Marine Mammals of Antarctica
DURATION:11 Days/ 10 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Akademik Ioffe / Akademik Sergey Vavilov
By March, the short Antarctic summer is drawing to a close. Penguin chicks are almost fully-grown and quickly shedding their downy coats in preparation to take to the sea before the long winter. March is a time of great activity in and under the water with a high concentration of whales, in particular Humpback and Minke. On this special expedition travel with several world-renowned cetacean (whale) and
marine mammal specialists. They will share unique underwater footage and scientific data, and interpret the behaviour, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of adult whales and their calves. For those with a passion for whales this unique voyage should not be missed.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Akademik Ioffe / Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Operated by: One Ocean Expeditions
Akademiks Ioffe and Sergey Vavilov are purpose built oceanographic vessels featuring complex internal stabilisers and powerful engines and accommodate just 96 guests. Combined with multi-pitch propulsion and bow and stern thrusters these vessels offer exceptional maneuverability. Expansive observation decks featuring 360 degree views make them the perfect platform for operation in Antarctica and the High Arctic.
Although built as research vessels, both ships offer modern conveniences, are comfortable, safe and ice strengthened (rated Lloyds 1A). From small group sessions to briefings for all expeditioners, there are public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need.
A separate lounge and bar, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The sumptuous meals prepared by the culinary team are enjoyed in the dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad activities offered throughout the voyage.
Other facilities include the theatre-style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There’s also a dedicated expedition ‘mud-room’ where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
Antarctic Sea Kayaking
Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to either a double or single kayak at any offered excursion location. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment and services of three kayak guides.
Your cruise price includes:
- Shipboard accommodation
- All meals on board throughout the voyage
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
- Leadership throughout the voyage by the experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
- All port fees
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
- Pre-departure materials
Your cruise price does not include:
- Flights, pre- and post- cruise accommodation
- Charter flights (additional expense)
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
- Staff gratuities
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD
This itinerary may change due to unstable weather conditions and wildlife movements in these remote regions of the world. Changes may occur due to ‘Force Majeure’, weather, ice conditions or other circumstances beyond the cruise line's control or which simply cannot be foreseen and/or changes to excursions and landings.
A single supplement of 50% applies sole use of cabins, and 100% for sole use of suites.
Note: 2019 expeditions are operated by sister-ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov.