Explore this remarkable continent with an all-inclusive package covering international flights, all associated transfers, and pre/post-tour accommodation - all on top of a magnificent once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise. This just one of the many fantastic options for all-inclusive Antarctic cruising across 2021, 2022 and 2023. Call now to learn more on 1300 414 198!
Looking for a concentrated expedition cruise that’s all about the frozen continent? This is it. You’ll spend five days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula on an unforgettable adventure. We’ll use all our experience voyaging these waters to take you ice-cruising and on landings, bringing you to see remote scenery and rare wildlife in person.
Included in your voyage:
Not included in your voyage
Your cruise will be on the MS Roald Amundsen. This state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
POLAR OUTSIDE CLASS:
The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks with windows, most are spacious, have flexible sleeping arrangements and TV for excellent and high standard accommodation. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
Outside cabin on lower/middle deck
Outside cabin on lower/middle decks
ARCTIC SUPERIOR CLASS:
Arctic Superior class cabins are comfortable and roomy accommodation and most have balconies. Flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV and other features make this one of our most popular categories. Our Arctic Superior concept includes a kettle, tea and coffee. Can accommodate two to four passengers.
Outside cabin w/balcony
These suites are large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. They can accommodate up to four passengers. Expedition suites are exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
XL Suite w/balcony
Corner Suite with balcony
Suite with balcony
1 January 2023
28 February 2023
After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Tango is only the beginning
Enjoy a day at leisure. Famously called the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. You can spend the evening at your leisure, sampling an authentic steak dinner at one of the city’s many parrillas or sightseeing some of the city’s best-known landmarks at Plaza de Mayo.
Filling up your itinerary is a cinch. Buenos Aires is home to numerous fine and modern art museums, landscaped parks and one of the world’s greatest opera houses – Teatro Colón. And that’s before we even mention the world-famous nightlife. But let’s face it – you’re in the city that gave the world tango – you’re not leaving until you join the locals in an informal lesson, or at the very least, watch a dance show.
Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM
Start at the ‘End of the World’
We fly first thing in the morning to a place nicknamed ‘End of the World’: the bustling port city of Ushuaia. It is here where your voyage truly begins. Your basecamp at sea is the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship – MS Roald Amudsen. Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team and crew members who will take you through a mandatory meeting related to health and safety – both yours and others. Later that evening, we mark the launch of our journey with a welcome dinner. Afterwards, you can familiarise yourself with this state-of-the-art vessel, especially designed for sustainable voyages in polar waters. On our way through the scenic Beagle Channel, you can watch for the rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife.
Crossing to another continent
Gateway to the Antarctic, the Drake Passage has rightly earned its notorious reputation as any voyager’s rite of passage. It can be rough. It can be choppy. It can be exhilarating! In 2019, a crew of six fatigued men became the first to row across it, skirting drifting ice and huge waves. It took them 13 days. Thankfully, it will take you just two – all in the comfort of MS Roald Amundsen and not an oar in sight!
During the voyage south, you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead by joining lectures in the dedicated onboard Science Center. The Expedition Team will be making sure you are familiar with the IAATO guidelines that have been written to protect both you and Antarctica’s precious wildlife, such as why you must use our special rubber boots when going ashore. Experts on the Expedition Team will talk passionately about Antarctica’s history and shed light on the science beneath its surface, and perhaps the far-reaching effects of climate change and plastic pollution. You’ll also learn about how you can get involved in Citizen Science programmes. These topical projects help research centres around the world document Antarctica’s environment and wildlife. You should also talk to our onboard photographer who will provide helpful tips, like how you can adjust the white balance on your camera to take great pictures. With this much to fascinate you, your two days at sea will fly by.
As an explorer in the polar region, you’re going to get hungry. Sate your appetite in one of our three modern restaurants or end the day in the Explorer Lounge enjoying a beverage of your choice. As you go around the ship with its wide, floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll notice how every effort has been made to ensure you have sight of the real reason you’re here – the stunning scenery outside. Whether from the comfort of a hot tub, the infinity pool or the spectacular panoramic sauna, you won’t miss out on any of the breathtaking views around you.
