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Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle

As our voyage begins, we pilot through the calm, gunmetal grey waters and sloping glaciers of Beagle Channel. Turning southward, our journey begins in earnest, and we enter Drake Passage. A body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. These nutrient rich waters lure a wealth of seabirds, albatrosses and several species of whales. Weather permitting, we catch our first sight of seals and penguins!

With widen eyes, we will weave through the South Shetland Islands, a pearly necklace of glistering, ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes. Numerous Zodiac excursions are landfalls are likely. We are constantly on the lookout for whales, sea lions, elephant seals and an unbelievable amount of sea birds and penguins.

Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. Spread in isolation along the coast, we also see a number of manned and unmanned research stations, which we aim to visit before accomplishing our goal – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ south. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.

Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessel from reach this far south, but with the highest ice-class rating, Ocean Atlantic moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure for life.

10 February, 2020 to 22 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle, departing on 10 February, 2020

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.

Category F £ 6517 GBP pp
Standard inside cabin, triple beds on Deck 5.
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Category E £ 7939 GBP pp
Standard inside cabin, double or two single beds on Deck 5
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Category D £ 10112 GBP pp
Size 11-12 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Category G £ 10665 GBP pp
Outside single Cabin. Size 9-10 m2 . Cabins feature a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Category C £ 10862 GBP pp
Size 12-13 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on the Columbus and Marco Polo Deck (Deck 4 & 5).
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Category B £ 11810 GBP pp
Size 20-23 sq. m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and a window. Limited view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
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Category A £ 12403 GBP pp
Size 19-24 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Premium Suite £ 13983 GBP pp
Size 35 sq.m. These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, large private bathroom and window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle itinerary:

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Day 1: Arrival Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Atlantic. Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
Day 2-3: At Sea - Cross Drake Passage
Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-know for its abundance of birds.
Day 4-5: South Shetland Islands
Over the next two days, we will explore to the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain. Projected landfalls include: Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, sheer cliffs rising from the sea and snow-covered peaks; King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Day 6-10: Antarctic Peninsula
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Explore as far south as possible to Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island. Visit research stations and the Antarctic Circle, if ice conditions allow. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Day 11-12: Depart Antarctica - At Sea
Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers.
Day 13: Back to Ushuaia and disembarkation
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia where our tour ends. Transfer to airport.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Itineraries are subject to change.
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia where our tour ends. Transfer to airport.
Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers.
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Explore as far south as possible to Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island. Visit research stations and the Antarctic Circle, if ice conditions allow. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Over the next two days, we will explore to the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain. Projected landfalls include: Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, sheer cliffs rising from the sea and snow-covered peaks; King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-know for its abundance of birds.
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Atlantic. Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
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Ocean Atlantic, the ship servicing Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle

Ocean Atlantic

Vessel Type: Ice-class small expedition cruise ship

Length: 140 meters

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built / rebuilt / renovated: 1985 / 2010 / 2016

Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler.

Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated (2016) with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers.

The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010. With a length of 140m she has ample space on the multiple decks for several lecture halls, a relaxed restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine, professionally staffed bars and observation platforms – and even a pool.

All common areas on the Erickson Deck feature large panel windows, enabling passengers to quickly spot passing whales and photographic sights from the comfort of indoor lounges.

All private cabins are stylish appointed and feature individual bathroom facilities, phone for internal calls, individual temperature controls and TV. Ideal for relaxation, the vessels’ accommodation ranges in size from 11 - 35 m2 and are designed with either portholes or windows.

Daily shore landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and other Antarctic wonders are made possible by her fleet of 20 Zodiacs.

Restaurant & Bar

The bright, spacious restaurant prepares 4-star international cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your tour price. All meals are served in the restaurant where you can enjoy the spectacular views. You have free seating at all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is a la carte. Meals, including daily snacks, are prepared by a professional chef. Coffee, tea and water are free during the entire cruise; other drinks can be purchased in the restaurant and at the bar. In the event you are not onboard at lunch time we will prepare a lunch bag for you in the morning, which you can take ashore. In the afternoon, we offer tea and coffee in the lounge. We also offer a midnight snack between 22:00 h and 24:00 h.

The professionally staffed bar  offers a selection of soft drinks, juices, wines, liquors, spirits and beer that can be charged to your shipboard account.

Observation Deck / Pool

Enjoy the time on our observation deck while relaxing in a deckchair, take a swim in the pool or soak in the jaccuzi.

Activities

Library: Our board library offers a wide range of multilingual books ranging from fiction to travel literature. Curl up with a book, watch a DVD and broaden your understanding of the region's history, flora, fauna, climate, scientific contributions and more.

Entertainment: During all Albatros Expedition cruises, the focus is placed on exploration and education. From the ship's well-equipped, onboard lecture theatres, the expedition team will host a series of presentations and workshops on various topics.

Shore Excursions & Landings: The expedition team will organize a series of Zodiac excursions and shore landing activities to bring you closer in touch with your natural surroundings.

Gym & Wellness

Gym facilities and a sauna are available onboard the ship. 

Panoramic Lounges

Large windows, comfortable seating and even binoculars create the ideal lookout to enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.

Cabin layout for Ocean Atlantic
• Visit the sub-antarctic South Shetland Islands

• Explore the Antarctic Peninsula

• Antarctic Circle crossing

• Top wildlife destination in the world with penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses

• Icebergs and glaciated mountains with volcanoes

• Many Zodiac excursions and landings

• Small expedition ship that enbales access to remote areas

• Onboard activities while at sea - lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting
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