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!
Premium Freydis Suite
SIZE:42m2 / 452sqftSLEEPS:3
The four Junior Suites aboard Ocean Albatros have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. These suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to three people.
SIZE:24m2 / 258sqftSLEEPS:3
The most abundant type of Stateroom on Ocean Albatros located on decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if travelling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
SIZE:22m2 / 236sqftSLEEPS:2
The standard Stateroom on Ocean Albatros is close to the Mudroom and has quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The Staterooms are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay onboard Ocean Albatros. The standard State Rooms all have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom, plus porthole viewing. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
French Balcony Suite
Albatros Expeditions' carefully designed menu has been developed in the interest of maintaining the well-being of guests, while emphasising freshness, diversity and delectable choices.
Dinner always starts with delicious hot soups, cold cuts and crisp, fresh salads. Several choices of entrees are offered each evening, to accommodate different tastes and dietary requirements; always including a meat choice, fish choice and vegetarian choice.
After dinner, indulge in freshly-prepared desserts, including ship-made ice cream or cakes... A great way to end a meal and satisfy any sweet tooth!
On board Ocean Victory, you will find kitchen professionals and chefs who take great pride in bringing gastronomic experiences to keep your tastebuds satisfied.
When the first explorers began their Antarctic undertakings, they had little choice and even less variety in their nourishment options.
Dining at the bottom of the world was not a delicacy, but a duty necessary for survival. Luckily for us, today is another story.
Meals are served in the bright and spacious Beagle Restaurant, where spectacular views provide the perfect atmosphere for the daily culinary selection.
After an unforgettable expedition during the day, guests can relax in the heated swimming pool and two jacuzzis. Or they can an enjoy being pampered in the Polar Spa with some unique Albatros-only treatments, like a Midnight Sun or a Fire and Ice Massage.
For the active explorer, there's a fully equipped gym with panoramic views, while shoppers can enjoy the Albatros boutique. A selection of lectures, screenings and activities will keep your brain interested and entertained.
Of course, the Ocean Albatros offers several bars with a large selection of drinks, including wine tasting menus developed in partnership with French wine producer and expert Gerard Bertrand, who is a leader in producing biodynamic farmed wines.
With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros are the ideal vessels for small-ship cruising due to their sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves, and a SOLAS 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port.
These vessels are part of a brand-new generation of low-energy vessels, with four diesel engines and two electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption.
X-Bow for more stability and comfort
Highest Polar code Class 6
Highest Ice Class 1A
4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines
Solas 2012 classification
Environmentally friendly in all matters
Green initiative program
Albatros Nordic Bar Lounge
Albatros Ocean Shop
Albatros Observation Lounge
Polar Spa / Wellness Area / Gym
Modern lecture lounge
93 spacious comfortable state rooms
Dedicated single state rooms
All cabins with Ocean View
90% of all state rooms with Panoramic Balcony
Restaurant on Deck 5
Observation Specialty Restaurant on Deck 9
Swimming Pool, jacuzzis and Pool Bar
Due to its important role as a control centre for all nautical and technical processes, the ship's bridge is a vital, sensitive place. Therefore, the bridge may not be accessible to the public at all times. Conditions permitting, we will be happy to welcome you into the bridge for a visit. Guests must be accompanied by the master or our expedition leader.
Your stateroom is serviced daily. We provide a turn-down service. We provide meal to room only for serious cases of guest being sick. Our suites will have VIP services.
One feature of our expedition cruises includes landings and excursions aboard Ocean Albatros's fleet of 18 inflatable, motorized rubber "Zodiac" boats. The Zodiac brand has earned a well-deserved reputation as the sturdiest and safest small watercraft available. These boats have a low draft and great stability. Zodiacs are constructed for professional use and are outfitted with a top-quality outboard engine, yet their design minimally impacts the environment.
The Zodiacs are designed to provide unrestricted access to the world’s last great frontier. Their versatility enables us to make landfall on remote shores, cruise along awe-inspiring coastlines and share breathtakingly close encounters with whales, seals, penguins, seabirds and more. We will come within arm’s reach of icebergs and set foot on land discovered by pioneering explorers just over a century ago.
Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority, and your expedition leader will carefully plan for as many Zodiac excursions as possible, dependent upon the local weather and prevailing conditions. In each case, the expedition leader makes the final decision if the landing is possible or not. Safety regulations apply on landings. All guests receive a mandatory instruction of the safety guidelines. Life jackets are mandatory to wear.
Please note, we highly recommend the use of waterproof bags in order to protect your personal camera or binoculars, as both hands must be free of everything during boarding. Participation is fairly easy and comfortable for able-bodied guests but can be more challenging for those with physical handicaps.
CRUISE CARD / PAYMENTS / CREDIT CARDS
At the time of embarkation, you will receive your personal cruise card, which you should always have with you. This card is used on board as payment instrument (except in the onboard shop), key card and identity card. All on board purchases from the bar, telephone, laundry, and the like are charged to your shipboard account.
To activate your personal cruise card account, we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. Alternately, you can deposit cash (US$ or EUR/exchange rate US$-EUR). At the end of the voyage, your account will be settled by the payment methods mentioned above.
There is no currency exchange office onboard the vessel. Onboard payment will be completed by your cruise card. For stays ashore during the cruise, we recommend changing minimal amount of the local currency in small bills, as most of the ports and airports have exchange offices. Alternatively, lots of shops and restaurants accept international credit cards. In bigger ports and cities, you have the possibility to withdraw cash from ATM’s.
If you choose to leave gratuity for the crew, the amount that you authorize will be charged to the shipboard account. This account can be activated with a major credit card. Be sure to contact your credit card regarding provider regarding use of your credit cards overseas. Any questions regarding the bill can be addressed by the ship’s hotel manager.
Following international standards in the service industry, it is customary to leave gratuity for the ship’s crew at the end of the voyage. All gratuities will be divided among the crew. Typically, a recommended amount is approximately 13.5 USD per person per day. Gratuity is, of course, not required and any gratuity payments are voluntary.
If you choose to leave gratuity for the crew, the amount that you authorize will be charged to the shipboard account.
The dress code on board is casual. Ties, jackets and evening dresses you may leave at home. It is rather more important to wear the right clothes in order to adapt to the different weather conditions. We recommend comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof clothing. Also, you should have a pair of gloves, thermal underwear and sturdy footwear in your luggage. For the captains and farewell cocktail, we recommend a smart casual dress style.
For specific packing recommendations, refer to the specific itinerary of interest.
As a tour operator for cruises in the Polar Regions, which are some of the world’s most pristine environments, we extremely emphasize environmental awareness as well as sustainability. One of our top priorities is to protect the environment and minimize our CO2-emissions. All waste will remain onboard the vessel until we return to shore and it's possible to dispose of waste.
We ask that you show a deep respect for the unique nature and act according to the motto: leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories.
INTERNET / PHONE
Keep in mind, we will be cruising in a very remote region of the world. Where accessible, internet access is available for an extra charge. Mobile phone reception may be possible in select regions along our route. For further details please contact your mobile phone operator. Prices can be found in the information folder in your state room. Please ensure that your ‘Data Roaming’ function is switched off.
The official language aboard our vessels is English; however, our expedition leaders and crew are knowledgeable in a variety of languages. If there is a large group, who desires communication in their own language, we will make special arrangements to accommodate their needs.
PASSPORT / VISA
Each passenger is responsible for ensuring that he/she meets the applicable passport and visa requirements for the duration of the trip. The passport is the only valid proof of identity for all trips with the Ocean Albatros. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after arriving home from your destination. Although some countries may require shorter periods, we implement this 6-month prerequisite to avoid situations where a country’s validity requirements may be amended between the time of your booking and departure. The name in your passport must be identical to the name in all travel documentation. Costs incurred due to insufficient travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Please note that passports will be collected for clearing formalities at the beginning of the voyage. The passports will be kept safely by the crew during the whole voyage and will be handed out on the last day. We therefore recommend preparing copies of all documents before tour start.
The daily office hours of the board reception are from 06:00 until 23:00.
ALBATROS OCEAN SHOP
The selection of items available for purchase varies by ship, and may include a range of warm and practical clothing, as well as souvenirs, local arts and postcards at reasonable prices. A small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects are also sold.
