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Affordable Antarctica

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M/V Expedition M/V Expedition

Priced from $5,699   Days: 11 to 14

For a classic Antarctica cruise aboard an excellent ship, consider the M/S Expedition, a fast, safe, and environmentally responsible small ship that will provide you and 130 other passengers with the Antarctic cruise of a lifetime of either 11, 13, 14 or 15 days. See Itinerary tab for variations. 

Read the journal of one of our cruises in our blog post Preparing for an Antarctic Cruise]M/S Expedition was completely refurbished in 2009, and features spacious cabins with ocean-facing windows or portholes and private ensuite facilities. You'll enjoy panoramic views from her large observation decks as you navigate the remote waters of Antarctica, starting with a crossing of Drake Passage. Wildlife abounds in the icy regions. Multiple species of penguins, seabirds, seals, and whales surrounded by towering glaciers make Antarctica a destination on most wildlife enthusiasts' bucket list. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

The Expedition offers itineraries that visit the Falkland and South Georgia Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Itinerary
  • Date & Rates
  • Vessel
  • Map
Itinerary:

Antarctica Classic Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's most southerly city.

Day 2:

We begin embarkation on the M/S Expedition in the afternoon, and set sail through the Beagle Channel during the evening.

Days 3 and 4:

Our expedition begins with crossing of the famous Drake Passage, a 400 mile adventure leading us to Antarctica. Enjoy daily lectures from your expedition team, and keep an eye out for your first sightings of icebergs, whales, and seabirds that follow our ship.

Days 5 to 8:

As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, you will experience some of the world's most unusual wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery. We will attempt two shore landings a day (depending on conditions) and will attempt to set foot on the Antarctic continent. We may see gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales along the way. We will also learn about the dramatic human history of this remote region.

Days 9 and 10:

Today we begin our journey back across the Drake, bound for Ushuaia. You'll have the chance to review the highlights of your Antarctic cruise with our lecturers and staff.

Day 11:

Disembark the ship and depart Ushuaia

Variations Also Offered (see Dates/Rates tab for details):

Antarctica in Depth

Spends two extra full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Like the Classic, above, also visits the South Shetland Islands. 13 days total.
Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea

This 15-day Antarctic cruise adds time exploring the Weddell Sea, on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Eight full days of exploring the Peninsula and associated islands.

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Designed to full explore the western side of the Peninsula, getting as far south as possible and crossing the Antarctic Circle, conditions permitting. 14 days total trip time.

Date & Rates:
2016-17 Season
Tour Code
Name
Dates
Cat. 1A Quad
Cat. 1 Triple
Cat. 2 Twin
Cat 3 Twin
Cat 4 Twin
Cat. 5 Double
XVAESX Antarctica in Depth Nov 12 - Nov 24, 2016 $6,999 $7,799 $8,899 $9,999 $10,999 $12,499
XVCASX Antarctica Classic Dec 12 - Dec 22, 2016 $6,199 $6,999 $8,399 $9,499 $10,599 $11,999
XVQCSX Quest for the Antarctic Circle Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2017 $9,799 $10,499 $11,999 $12,999 $13,999

$15,499

XVCASX Antarctica Classic Jan 2 - Jan 12, 2017 $7,699 $8,499 $9,799 $10,899 $11,999

$13,499

XVCASX Antarctica Classic Jan 30 - Feb 9, 2017 $7,699 $8,499 $9,799 $10,899 $11,999

$13,499

XVQCSX Quest for Antarctic Circle Feb 8 - Feb 21, 2017 $9,799 $10,499 $11,899 $12,999 $13,999 $15,699
XVQCSX Quest for Antarctic Circle Feb 20 - Mar 5, 2017 $9,799 $10,499 $11,899 $12,999 $13,999 $15,699
XVCASX Antarctica Classic Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2017 $6,199 $6,999 $8,399 $9,499 $10,599 $11,999
XVCASX Antarctica Classic Mar 13 - Mar 23, 2017 $5,699 $6,499 $7,899 $8,999 $9,999 $11,499

 


2017-18 Season

TOUR CODE
Name
Dates
D/N
Cat. 1A Quad
Cat. 1 Triple
Cat. 2 Twin
Cat 3 Twin
Cat 4 Twin
Cat. 5 Double
Kayaking
XVAESX Antarctica in Depth Nov 12 - Nov 24, 2017 13/12 $7,499 $8,499 $9,499 $10,499 $11,999 $13,499 $1,199
XVCASX Antarctica Classic Dec 12 - Dec 22, 2017 11/10 $6,499 $7,499 $9,499 $9,999 $10,999 $12,499 $999
XVQCSX Quest for the Antarctic Circle Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2018 14/13 $9,999 $10,999 $12,999 $13,999 $14,999

$16,499

$1,199
XVCASX Antarctica Classic Jan 2 - Jan 12, 2018 11/10 $7,699 $8,499 $9,999 $10,999 $11,999

$13,499

$999
XVCASX **Antarctica Classic Jan 30 - Feb 9, 2018 11/10 $7,699 $8,499 $9,999 $10,999 $11,999

$13,499

$999
XVQCSX **Quest for Antarctic Circle Feb 8 - Feb 21, 2018 14/13 $9,999 $10,999 $12,999 $13,999 $14,999 $16,499 $1,199
XVQCSX **Quest for Antarctic Circle Feb 20 - Mar 5, 2018 14/13 $9,499 $10,499 $11,999 $12,999 $13,999 $15,499 $1,199
XVCASX **Antarctica Classic Mar 4 - Mar 14, 2018 11/10 $6,499 $6,999 $8,499 $9,499 $10,799 $11,999 $999
XVCASX **Antarctica Classic Mar 13 - Mar 23, 2018 11/10 $5,999 $6,499 $7,999 $8,999 $9,999 $11,499 $999

Included:

  • All meals while on ship (excluding drinks)
  • Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • 10:1 Expedition staff and naturalists ration
  • Spacious accomodations on M/S Expdition
  • FREE rubber boots on board

 Added activities (must be booked prior to departure. Space limited):

  • Kayaking:  2016/2017: $999, 2017/2018 $999 to $1199
  • Camping:   2016/2017: $349, 2017/2018 $349

Deposit: $750 per person 

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is non-refundable but you never loose your deposit on the Expedition. We will forward to the next cruise. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is non-refundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% non-refundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. An application form will be sent to you upon request, or you may purchase it on your own. Because of the remote location, emergency medical evacuation insurance is required with a $200,000 evacuation minimum. Please check your personal insurance coverage and make sure it is applicable in foreign countries. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is a component of the insurance program IWA offers.


 

 

Map:

Antarctica Classic

Antarctica Classic Expedition Peninsula map

 

Antarctica In Depth

Antarctica-in-Depth

Crossing the Polar Circle

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