Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - Ocean Adventurer
For those who don't have much time or who prefer to skip the potentially rough waters of the Drake Passage, this 8-day, fly/sail program on a casual yet comfortable ship is a great Antarctica option.
Antarctica: Drink It In
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Answer the call of Antarctica by flying over the notorious Drake Passage by charter plane to land at King George Island before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula by ship. In just 8 adventure-packed days, you’ll experience rewarding shore visits and Zodiac cruises, marvel at intimate wildlife encounters, explore historic sites and make the most of your landmark visit to the 7th Continent. Select from a range of adventure options and onboard activities that match your personal interests and make your expedition uniquely yours.
- • Skip the rough seas of the Drake Passage by flying from Chile to King George Island near the Antarctic Peninsula to meet your ship.
• Travel on a classic expedition vessel with only 128 fellow passengers and enjoy activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.
• Experience the great blue ice of the Antarctic Peninsula and set foot on the Continent (weather permitting) with a seasoned operator with over two decades of thrilling expeditions under their belt.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
From $9,446 per person
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Trip Sustainability Awards
Piloted an Arctic-wide recycling program for cruise lines.
Aided in eradicating invasive rodents in South Georgia to restore ground-nesting bird populations.
Uses state of the art technology to reduce carbon emissions associated with waste disposal.
Day 1 - Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, your ship's representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.
Day 2 - Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only two hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs with a one mile (1.6 km) walk to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!
Days 3 to 6 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.
As your Captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region. Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.
Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin.
Days 3 to 6 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (Cont'd)
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled travel experience. Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
Day 8 - Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your group transfer to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
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: (At extra cost. Ask your Travel Curator.)
Sea Kayaking (Optional)
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (Optional)
Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favorite among guests and crew who’ve appreciated the charm and intimacy of this 128-passenger vessel, its ample outdoor deck space, numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard—and the outdoor jacuzzi. A few years ago, Ocean Adventurer underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation involving a talented team of marine architects, engineers, interior designers and polar expedition specialists. This operator is proud of the enhancements to the much-loved polar vessel—which subsequently won the Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).
The refurbishments now enjoyed by guests include a refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship, the addition of six new twin cabins and three new suites, all existing cabins furnished with new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms, remodeling of common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room, major technical enhancements, such as two new Rolls Royce engines, which increase fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.
• Capacity: 128 Guests
• Cabins: 70 Cabins
• Specialists: Credentialed Experts, 87 Staff and Crewmembers
2019 Magellan Awards "Best Overall Small Cruise Ship"
2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards – "Best Small Ship Line"
"This classic expedition vessel feels like someone's private yacht with her nautical styling and warm, friendly atmosphere. Because the conservation organization in Antarctica only allows 100 passengers on shore at one time and some passengers are always in transit from the ship to shore in zodiacs, all passengers get to go to shore mostly all at the same time, which means longer shore visits and no waiting for those who choose this charming ship. In the Arctic, this ship size also saves you time. This reliable operator always delivers a fantastic experience, and this much-loved ship is an outstanding option for 4-star travelers."
Life On Board
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I've sent hundreds of travelers with this operator, and they're perfect for active travelers who want to get outside. Their focus is getting on shore for the most exciting adventures. This is the ship I traveled on to Antarctica in 2004. Love her!
Joy Martinello, Founder
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