Christmas Antarctic Peninsula in Luxury 11 daysAboard: Sea Spirit
Enjoy a guaranteed "White Christmas" on this classic Antarctic Peninsula expedition travelling in style aboard the luxury small ship M/v Sea Spirit. Sailing from Ushuaia your experienced crew will navigate the famous Drake Passage towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula for an unforgettable Christmas adventure. Although this is a luxury expedition there is no compromise on the experience, with exciting Zodiac and land excursions, and kayaking and camping on ice options. Each day will bring something new as you experience the intriguing wildlife and spectacular scenery of these remarkable lands at the bottom of the world.
- A guaranteed "White Christmas"!
- Spectacular Antarctic scenery
- Marine mammals
- Amazing birdlife
- Exciting Zodiac excursions
- Kayaking & camping on ice options available
- Photography workshops
- One night's hotel accommodation pre-voyage in Ushuaia
- Group transfers airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship to airport/hotel
- All meals on board ship
- All excursions shown in itinerary
- Full lecture programme with expert guides
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- All port fees
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Arrive independently and enjoy the highlights of this city at the end of the world. Depending on time, you could take a trip into the Tierra del Fuego National Park and experience the popular train ride and amazing scenery. In the evening, visit one of the local restaurants and enjoy the succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous and soak up the culture of the world’s southernmost city. A one night hotel stay in Ushuaia is included in your voyage price.
Your morning will be free to further explore the city before joining your included transfer to the port to board your luxury expedition ship in the afternoon. Explore your new surroundings and settle in to your cabin as the crew slip the moorings and sail towards the wilderness. As you sail through the scenic Beagle Channel keep an eye out on deck for your first marine mammal sightings, watching the mountains and civilisation fade into the distance behind you, and join your new shipmates at the welcome dinner.
As your ship sails south through the famous Drake Passage you will cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean, and the ship’s stabilizing fins will provide comfort in the event of rough seas. You can spend time on deck to look for whales and the plentiful seabirds that follow the ship. Keep an eye out for the majestic albatross which are common in these waters. Enjoy an excellent programme of lectures and presentations on the wildlife, geology and history of Antarctica.
Antarctica & South Shetland Islands
Welcome to the land of superlatives…Antarctica! In authentic expedition style your exact itinerary here will be dependent on ice and weather conditions. Each day your experienced captain and expedition leader will choose the very best course in order to take advantage of every wildlife and adventure opportunity available. The long daylight hours offer plenty of flexibility for Zodiac and land excursions to make the most of your time in this magical part of the world.
The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, with narrow channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers and icebergs of every size imaginable. It is also home to millions of penguins and other birdlife as well as a variety of whale and seal species, making it a nature lover’s paradise.
Your first day in Antarctica will be Christmas Day, and there is no better place in the world to celebrate this special occasion! This unforgettable day will consist of special landings, delicious celebratory meals and traditional festivities, including a special evening of singing, dancing and holiday music! You may even receive a visit from Santa Claus himself, and a chance for a photograph with him in the snow!
Your first stop on your Antarctica adventure is likely to be the South Shetland Islands, the northernmost islands in Antarctica. Likely stops here include Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbours an abandoned whaling station which you may have the chance to explore.
Your vessel will sail through the vast Gerlache Strait alongside the Peninsula itself and the famous Lemaire Channel, stopping at places such as Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour and Petermann Island to enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions, incomparable photo opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. For the adventurous there are kayaking and camping on ice options available and these offer a unique and thrilling way to see the nature and feel the magic of Antarctica up-close. Please note, kayaking and camping incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.
As your thrilling Antarctica adventure comes to an end it’s time to head back towards Ushuaia as your ship sails northwards through the Drake Passage. Continue your wildlife search as you spend time on deck and enjoy the final presentations and lectures from your onboard team of Antarctica experts. You will be invited to attend a farewell dinner and this is the perfect time to reflect on the unforgettable moments you will have experienced during your expedition.
Arriving back into Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning there will be time for breakfast and a fond farewell to your crew and shipmates before disembarking and joining the group transfer to the airport or to a central downtown location.
A view from Above
Sea Spirit is a high-quality purpose-built Antarctica expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers. Recently refurbished, all suites and cabins have windows, satellite phone access, flat-screen TV and DVD player and king size or twin beds and a number also have private balconies. There is a passenger lift, spacious dining room, lounge, Polar library, bar, shop, gym and hot tub. The ship has plenty of open deck space and an open bridge policy. A 10mb communications access card is included in every voyage.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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