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Overview

Leaving from Ushuaia, the 2017-18 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises take you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. From there you cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.

Four departures are offered during the 2017-18 season, two aboard Ocean Nova and two aboard Hebridean Sky.

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Itinerary

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    Start of the Air-Cruise

    Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    Cape Horn and Drake Passage

    After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    Drake Passage

    As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    Drake Passage and Antarctica

    After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    Antarctica and scheduled return flight

    Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights

    End of the Air-Cruise

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

    Note: The December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018 departure (AE03-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.

Ships

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Accommodation Details

Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 ft2 – 8 mt2 One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 ft2 – 10 mt2 Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 ft2 – 14 mt2 Two lower beds and one upper bed

Dates & Rates

Trip start and end

Triple Cabin

Twin Cabin

Single Cabin

Nov 29-Dec 4, 2017

4,695
3,695

5,695
4,695

6,995
5,995

Jan 14-19, 2018

4,695
3,695

5,695
4,695

6,995
5,995

A promotional offer is now in effect until March 15, 2017. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $1,000 Air Credit reduction per person. All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.


Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky, formerly called Sea Explorer, is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small-ships in the world.

Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.

Accommodation Details

Category Average size Details
Owner’s suite 370 ft-34 mt2 Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom
Single suite 240 ft-22 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Penthouse suite 325 ft-30 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Veranda suite 260 ft-24 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Deluxe suite 240 ft-22 mt2 Suites with bow and side windows, and sitting area
Promenade suite 220 ft-20 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Window suite 225 ft-21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Triple suite 225 ft-21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area

Dates & Rates

Trip start and end

Triple Suite

Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite

Owner’s Suite

Dec 8-13, 2017

4,995
3,995

5,995
4,995
6,295
5,295
6,495
5,495
6,995
5,995
7,795
6,795
7,795
6,795

8,595
7,595

Dec 31-Jan 6, 2018*

4,995
3,995

5,995
4,995
6,295
5,295
6,495
5,495
6,995
5,995
7,795
6,795
7,795
6,795

8,595
7,595

*Denotes reverse itinerary, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia.

A promotional offer is now in effect until March 15, 2017. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $1,000 Air Credit reduction per person. All prices indicated in USD.


Additional Activities

Preferred Seating

For an extra level of comfort, travellers can purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic flight. This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding when departing from Punta Arenas and an amenities kit.

Price
The per-person price for Antarctica Express Air-Cruises starting in Ushuaia (one-way) is $245.

Download the brochure below for full details

Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience

Take advantage of your trip to the deep south of Chile and see more of Patagonia with our Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience package. Visit Magdalena and Marta Islands, home to a protected nature reserve. With this packages you will also gain peace of mind, adding a buffer in case unfavourable weather delays your return flight from Antarctica.

Price
Single occupancy: $289 USD per person
Double occupancy: $259 USD per person
Triple occupancy: $245 USD per person

Download the brochure below for full details

Pre or Post-Expedition Hotel and Transfer packages

We offer Pre-Expedition and a Post-Expedition packages in Punta Arenas. These packages are offered on a request basis and allow you to secure additional hotel accommodation or transportation before or after your Antarctic adventure. Please inquire with your booking agent at time of reservation.

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