Antarctic Peninsula Adventure aboard RCGS Resolute

 

The classic Antarctic adventure with a twist

Discover the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort and style aboard RCGS Resolute. Fly from Santiago to the Falkland Islands to commence a cruise that visits historic Elephant Islands en route to the Antarctic Peninsula. 

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Antarctic wildlife

Observe seabirds, penguins, seals and whales as you explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

As you cross the Antarctic convergence zone, you’ll notice a subtle change in the species of seabirds found soaring alongside the ship. You’re likely to encounter whales transiting the Drake Passage as well. Once in sight of land, you’ll encounter colonies of penguins, several species of seals hauled out on ice, and whales feeding on krill in deep, sheltered bays.

The polar expedition ship RCGS Resolute

Spacious staterooms with all the amenities, RCGS Resolute provides comfort, stability and the highest ice rating.

Spacious, comfortable and stable. RCGS Resolute offers generously sized staterooms, a variety of public spaces with panoramic views and choices for traditional dining or lighter bistro fare.  More about RCGS Resolute »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 | Arrive Santiago

Arrive in Chile’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where early check-in has been arranged. 

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure. A variety of optional half day tours are available to pre-book (see options below).

Hotel:  Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Day 2 | To Port Stanley (Falkland Islands)

An early morning charter flight will take you to Port Stanley, the quaint capital of the Falkland Islands. On arrival, you will be transferred into town. You’ll have the option of exploring the town on your own, or joining a guided tour to Gypsy Cove, your first opportunity to observe local wildlife, including Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. In the afternoon, you’ll board RCGS Resolute and meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as the ship gets underway and your adventure begins!

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 3 - 4 | At sea 

Charting a southerly course, you’ll be joined by hundreds of seabirds as you cross the Drake Passage. Photography experts will be on hand to provide pointers and techniques to photograph magnificent birds such as the Wandering albatross. A keen eye may even spot whales during the crossing. Orcas, Humpbacks, Minke and Fin whales are occasionally seen during the voyage.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about seabirds, whales and the rich biodiversity of the region during the crossing as members of the expedition team present informative talks on the wildlife and history of Antarctica.  

Excitement mounts as the dark cliffs of Elephant Island slowly appear on the horizon. This is one of Antarctica's most important historic locations and a fitting introduction. Having lost their ship, HMS Endurance in thick sea ice 300 miles to the south, Ernest Shackleton let his men in three lifeboats to the shores of Elephant Island, where Shackleton and six companions set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. To this day, the epic 720 nautical-mile open ocean crossing is considered one of the greatest feats of heroism in polar history.

Weather permitting, a Zodiac cruise may be possible to view the site where Shackleton and his men camped; an exciting way to begin your adventure.

Ship: RCGS Rsolute, BLD

Days 5 - 6 | Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea and Northern Gerlache Strait

Navigating into the Antarctic Sound you'll witness the vastness and majesty of the Antarctic icecap. There's a noticeable increase in huge tabular icebergs entering the Weddell Sea. These massive icebergs break from the huge ice shelves to the south drifting here on the prevailing currents.

Adelie penguin rookeries–some containing more than 100,000 nesting birds at the height of the season–can be found here. Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff are two locations featuring substantial penguin rookeries. As always, ice and weather conditions will dictate specific daily landing sites.

As the ship enters the northern end of the Gerlache Strait, you are encouraged to go out on deck to look for the tell-tale blows of the migrating whale pods. The strait is an important whale migration corridor and with luck, you may even catch a glimpse of a resident orca group that inhabits this stretch of water. There are several interesting locations to explore over the coming days, such as Cierva Cove or Mikkelson Harbour. This area provides great excursion options on shore, in the Zodiacs and for those participating in sea kayaking.

You'll start to encounter larger numbers of nesting Gentoo penguins with their distinct orange beaks. Chinstrap penguins are another species you'll begin to view in the coming days. Sea birds you'll likely observe include Kelp gulls, skuas and Imperial cormorants..

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 7 - 8 | Southern Gerlache Strait

Anvers Island is one of the largest of barrier islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are several outstanding sites here as well as on neighbouring Wiencke Island. These locations provide numerous opportunities to venture on shore, breaking into smaller groups. Enjoy short or long hikes, observe penguins, cruise in the Zodiacs or just sit and soak it all in.

A short transit across the Gerlache Strait brings you to the actual continental landmass of Antarctica. A potential shore landing at Paradise Harbour is a highlight as you step foot on the continent proper for the very first time. A nearby hike up a snow-covered hill provides staggering 360-degree views. A Zodiac cruise or paddle into the nearby ice cathedral of Skontorp Cove is another memorable experience.

One of the largest Gentoo penguin colonies along this stretch of coastline can be found on Cuverville Island, situated at the northern end of the Errera Channel. This is an important research site with the populations being carefully monitored by visiting scientists. Our expedition team will be able to tell you more about this important work. Cuverville is a good location for a Zodiac cruise and a circumnavigation of the entire island is sometimes possible. Wilhelmina Bay is a known whale hotspot. This is a magnificent location with towering glaciers tumbling off the mountainous spine of the Antarctic Peninsula. Humpback whales can often be seen breaching and feeding on krill.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Day 9 | South Shetland Islands

Weather conditions permitting, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is dramatic location dominated by a long-abandoned whaling station. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins, made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. The nearby Aitcho Islands provide some great hiking opportunities showcasing the colorful mosses and lichens found on the island. Gentoo and chinstrap penguins nest here and we usually encounter seals coming and going from the surrounding waters.

