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Hondius - 176 Guests
Antarctica Discovery and Learning Voyage
Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions
  • Experience cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray
  • Watch wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels
  • Sites you may visit include Danco Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay and Port Lockroy

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Sailing DatesQuadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperiorJunior SuiteGrand SuiteHondius Suite
Dec 2, 2019 - Dec 11, 20196,5007,3507,9508,3508,9509,65010,30011,85013,600
Discounted Rates6,1756,9837,5537,9338,5039,1689,78511,25812,920
Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 20, 20196,5007,3507,9508,3508,9509,65010,30011,85013,600
Discounted Rates6,1756,9837,5537,9338,5039,1689,78511,25812,920
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 29, 20197,2008,2008,9009,2009,80010,60011,35012,90014,900
Discounted Rates6,8407,7908,4558,7409,31010,07010,78312,25514,155
Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 7, 20207,2008,2008,9009,2009,80010,60011,35012,90014,900
Discounted Rates6,8407,7908,4558,7409,31010,07010,78312,25514,155
Jan 7, 2020 - Jan 17, 20207,9508,9509,85010,25010,90011,80012,55014,45016,650
Discounted Rates7,5538,5039,3589,73810,35511,21011,92313,72815,818
Feb 5, 2020 - Feb 15, 20207,9508,9509,85010,25010,90011,80012,55014,45016,650
Discounted Rates7,5538,5039,3589,73810,35511,21011,92313,72815,818
Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 24, 20207,2008,2008,9009,2009,80010,60011,35012,90014,900
Discounted Rates6,8407,7908,4558,7409,31010,07010,78312,25514,155
Dec 11, 2020 - Dec 20, 20206,5507,4508,1008,4509,0509,70010,40011,95013,750
Discounted Rates6,2237,0787,6958,0288,5989,2159,88011,35313,063
Dec 20, 2020 - Dec 29, 20207,3008,2508,9509,3509,90010,60011,45012,95014,950
Discounted Rates6,9357,8388,5038,8839,40510,07010,87812,30314,203
Dec 29, 2020 - Jan 7, 20217,3008,2508,9509,3509,90010,60011,45012,95014,950
Discounted Rates6,9357,8388,5038,8839,40510,07010,87812,30314,203
Jan 7, 2021 - Jan 16, 20217,3008,2508,9509,3509,90010,60011,45012,95014,950
Discounted Rates6,9357,8388,5038,8839,40510,07010,87812,30314,203
Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 26, 20218,0509,1009,95010,35011,00011,90012,75014,65016,850
Discounted Rates7,6488,6459,4539,83310,45011,30512,11313,91816,008
Rates are listed per person in USD
Sailing Dates(Starting from)
Quadruple Porthole
(Mid-range)
Twin Deluxe
(High-end)
Hondius Suite
Dec 2, 2019 - Dec 11, 20196,5008,95013,600
Discounted Rates6,1758,50312,920
Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 20, 20196,5008,95013,600
Discounted Rates6,1758,50312,920
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 29, 20197,2009,80014,900
Discounted Rates6,8409,31014,155
Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 7, 20207,2009,80014,900
Discounted Rates6,8409,31014,155
Jan 7, 2020 - Jan 17, 20207,95010,90016,650
Discounted Rates7,55310,35515,818
Feb 5, 2020 - Feb 15, 20207,95010,90016,650
Discounted Rates7,55310,35515,818
Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 24, 20207,2009,80014,900
Discounted Rates6,8409,31014,155
Dec 11, 2020 - Dec 20, 20206,5509,05013,750
Discounted Rates6,2238,59813,063
Dec 20, 2020 - Dec 29, 20207,3009,90014,950
Discounted Rates6,9359,40514,203
Dec 29, 2020 - Jan 7, 20217,3009,90014,950
Discounted Rates6,9359,40514,203
Jan 7, 2021 - Jan 16, 20217,3009,90014,950
Discounted Rates6,9359,40514,203
Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 26, 20218,05011,00016,850
Discounted Rates7,64810,45016,008


ITINERARY

Note: The January 7, 2020 and February 5, 2020 tours are 10-day tours, spending a day at the South Shetlands on day 8.

Day 1: End of the world, start of a journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2-3: Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4-7: Enter the Antarctic

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites you may visit include:

Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Neko Harbor – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Day 8-9: Familiar seas, familiar friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 10: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Hondius (Expedition, 176-guests)

MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from the pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking: USD 465
Camping: USD 190
Snowshoeing: FREE

 
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