Across the Antarctic Circle

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip Summary

Dates: Feb 25, 2024 – Mar 9, 2024
Duration: 14 Days
Adventure Options: Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Snorkelling
Starting at $16,195.00View Prices

About the Antarctic Circle Voyage Itinerary

Extend your time in Antarctica and make landings in less frequented sites south of the Antarctic Circle; Incredible icebergs Millions of penguins – Adélie, gentoo, chinstrap 5 species of seals – crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant Whales – humpback, minke, orca Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay

Itinerary Map

Pricing Information

$16,195 - Aurora Stateroom Triple Share
$17,695 - Aurora Stateroom Superior
$18,095 - Balcony Stateroom Category C
$19,095 - Balcony Stateroom Category B
$20,495 - Balcony Stateroom Category A
$22,395 - Balcony Stateroom Superior
$28,095 - Junior Suite
$33,395 - Captain's Suite

About the Antarctic Circle Voyage Itinerary

  • Extend your time in Antarctica and make landings in less frequented sites south of the Antarctic Circle;
  • Incredible icebergs
  • Millions of penguins – Adélie, gentoo, chinstrap
  • 5 species of seals – crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant
  • Whales – humpback, minke, orca
  • Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia


Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by Expedition Team and ships’ officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.


Day 2-3: Drake Passage


Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as you get ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere on board as our numerous Polar experts prepare you for your adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.


Days 4-10: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands


In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, the goal is to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. The first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Matha Strait or Marguerite Bay. Given favorable ice conditions, the captain will push our exploration even further southward, looking for historic and wildlife sites. From the most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we will make our way north along the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, the Lemaire Channel, the Neumeyer Channel and the Gerlache Strait will all feature in the itinerary. Landing sites might include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, Petermann Island and the Yalours, where you will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as an abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adelie penguin.

At Half Moon Island you will visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. The team also hopes to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to spot orcas and Minke whales as the trip goes. The expedition staff plan on walking ashore on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour. Although it will not be your first glimpse of the Antarctic, a walk ashore on the Continent will evoke emotions to carry with you for the rest of your life. The scenery here is amazing. In particular the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf. Expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet.


Days 11-12: Drake Passage

As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of the Polar expedition at a special dinner.


Day 13: Ushuaia

In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.


Welcome Aboard the Sylvia Earle


Due to sail soon, this new ship honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer,  Dr. Sylvia Earle. As the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 – this vessel pays tribute to Dr. Earle’s long-standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife. Dr. Sylvia Earle will be involved in the development of her namesake.

They drew on centuries of collective experience to map out the Sylvia Earle: purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth. Featuring the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Sylvia Earle offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 130-140 expeditioners per voyage, every cabin on the Sylvia Earle has an ocean view and nearly all have balconies. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, Zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

Technical Specs

Capacity: 132
Staff: 15-18
Crew: 47-56
Cabins: 71
Decks: 8
Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draught: 5.3m
Cruising Speed: 10-12 Knots
Full Speed: 15.5 Knots
Gross tonnage: 7400
Registry: Bahamas
Active Stabilizers

Cabins & Amenities

The Sylvia Earle offers eighty comfortable staterooms ranging from porthole to balcony categories, all with en suite bathrooms and plenty of storage space. All staterooms feature twin or king bedding configuration.

Aurora Stateroom Triple Share (15 – 23 sqm): Located on Deck 3. Porthole, en suite
Can be converted to a Triple Stateroom

Aurora Stateroom Superior (20 – 22 sqm): Located on Deck 7
King or twin beds, en suite

Balcony Stateroom Category C (21 – 31 sqm):Located on Deck 4.
Private balcony, ensuite

Balcony Stateroom Category B (21 – 31 sqm): Located on Deck 4.
Private balcony, ensuite.

Balcony Stateroom Category A (21 – 31 sqm):Located on Deck 4.
Private balcony, ensuite.

Balcony Stateroom Superior (36 sqm): Located on Deck 7.
– Private balcony, ensuite and lounge.
– Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms

Junior Suite (44.4 sqm): Located on Deck 7.
– Private balcony, ensuite and lounge.
– 1 free pair of binoculars per suite
– 1-hour spa treatment per person (valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only)
– Free stocked mini bar (stocked once only)
– Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of AUD$15 per person per day
– 1 free bottle of champagne per suite

Captain’s Suite (46.3 sqm): Located on Deck 4.
– Private balcony, ensuite and lounge.
– 1 free pair of binoculars per suite
– 1-hour spa treatment per person (valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only)
– Free stocked mini bar (stocked once only)
– Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of AUD$15 per person per day
– 1 free bottle of champagne per suite

 

Ship Facilities:

  • State of the Art Lecture Facilities
  • Science Centre & Lounge
  • Library
  • Mudroom
  • Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
  • Sauna, Spa & Gym
  • Dining
  • Bars & Lounges

 

Notes

  • Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries
  • All Antarctic voyages include one night’s pre-voyage accommodation and arrival airport transfer (on selected preferred flights)
  • Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate in all cabin categories
  • Please note that emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for all passengers joining an expedition to Antarctica.
  • Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Adventure Activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ski/ Snowboard Touring
  • Alpine hiking/climbing
  • Polar Diving
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Shackleton Crossing in South Georgia
  • Camping  (Free of Charge)
  • Photography (Free of Charge)

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