Fort Point situated on Greenwich Island is another possible location for a visit. Eventually you must leave the snow-covered peaks of Antarctica behind as the ship heads back north to the Falkland Islands.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 10 - 11 | Drake Passage

As you make your way back to Stanley and the Falkland Islands, the educational presentations continue. You'll enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts at the multimedia stations in the Forward Observation Lounge and download your precious images.

Approaching the coast of the Falkland Islands in the early evening light, you'll enjoy a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Day 12 | To Santiago

It's time to say goodbye to your crew. After some free time in town, you'll be transferred to the airport for your return charter flight to Santiago.

Onward regional and international flight connections may be possible this evening. For those wishing to stay on and explore Santiago and more of Chile, please give us a call to explore your options.

Dates and Prices

All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

Departure Twin Private Superior Superior Plus Shackleton Suite One Ocean Suite
20 Nov - 01 Dec 2019
charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$12,995
$995
$110
$14,100
$14,095
$995
$110
$15,200
$14,395
$995
$110
$15,500
$15,395
$995
$110
$16,500
$17,795
$995
$110
$18,900
30 Nov - 11 Dec 2019
charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$12,995
$995
$110
$14,100
$14,095
$995
$110
$15,200
$14,395
$995
$110
$15,500
$15,395
$995
$110
$16,500
$17,795
$995
$110
$18,900
10 Dec - 21 Dec 2019
    charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$13,395
$995
$110
$14,500
$14,495
$995
$110
$15,600
$14,995
$995
$110
$16,100
$15,895
$995
$110
$17,000
$17,995
$995
$110
$19,100
20 Dec - 31 Dec 2019
    charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$13,595
$995
$110
$14,700
$14,795
$995
$110
$15,900
$15,195
$995
$110
$16,300
$16,095
$995
$110
$17,200
$18,295
$995
$110
$19,400
07 Mar - 18 Mar 2020
charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$12,995
$995
$110
$14,100
$14,095
$995
$110
$15,200
$14,395
$995
$110
$15,500
$15,395
$995
$110
$16,500
$17,795
$995
$110
$18,900
Early Booking Specials:  Must book and deposit by May 31st, 2019
Nov/Mar departures: $1200 per person travel credit + complimentary pre-cruise hotel
December departures: $800 per person travel credit + complimentary pre-cruise hotel

Optional arrival day sightseeing in Santiago

  • Half day Santiago city sightseeing: $85 per person (min 2 guests)

  • Half day Santiago bicycling tour: $100 per person (min 2 guests)

  • Half day Colchagua Valley wine tour: $385 per person (min 2 guests)


Included

Booking Documentation

  • Extensive pre-departure information package

  • Onboard information folder

  • Personalized Services

  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts

  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures

Activities

  • All zodiac and landing excursions

  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga

  • Optional overnight camping, including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions.

Board and Lodging

  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean expeditions chefs

  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner

  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain

  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks

  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime

  • Access to wellness area (Finnish sauna, plunge pool filled with sea water, hot tub)

  • Natural essential oil amenities

Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants

  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots

  • Water resistant binoculars

  • Waterproof backpack

  • Trekking poles available on shore

Onboard Physician

  • Services of English speaking medical officer

  • Access to ship's infirmary

Transfers

  • From/to designated meeting points to/from the ship

  • Required flights to/from the ship

  • Luggage transfer to/from your cabin

Multimedia Room

  • Use of multimedia room to download images Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers


Optional Extras

Single Supplement

  • Single guests wishing exclusive use of a stateroom pay 50% of the second berth. Otherwise, single guests are welcome to book as “willing to share” without any single supplement.

Sea Kayaking

  • An extra cost of US$795 per person. Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 30 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment (dry suits, booties, pogies, paddles, PFD and single or double kayaks)


Not Included

Trip price does not include

  • International and national airfares, except where noted

  • Visa and passport fees, airport taxes

  • Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities, except where noted

  • Meals & transfers in arrival/departure cities

  • Personal expenses

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

  • Massages from registered therapist

  • Personal laundry charges

  • Postage, telephone calls & email set up

  • Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications

  • Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)

  • Trip interruption / cancellation insurance

  • Gratuities to staff and crew

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?

The Antarctic season runs from late November through early March, with the best weather during December, January and February, which also coincides with breeding season for most penguin species.  Of course weather in Antarctica can be unpredictable, but routes are flexible to maximize your time at the destination.

What will I will see? 

You will get your first glimpse of penguins when you arrive in the Falkland Islands. Colonies of Rockhopper, Gentoo and King Penguins nest throughout the Falklands. All along the way, you'll also encounter a variety of sea birds including several species of Albatross, Petrel and Skua.  Entering Antarctic waters, whales abound with the possibility of sighting Southern Right, Minke, Humpback, and if you're lucky, Blue and Sperm whales.

How can I be sure this is the right trip for me?

Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime. Shore excursions are designed for anyone with reasonable mobility.  Walks with small uphill sections are optional, but a reasonable level of fitness will guarantee greater enjoyment. For the more active, sea-kayaking is also available.

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