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About the Antarctica Classic Itinerary
- Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica
- Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
- Witness the abundant wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more!
Day 1: Embarkation
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.
Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. The team will begin presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held.
Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Arrival to the White Continent, the land of extremes! The most common first reaction to the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas. Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with Fur, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard Seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes and Humpbacks, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.
The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. A visit may be possible to an active scientific base such as Ukraine’s Vernadsky as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Days 9-10: Drake Passage
The lecture series and wildlife spotting will continue on the return trip to Ushuaia and while the team will reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.
Day 11: Disembarkation
Morning disembarkation allows you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Welcome Aboard the Ocean Atlantic
Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages
into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler. Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers.
- Crew: 140
- Passengers: 214
- Length: 140 m
- Breadth: 21 m
- Draft : 5.8 m
- Engines: 4 x 3,600 kW
- Ice class: 1B
- Speed, cruising: 12 knots
- Speed, maximum: 15 knots
- Elevators: 2
- Stabilizers: 2
- Zodiacs: 20
- Lifeboats, covered: 4
Cabins & Amenities
All private cabins are stylish appointed and feature:
- individual bathroom facilities
- phone for internal calls
- individual temperature controls and TV
Ideal for relaxation, the vessels’ accommodation ranges in size from 11 – 35 m2 and are designed with either portholes or windows.
This ice-class vessel is perfectly equipped to sail in ice-choked polar seas.
- Bright, spacious restaurant providing 4-star international cuisine
- Two well-stocked, professionally staffed Bars
- Comfortable Lounge Area
- On-board hospital run by a licensed doctor
- Library with a wide range of polar books and DVDs
- Lecture Theatre
- Laundry service
- Accommodation in shared or private cabins
- English-speaking expedition team
- Shore landings by Zodiac
- Zodiac excursions
- Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
- Full board on the ship
- Free coffee and tea on the ship 24 hours
- Boots in all assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
- Port fees, taxes and tariffs, IAATO fees
- Sea Kayaking
- Flights to/from the city of departure
- Hotel accommodation in the city of departure
- Travel insurance or Emergency Evacuation Insurance
- Cancellation insurance
- Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Single cabin supplement and cabin upgrades
- Meals not on board the ship
- Beverages (other than coffee, tea and ice water)
- Tips for ship crew (approx. 13.5 USD per person per day)
- Personal expenses (laundry, internet, etc)
Limited - Cat F: Inside Triple Cabin
Limited - Cat E: Inside Cabin
Limited - Cat G: Outside Single Cabin