Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent - Ultramarine

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Choose this spectacular new ship with helicopters for your Antarctic Peninsula adventure and you'll marvel at her supremely spacious cabins and seasoned expedition staff with over 30 years of experience in the region.

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8.3*

ECO SCORE

199

PASSENGERS

12

DAYS

3.5/5

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Antarctica: Drink It In

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Ultramarine

If this is your first visit, our classic Antarctic Explorer voyage gives you the best of the stunning Antarctic Peninsula in 12 days. Conquer the famed Drake Passage in a brand new, supremely luxurious vessel with helicopters. Explore majestic natural environments by zodiac and on foot; get up close and personal with penguins, whales and other wildlife; and enjoy talks on history, biology and glaciology by onboard polar experts. You can personalize your adventure with options that suit your interests and cross the 7th Continent off the list—your way.
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    • Enjoy a fantastic flightseeing tour via this purpose-built ship's helicopter along with many other activity options like camping, kayaking and paddle boarding.
    • Start your voyage in Buenos Aires with the Ultramarine's hotel, transfer and flight package.
    • This reliable operator with over 30 years of expeditions under their belt, always delivers a wonderful experience offered by an enthusiastic crew. An excellent choice for the casual, very active traveler.

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Rates:
From $17,090 per person
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Dec 27, 2022-Jan 7, 2023
Dec 17-27, 2023 (11 days)
Dec 26, 2023-Jan 5, 2024 (11 days)
Jan 4-14, 2024 (11 days)
Feb 3-13, 2024 (11 days)
Feb 12-22, 2024 (11 days)
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December - February 2022, 2023, 2024

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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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Conservation

Aided in eradicating invasive rodents in South Georgia to restore ground-nesting bird populations.

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Carbon

Uses state of the art technology to reduce carbon emissions associated with waste disposal.

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Waste

Piloted an Arctic-wide recycling program for cruise lines.

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Itinerary 

Day 1 - Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).


Day 2 - Fly to Ushuaia and Embark

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.


After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next land you see will be the Antarctic!


Days 3 & 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

The unpredictable and exciting Drake Passage is an adventure unto itself. While being well taken care of by our expert onboard staff and leaders, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the ocean, take pictures of seabirds swooping around the ship, and get to know your Expedition Team and fellow travelers.

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Days 5 to 9 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Drake Passage is left in our wake and the South Shetland Islands come into view, your Antarctic adventure truly begins. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. On every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means your expedition will be unlike any other—a unique, personal experience.


Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.


The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering panoramic views of your surroundings. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and the next you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.


Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes—such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles—become indelible memories.


Each day will be different, carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

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Days 10 & 11 - Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the invigorating Southern Ocean air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, and celebrate the experiences you've shared exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.


Day 12 - Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.


Please Note: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.


Activities Available: (Some at extra cost) Flightseeing (Included) Camping (Optional, not all dates) Sea Kayaking (Optional) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (Optional)

Ultramarine

The newest ship in this operator's fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.

• Capacity: 199 Guests
• Cabins: 102 Cabins
• Specialists: Credentialed Experts, 140 Staff and Crew

ACHIEVEMENTS 

2019 Magellan Awards "Best Overall Small Cruise Ship"
2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards – "Best Small Ship Line"

"The newest addition to this seasoned operator's fleet of ships, Ultramarine has some of the largest cabins of all the ships we offer. She's purpose-built and perfect for outstanding, highly adventurous expeditions to the polar regions. If you're hoping for kayaking, camping, paddle boarding and now with Ultramarine, flightseeing, you're in for a trip of a lifetime with this polar-passionate operator."

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Life On Board

Deck Plan

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Rates

 

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EXPLORER TRIPLE

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.

From in USD:

$17,090pp

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DELUXE BALCONY SUITE

Located on Decks 4 & 6, approximately 299 sq. ft. (27.8 m2) of indoor living space, and a 70 sq. ft. (6.5 m2) balcony, full bathroom, and a substantial balcony.

From in USD:

$28,390pp

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OWNER'S SUITE

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 446 sq. ft. (41.4 m2) of indoor living space and a 46.3 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony, private bedroom.

From in USD:

$38,490pp

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EXPLORER SUITE

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2), spacious and offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors.

From in USD:

$21,890pp

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TERRACE SUITE

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 350 sq. ft. (32.5 m2) of indoor living space, and a 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2) balcony, wide layout and the largest balconies.

From in USD:

$29,390pp

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ULTRA SUITE

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 563 sq. ft. (52.3m2) of interior living space, and a 46 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony. Travel without compromise.

From in USD:

$42,790pp

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BALCONY SUITE

Located on Decks 4 & 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. (21 m2) of indoor space, and a 52 sq. ft. (4.8 m2) balcony.

From in USD:

$24,090pp

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PENTHOUSE SUITE

Located on Deck 7, approximately 369 sq. ft. (34.3 m2) of indoor living space, and a 67 sq. ft. (6.2 m2) balcony, the best of everything.

From in USD:

$31,490pp

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SOLO PANORAMA

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 132 sq. ft. (12.3 m2). This suite is perfect for solo guests who appreciate privacy, with floor-to-ceiling windows.

From in USD:

$23,590pp

I've sent hundreds of travelers with this operator, and they're perfect for active, more casual travelers who want to get outside. Their focus is getting on shore for adventure. I'm excited about this new ship!

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
All shore landings as per the daily program
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
A photographic journal documenting the expedition
A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions