antarctic Peninsula & Neko Bay.
Besides the magnificent scenery of mountains, snow and ice, in Antarctica you can expect to see a wide variety of the native wildlife. Other birds to look out for are blue-eyed shags, gulls, cape petrels, skuas, snowy sheathbills and Antarctic terns. Marine mammals that you are likely to see include Weddell crab-eaters and leopard seals while orcas, humpback and mink whales may be spotted at close range. The program includes your first landing on the White Continent (Neko Bay) and another on Port Lockroy (Gaudier Island). Neko Bay was discovered by Adrian de Gerlache, a Belgian explorer. Port Lockroy is close to Wiencke Island in the Antarctic Peninsula and was the principle base of the 1944 Tabarin Operation - the scientific research included the Antarctic’s first ionosphere measurements and also the first recording of an atmospheric whistle.
Day 6: Paradise Bay – Cuverville Island.
At this point of our program we will begin our return voyage. During the morning and, stressing again that if weather permits, we will disembark or use our zodiacs in Paradise Bay. In the evening we will visit Cuverville Island. Beside its dramatic scenery it is home to one of the largest colony of Gentoo penguins and skuas. This rocky Robert Islands. We will continue with the crossing of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
Day 7: Pleneau - Petermann Island.
We sail south through the narrow Lemaire Channel who’s high, sheer cliffs suggest that no passage could be found. Once through the channel, known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, and provided climate and ice conditions are good enough, we will be able to visit Petermann Island which is the most southern land point of our expedition. Here we will disembark and will be able to see the most southern colony of Gentoo penguins which nest near our landing spot. On this island we will also be able to see a colony of beautiful Adelei penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags. At Pleneau we should have the opportunity to take our zodiacs and visit impressive ice formations.
Day 8: Deception Island - Whaler’s Bay -Pendulum Cove.
We continue sailing to Deception Island which is the largest active volcano in the area at the northwest side of the Peninsula. During the morning we will try to disembark in Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove where you can live the unique experience of swimming in this water. In the afternoon we will disembark at Hannah Point (Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic to see fauna and we should see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, giant
petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With luck, we should also see seelephants.
Days 9 and 10: Drake Passage.
Today, we will leave the Antarctic and head north back across the Drake Passage. Now in Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove where you can live the unique experience of swimming in this water. In the afternoon we will disembark at Hannah Point (Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic to see fauna and we should see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With luck, we should also see seaelephants. Is the chance to compare and revise notes and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final lectures and to enjoy the delicious gastronomy on board as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina.
After an early breakfast we will land at 9:00 am and bid farewell to our guests. Thus ends an incredible and unique expedition.
- Cape Horn: Staterooms of 159 ft2, with tub and 7 windows.
- Piloto Pardo: Staterooms of 140 ft2, with tub and 3 windows.
- Shackleton: Staterroms of 98 ft2, with shower and 1 window.
- Amundsen: Staterroms of 94 ft2, with shower and 1 port hole.
All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, closed TV circuit, music, individual/central heating, internal telephone connection wardrove.
- Flora and Fauna Observation
• Accommodation in choosen cabin.
• Breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and welcome cocktail.
• Use of the library.
• Use of gym and sauna.
• On board lectures and exhibits.
• Information on the region.
• Accident insurance of the passengers.
• Expedition in zodiac boats.
• Medical attention.
Programs do not include:
• Flights to boarding ports.
• Fuel surcharge.
• Passports or visas.
• Taxes or boarding taxes at airport/ports.
• Transfers not specified in the program.
• Telephone calls.
• Use of the internet.
• Meals or beverages not included in the menu.
• Fines or Flight Cancellation Assistance.
• Travel or Health Insurance.
• Medical attention in clinic.
• Tips Rates.
- November 2012: 06-16-26.
- February 2013: 05-15-25.
- March 2013: 07.
• Rates in US dollars, at valid exchange rate.
• Rates per person based on double cabin occupancy.
• Cabin rates vary depending on deck.
• Single occupancy rates carry 50% surcharge on published rates.
• Rates may vary without prior notice.
• 15 persons will be considered a group, one free or Tour Conductor applicable (Antarctica Programs).
• Children under 14 not recommended.
• Full rate paid before boarding.
• Antarctic Program, please indicate date and mean of transport to Ushuaia.
• Antarctic Program, we highly recommend scheduling your arrival in Ushuaia with at least one day in advance in order to avoid any flight delays.
• Special dietary requirements must be requested upon booking, in writing and with all the necessary information.
• Safety rules for disembarking must be abided by all passengers.
Please note that you should regard this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions we encounter. Flexibility is the key to success for all expedition of the MV/ Antarctic Dream. The vagaries of conditions in the south compel us to draw to your attention that Antarctic Shipping S.A. does not own nor operate helicopters. Helicopter services are provided by an external company. The flights are dependent on weather conditions on King George Island (day 4 of the program). The flight will be approximately 10 minutes and it will have no extra cost for those passengers who have paid full fare. Antarctic Shipping S.A. will use reasonable efforts to provide passengers with this service but is not responsible if the service is not fulfilled for any reason.
Fuel surcharge not included: Antarctic Shipping S.A. has the right to charge a Fuel Surcharge of USD 25.- per passenger per night in any case fuel prices reach or exceed USD 70.- per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure. This amount should be paid to Antarctic Shipping S.A.