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Antarctica Cruise Expedition

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, USHUAIA, CAPE HORN & DRAKE PASSAGE

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  • Duration: 17 days
  • Price: from $7,999

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Antarctica. Reserve by August 16, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


 

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 11-night Antarctica Cruise
  • 1 night in Buenos Aires

 

  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (Small Boat)
  • Get Close to Penguins & Seals
  • Hear the Roar of the Glaciers
  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • 3 nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic expedition
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Ushuaia Orientation Tour
  • 37 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 13 dinners
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Experienced Cruise Expedition Team
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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Nov 4

Nov 20

$ 7999

$ 8099

$ 8399

Nov 15

Dec 1

$ 8199

$ 8299

$ 8599

Nov 26

Dec 12

$ 8299

$ 8399

$ 8699

2019

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Nov 24

$ 7999

$ 8099

$ 8399

Nov 19

Dec 5

$ 7999

$ 8099

$ 8399

Nov 30

Dec 16

$ 7999

$ 8099

$ 8399

Dec 26

Jan 11 ’20

$ 8399

$ 8499

$ 8799

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $3295.
MS MIDNATSOL CABIN UPGRADES (Except December 18):

Polar Inside Cabin (I): Included Cabin
Polar Outside Cabin (J & L): +$200 per person double occupancy / $350 single occupancy
Polar Outside Cabin (N & O): +$550 per person double occupancy / $950 single occupancy
Arctic Superior Cabin (P, U, & QJ): +$950 per person double occupancy / $1650 single occupancy
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

MS MIDNATSOL CABIN UPGRADES (December 18 Departure):

Polar Inside Cabin (I): Included Cabin
Polar Outside Cabin (J & L): +$300 per person double occupancy / $525 single occupancy
Polar Outside Cabin (N & O): +$650 per person double occupancy / $1125 single occupancy
Arctic Superior Cabin (P, U, & QJ): +$1250 per person double occupancy / $2175 single occupancy

Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $1000 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Note that weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Day 1
Depart USA
Your unforgettable journey to Antarctica begins as you depart Miami today.
Day 2
Arrive in Buenos Aires
Today, arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This cosmopolitan city has a strong European influence which is reflected in its refined cuisine, luxurious boutiques, and in the elegance of its inhabitants. You’ll be met by your tour director at the airport and escorted to your deluxe hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner where you’ll have the opportunity to savor some delicious Argentinean beef. Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel (D)
Day 3
Buenos Aires
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires! Begin at the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, known as the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Next, visit Plaza de Mayo, the main square, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Cabildo (first City Hall), and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral you’ll find that the walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful frescoes, while the floor features Venetian-style mosaics. Continue to San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires. Next, visit La Boca, a colorful area filled with painted houses and home to the famous street Caminito. Continue to the northern districts where you’ll see the green area of Palermo with its parks and artificial lakes. Then visit Recoleta, which offers elegant boutiques and restaurants. Visit the cemetery of Recoleta where you’ll find the grave of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Peron (Evita). This evening, consider an optional Tango Show with dinner (see Optional Tours section). (B)
Day 4
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to charming Ushuaia located at the southern tip of Argentina. Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to the MS Midnatsol cruise ship for your Antarctic Cruise. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner aboard the ship. MS Midnatsol (B,D)

*Note: The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Day 5
Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage
Today you’ll travel through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, located on the southern tip of South America. You’ll enter Drake Passage, named for the privateer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in the 16th century. This body of water is where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet and divides the sub-polar conditions of South America from the polar climate and conditions of Antarctica. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to see whales and numerous seabirds like the black-browed albatross and white-chinned petrels. Today you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the area’s wildlife and history from your expedition team. (B,L,D)

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Day 6
Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage
Continue through the Drake Passage today and watch for your first glimpses of Antarctica’s penguins and seals. From the observation deck, learn about the rich diversity of Antarctica from its whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds. (B,L,D)

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Days 7-12
Antarctic Cruise: Highlights of Antarctica Landings
The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Note: Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The cruise itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible landings and sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding your route and shore landings.

