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Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and 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 into crystal waters from an iceberg, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea-ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

Please Note: Feb 24–Mar 10, 2017 departure is 15 days long.
14 January, 2018 to 27 January, 2018 Make a booking request for Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition, departing on 14 January, 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 Cabin £ 8479 GBP pp
A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Lower Deck Twin £ 9655 GBP pp
A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Twin Porthole £ 10579 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Twin Window £ 11755 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Superior Cabin £ 12847 GBP pp
A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Deluxe £ 13855 GBP pp
A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Suite £ 15283 GBP pp
A Suite has two lower berths, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub other Suites have showers.
Owner's Suite £ 17131 GBP pp
New cabin to be added in 2017
16 February, 2018 to 01 March, 2018 Make a booking request for Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition, departing on 16 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 Cabin £ 8479 GBP pp
A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Lower Deck Twin £ 9655 GBP pp
A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Twin Porthole £ 10579 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Twin Window £ 11755 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Superior Cabin £ 12847 GBP pp
A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Deluxe £ 13855 GBP pp
A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Suite £ 15283 GBP pp
A Suite has two lower berths, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub other Suites have showers.
Owner's Suite £ 17131 GBP pp
New cabin to be added in 2017

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition itinerary:

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Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand-crafted chocolate at a café in town.
Day 2 - Embarkation Day
The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
Day 3-4 - 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 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 and South Shetland Islands
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final 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 Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Bay. While weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. 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.
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 back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will help fill in any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.
Days 12 and 13 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.
Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.
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, Argentina *
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.
Days 12 and 13 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia *
Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited 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 back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will help fill in any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.
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 and South Shetland Islands *
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final 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 Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Bay. While weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. 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.
Day 3-4 - 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 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 - Embarkation Day *
The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina *
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand-crafted chocolate at a café in town.
* = Indicative
Map for Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Sea Adventurer, the ship servicing Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Sea Adventurer

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1975 / 1998

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer, (formerly the Clipper Adventurer) is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the remote polar regions. Her ice-strengthened hull permits her to glide easily and safely through ice-strewn waters that are not accessible to conventional cruise vessels.

She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. In 1998 the Adventurer had a $13 million conversion done in Scandinavia. She is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners when ships were ships. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with lower beds and private facilities.

There is a Main Lounge, bar, Clipper Club, library/card room, gymnasium and gift shop. A multi-national staff serves American and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Clipper Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Cabins: All cabins have a window with outside view. Each has private facilities.

 

Cabins and amenities

  • 61 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities.
  • Decks 4 and 5 have exterior access, with outside seating.
  • Window-lined dining room on Deck 4 with unreserved seating.
  • Lounge/Presentation Room.
  • 2 bars.
  • Library.
  • Gift shop.
  • 4 hour beverage station.
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.

Deck Plan for some trips may vary, please ask for details.


Cabin layout for Sea Adventurer
• Extend your time in Antarctica and make landings in less frequented sites south of the Antarctic Circle;

• Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay;

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

• Experience the Western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites; and

• Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists.
Enquire now about Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

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