HEALTH / MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Each of our vessels has a small medical facility equipped with the necessary equipment and medicine to handle small emergencies. The infirmary is always staffed by a professionally licensed, English-speaking physician and nurse. Should a serious incident occur, the nearest hospital will be contacted. All guests must have personal travel/health insurance.
Although we do not have an official requirement regarding personal fitness, you should be able to move on board and ashore without the help of others. Please be aware that the ship does not provide wheelchair accessible state rooms.
Due to safety reasons a cruise is only possible for pregnant women until the 24th week of pregnancy. The state of pregnancy must be presented by a medical certificate.
SAFETY / SECURITY ON BOARD
Our ships comply with all safety regulations and are ice-class vessels suitable for sailing in polar environments. Upon arrival to the vessel, there will be a mandatory passenger briefing and safety drill before departure. We will provide security information, practical details regarding life onboard and introduce key personnel. You will be informed where the safety equipment is located and how it is used. Each state room is equipped with lifejackets. Once onboard, please familiarize yourself with the ship's emergency rescue plan.
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES / WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
Guests with physical disabilities are recommended to travel with an accompanying person. The processes on board should be handled without external help. The gangway can be – depending on the individual disability – a challenge. The angle of inclination of the gangway varies due to tide and different circumstances in the respective port. Please note that the guest’s participation in shore excursions as well as the (dis-)embarkation by Zodiac can be denied by the expedition leader due to security reasons. The instructions of the expedition leader must be followed. The ship is not suitable for wheelchairs.
SEASICKNESS / STABILISATORS
The ship is equipped with stabilizers in order to reduce the ship’s roll. However, these expeditions are hosted in remote regions, and it is possible to periodically encounter changing environments and climate patterns, including rough seas and large swells. Seasickness patches (Scopoderm or similar) work solely or in part to help cure nausea for most people. These medicines can cause sleepiness. If you are prone to motion sickness, consult with your doctor prior to departure to help ensure your comfort while travelling.
For safety reasons and to protect the health of our guests and employees, smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the outside decks. Smoking is not permitted inside the vessel, in the stateroom or near the Zodiacs. Please remember to respect our natural environments and dispose of cigarette butts in designated bins.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS
All meals on board the vessel is chef-prepared. If you have special dietary requirements (food allergies, intolerances, health conditions or religious preferences), please inform us as early as possible - ideally, no later than 2 weeks before departure. In order to ensure efficient service, please re-confirm your requirements with the crew upon boarding the ship.
The ship has a 220v / 50 Hz cycle system. Please check your appliances before use. 110-volt appliances require an adapter prior to use aboard the ship.
The electrical outlets on board Ocean Albatros are the so called ‘F-type sockets’, round 2-pin, 220-240 V, grounded, used in continental Europe and Russia. They take C, E, and F-type 2-pin plugs.
There are several water stations onboard Ocean Albatros. Normally, water is not rationed, but we do advise our guests to pay attention to their water consumption.
If you wish to have some laundry done while aboard the ship, laundry service is available for an additional fee.
The Expedition Leader will conduct regularly scheduled briefings to highlight key points in the itinerary, organize excursions and communicate important information.
Due to safety precautions, children under 12 years of age will be taken into consideration on each landing. It is entirely at the Expedition Leader’s discretion to permit children on excursions and shore landings.
ITINERARY & PROGRAM CHANGES
As this is an expedition cruise to the world’s most remote region, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. We have planned itineraries for each tour package, but to ensure to safety of our guests and crew, we may be forced to change the route.
RULES FOR LANDINGS & EXCURSIONS
When ashore, it is very important to show a deep respect for the unique nature and act according to the motto: leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories. We also ask that you remain together with your group, as we are truly in the wild and must remain extra vigilant of the wildlife and weather conditions around us. Walking around independently is strictly prohibited. It is essential to abide the strictly communicated safety rules.
Ocean Albatros Expeditions
From USD $12190.00 Per Person
DURATION:10 Days/ 9 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Ocean Albatros
Take a classic voyage to the Great White Continent aboard the next-generation expedition ship Ocean Albatros. Experience incredible wildlife, stunning scenery and gigantic icebergs over 10 action-packed days.