Bucket List - The 7th Continent

    The perfect trip if you want to experience Antarctica but don't have a lot of time to do it

    DurationFly/Cruise OptionPrice Range per Person, based on double occupancyDepartures
    6 to 14 days

    Yes, available for fly/cruise/fly, cruise/fly, or full cruise

    $4,795 USD to $27,775 USD* - price will differ based on expedition company, time of year, and year of travel

    November through March
    • Some include emergency medical evacuation insurance
    • The fare categories below are those for the lowest available cabin. Upgraded rooms may cost anywhere from 125% to 250% more
    • Price estimates are full fare and do not reflect any promotional discounts. Because these promotions are time- or itinerary-sensitive, we can look at available fares and promotions when you are ready to book.
    • Adventure options - depending on tour operator, ship and time of year:
      • zodiac adventures
      • polar plunge

    If you're short on time and just want the been-there-done-that item checked off your list, you can do a 6 day/5 night trip to experience:

    • 7th Continent - one landing on the Peninsula
    • Cape Horn
    • Sail the Drake Passage (Sail down, fly back)

    This particular itinerary ranges from $4,795 USD to $8,595 USD per person, based on double occupancy and is available late November to mid-February.

    The following is an in-depth trip to the Antarctic Peninsula - 13 day duration.

    Chin strap, Gentoo, Adelie

    Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels

    Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals

    Antarctic Orca, Blue Whale

    Day 1 - Ushuaia

    Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

    There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information about the ship and your upcoming adventure.

    Please note that the first night in Ushuaia is on twin share basis. If you're travelling solo or have an odd number of travellers in your group and have not purchased a private cabin, you will be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender.

    Included arrival transfer.

    Day 2 - Ushuaia/Drake Passage

    Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the ship begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

    On your first day onboard, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for your trip.

    Days 3–4 - Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

    The adventure begins with an 1000km (600 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the ship's wake.

    As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff.

    Daily lectures and educational program

    Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The ship has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

    Spend time out on deck keep an eye out for sea birds and whales that live in these fertile waters. Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey to Antarctica.

    Days 5–10 - South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula

    With a total of six days to explore the world's most southerly ecosystem, there's more time to encounter the unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery of the Antarctic. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) to encounter penguin rookeries, get a good look at the variety of seal species, and keep an eye out for the whales that feed in the peninsula's cold, fertile waters.

    Navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

    During the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Take an optional polar plunge, visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station, and gain a new perspective on this part of world.

    Zodiac Landings - Antarctica

    Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

    Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition

    Learn about the Expedition’s current location, daily announcements, landing site-specific information as well as recaps of the previous day at a quick daily briefing.

    Optional Activities - Days 5–10

    Polar Plunge

    • You remembered to pack your bathing suit, right? Depending on weather conditions, opt to do the polar plunge and jump into the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Convince some of your fellow passengers to join and you’ll be left with an amazing group experience no one will ever forget!

    Days 11–12 - Drake Passage/Ushuaia

    Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. Keep eyes peeled on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

    Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

    Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

    Day 13 - Ushuaia

    Disembark the ship after breakfast.

    In the morning upon completion you will disembarkation in Ushuaia. Passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

    For those on morning flights, a transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport in the afternoon, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

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