One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctica Christmas in Antarctica & the Weddell Sea 12 nights

Celebrate a white Christmas on this expedition, which combines many of the classic and well-known locations along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. It also adds a genuine sense of exploration as we enter the icy realms of the Weddell Sea, situated on the less-visited eastern side of the peninsula.

This voyage provides our most in-depth exploration of the Weddell Sea, at the optimal time of the season for weather and ice navigation. If you are seeking a voyage which provides a sense of the ‘wild and unknown’ and of ‘true exploration’ – this may well be the trip you’ve been looking for. It is here the big icebergs roam. The Weddell Sea is also home to astonishing wildlife colonies that dwarf those found in other regions.

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Christmas in Antarctica & the Weddell Sea

Starting Rate: US$10,895.00+

Number of Nights: 12

Departs from: USHUAIA

Returns to: USHUAIA

Please check trip notes for your chosen departure for exact flight details.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer-in-Residence
    Education
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Fitness & Yoga
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Family

Available Dates:

2019
December 16 - 28 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Christmas in Antarctica & the Weddell Sea

A true expedition and a Christmas to remember.

As we head to the Weddell Sea you will be amazed at the flat-topped tabular bergs, some the size of whole city blocks that break off the vast ice tongues far to the south, before drifting north on the ocean currents. A known emperor penguin rookery at Snow Hill Island means that we have our best possible chance of encountering the largest of Antarctica’s penguins while exploring in this region. | Note this is a sample itinerary. Please reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure for exact details.



Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the pi...

Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the pier and embark our expedition ship. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers.




Days 2 - 3

At Sea - Towards Antarctica

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife....

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Throughout the days our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history of the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. As we approach the coastline of Antarctica, we anticipate an increase in whale sightings.




Days 4 - 6

Western Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

We awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. Arriving into Antarctic waters via the Bismark S...

We awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. Arriving into Antarctic waters via the Bismark Strait, we aim for some of our favourite landing sites today. Anvers Island is one of the largest of the off-shore ‘barrier’ islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are several outstanding sites here and neighbouring Wiencke Island, such as Damoy Point, or Port Lockroy. Zodiac cruising or sea-kayaking into the nearby ice ‘cathedral’ of Skontorp Cove is another memorable experience. We navigate in a northerly direction along the Gerlache Strait overnight. This is an important whale migration corridor. By morning we have reached several other favoured locations in the northern Gerlache. Places such as Cierva Cove or Mikkelson Harbour allow for some great excursions on shore and in the Zodiacs. We continue our journey and by morning, will have arrived in the South Shetland Islands. After a busy day in the South Shetlands, excitement is in the air as we set sail for Antarctic Sound – the gateway to the Weddell Sea.




Days 7 - 10

Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea

Arriving into the Weddell Sea is a humbling experience. We notice an increase in the huge, flat-topped tabular icebergs in this vicinity. The Wedde...

Arriving into the Weddell Sea is a humbling experience. We notice an increase in the huge, flat-topped tabular icebergs in this vicinity. The Weddell Sea is rich in history. Having been stranded on Elephant Island, Shackleton's story of survival is one of the greatest ever told. The region is home to immense colonies of the smallest of Antarctica’s penguin species – the Adelie. In locations such as Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Gourdin Island and the Danger Islands, these rookeries are home to as many as 100,000 nesting penguins. Our adventure is far from over and we have an exciting day planned with possible shore landings on Vega Island, which is home to some of the most fascinating palaeontology found in all of Antarctica. We celebrate our exploration of the Weddell Sea this evening, enjoying a fine Christmas celebration on board the ship commencing our journey home.




Days 11 - 12

Drake Passage

As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Exp...

As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn.




Day 13

Arrive Usuaia

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported ...

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Christmas in Antarctica and the Weddell Sea
December 16 - 28 2019 12 Nights
Akademik Ioffe From: US$10,895.00+
One Ocean Suite




US$19,895.00
Shackleton Suite




US$17,495.00
Superior




US$15,995.00
Twin Private




US$14,795.00
Semi Private




US$13,495.00
Triple Share




US$10,895.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
*Please check trip notes for your chosen departure for exact flight details.

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