There are few sailing trips in the world more exciting than this, spend Christmas in Antarctica on board a traditional tall ship where you are the crew.
Voyage from Punta Arenas in Chile to the dramatic wilderness of the Antarctic continent. Spend 24 days on board and discover the wildlife, pristine landscape, and unique view of life on planet Earth that only Antarctica can offer.
Sail through the stunning channels and fjords of Patagonia with a chance at a stop at the mythical Cape Horn. Visit the lighthouse, take in the rough environment, and see the albatross monument before setting sights on the Drake Passage. From there, you must pass through the Antarctic Convergence Zone and then navigate the icebergs through the South Shetland Islands.
You will anchor in sheltered bays each night, while during the day, crew will take small groups ashore in dinghies. This gives you the opportunity to see glaciers, penguin rookeries, flora, fauna, and more up close. One of the highlights of this adventure will be your traveling companions – Orcas, Humpbacks, Killer Whales, and Minke will follow alongside the ship the further south you go.
We love this operator because of their extensive experience in the region. They’ve put together an itinerary of truly the most impressive spots that the White Continent has to offer. No sailing experience is necessary and the professional crew will teach you as much as you’d like to know about navigation, manoeuvres, weather observations, furling the sails, and more.
Antarctica 1 Punta Arenas – Antarctica – Ushuaia
Dates: 15 Dec 2019 5 PM Punta Arenas – 7 Jan 2020 9 AM Ushuaia (24 days)
Price: € 9890 pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 8790 pp in 4/5 person cabin
RESERVATIONS FOR THIS VOYAGE OPEN ON THE 7th JANUARY 2019. COMPLETE AN ENQUIRY FORM (button to the right) FOR FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING FORMS.
Why We Love This Adventure
- World's best bar! The penguins float by while you enjoy your drinks.
- Small voyage groups, to give everyone the opportunity to maximise the landing time on Antarctica.
- The stunning tall ship is a joy to sail and looks great in photos!
Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. This voyage visits the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins.
This description is an example of what the voyage may look like. It is important to realise that the day-to-day activities will depend on several circumstances including wind, weather and ice.
A change in the rules and regulations for visiting Antarctica might limit the visit to a specific site. The ship is a member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctice Touroperators), which promotes and practices safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
The expeditions start in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the ship on her way to the Antarctic paradise.
After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young.
In the Antarctic waters, the ship will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day. The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries. Ashore, visitors will often be welcomed by different kinds of penguins, such as the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins.
An experienced guide will give you information about the flora and fauna and will also tell you where to find bird and sea elephant colonies. The ship will sail further south. Expect the most loyal visitors of the Southern Ocean: enormous Humpback whales; Minke whales and even Orcas or Killer whales may well come close, curious to see who ventures into their waters.
Ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround the ship.
Price€ 9890 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 8790 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabin
The price includes meals, tea & coffee.
What's Not included
The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Trip Duration24 days
Start LocationPunta Arenas, Chile
End LocationUshuaia, Argentina
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio.
There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower. An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day.
The ship is a Dutch vessel and part of the permanent crew is Dutch. But we have an international crew and guest crew and you will find various nationalities among them. The common language on board is English.
The ship’s cook and assistant provide 3 delicious, freshly made meals a day. Meal options on board are: non-vegetarian or vegetarian. Due to the limited size of the ship’s galley and storage all other meal requirements and allergies need to be checked with our cook. A vegan diet cannot be catered for on board.
We strongly recommend you to arrive in Ushuaia at least one day prior to embarkation. This gives you extra time in case of flight delay or lost luggage. It also gives you an opportunity to get on board well rested. For your flights back home please keep in mind to fly in the late afternoon or evening on the day of disembarkation earliest.
Travel documents and visa
It is your personal responsibility to have the right travel documents and visa for each country you visit during your stay on the ship. In any doubt please contact your local embassy or consulate.
This Trip is Suitable For
The voyage attracts sailors, wildlife lovers, photographers and those looking to explore one of the world’s last great wildernesses.
Being fit and healthy is extremely important when undertaking a voyage on a sailing and moving vessel in remote areas where no extra medical care is available. Being able to move around smoothly when under sail is a challenge for all sailors on board so building up your fitness before the voyage is highly recommended.
During the Antarctica expeditions there will be a guide on board the ship He/she knows the area we will be visiting well. The guide gives lectures on board the ship about the flora and fauna we will encounter, prepares you for the landings on shore and will guide you on the shore walks.
Antarctica is a huge, cold, white plain, which appeals to the imagination of everybody. Many are fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the unspoilt Antarctic natural environment. All penguin species are restricted to the Southern Hemisphere, but the greatest concentrations are on Antarctic coasts and sub-Antarctic islands. On the peninsula Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins are the most common. Near the colder Weddell Sea we also find Adelie and Emperor Penguins, although the Emperor penguin is seen more rarely.
The Antarctic waters support a vast variety of seabirds. Only a few species are adapted to breed regularly on the continent. Skuas are widespread and prominent in the Antarctic. They prey heavily on the eggs and chicks of penguins and small petrels. Also prions, fulmars, and shearwaters are often seen, as well as terns, sheathbills, and two species of cormorants. Fish and krill in the Antarctic are important components of the marine ecosystems. They are major prey for higher predators, including the baleen whales, as the Humpback, Minke and Fin Whale. The Orca or Killer Whale is also seen in this area.
There are many seals. Depending on the species, seals feed on fish and squid or krill. The Leopard Seal is a predator of penguins and other seals. Seals can leave the water and move on dry land to breed, rest and moult.
Dates & Availability
- 15 Dec 2019 – 07 Jan 2020
Originally built in 1910, this beautifully restored Dutch tall ship has been crossing oceans and seas on a regular basis since 2000 and has a reputation of a ship that really sails.
Following the favourable winds of traditional sailing routes has brought her to all the continents sailing both the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, thus earning her nick name ‘ocean wanderer’.
Crew and guests join the ship from all over the world and all ages. As a sail training vessel, everyone on board is assigned to the watch system to help sail the ship - navigating, taking the helm and handling the sails. Sailing experience is not required just a desire to sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board: The wind, the sea, new friends and adventure.
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