Expedition to Cross the Antarctic Circle
Venture further than most on this 15-day expedition to cross the Antarctic Circle and reach as far as 66°33’S. En route, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the ruggedly beautiful coastlines of the South Shetland Islands and cruise through the majestic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Accompanied by a team of Polar Experts, you’ll be immersed in the great white continent’s natural and human history on an adventure you’ll never forget.
Mornings on Board the MS Seaventure
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Fly into Ushuaia with plenty of time to relax and overcome any jet lag, as well as accommodate flight delays or cancellations. You’ll be staying at the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa, which is spectacularly positioned overlooking the dramatic coastline to the east of downtown Ushuaia.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort before spending the day as you please. You may opt to venture into Ushuaia to explore its museums and Argentinian leather markets or just soak up the views from the Arakur Resort & Spa’s indulgent jacuzzis. In the evening, there will be an optional meeting where you can raise any questions you may have about the trip in the company of your fellow travelers.
Embarkation in Ushuaia
Wake for your final morning in Ushuaia before our mid-afternoon transfer to the MS Seaventure where you’ll be welcomed by our Expedition Team. Settle into your cabin and get acquainted with the vessel before a short safety briefing. This will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner, giving you an opportunity to meet your traveling companions.
Separating South America from the South Shetland Islands, the Drake Passage is an immense body of water that will be our setting for the next two days. To accompany your journey, our Polar Experts will be hosting a series of lectures about a variety of Antarctic-related topics and there will be an opportunity to participate in our Citizen Science program. You may also opt to just relax on deck and watch the seabirds following the ship as we arrive into the (noticeably chillier) waters of Antarctica.
South Shetland Islands
Ruggedly beautiful and abundant in wildlife, the South Shetland Islands are a natural treasure, located around 120 kilometers north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Spend a full day exploring their incredible coastlines by Zodiac while hearing stories of the humans who have ventured here.
After crossing the Bransfield Strait that separates the South Shetland Islands from Antarctica, we’ll make our way towards the Antarctic Circle. There will be celebrations on board as we reach the most southerly point of our expedition, accessing territory that few have the privilege to witness. It’s then time to head north to explore the majestic harbors and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Over the next few days, we’ll cruise between the immense glaciers and icebergs that dot the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Daily Zodiac trips will get you up close to the continent’s seals and penguins, as well as enabling you to step foot on historic landing sites. There may also be the opportunity to visit some of the Antarctic Peninsula’s active scientific bases to learn about their current research projects.
It’s time to say “goodbye” to Antarctica as we make the return journey north across the Drake Passage en route to Ushuaia. On your last night on board, we’ll screen a slideshow featuring stand-out moments from the expedition and host a farewell dinner in celebration.
Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Your journey comes to an end as we arrive back in Ushuaia and you disembark the MS Seaventure in the morning. This will allow you to catch a flight back to Buenos Aires on the same day or continue onwards with your adventures in Patagonia.
Dates & Rates
|Feb 29, 2024 to Mar 14, 2024
Rates vary by cabin, please inquire for exact pricing
|Jan 25, 2025 to Feb 08, 2025
Rates vary by cabin, please inquire for exact pricing
|Feb 26, 2025 to Mar 12, 2025
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 apply to certain trips for a short period of time, please inquire to learn more.
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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! The Seaventure ship 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.