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Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice

Look forward to spring awakening in the vast fields of snow, mighty ice formations and unique glacial panoramas. A spectacular backdrop for wildlife sightings when the Zodiacs take you to huge colonies of penguins, elephant seals and seals.

***This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions
02 December, 2017 to 17 December, 2017 Make a booking request for Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice, departing on 02 December, 2017

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.

Cat 1: Guaranteed Outside Cabin £ 11079 GBP pp
approx 22m2 All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 2: Amundsen Deck £ 12289 GBP pp
approx 22m2 - Amundsen Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 3: Explorer Deck £ 13952 GBP pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Explorer Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 4: Marco Polo Deck £ 14498 GBP pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Marco Polo Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 5: Explorer Deck £ 15044 GBP pp
approx 22m2 - Explorer Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 6: Bridge Deck £ 16657 GBP pp
approx 22m2 - Bridge Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Single Occupancy Amundsen Deck £ 17388 GBP pp
approx 22m2 - Amundsen Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Single Occupancy - Marco Polo £ 20638 GBP pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Marco Polo Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.
Cat 7: Bridge Deck £ 23301 GBP pp
approx 44m2 - Bridge Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated facing outward with a view of the worlds oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice itinerary:

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Day 1: Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia
Individual arrangements to Buenos Aires, fly to Ushuaia included in the cost. The ship departs at 1800.
Days 2-4: At Sea
Days 5-7: South Georgia
Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special wildlife sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the masses of animals. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.
Days 8-9: At Sea
Days 10-12: South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula
South Shetland Islands Towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock, black volcanic beaches and fossils up to 150 million years old: the archaic beauty of the Antarctic’s largest island group is also a history book of geology – and Antarctic exploration. After being forced to abandon their ship in the ice, Shackleton’s men spent the winter on the rocky Elephant Island. In good weather, we can set out in smaller boats to reach destinations such as Half Moon Island. Walk across vast fields of snow and enjoy beautiful views of the rugged neighbouring Livingston Island, the home of majestic elephant seals. Your impressions will be just as unforgettable when the HANSEATIC calls at Deception lsland. Thanks to its shallow draught, the ship can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Flanked by rock faces up to 50 m (164 ft) in height, the black sand in front of you gives off steam as a testament to a past eruption – and you in the heart of the scenery. Antarctic Peninsula and outlying islands Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship like the HANSEATIC can guarantee the full Antarctic experience: enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs the size of houses drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, generate a sublime soundscape. And gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see – including on Cuverville Island, for example, surrounded by drifting icebergs. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking. The former British research station is one of the historical sites of the Antarctic and has been transformed into a museum – only a handful of people live here to record first-hand observations of hundreds of birds and numerous penguins.
Days 13-14: Sailing through the Drake Passage
Day 15: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight to Buenos Aires included in the cost. A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings may vary from year to year.

Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Day 15: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires *
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight to Buenos Aires included in the cost. A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings may vary from year to year.
Days 13-14: Sailing through the Drake Passage *
Days 10-12: South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula *
South Shetland Islands Towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock, black volcanic beaches and fossils up to 150 million years old: the archaic beauty of the Antarctic’s largest island group is also a history book of geology – and Antarctic exploration. After being forced to abandon their ship in the ice, Shackleton’s men spent the winter on the rocky Elephant Island. In good weather, we can set out in smaller boats to reach destinations such as Half Moon Island. Walk across vast fields of snow and enjoy beautiful views of the rugged neighbouring Livingston Island, the home of majestic elephant seals. Your impressions will be just as unforgettable when the HANSEATIC calls at Deception lsland. Thanks to its shallow draught, the ship can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Flanked by rock faces up to 50 m (164 ft) in height, the black sand in front of you gives off steam as a testament to a past eruption – and you in the heart of the scenery. Antarctic Peninsula and outlying islands Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship like the HANSEATIC can guarantee the full Antarctic experience: enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs the size of houses drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, generate a sublime soundscape. And gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see – including on Cuverville Island, for example, surrounded by drifting icebergs. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking. The former British research station is one of the historical sites of the Antarctic and has been transformed into a museum – only a handful of people live here to record first-hand observations of hundreds of birds and numerous penguins.
Days 8-9: At Sea *
Days 5-7: South Georgia *
Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special wildlife sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the masses of animals. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.
Days 2-4: At Sea *
Day 1: Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia *
Individual arrangements to Buenos Aires, fly to Ushuaia included in the cost. The ship departs at 1800.
* = Indicative
Map for Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice
MS Hanseatic , the ship servicing Expedition Antarctica - a World of Ice

MS Hanseatic

Vessel Type:

Length: 403ft

Passenger Capacity: 175

Built:1991

 

Aboard the M/S Hanseatic you will discover your very own personal expedition. Due to the background five-star service, you will enjoy your holiday to the maximum and it will become an unforgettable experience.

The Hanseatic was built in 1991 in Finland. It weighs 8380 tons and has a draught of 4,90 meters only. It is a small and versatile ship used for expeditions but at the same time it offers more than average space for its 175 passengers. On its expedition-cruises extraordinary destinations such as Antarctica, Greenland, Micronesia or the North Western Passage are to be found on the itinerary. Apart from these, destinations as Norway, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea or the Mediterranean Sea are also attractive to the Hanseatic for their more individual smaller ports, off the tourist track. The itineraries are designed in a very individual and respectful manner.

Atmosphere on board

The Hanseatic is an attractive cruise ship for the explorer type of tourist. Moreover, it offers a five star standard to its guests. During the day the dress code on board is casually sporty and ashore mainly comfortable and appropriate to the destination visited. Only for the occasion of the Captain's dinner a formal dress code would be recommended. Most of the guests belong to the middle to advanced age-groups. The Hanseatic is less attractive to families.

Living aboard

During the day meals are offered within an open seating. In the evening dinner is served in the main restaurant. There is enough capacity in the main restaurant for all guests at once. The excellent culinary offer fulfills the standard of a five star service. Each cruise of the Hanseatic is accompanied by specialized lectors who will be happy to answer all your questions on the current itinerary. In exciting and interesting presentations you will gain all important background knowledge on the visited destinations in the Darwin Hall. Once reached the destination you will shipped out in individual Zodiacs with a small group only. This will offer you a chance to experience the wonders of our nature in the most possible individual way. There a sauna, a gym and a sun bed to be found aboard the Hanseatic. On deck there is a temperature-regulated pool which is filled with sea water. Moreover, there are bicycles onboard that you can use free of charge for individual excursions in the destinations.

Cabins

All cabins are comfortable and designed elegant. The average size of 22 square meter (suites 44 square meter) offers enough space for the guests. There are exclusively outside cabins. All cabins are equipped with a television with satellite program and a possibility to send and receive emails. Your mini bar will be topped up with non-alcoholic drinks free of charge on a daily basis.

 

 

Cabin layout for MS Hanseatic
On every expedition, you will be accompanied by renowned experts in various fields. Biologists, glaciologists, geologists and historians will make you experience the wonders of the sixth continent even more intensely. In-depth on-board preparation and follow-up sessions for trips ashore, interesting pointers during Zodiac rides and compelling expert knowledge on your natural history excursions ashore will broaden the horizons of your knowledge.
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