Where nature reigns supreme
You may have read about Antarctica, watched every documentary you could find about it. You may even have been paying rapt attention in a lecture about it just the day before. But nothing ever quite prepares you for the moment you see it for yourself. Step into an endless wilderness of ice, icebergs, and glaciers. A place where nature is king and the rest of us, mere observers.
Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It is a stillness that is broken every so often by the only locals around here.
A range of seabirds that include bitterns, swans, and petrels soar in the sky and gather on the shores. In addition to thousands of penguins, you might see seals playing in the water, a breaching humpback whale or even spot an orca, if you are lucky. You’ll notice that the penguins are unafraid of humans – this is their turf after all. Our Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and on landings to get you even closer to the impressive scenery. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs on an optional activity. And whenever time allows, the Expedition Team will continue to give lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the fascinating world we are exploring.
Very quickly, surrounded by such pristine nature, you understand the oft used advice about Antarctica – take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And that is exactly how we will explore here. At every step of the way, whether on ice-cruises or landings, the Expedition Team will be making sure we stick closely to strict safety and sustainability procedures.
A return to open waters
After five days capturing as much of Antarctica as you can on your camera, you will need some time to absorb this life-affirming experience. The two days back up the Drake Passage will certainly give you that – and a whole lot more. You’ll now have an opportunity to get even more involved with the Citizen Science programme and analyse samples on a microscopic level. You can also deepen some of your knowledge by attending more lectures on themes like the changing climate or plastic pollution, and we will reflect on our experiences in the frozen continent.
When you are ready to kick back and enjoy all the amenities of your advanced hybrid-powered vessel, you can do that too. Feel free to work out in our large gym, jog around our dedicated outdoor running track, treat yourself in the Wellness Centre or simply relax on deck while spotting the many seabirds which follow our ship.
Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM
All good things…
Your expedition cruise ends where it began: in Ushuaia. Soon, you’ll be back in Buenos Aires. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.
Do I need to bring my passport?
Yes. Please ensure that your passport is valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. Remember to check if you require a visa.
What currency should I bring on the trip?
On the Expedition ships, the currency used is Euros.
Argentinian pesos are used in Argentina, Chilean pesos are used in Chile. US dollars may be exchanged into local currency at either banks or Money Exchange kiosks, at the open market exchange rate of the day. Some shops might accept US cash, though this is not a common practice. You can also withdraw cash from ATM's using your credit card and PIN code.
When visiting the Falkland Islands, local pounds (FIP) are used as well as pound sterling. When landing in Antarctica, some bases do accept USD cash only. In Port Lockroy, the following currencies are accepted: GBP, USD, Euro, and major credit cards (for purchases above 100 USD).
Can we pay with cash and credit card on board?
We accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that our system does not support Maestro Card.
How do the landings operate in Antarctica?
All landings are dependent on the weather and ice conditions. Unfortunately, with the unpredictable weather in these polar zones, we can make no guarantees that landings will occur each and every day of your voyage.
What if there is a medical emergency?
In case of a medical emergency in Antarctica, the only method of evacuation is by plane to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favourable weather conditions. Therefore, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy that also covers medical evacuation is obligatory.
Are your ships wheelchair accessible?
We are happy to welcome guests who are not fully mobile and all ships (except MS Lofoten) have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair.
Valid for departures between October 2021 to March 2023. ‘From’ price based on lead in cabin type for nominated departure. Book by 18 December, 2020. Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC . Other departure cities available with a $300 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Flight timings and routings only available approximately 10 to 11 months in advance. Standard Hurtigruten booking terms and conditions apply. Combinable with Ambassador, Covid-19 rebooking and back to back combination discounts. Transfers may be on a shared basis. International airfares based on economy class.