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Antarctica: The Shetlands and Deception Island

6,995

*Departure: Jan 03 – Jan 13, 2020 – Check below for additional departure dates  
*Prices are based on sharing berth accommodation – additional cabin/price options listed below

10 days of cruising the wonders of Antarctica

Visiting 1 country: Antarctica

 

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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PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.

 

Day 1: End of the World, Start of a Journey

Pick up where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina. Reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, Ushuaia has all the fixings to make your trip something stellar. Kicking off in the afternoon, you will embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the balance of the evening.

Day 2 – 3: Path of the Polar Explorers

Ready to walk in the footsteps of seasoned polar explorers? Gear up! Over the course of two days on the Drake Passage, you’ll be exposed to cool salt breezes, rolling seas and maybe even a fin whale blasting 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 will enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. As you near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 – 6: Enter the Antarctic

Vivid scenes will grace your Instagram timeline feed (because this trek is absolutely post-worthy) as you soak in the gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice and dramatically different wildlife below and above.

Island Penguins

First, you will pass by the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Cuverville Island is among the list of picturesque sites you’ll encounter. Residing between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville Island houses a massive colony of Gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.

When your done capturing your very own March of the Penguins moment, head to Danco Island. This beautiful locale zeroes in on the Gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Zodiac cruising and kayaking

The epic landscape of Neko Harbour includes mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks.

As if the aforementioned wasn’t enough adventure for ya, there’s Paradise Bay. Here, you will be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters teeming with wildlife that you’ve only dreamed of seeing until this point: humpback and minke whales.

After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you will have the opportunity to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Around Jougla Point, you’ll have an Arctic rendezvous with Gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. The list of musts on your to-do list should include, kayaking, camping and – when conditions are operating in your favor – you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Day 7: Scenes of South Shetland

Fascinating flora and fantastic fauna are among nature’s niceties on the volcanic islands of South Shetlands. Though windswept and often cloaked in mist, the South Shetlands offer subtle pleasures. Mosses, lichens and flowering grasses adorn this mesmerizing location and there’s no shortage of wildlife including Gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels.

The ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera to Deception Island. Here you’ll find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with a number of kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

As an alternative, you’ll take part in fun activities near Half Moon Island. Here, chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 8 – 9: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends

The return trip is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. By now, you are surely familiar friends and faces.

Day 10: There and Back Again

Every adventure, no matter how awesome, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but this time with memories that will accompany you for life.

Additional information

Country

Antarctica

Duration

1 Week +

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS

Accommodation

Quadruple Porthole

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper / lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 6,980
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Complete cabin
€ 27,918
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 

Triple Porthole

  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper / lower berth + 1 single lower berth
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 7,858
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Complete cabin
€ 23,573
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 


Twin Porthole, deck 4

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 8,648
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin
€ 14,701
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
Complete cabin
€ 17,295
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 

Twin Porthole deck 3

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 8,646
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin
€ 14,698
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
Complete cabin
€ 17,290
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 

Twin Window

  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 8,996
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin
€ 15,294
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Complete cabin
€ 17,989
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Twin Deluxe

  • 3 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Small sofa
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth
€ 9,565
Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin
€ 16,260
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Complete cabin
€ 19,129
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Superior

  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space

Single cabin
€ 17,602
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Complete cabin
€ 20,709
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Inclusions

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 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 programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

What’s not included

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Optional Activities


Camping
On Request
Camp out overnight under the Antarctic skies

Looking to take your Antarctic adventure further? Join us for a night of camping out under the Antarctic night sky. We bring the camping gear, you bring your sense of adventure. Wake up the next morning to enjoy some of the cleanest air in the world, go home with a new fantastic memory under your belt.


Kayaking
On Request
Paddle your way through the Polar waters.

An optional activity, kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the shorelines of the Polar Regions. You’ll set out from your mother ship in the calm waters of a secluded bay, exploring the coastline at your own pace. Paddling your way through the quiet of the scenery you’ll be able to fully enjoy the serene beauty of the Arctic or Antarctic landscapes that surround you.

Additional Info

Duration: 9 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Disembarkation: Ushuaia
Language: English speaking voyage
Important: Camping and Kayaking are optional activities

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.

Age & Nationality

Passengers on a typical voyage range from in their 30s to their 80s, with the majority usually between 45 ― 65. Our expeditions attract independent travelers from around the globe who are characterized by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie that develops on board is an important part of the Oceanwide experience, and many passenger groups include several nationalities.

What to Wear

In keeping with the spirit of expedition, dress on board is informal. Bring casual and comfortable clothing for all activities, and keep in mind that much of the scenery can be appreciated from deck ― which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles, and make sure your parka is never far away in case one of our crew shouts “Whales!” over the loudspeaker and you have to dash outside in a moment’s notice. Opt for layers, as it is comfortably warm aboard the ship though often cold on deck.

How to Pay

Refreshments and souvenirs will be charged to your cabin. The day before departure you can settle your bill with the hotel manager, paying by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or cash (euro, or in some cases dollar). We cannot, however, accept checks. Though the prices and standard currency on board is in the euro, other currencies may be accepted at the discretion of the hotel manager, at prevailing rates.

Electric Current

The electrical supply aboard ship is 220v, 60Hz. Electrical outlets are standard European with two thick round pins, so some passengers may need a 220v/110v converter.

Gratuities

The customary gratuity to the ship’s service personnel is made as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage and is divided among the crew. Tipping is a personal matter, and the amount you wish to give is at your sole discretion. As a generally accepted guideline, we suggest 8 ― 10 euros per passenger per day. It is better for the crew if you give cash.

Non-Smoking Policy

We have a non-smoking policy inside all our vessels, though you can smoke in certain designated areas. We ask that you please respect the wishes of non-smokers.

Your Physical Condition

You must be in good overall health and be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding, but we spend as much time as possible on shore. You are, however, welcome to remain aboard the ship if you prefer. To join most excursions you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway ― from the ship to the water level ― to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats, and boarding will become progressively easier with practice, but conditions on shore can be slippery and rocky. Remember, you will be traveling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition or need daily medical treatment.

Vessel Information

Fortified for both poles of the planet, the ice-strengthened Ortelius is thoroughly outfitted to provide you an up-close experience of the Arctic and Antarctic.

A Glimpse into Ortelius’ PastOrtelius was originally the Marina Svetaeva. Built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, it served as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. Later it was re-flagged and renamed after the Dutch/Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598), who in 1570 published the first modern world atlas: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theater of the World. At that time his atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Ortelius is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

Passengers: 116-123 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 52
Length: 90.95 meters
Breadth: 17.20 meters
Draft: 5.4 meters
Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
Displacement: 4090 tonnes
Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Speed: 10.5 knots average cruising speed


Perfect for Any Expedition

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1, equivalent to 1A) and is therefor suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius can accommodate up to 116-123 passengers and has an abundance of open-deck spaces. It is manned by 22 highly experienced nautical crew members, 19 hotel staff, eight expedition specialists (one expedition leader, one assistant, and six lecturer-guides), and one doctor.


Ortelius: a Vessel with Comfort and Character

Though our voyages are primarily meant to offer our passengers an exploratory wildlife program with as much time ashore as possible, Ortelius offers all the comforts of a standard hotel ― along with a bar and lecture room. Flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. As such, Ortelius carries 10 Zodiacs with 60hp Yamaha engines.

Additional Departure

Jan 09 – Jan 19, 2020

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