Day 7
Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands
See the spectacular South Shetland Islands which consist of eleven major islands and some minor ones with a total land area of 1,424 square miles. Despite the harsh climate, the South Shetland Islands serve as a wildlife haven for seabirds, seals, and penguins, and support vegetation like algae, mosses and lichens. Weather permitting, enjoy a hike at one of the minor islands, Half Moon Island, a stunning crescent-shaped island with serrated cliffs. Identified as an Important Bird Area, this island is home to a breeding colony for south polar skuas. Here you may also see kelp gulls, chinstrap penguins, Antarctic terns, antarctic fur seals, and whales swimming near the island’s shores. You may also visit Deception Island, a caldera of an active volcano which was first explored by American sealer, Nathaniel Palmer. (B,L,D)
Day 8
Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands
Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island. Early sealers used Yankee Harbour as a base of operations and evidence of their time here remains today. Today, you’ll find a large Gentoo penguin colony with approximately 4000 breeding pairs! (B,L,D)
Day 9
Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula
Travel through the spectacular Errera Channel, navigating between the icebergs to Cuverville Island where you’ll see colonies of chinstrap penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 10
Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula
Visit Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay, one of the few places where you can land on the Antarctic mainland. This harbor is surrounded by glacier walls and mountains, and is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 11
Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula
Visit the aptly named Paradise Bay. Here you’ll have another rare opportunity to land on the Antarctic mainland for breathtaking views of the Antarctic. You’ll also find the Argentinean Almirante Brown Antarctic base, and the Chilean Gonzalez Videla Antarctic base. (B,L,D)
Day 12
Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula
Today, travel through the pristine waters of Wilhelmina Bay, named for the Queen of the Netherlands. This area is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales, earning the nickname “Whale-mina Bay”. (B,L,D)
Day 13
Antarctic Cruise: Returning
Today, begin the return route back to Ushuaia, sailing through the Drake Passage. Enjoy some of your last glimpses of Antarctica’s beauty, and consider joining the activities available on board. (B,L,D)
Day 14
Antarctic Cruise: Returning
Continue sailing through the Drake Passage, passing Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego archipelago’s southernmost headland. Cape Horn was named by Dutchman Willem Schouten after the city in the Netherlands, and served as a major landmark for ships sailing around the world. Consider taking part in the activities on board the ship, and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 15
Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
After you disembark, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel (B,D)
Day 16
Depart Buenos Aires
Today is at your leisure to explore Buenos Aires indpendently. You might consider a half-day Tigre tour. Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)
Day 17
Arrive in USA
Arrival back to the USA. Welcome Home!

MS Midnatsol

 

Overview

Built in 2003, the MS Midnatsol features nine decks which include an outdoor Jacuzzi area, fitness room and sauna, library, restaurant, bars, shop, and more! Enjoy exciting lectures led by your Expedition Team, or take in the stunning views of pristine Antarctica either from the indoor, two-story panorama lounge with its wall-to-wall windows, or from the uncovered deck viewing area which offers unobstructed views.

Typically breakfast and lunch will be served buffet style while dinners may be seated dining or buffet style. The food on board is locally sourced with a Scandinavian influence. Complimentary water, tea, and coffee is provided. Soda and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Wifi is available for purchase and can be used in common areas (when available).

Your cruise will include a water or wind-resistant jacket (yours to keep!), landings and activities on board, a professional English-speaking Expedition Team, and complimentary use of muck rubber boots during landings (if you have very small or very large feet, require special orthopedics, or have very wide calves you should bring your own calf-high muck boots). For packing recommendations, please check the “Trip Preparation” section by scrolling down this tour page.

 

MS Midnatsol

Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

 

Polar Inside Cabin (I) – Included Cabin

Cabin includes separate beds, a bathroom with standing shower, and hair dryer. Please note room layouts may vary.

MS Midnatsol

Polar Outside Cabin (J & L)

Cabin includes portholes with limited or no view, separate beds, a bathroom with standing shower, and hair dryer. Please note room layouts may vary. Rooms with portholes will have limited or no view.

