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A mysterious continent of ice
A mysterious continent of ice

New Year 2020 in Antarctica

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A mysterious continent of ice
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Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

10 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
28 December 2019
  • 28 December 2019
End date:
8 January 2020
611 075 RUB

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. An extraordinary adventure among narrow channels, towering mountain peaks and icebergs will be a lifetime experience and a great start of a new year.

Most popular
A mysterious continent of ice
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

10 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
28 December 2019
  • 28 December 2019
End date:
8 January 2020
611 075 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Expedition to Antarctic Peninsula

We invite you to a New year's journey to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica on a comfortable expedition ship. 


Highlights of the cruise:

  • you will celebrate 2020 year on the way to the southernmost continent
  • watch humpback whales, sea leopards and seals
  • make a dozen selfies with penguins
  • go swimming in polar waters near the volcanic Deception island
  • meet with the Russian scientists of the Bellingshausen polar station
  • send a postcard by the Antarctic post
  • learn hundreds of interesting facts about Antarctica
  • see the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap”, because every year travelers used more than 600 km of a film to take photoes here.

The cost of the trip depends on the cabin chosen by you. Look for details in the Accommodation section.

An expert photographer will join you in this expedition. He will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore.

 

Additional options:

  • Camping. If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to expand your experience on the White Continent, then Antarctica Camping may be the perfect choice for you. This optional activity is your unique opportunity to meet Antarctica on its own terms by spending a night out on the snow and ice! The fee is 285USD pp.
  • Kayaking. The protected and picturesque waters of the Antarctic Peninsula offer the best sea kayaking opportunities in Antarctica. You will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and proposing penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. The fee is 795 USD pp.

 

Important note: Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Itinerary

The starting point of the expedition is Ushuaia, where you should get by your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the order.

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the pier. Here, you will embark the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit.

 

Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

 

The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4 Across the Drake Passage

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, the ship heads south across the Drake Passage.

 

Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters. On the way the Antarctic Convergence will be crossed, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.

 

The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from expert staff will prepare you for the arrival in Antarctica.

Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Upon reaching Antarctic Peninsula we take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

 

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.            

 

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies.

 

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Day 10-11 Back across the Drake Passage

After amazing time in Antarctica we will cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage.

 

Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 12 Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast you will say farewell in the city of Ushuaia. There is a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here.

Most popular
A mysterious continent of ice
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

10 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
28 December 2019
  • 28 December 2019
End date:
8 January 2020
611 075 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

You will travel on the expedition ship of ice class "Sea Spirit". Being small and maneuverable, it allows you to explore the most remote regions in the most comfortable conditions. Theer are a restaurant, bar, open bistro, club lounge, library, presentation room, fitness center, reception on board. The captain's bridge is also open to the public.

 

Rates depend on the type of cabin:

 

Accommodation in Triple Classic cabin — 9795 USD

Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on Oceanus Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

 

Accommodation in Main Deck Suite — 12 995 USD

Averaging 23 square metres/248 square feet, Main Deck cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.

 

Accommodation in Classic Suite —13 895 USD

Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.

 

Accommodation in Superior Suite — 14 195 USD

Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.

 

Accommodation in Deluxe Suite — 15 795 USD 

The Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck. Averaging 24 square metres/ 258 square feet means plenty of room. Choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.

 

Accommodation in Premium Suite — 16 995 USD

Averaging 30 square metres, this cabin has two single or one double bed, wardrobe/closet, bathroom, safe, fridge, satellite telephone, TV, individual climate control and a balcony separated from the living area by a sliding glass door.

 

Accommodation in Owners Suite — 21 495 USD

The cabin area is 43 square metres. It has a separate sleeping area: double bed and convertible sofa; living room area; wardrobe/closet, bathroom with Jacuzzi, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone, HD plasma TV, Bose stereo system, individual climate control, as well as a terrace on the deck separated from the living area by sliding glass door.

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Common questions

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Can children participate in the cruise +

Children aged from 6 to 11 years old can participate in the cruise. The cost of the cruise for children of such age will be 3000 USD per person (accommodation in a double cabin on an additional place).

On-board language +

All voyages are conducted in English and German. For groups of passengers speaking other languages, Operator recruits multi-lingual staff members, who assist the passengers during briefings and lectures. Staff varies from voyage to voyage; please check when booking.

Eligibility +

There are no specific physical requirements for travel in polar regions. However, the purchased expedition cruise is a cruise to the remote region of the world on a ship which, at times, may be in rough seas. Please also note that there is no specialized medical assistance available in these regions. Passengers with certain medical/health issues may not be appropriate for this type of expedition and are advised to exercise appropriate caution. Our medical information form lists a number of these conditions.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance +

All passengers are required to carry valid evacuation and repatriation insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage.

 

As any potential evacuation from the polar regions can cost up to US$150,000 for the Arctic and up to US$200,000 for Antarctica, we recommend that no policy carries less than this amount of coverage. As part of pre-departure forms Operator will require information as to the insurance company, policy number, amount of coverage and 24-hour contact number. Any risks, not covered by the insurance policy provided, are to be covered by passengers at his/her disposal and at his/her own expense.

Are there any limitations +

Passengers are not permitted to bring or have onboard any pets or animals, firearms, flammable or hazardous items, controlled or prohibited substances or drugs, contraband or items prohibited by any country or port to be visited.

Booking

Most popular

A mysterious continent of ice

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

10 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
611 075 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • One pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia and shipboard accommodation

  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure, group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation and group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation

  • All meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, Welcome and Farewell cocktails

  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team

  • Branded parka, rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise

  • All port fees

  • Pre-departure materials

  • Digital Voyage Log

Extra charge:
  • Airfare

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)

  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000

  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

  • Sea kayaking (+795 USD pp) and camping (+285 USD pp)

  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings

  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • One pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia and shipboard accommodation

  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure, group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation and group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation

  • All meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, Welcome and Farewell cocktails

  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team

  • Branded parka, rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise

  • All port fees

  • Pre-departure materials

  • Digital Voyage Log

  • Airfare

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)

  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000

  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

  • Sea kayaking (+795 USD pp) and camping (+285 USD pp)

  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings

  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations

28 Dec 2019, Sat — 8 Jan 2020, Wed
611 075 RUB
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Testimonials

Luka Gomulsky
Luka Gomulsky 20 Марта 2019

I have been dreaming about traveling to Antarctica for more than 10 years. It was necessary for many conditions to come together: an inter-work break comes in the winter (summer in the Shouthern Hemisphere), someone would be able to look after my old parents,availability on board on the expedition. Everything coincided in February 2019, - and the dream came true !!! The impression of the expedition is fantastic. Everything was for 5 stars - absolutely everything: hotels in Argentina, service on board of Sea Spirit vessel, team qualifications (and this is the main condition!), - zoologists, historians, iceberg specialists, - all of the highest qualifications and the highest level of friendliness! This is the most unforgettable journey of my life, and I have already visited more than hundred countries. The next tour is probably to the Moon. Better to the Mars, maybe ... If you arn't ready being going to Antarctica yet, then we're coming to you right now! ;)