A compact yet comprehensive Antarctic journey that saves time at sea with a flight across the Drake Passage...

INTRODUCTION

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.

EXPEDITION SHIP ON THIS ROUTE

Ocean Adventurer (Expedition Level)

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. Firstly, we have Ocean Adventurer which 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.

Quark Ocean Adventurer cruise in Antarctica

Ocean Adventurer (Expedition Level)

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. Firstly, we have Ocean Adventurer which 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.

Quark World Explorer cruise in Antarctica

ROUTE MAP

Map of Patagona and Antarctica - short Antarctic Cruise Route

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
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Day 1 - Arrive Punta Arenas Chile

This itinerary begins at Punta Arenas, Chile. You can reach here via Santiago Chile or you can access via Argentina and Patagonia. In the afternoon, our cruise representative will meet you at your hotel to discuss the cruise and enjoy an evening dinner with fellow travelers. There are a host of pre-trip options, speak to your Totally Latin America expert adviser for the best options. Overnight Punta Arenas.
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Day 2 - Flight King George Island and Embarkation

We board your special flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. On the overflight (2 hours) you can enjoy gazing down from the comfort of your plane over the redoubted waters of The Drake Passage. Your cruise ship will be pre docked at King George Island awaiting your arrival. Your first sights of the Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends upon the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival walk to the shore and board a small Zodiac boat to transfer to your vessel. Casting away and setting course for the Antarctic Peninsula!
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Day 3 to 6 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Our short Antarctic cruise journey over these four days will be a peninsular route from King George Island to the Lemaire Channel and back up along the Antarctic coastline. The destinations on this voyage include Antarctic Sound, Trinity Peninsula, Davis Coast, Danco Coast, Gerlanche Strait. Looping around the Lemaire Channel and Anvers Island we return via Livingston Island to King George Island. These days deliver what you have come to see, icebergs and dreamlike cliffs of white ice. As we sail across the Bransfield Strait, and throughout your cruise, onboard you will receive lectures on the glaciology, history and wildlife of the Antarctic. This ensures you are primed for your Antarctic encounters along the way. Wildlife for the coming days includes Adélie, Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins, Humpback Whales, Leopard & Crabeater Seals and a host of seabirds including Kelp Gulls, Brown Skuas, Southern Fulmars, Cape and Wilson’s Storm Petrels. Along the route you will have multiple Zodiac boat excursions to explore the unique and exceptional surrounds. Often you will witness the cracking and booming of this living glacial landscape. The excursions vary on each cruise but typically include Zodiacs for whales, icebergs or beach landings to include ice hikes, seals and penguins. All excursions will be undertaken with exemplary naturalist guides for the best insights, educational experience and memories of a lifetime.
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Day 7 - Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

Today we disembark at King George Island and re-trace our footsteps with a two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas Chile. A transfer to your hotel in Punta Arenas is included and evening dinner. Overnight Punta Arenas.
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Day 8 - Depart Punta Arenas

Your amazing short Antarctic cruise has come to and end, but you too are now an Antarctic expeditioner. Following breakfast, you have two options. Fly to Santiago and connect home or extend your vacation perhaps in Patagonia, Chile or Argentina. Speak to your Totally Latin America adviser for the best honest advice.

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.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact an Antarctica luxury cruises expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

Starting from US$ 10,595 per person. Speak to your Antarctic travel adviser for the very best rates on this short Antarctic cruise and available options.

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:
Departure Dates: Select dates in November – March.

Suitability:
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.

Difficulty:
Easy – Moderate.

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Destinations Visited:

  • Antarctic Continent

Vacation Package Type:

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Light-Adventure
  • 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
  • Gloves

Accessories:

  • Small waterproof backpack
  • Binoculars
  • 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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