MS Midnatsol

Polar Outside Cabin (N & O)

Cabin includes windows, separate beds, a bathroom with standing shower, and hair dryer. Please note room layouts vary.

MS Midnatsol

Arctic Superior Cabin (P, U & QJ)

Cabin includes windows (some may have limited or no view), separate beds, a bathroom with standing shower, and hair dryer. You’ll also find the cabin equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. Please note room layouts may vary.

MS Midnatsol

Deck Plan

MS Midnatsol

Optional Tours

 
To enhance and make your visit to Argentina & Antarctica more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Day 3
Buenos Aires: Tango Show with Dinner (Approx. $105 USD per person)
Enjoy a lovely dinner with an exciting tango show at one of the most classic tango clubs in Buenos Aires. The Argentine Tango is a very different from the Tango seen in American ballroom dancing. Developed in Buenos Aires, there are several styles of Argentine Tango.

Trip Preparation

Note on Cruise
Note that weather and cruise conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Health Requirements
Due to the destination and nature of the sightseeing, this tour requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. Given the remote destination, please note that sophisticated medical facilities will not be available throughout the trip so you should bring a full supply of any required medication with you.
 
A Medical Declaration Form will be required for each traveler with a doctor’s stamp in order to travel. The medical Declaration form is to be completed and approved by your personal physician (medical doctor only) no more than 8 weeks before your departure date. The completed forms must be presented to the ship’s doctor upon boarding. Boarding will be denied if part III of the Medical Declaration Form is not approved by your personal physician. Even if the forms have been duly submitted and approved by your personal physician, the ship’s doctor and captain reserve the right to deny the boarding of guests who do not seem to be sufficiently fit for travel.
 
Please note that all information contained in the Medical Declaration Form is intended as a medical reference for the onboard doctor and will be retained by him/her throughout the duration of the voyage. All sections of the Medical Declaration form must be completed. To ensure personal information remains confidential do not send the medical form to smarTours nor to Hurtigruten. Please take the form with you on board the ship and present it to the ship’s doctor.

Flight Information
Your flights from the U.S. to Buenos Aires and back are via LATAM Airlines. You need to arrive at the designated airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Schedules are as follows:

Departure Date

Airline

Depart
(Time Departing Miami)

Return
(Time Landing Back in Miami)

2018: Nov. 4, Nov. 15, Nov. 26, Dec. 7, Dec. 18

LATAM Airlines

8:00PM

6:00AM

Advance Seat Assignment
LATAM Airlines does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.

Passport & Visa Information
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

Tickets & Final Documents
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.

Climate
Typically the Antarctic Peninsula can be accessed between the beginning of November through March when the pack ice breaks up enough to sail. You can expect daily temperatures around 27 – 33°F, but keep in mind that the weather as you approach Antarctica can be very temperamental and that sunshine, rain, snow, and heavy winds can all affect the outside temperature. In Buenos Aires you can expect daytime temperatures as high as the high-70’s to low 80’s.

Non-Included Meals
You may dine at the hotel used on this tour, or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

Credit Cards and Local Currency
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. it is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

On board the MS Midnatsol major credit cards are accepted (American Express, Visa & Mastercard Accepted; Discover not accepted) and the currency is the Norwegian Krone. Currency exchange is not available on board the ship. Please contact your bank or credit card company for foreign transaction fee information.

Baggage
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18″ x 10″ x 8″.

Antarctica Packing List
Layering is recommended, especially for the Antarctic Cruise portion of this itinerary. The MS Midnatsol recommends a waterproof outer layer (a jacket will be provided to you, but we recommend you bring a waterproof outer pant layer), a warm inner layer (ie fleece or wool), and a base layer (ie. long johns). Accessories like sunglasses, gloves, scarves, hats, thick socks, sunscreen, and a waterproof or water-resistant bag (ie. for your camera) are also recommended. For more details, click here. Please note aboard the ship you will need an adapter for your electronics (outlets will be standard continental European two-prong outlets).

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