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Antarctica Voyage: Voyage to the White Continent

Sunday 25 December 2016

Traveling to the farthest reaches of the world doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable! Embark on this ideal introduction to Antarctica aboard a beautiful expedition ship that combines adventure with service and many amenities of a classic passenger vessel. The outstanding cuisine may vie with the landscape and wildlife for your attention. Depart and finish in the port of Ushuaia in Argentina, and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. This program emphasizes wildlife viewing, possible visits to scientific bases, breathtaking scenery with narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains. Enjoy quality and value at a good price!


Itinerary

Day 01

Sunday 25 December 2016

Reach Buenos Aires by flight from India. Stay.

Day 02

Monday 26 December 2016

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 03

Thursday 27 August 2015

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at the ship in the afternoon and be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past penguins, cormorants, and sea lion colonies.

Day 04

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Day 04 & 05 – 28 & 29 December 2016, Wednesday & Thursday

Drake Passage

Your adventure begins with a 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Spot albatross and petrels as they follow the ship. Join the Expedition Team out on deck looking for whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. On the second day, cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.

As you make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas where you will meet your guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. The lecture and information sessions begin where you can learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Day 06

Friday 30 December 2016

Day 06 & 07 – 30 & 31 December 2016 – Friday & Saturday

South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Depending on weather and ice conditions, the captain and expedition team will direct the Sea Spirit to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. Flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. With the help of your expedition team, look for the four penguins, six seal and several whale species on your Antarctic checklist. There will be a time for our most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island.

Day 08

Sunday 01 January 2017

Day 08, 09 & 10 – 01, 02 & 03 January 2017 – Sunday to Tuesday

Antarctic Peninsula

Experience some of the world’s most inspiring scenery and unique wildlife – gentoo, chinstrap and adelie penguins; weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; and orca, humpback and minke whales. Landing sites vary depending on weather conditions. 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. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

There will be plenty of time to explore the amazing scenery– a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways. Observe incredible wildlife, historically significant sites and fascinating landscapes. Watch penguins swim and amble over pebbled beaches, take a Zodiac cruise around artistically shaped icebergs, or perhaps witness a leopard seal hunt in the frigid Antarctic waters. In Antarctica, you don’t have to seek out the excitement, it is all around!

Day 11

Wednesday 04 January 2017

Day 11 & 12 – 04 & 05 January 2017 – Wednesday & Thursday

Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities for spotting seabirds and looking for whales. Listen as the Expedition Team gives their final presentations, recapping the great Antarctic adventure that you have experienced.

 

Day 13

Friday 06 January 2017

Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the vessel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return journey home.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:

All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage including medical, evacuation, cancellation and trip interruption. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Kayaking:

Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.

Camping:

Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Previous camping experience is not required, but good health and a spirit of adventure are necessary for getting the most out of this experience. Weather permitting, forgo the comforts of the ship and braving the elements of a polar night for an unforgettable experience!

Photography Program:

Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional. An expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.

Included in cruise cabin cost:

Group transfers from airport to Ushuaia hotel on the day prior to departure 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; scheduled landings/excursions; meals on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; expedition jacket (yours to keep); all port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included in cruise cabin cost:

Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; camping; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry, and onboard communications (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service); gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply; emergency evacuation insurance; pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

COST PER PERSON BASIS

A) Rupee component (Airfare, insurance, Service tax are all estimates. Exact cost as per rate at time of booking will be applicable) Note: Service tax will also change depending on the exchange rate and the cabin selection. It is applicable on the total tour cost.

NOSERVICECOST (INR)
1AIR FARE ON ECONOMY CLASS – WITH TAXES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Mumbai – Buenos Aires – Mumbai1,46,000.00
2INSURANCE (APPROX) – Standard Travel Insurance. Estimate.8,800.00
3VISA – ARGENTINA ONLY( Personal appearance required for Visa )  6,500.00
4OUR FEES15,500.00
5Service Tax30,000.00
6TOTAL INR COMPONENT2,06,800.00

B)    US$ COMPONENT (Insurance amount, internal flight and port charges as applicable at time of confirmation. Cabin cost, per person as of now. Rates at time of confirmation will be applicable)

NORemarks (cabin subject to availability)(Main Deck Cabin considered) Cost in US$
1Standard Cabin as per above table (Depending on change in cabin type this cost will change. Refer to the table below for different cabin type costs, per person)8195.00
2Port Charge                       Nil, as of now
3FUEL SURCHARGE                       Nil, as of now
4BUE-USH-BUE Flight: Instant purchase – cost as of now780.00
5Buenos Aires & Ushuaia tour with stay – cost as of now650.00
6Trip Cancellation & Emergency Evacuation Insurance – Mandatory – cost depends on your age and medical reports as well as cruise. Estimate750.00
7TOTAL USD COMPONENT10,375.00 US$

 

Total Cost per person – Rs 2,06,800 + US$ 10375 (as of now)

 

Cost per person for different cabin types:

TripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner Suite’s
$6,495.00$8,195.00$9,495.00$10,195.00$12,695.00$13,995.00$17,095.00

 

Triple

Ocean Deck – 215 sq ft (average size), two twin beds (convert to a king) with minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, sofa bed, wardrobe, TV, safe, wardrobe, hair dryer.

Main Deck

Main Deck – 215 sq ft (average size), two twins or a king-size bed with a minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, TV, safe, wardrobe, hair dryer.

Classic

Ocean Deck – 250 sq ft (average size), two twins or a king-size bed with picture window, private bathroom, two wardrobes, TV, safe, hair dryer.

Superior

Club Deck – 235 sq ft (average size), two twins or a king-size bed with large picture window, private bathroom, walk0in closet or wardrobe, TV, safe, hair dryer.

Deluxe

Sports Deck – 277 sq ft (average size), two twins or a king-size bed with sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, private bathroom, walk-in closet or wardrobe, TV, safe, hair dryer.

Premium

Sun Deck – 353 sq ft (average size), two twins or a king-size bed with sliding glass doors to a private balcony, private bathroom, lounge area, TV, safe, hair dryer.

Owner’s Suite

Sun Deck – 437 sq ft, king bed with living room, sofa bed, private bathroom, jetted tub, TV, stereo system, and sliding glass doors to private deck, safe, hair dryer.

 

Single Rates means single room occupancy cost for above voyage

1.7 times the regular double occupancy rate for Main Deck and Classic.

2 times the regular double occupancy rates in Superior, Deluxe and Premium.

 

Payment Policy

Deposit: 25% of the total cruise price to confirm reservation

Final Payment: Due 150 days prior to departure

 

Cancellation Policy

All modifications or cancellations must be in writing. Cancellation penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure that the cancellation was received and are subject to change without notice.  Failure to secure a valid passport, visa, or air arrangements does not waive this policy. Payments due at the time of cancellation remain the responsibility of the client.

 

Penalties:

121 days or more: $750 per person cancellation fee

120 days to 91 days: 20% per person cancellation fee

90 days or less: Full fare is forfeited

 

Note:

This tour is not refundable.

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