WORLD EXPLORERS CLUB CRUISE TO ANTARCTICA
December 10 to December 20, 2019

World Explorer Club Cruise -  December 2019, Sail with David Hatcher Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos to Antarctica.

USHUAIA - Tuesday 10 Dec - Depart 5:00 PM
At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.
 
DRAKE PASSAGE - From Wednesday 11 Dec To Thursday 12 Dec
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

ANTARCTIC SOUND - Friday 13 Dec 
The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas.

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA From Saturday 14 Dec To Monday 16 Dec 
Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness.

ANTARCTICA SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS - Tuesday 17 Dec 
Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here.

DRAKE PASSAGE - From Wednesday 18 Dec To Thursday 19 Dec 
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
 
USHUAIA - Friday 20 Dec Arrive: 8:00 AM 
At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.
 
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

 

Included in this Cruise (every stateroom is a suite)

  • Presentation, Lecture and Q&A session with David Hatcher Childress, and Giorgio Tsoukalos

  • Round trip charter airfare to/from Ushuaia

  • $250 per suite onboard credit

  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising

  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally

  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please

  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar

  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer

  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team

  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore side activities led by the Expeditions Team

  • Gratuities always included in your fare

Extremely limited availability. 25% deposit per person required to reserve suite.

$200 of the deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

NOT INCLUDED: airfare to/from Buenos Aires and pre-/-post cruise hotel packages. Travel insurance is available and highly recommended. Please call toll free 877-642-4308 for specific rates from your home city or email us at mike@HolidayMakerTravel.com

Airfare packages available including round trip airfare, plus 1 pre-cruise hotel night and all transfers. $2500-$2800 per person depending on departure city, call for exact pricing from your city.

World Explorer Club Cruise -  December 2019

All Prices based on 2 per Stateroom (call for single, triple, quad rates)
Please call Holiday Maker Travel LLC toll free at 877-642-4308 or email us at Mike@HolidayMakerTravel.com for more details and questions. Deposit : $200 per person to confirm cabin. Balance of 25% per person deposit required within 7 days of confirmation.

Prices:
$11,100 per person Vista Suite
$13,800 per person Veranda Suite
$14,400 per person Deluxe Veranda Suite
$23,400 per person Medallion Suite
$26,100 per person Silver Suite
Save 10% per person on above fares if paid in full by June 30, 2018

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