The infamous Drake Passage was named after the British Explorer Sir Francis Drake who journey here in 1577. This stretch of water in the Southern Ocean lies between Cape Horn and Antarctica. It is notorious for its rough passage and strong winds being about 550 miles across and taking two days by sea. We offer the opportunity to fly the Drake Passage over these choppy waters and join our short Antarctic cruise at King George Island for our short Antarctic cruise. The best of both worlds! This cruise trip is an eight-day adventure expedition to some of the very best natural wonders and wildlife of the White Continent. At Totally Latin America our specially negotiated commercial rates allow us to offer the very best rates and advice on this short Antarctic cruise and many others.
A compact yet comprehensive Antarctic journey that saves time at sea with a flight across the Drake Passage...
EXPEDITION SHIP ON THIS ROUTE
There are two excellent expedition vessels from our partners Quark that operate this short Antarctic cruise route. Cabins on both ships are clean, comfortable and functional, in keeping with the requirements of an expedition vessel.
Ocean Adventurer (Expedition Level)
The Ocean Adventurer has been a veteran of the polar fleet and was extensively refurbished in 2017. It accommodates 128 passengers and 87 crew. Most cabins are twin, one triple cabin exists and two doubles available in select suites. The Owner’s Suite is up on the Bridge Deck and that is a good choice. Facilities are limited to a gym, boutique shop, dining room and main lounge.
World Explorer (First Class)
The World Explorer which was built in 2019 and holds 130 crew and 200 passengers. Accommodations are a mix of twins/ doubles and triples across six decks. The Owners and Infinity Suites on decks 5/6 are the top choices. Amenities include a boutique shop, dining room, lecture theatre, observation lounge, spa & sauna, outdoor track, swimming pool and a small library. If we are to choose between the two vessels, then World Explorer is better equipped but do remember, the activities which you do are on a par for either ship. These outdoor activities are the reason you come to Antarctica. Such activities include immensely rewarding hiking, Zodiac boat excursions and an optional Polar Plunge for those that wish to swim in the frigid waters of the Antarctic!
QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:
- Day 1 -Arrive Punta Arenas Chile
- Day 2 – Flight King George Island and Embarkation
- Days 3 to 6 – Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
- Day 7 – Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
- Day 8 – Depart Punta Arenas
Important Note: All Antarctic itineraries are subject to change without prior notice. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain of the cruise ship.
- When to Travel
- Tour Info
- Basic Packing List
- Health & Safety
- Reduced Mobility
- Travel Insurance
Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact an Antarctica luxury cruises expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:
Included in the Price:
- 4 Nights Antarctic Cruise
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
- Return domestic flights: Santiago de Chile – King George Island.
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
Antarctica has a window of cruising from November to March. Summer is the months of December through February and typically these are the only months for expedition style cruises. They are the busiest months but tourist flows are heavily regulated in Antarctica and so do not prove detrimental to your experience. There will be in excess of twenty hours of daylight across these months and wildlife will see many newborn as they avail of the warmer weather to maximize the chances of survival. February and March can offer improved chances to view whales.
The continent is typically cold, arid and subject to powerful katabatic winds which can reach dizzying speeds of 180 miles per hour. Your cruise will visit the coastline region, away from the central plateau, and so summer temperatures typically will hover about 32°F / 0°C.
For more information read our guide on the best time to visit Antarctica
Departure Dates: Select dates in November – March.
This short Antarctic cruise is suitable for adults of all ages. Children under 3 years of age are not authorized to sail. Children between 3 and 8 years old are accepted subject to agreement at the time of booking. If accepted, a liability waiver will be completed and returned to validate your booking.
Easy – Moderate.
- Antarctic Continent
Vacation Package Type:
- A polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with an expedition programme (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
- Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises.
- Winter trousers and leggings
- Waterproof and windproof over-trousers. These are essential
- Pullover, sweat shirt or fleece jacket
- Thermal underwear and warm socks
- A warm hat and earmuffs
- Small waterproof backpack
- Sunglasses or goggles with excellent U.V. protection- essential
- Sunblock with U.V protections
- Lip balm
- Walking poles
NOTE: The above list is not definitive and will vary to your individual needs. Speak to your travel adviser for advice.
A doctor is present aboard your ship throughout the cruise. A nurse is also available on board.
Emergency evacuation drills are conducted on all vessels where a full complement of lifesaving equipment is included to exacting standards. The vessel has the most modern technology to assure safety and respect for the regions visited. Each ship has ISM (International Safety Management) certification, a very strict international regulation plus annual Bureau Veritas approval.
Please speak to your expert adviser and they will be glad to help plan the best trip for your individual needs.
Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. We strongly request you subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses would have to be immediately paid with your own personal funds.
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