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Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it also offers the opportunity to venture farther south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head toward a milestone that few travelers reach, you’ll feel as if you’re in a world without borders, sailing across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice.

Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.
27 February, 2018 to 12 March, 2018 Make a booking request for Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition, departing on 27 February, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple £ 7135 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with two lower berths, one upper berth and private bath. Approximately 10-15 m2 (105 to 160 sq ft).
Single Inside £ 11335 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m2 (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole £ 11335 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m2 (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Window £ 12175 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m2 (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole Plus 2 £ 12847 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin porthole plus 2 on deck four is twice the size of a twin porthole, with 2 bathrooms. It features a porthole window, one or two beds and two private baths. Approximately 18-20 m2 (190 to 200 sq ft).
Twin Porthole Plus 1 £ 12847 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin porthole plus 1 on deck four is twice the size of a twin porthole, with 1 bathroom. It features a porthole window, one or two beds and one private bath. Approximately 18-20 m2 (190 to 200 sq ft).
Upper Deck Twin £ 13939 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
An upper deck twin on decks seven and eight features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths or one double bed and private bath. Approximately 13 m2 (140 sq ft).
Superior Twin £ 14527 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A Superior Twin features a picture window, and a private bath, approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 sq. m).
Top Deck Twin £ 14779 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (partial obstruction), one double bed and private bath. Approximately 14.5 m2 (155 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus 2 £ 15367 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin window plus 2 on deck five is twice the size of a twin window, with 2 bathrooms. It features a picture window, one or two beds and two private baths. Approximately 18-20 m2 (190 to 200 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus 1 £ 15367 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A twin window plus 1 on deck five is twice the size of a twin window, with 1 bathroom. It features a picture window, one or two beds and one private bath. Approximately 18-20 m2 (190 to 200 sq ft).
Junior Suite £ 15955 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths or one double bed and private bath. Approximately 30 m2 (320 sq ft).
Owner's Suite £ 16795 GBP pp (+ Charter Flights 950 USD pp)
The owners suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub. Approximately 30 m2 (320 sq ft).

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition itinerary:

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Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).
Day 2 — Charter Flight from Buenso Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages (at an extra cost).
Days 8 and 9 — The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.
Days 10 and 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition team will continue to offer presentations, while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.
Days 12 and 13 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.
Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, for charter flight back to Buenos Aires
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires
Please Note:
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, for charter flight back to Buenos Aires *
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires
Days 12 and 13 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia *
As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.
Days 10 and 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula *
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition team will continue to offer presentations, while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.
Days 8 and 9 — The Antarctic Circle *
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.
Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands *
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages (at an extra cost).
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage *
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
Day 2 — Charter Flight from Buenso Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation *
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina *
Buenos Aires, Argentina You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).
* = Indicative
Map for Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Ocean Endeavour, the ship servicing Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Ocean Endeavour

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 137m

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built: 1982 - refurbished 2010 & 2014

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

Ocean EndeavourOcean Endeavour

Cabin layout for Ocean Endeavour
• Be one of the few travellers to venture to 66 degrees 33.7 minutes South

• Visit historic research stations in Marguerite Bay

• Witness the abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more

• Experience the Western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites

• Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists.
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Optional extras & upgrades

Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package (800.00 USD)
Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast, Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires, Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (return), Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship (return).

Camping (250.00 USD)
Not very many people have the opportunity to say they’ve camped on the 7th Continent. This is one of the best ways to experience Antarctica in a more intimate manner, and take your expedition to the next level. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided.

Kayaking (950.00 USD)
Kayaking in Antarctica is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore this incredible region. Glide through the quiet waters and take in the beauty of Antarctica. Paddle through astounding icebergs, watch penguins, seals and possibly whales swim around your kayak. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided.