Antarctic Peninsula on Sea Spirit

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Early Booking Discounts Available! Days: from 12

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Our first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.

Our time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

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Itinerary:

Please note: this is a sample itinerary and may vary slightly by departure date.

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina 

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia

In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4: Across the Drake Passage

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica.

Day 5-9: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. We take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies.

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 10-11: Back across the Drake Passage

After our amazing time in Antarctica we cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 12: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Date & Rates:

2017 - 2018

 

Cruise
Days
Triple Classic
Main Deck Suite
Classic Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Premium Suite
Owner's Suite
Nov 24 – Dec 5, 2017
12  $7,995 $11,195 $12,095 $12,295 $13,795  $14,995 $20,695
Dec 4 - 15, 2017 12 $7,995 $11,195 $12,095 $12,295 $13,795 $14,995 $20,695
Dec 14 - 25, 2017 Discounted $1000 off each cabin 12 $8,995 $12,195 $13,095 $13,295 $14,795  $15,995 $21,795
Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 4, 2018 12 $8,995 $12,195 $12,195 $13,295 $14,795  $15,995 $21,795
Jan 22 - Feb 2, 2018 12 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Feb 13 - 25, 2018 13 $9,495 $12,995 $13,795 $13,995 $15,995 $17,295 $22,995

2018 - 2019

 

Cruise
Days
Triple Classic
Main Deck Suite
Classic Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Premium Suite
Owner's Suite
Dec 5 - 16, 2018 Early Booking Rate 12 $8,595 $7,736 $11,595 $10,436 $12,495 $11,246 $12,695 $10,791 $14,195 $12,066 $15,195 $12,916 $20,395 $17,336
Dec 15 - 27, 2018 Early Booking Rate 13 $9,895 $8,906 $13,295 $11,966 $14,195 $12,776 $14,395 $12,236 $16,295 $13,851 $17,495 $14,871 $23,295 $19,801
Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019 Early Booking Rate 12 $9,395 $8,456 $12,595 $11,336 $13,495 $12,146 $13,695 $11,641 $15,395 $13,086 $16,495 $14,021 $21,995 $18,696
Feb 6 - Feb 17, 2019 Early Booking Rate 12 $9,395 $8,456 $12,595 $11,336 $13,495$12,146 $13,695 $11,641 $15,395 $13,086 $16,495 $14,021 $21,995 $18,696
Feb 16 - 27, 2019 Early Booking Rate 12 $9,395 $8,456 $12,595 $11,336  $13,495$12,146 $13,695 $11,641  $15,395 $13,086 $16,495 $14,021 $21,995 $18,696

* Early booking rates in red are valid through July 31, 2017

Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe Suite, Premium Suite and Owner's Suite. Sharing is possible in Triple Classic, Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite.

RATES INCLUDE

  • 1 pre-voyage night at Arakur Resort & Spa hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;


RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
  • Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition
  • Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Deposit:  25% of trip cost due on receipt of invoice. Balance due at 120 days prior to travel. Call 800.808.4492 from US or Canada; 575.524.0084 globally to register. 

Cancellations: Must be received in writing. Reservations cancelled more than 120 days prior to travel, $1500 cancellation fee applies. Reservations cancelled from 120-91 days prior to travel are subject to 25% per person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 90 dyas or less are subject to 100% cancellation fee.

Insruance:  Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration. Our insurance carrier is Travel Guard.

Vessel:

Sea Spirit

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Like some of the birds we see in the Arctic and Antarctica, our m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries – a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, we create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests. They are united by one goal – to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers. We believe that first-hand travel to such places makes one an ambassador for conservation, and helps strengthen our resolve to protect these natural environments for future generations.

 

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Cabins

Classic suite1024   Triple Classic - Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on Oceanus Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
 Main deck suite1024 Main Deck Suite - Averaging 23 square metres/248 square feet, Main Deck cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.
 Superior suite1024 Classic Suite - Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
 Triple Suite Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
 Deluxe Suite1024 The Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck. Averaging 24 square metres/ 258 square feet means plenty of room. Choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
 Premium suite1024 The Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck. Averaging a generous 30 square metres/ 323 square feet, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
 Owners Suite1024 Owners Suite - Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.
   

 

 

Map:

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