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Maximum Antarctica in Minimum Time

If you have less time to explore Antarctica, bypass the Drake Passage at the beginning and end of your voyage to spend the most time with your boots on the ground, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. From young elephant seals to the enchanting Weddell seal, November brings these majestic creatures in droves to the South Shetland Islands. In December, keep your eyes on the water during a Zodiac safari, as during this time there’s an increase in sightings of baleen and humpback whales amid the Peninsula. On shore landings, look for the Gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins in their courtship rituals. FREE private charter jet service takes you between Punta Arenas and King George Island. A FREE 1-night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Punta Arenas offers the utmost comfort to rest and relax before and after your journey.

FREE Private Charter Jet Service
FREE 1-Night Post-Cruise Hotel Stay
FREE Punta Arenas Immersion

King George Island Roundtrip

November 27, 2024

5 Nights

World Voyager

SECOND GUEST
SAILS FREE

PLUS

FREE Cultural Immersion

Nov 27 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Depart: 6:00 pm

King George Island, South Shetland Islands

King George Island, South Shetland Islands Your charter flight lands in or departs from Eduardo Frei Montalva Station on King George Island, the Chilean air base for Antarctica expeditions with flight options over the Drake Passage. Lying within the Fildes Peninsula, where Chile laid claim to Antarctic territory, the base is an important research station. Made up of over 40 buildings that include a school, bank, hospital and post office, it resembles more a small village than a base. King George Island has come to be known as the unofficial capital of Antarctica with its various research stations located on the island. As a haven for an incredible amount of wildlife, including chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, and elephant, leopard and Weddell seals, it’s a prime locale for scientific research.

Nov 28 Exploring the South Shetland Islands - Captain’s Choice, Antarctica

Exploring the South Shetland Islands - Captain’s Choice, Antarctica

Part of the greater Antarctica region, the South Shetland Islands contain plenty of wildlife, scenic landscapes, hiking opportunities and magnificent viewpoints that inspire a sense of discovering another world. A possible landing on Elephant Island, named for the shape of its cliffside and the elephant seals that call it home, puts you on the same path as the famous Shackleton Expedition. Deception Island, another possible landing and named for its very nature, is in fact a volcanic caldera where you can find heated springs amid the striking black sands. Other stops could include Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, Point Wild and Barrientos Island, where you can find plenty of Gentoo penguin rookeries.

CAPTAIN’S CHOICE - Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing.

Nov 29 Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Nicknamed The White Continent for its vast expanse of icebergs, snow and glaciers, Antarctica is often the final frontier for experienced explorers to conquer. As you navigate Antarctic waters, you may set foot on sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay and many more. Each landing throughout the continent offers its own unique landscape, from expansive tundra to rugged mountain peaks, all beckoning you to follow the paths that few explorers have trekked before.

CAPTAIN’S CHOICE - Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing.

Nov 30 Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Nicknamed The White Continent for its vast expanse of icebergs, snow and glaciers, Antarctica is often the final frontier for experienced explorers to conquer. As you navigate Antarctic waters, you may set foot on sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay and many more. Each landing throughout the continent offers its own unique landscape, from expansive tundra to rugged mountain peaks, all beckoning you to follow the paths that few explorers have trekked before.

CAPTAIN’S CHOICE - Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing.

Dec 01 Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Exploring Antarctica- Captain’s Choice

Nicknamed The White Continent for its vast expanse of icebergs, snow and glaciers, Antarctica is often the final frontier for experienced explorers to conquer. As you navigate Antarctic waters, you may set foot on sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay and many more. Each landing throughout the continent offers its own unique landscape, from expansive tundra to rugged mountain peaks, all beckoning you to follow the paths that few explorers have trekked before.

CAPTAIN’S CHOICE - Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing.

Dec 02 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Arrive: 8:00 am

King George Island, South Shetland Islands

King George Island, South Shetland Islands Your charter flight lands in or departs from Eduardo Frei Montalva Station on King George Island, the Chilean air base for Antarctica expeditions with flight options over the Drake Passage. Lying within the Fildes Peninsula, where Chile laid claim to Antarctic territory, the base is an important research station. Made up of over 40 buildings that include a school, bank, hospital and post office, it resembles more a small village than a base. King George Island has come to be known as the unofficial capital of Antarctica with its various research stations located on the island. As a haven for an incredible amount of wildlife, including chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, and elephant, leopard and Weddell seals, it’s a prime locale for scientific research.

King George Island Roundtrip

November 27, 2024

5 Nights

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  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE dining venues with ever-changing menus
  • FREE unlimited beverages, including fine wines, spirits and craft beers
  • FREE open bars and lounges, including 24-hour bar service with specialty canapés
  • FREE stocked in-room minibar
  • FREE specialty coffees, teas and fresh-pressed juices
  • FREE afternoon and high tea
  • FREE champagne and gourmet canapés during meet and greet
  • FREE 24-hour room service, including spirits, wine and beer
  • FREE L'OCCITANE bath amenities
  • FREE pre-paid gratuities
  • FREE use of walking sticks and binoculars
  • FREE reusable water bottle
  • FREE butler service and expanded room service menu in suites

Exclusively on Polar Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE private charter jet service*
  • FREE enrichment lectures and destination briefings
  • FREE shore landings led by expert field guides
  • FREE escorted sightseeing safaris by Zodiac
  • FREE polar plunge
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages parka and vest
  • FREE use of knee boots
  • FREE private group transfers between airport and yacht*
  • FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay on all Antarctica expeditions
  • FREE 1-night post-cruise hotel stay on select Antarctica expeditions
*Available on Antarctica and select Arctic expeditions

Exclusively on Epicurean Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion includes culinary experience ashore, such as local market visits, specialty tastings and more
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE culinary presentations and wine tastings
  • FREE cooking demonstrations and cuisine tastings
  • FREE events hosted by a Tastes & Traditions Expert on select expeditions
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions

Exclusively on Cultural Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE enrichment programs and workshops on select expeditions
  • FREE authentic, local experiences and on board events on select expeditions
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions

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