Discover one of the world’s last wild places during this 12-day expedition onboard the MS Seaventure to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. Cruise along the rugged coastline of the majestic Shetland Islands and explore the iceberg-dotted bays of the Antarctic Peninsula while getting up close to seals, whales, and a variety of penguin species. You will be immersed in the continent’s rich past during visits to history landing sites and learn about the vital research being conducted here at active scientific bases.
Visiting a Penguin Colony in Antarctica
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Fly into Ushuaia at a time that suits you, with a full day up your sleeve to accommodate any flight delays or cancellations. Take time to relax and overcome any jet lag at the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa, which will be your base for the next two nights.
Today, you will have a full day to explore Ushuaia and its surroundings, whether you want to delve into the local culture at the city’s museums or shop for genuine Argentinian leather products in its markets. You may also opt to just relax at the resort before joining your fellow travelers for an optional briefing in the evening.
Embarkation in Ushuaia
After a morning spent as you please, either in Ushuaia or at the resort, you’ll be transferred to the MS Seaventure in the mid-afternoon. Settle into your cabin and meet your Expedition Team during an orientation briefing before enjoying the Captain’s welcome dinner as we sail across the Drake Passage.
Separating South America's Cape Horn from the South Shetland Islands, the Drake Passage is our setting for the next two days. Relax on deck while watching seabirds as they follow the ship or get hands-on while participating in our Citizen Science program. A series of engaging lectures will also be held by our team of Polar Experts, offering an in-depth look at everything from Antarctica’s wildlife to its history of human exploration.
South Shetland Islands
Today will be spent exploring the magnificent South Shetland Islands, a group of Antarctic islands that are renowned for their natural beauty. As we cruise along the rugged coastline, you’ll have the opportunity to spot penguins and seals playing in the waters, as well as a variety of seabirds soaring high above.
Over the next three days, you’ll be treated to the experience of a lifetime as we navigate the sparkling bays, harbors, and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to coming face-to-face with the continent’s incredible wildlife, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit several historic landing sites and learn about the research being conducted at Antarctica’s active scientific bases.
With some exceptional memories made, it’s time to make the return journey across the mighty Drake Passage en route back to Ushuaia. Celebrate your adventure during a slideshow featuring some of the highlights from the trip and say farewell to your fellow travelers during a final dinner together.
Disembarkation in Ushuaia
After arriving back in Ushuaia in the early morning, it’s time to disembark the ship and continue your onwards travel. You may opt to catch a flight back to Buenos Aires the same day or spend additional time in Ushuaia to discover the spectacular natural beauty of Patagonia.
Dates & Rates
|Nov 29, 2024 to Dec 10, 2024
Rates vary by cabin, please inquire for exact pricing
Activities During Voyage
- Kayaking - $895 additional. Please sign up at the time of booking as space is extremely limiited.
- Citizen Science - Included
- Photography - Included
MS Seaventure - Rates by Cabin
*5-15% off discounts may be applied to certain trips for a short period of time, please inquire to find out more.
|Nov 20, 2023
INCLUDES CHARTER FLIGHTS
|Nov 29, 2024
INCLUDES CHARTER FLIGHTS
ALL ANTARCTIC VOYAGES INCLUDE:
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
- Two pre-voyage hotel nights in Ushuaia for all departures which embark in Ushuaia
- For the Nov 3, 2021 and Nov 1, 2022 departures only: One pre-voyage hotel night* in Puerto Madryn
- *These departures also include a post-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
- Transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 60 days prior to departure
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
ON BOARD ISLAND SKY AND SEAVENTURE:
- Shipboard accommodations
- All meals on board
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (some super premium brands excluded)
- Coffee/Tea/Cocoa 24 hours a day
- All scheduled landings and excursions
- Our Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
- Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
- A pair of loaner boots for use during the voyage
- WiFi from the public computers
- 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- All landing fees
- Digital Voyage Log
- Group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia, or central location following disembarkation.
- Please note we cannot drop at Airbnb / private homes which are often inaccessible for our transfer vehicles.
- For the Nov 3 2021 and Nov 1 2022 departures only, one post-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia.
VOYAGES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn other than those listed above
- Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
- On the Nov 3, 2021 and Nov 1, 2022 voyages, departure transfer from hotel to airport in Ushuaia
- Pre- or post-voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
- Travel insurance; medical insurance; evacuation coverage
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided
- Staff gratuities
FAQ & More
The Seaventure has dual 110/220 voltage, and both US (two flat pin) and European (two round pin) style sockets in each cabin. Please do not bring any small appliances such as hairdryers, irons, coffee makers, curling tongs, or steam pots, as these items will damage the ship’s electrical system and are strictly forbidden on board. There is a small hairdryer provided in your cabin.
Yes! The ships feature wireless networks accessible from your personal computer or smartphone from virtually anywhere on board. There are also public computers available in each ship’s Library which may be used for email and Internet (but not for uploading photos.) 200 free MB of data is included in the cost of your voyage. Additional data packages can be purchased from the hotel manager on board; rates are USD $50 for 200MB or USD $90 for 1GB. Please note, due to weather and location, there may be times when Internet service is very slow or disrupted.
Yes! Seaventure offers a fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights and a sauna.
Only suites designated as “Porthole Suites” have portholes, the rest have windows. We cannot guarantee the number of portholes or windows in your cabin. Windows and portholes do not open.
Each ship has a Medical Clinic, stocked with a wide range of common basic medications, including seasickness medication, and capable of supporting a wide range of medical issues. Every voyage has a currently-practicing and English-speaking doctor experienced in Emergency medicine. Medical services are available 24 hours a day, and a doctor accompanies passengers on all shore landings.
Any tipping is at your discretion and entirely optional. Should you choose to tip, the standard amount for recognition of service is USD $14 per person per day. This can be added to your shipboard account and paid by credit card – you do not need to tip in cash. The gratuity is divided among the front of house hotel team, and cabin and dining room stewards. Other crew members are compensated for gratuities in salary.
The Expedition Team does not solicit gratuities and we encourage passengers to be generous with the hotel team first. If you personally wish to leave a thank you for the team you may do so at reception and the amount is completely at your discretion.
Disembarkation is usually at 8am on the final day of your itinerary. We strongly recommend booking flights no earlier than 12pm to account for possible delays getting back to Port.
Weather in Antarctica can be very unpredictable, and we don’t get the same type of forecasts that we’re used to in most other parts of the world. We get information about general conditions and trends in the areas we visit, and we make our own forecasts in real time based on the data we have in the moment. Average temperatures in Antarctica during our sailing season is between -5 C (23 F) and 5 C (41 F).
The best defense against bad weather is quality gear. Click here for more information on what we recommend.
In general, our policy is that children must be at least 12 years old to participate in a Polar Latitudes voyage. However, we may on a case-by-case basis accept children between the ages of 7-11 with additional screening and prior approval before booking, and the completion of our Child waiver by the parents/guardians. Please contact us if you wish to travel with a child under the age of 12.
No. All shipboard charges will be charged to an account, so you do not need to pay cash as you go. At the end of your voyage, you may pay your tab with cash or credit card; we accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. All prices on board are shown in US Dollars.
Always be sure to carry a small amount of cash, local and US or Euro, to cover taxis, and other incidentals, which may not be payable by credit card.
Yes! All passengers must carry a Travel Protection Plan. This Plan must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses, and pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, passengers are strongly advised to carry a Travel Protection Plan which includes coverage for cancellation, curtailment, trip interruption, and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to or otherwise involving a passenger. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000 we recommend that no policy carry less than this amount of coverage.
Please see our full Terms & Conditions HERE.