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Spirit of Antarctica

Antarctic adventures are best enjoyed midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals. We visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth.

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica (6 Jan '19)
06 January, 2019 to 16 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Spirit of Antarctica, departing on 06 January, 2019

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 £ 7469 GBP pp
Cabin Numbers: 300, 301 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside deck accessed via Deck 4 Cabin Size: 10.2 m2
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Twin Public £ 8778 GBP pp
Cabin Numbers: 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside decks accessible via Deck 3 and 4 Cabin Size: 9.8 m2
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Twin Economy Private £ 10087 GBP pp
Cabin Numbers: 402, 403 Deck: Deck 4 Cabin Features Private en-suite Upper and lower bunk and a couch Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2
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Twin Private £ 10626 GBP pp
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2
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Captain's Mini Suite £ 11396 GBP pp
Cabin Numbers: 502, 503 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en suite Double bed in separate room Side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2
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Captain's Suite £ 12474 GBP pp
Cabin Number: 501 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Double bed in separate room Forward- and side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and table area TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2
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Spirit of Antarctica itinerary:

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Day 1 – Overnight Punta Arenas
One-night accommodation is included prior to boarding your expedition. Today, expeditioners will gather in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southern-most city on Earth. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. On arrival into Punta Arenas, you can make your own way to our joining hotel. Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!
Day 2 – Punta Arenas to King George Island
This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica.The flight will take approximately two-and-a-half hours. On arrival into King George Island our team is on hand to greet you and provide you with gumboots for your short walk to board Polar Pioneer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings, followed by enjoying our first meal on board as the crew set our course for our first landing in Antarctica! NOTE: Satellite and weather information is checked before departure and during the flight. As bad weather conditions in Antarctica can delay our charter flight from departing on time, Aurora Expeditions has developed programs to offer you if we are delayed.
Days 3-8 – Antarctic Peninsula
A peek out of the porthole very early this morning should confirm that we have reached Antarctica. Over the next six days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions, and wildlife opportunities. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally make landings or zodiac excursions two to three times a day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookies, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
Days 9 to 10 - Drake Passage
Today, our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.
Day 11 - Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 08:00. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, flights are not to be booked from Ushuaia prior to 12 noon on the day of disembarkation.
Please Note:
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

Spirit of Antarctica reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.
Day 11 - Beagle Channel, Ushuaia *
During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 08:00. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, flights are not to be booked from Ushuaia prior to 12 noon on the day of disembarkation.
Days 9 to 10 - Drake Passage *
Today, our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.
Days 3-8 – Antarctic Peninsula *
A peek out of the porthole very early this morning should confirm that we have reached Antarctica. Over the next six days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions, and wildlife opportunities. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally make landings or zodiac excursions two to three times a day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookies, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
Day 2 – Punta Arenas to King George Island *
This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica.The flight will take approximately two-and-a-half hours. On arrival into King George Island our team is on hand to greet you and provide you with gumboots for your short walk to board Polar Pioneer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings, followed by enjoying our first meal on board as the crew set our course for our first landing in Antarctica! NOTE: Satellite and weather information is checked before departure and during the flight. As bad weather conditions in Antarctica can delay our charter flight from departing on time, Aurora Expeditions has developed programs to offer you if we are delayed.
Day 1 – Overnight Punta Arenas *
One-night accommodation is included prior to boarding your expedition. Today, expeditioners will gather in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southern-most city on Earth. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. On arrival into Punta Arenas, you can make your own way to our joining hotel. Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!
* = Indicative
Map for Spirit of Antarctica
Polar Pioneer, the ship servicing Spirit of Antarctica

Polar Pioneer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 71 metres

Passenger Capacity: 50

Built / refurbished: 1985 / 2000

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the treacherous waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers.

A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring.

This class of vessel has a fine reputation for polar expedition cruising, due to its strength, manoeuvrability and small number of cabins. All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice-navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.

The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.

Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but this is a popular ship for travel to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.

Ice-strengthened hull

Triple, twin & suite cabins

Spacious viewing platforms and decks

Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs

Lounge bar & two dining rooms

Dedicated presentation room

Sauna

Basic medical clinic

English-speaking doctor

Daily cabin cleaning service

Satellite phone & email access

Gumboots provided for landings

Laundry service available

Mini SuiteTwin Public

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer
• Penguin colonies alive with nest building

• Zodiac cruise amoungst water-sculpted icebergs

• Step ashore the Antarctic continent!

• Visit historic huts and scientific stations

• Antarctic marine life - seals and whales

• Kayak, climb, camp or snorkel!
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