Explorer's Cruise; Antarctica & Extreme Weddell Sea
DURATION:11 Days/ 10 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Ocean Victory
Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, cross the mighty Drake Passage on your way to the South Shetland Islands, where the first Zodiac landing is planned. From there, navigate the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Make landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating sights that allow spectacular views. Continuing eastward, explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search for wildlife. On the way back, follow in Ernest Shackleton and rest of the Endurance crew's wake by navigating close to Elephant Island. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!
Any voyage to Antarctica is an adventure, but with a maximum capacity of 186 guests aboard Ocean Victory, this cruise offers a unique experience for the few. Shore landings, excursions, lectures and Zodiac safaris are easily accommodated to help you enjoy a matchless expedition experience. Make sure you reserve your place, on this fantastic journey in good time, as we only cruise this route once during the season.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Operated by: Albatros Expeditions
The new Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros are the flag-ships for Danish expedition cruise company Albatros Expeditions. With over 30 years experience, when you join Albatros in the Antarctic you are travelling with a respected company who know how to operate exploratory cruises, with a dash of Nordic flair!
These next-generation expedition ships accommodate just 189 guests in 93 comfortable cabins and suites, all with a view of the ocean (and 90% with their own balcony). There's also several restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and heated pool. The ships are also be environmentally-friendly onboard, with the implementation of the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for guests.
Adhering to the most stringent polar codes; rated ice class 1A / Polar Code 6, travellers aboard Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros will enjoy the ship's patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN's X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that's designed to alleviate challenging open ocean waves!
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
Glide through the waters and take in the royal grace of the icebergs, see the varied birds and seals, and maybe even the whales in their natural habitat under the supervision of experienced kayak guides, who will ensure your safety during each outing. Exercise your body while engaging your mind and heart in an unforgettable outing, safely guided by Kayak masters throughout the journey. Kayaking activities available on both Arctic and Antarctic voyages. Although kayaking opportunities are possible in most locations during each excursion in the Antarctic region, weather, sea and ice conditions will dictate the when and where to ensure your safety and improve your experience. In order to sign up for this activity you need to have previous kayaking experience, and attend a mandatory safety briefing by the Kayak Master. The cost is US$250/person per outing and it can only be booked onboard.
Your cruise price includes:
- 11-day cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private facilities
- All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
- Expedition parka
- Rubber boot rentals
- Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
- Special Photo Workshop
- English-speaking expedition team
- Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
- Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
- Free tea and coffee 24 hours’ daily
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
Your cruise price includes:
- Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
- Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
- Personal expenses
- Transfer to/from the ship
- Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
- International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD
Please note that all Polar itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.
By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept both Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Albatros Expeditions’ terms and conditions.
Single travellers are accommodated in designated single cabins.