Beyond the Antarctic Circle

Beyond the Antarctic Circle: 13 Day Antarctica Expedition Cruise

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Dates
02/09/23 to 02/21/23
Ship
SH Vega
Duration
13 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 13,137
Per Person
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Trip Details

This cruise is your real 13 days Antarctic adventure. Aboard SH Vega, our new 5-star ice-class ship, you’ll experience this incredible part of the world in comfort and style. Traverse the formidable Southern Ocean with ease enjoying spectacular views from the ship’s sweeping windows and decks. Thanks to her compact size, we can also sail through narrow passages and visit remote bays; usually where the most interesting things are found.

Reminiscent of a boutique hotel, this elegant ship is equipped with an outdoor infinity pool, offering wonderful views of the open seas. Aboard you’ll also find our comfortable Observation Lounge, complete with a fully stocked bar, Club Lounge, gourmet Swan Restaurant, gym, sauna and our beautifully presented library. The natural, scandi-style interiors extend to our cosy yet spacious staterooms with their fireplaces and panoramic balconies.

After testing your mettle across the notorious Drake Passage, your arrival on the White Continent will be greeted with spellbinding landscapes and extraordinary wildlife. With our experienced team, you’ll explore this icy wonderland looking out for penguins, albatrosses, whales, sea elephants and much more. You can also take your Antarctic expedition to the next level on a traditional ‘polar plunge’. Take a dip into the icy waters of the Southern Ocean and enjoy the exhilarating aftereffects over a hot chocolate on our Pool Deck.

Make memories that you’ll keep for a lifetime in this extraordinary part of the world. Seal your status as a true Antarctic explorer under the expert guidance of our experienced Swan Hellenic expedition team.

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Trip Highlights
Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea
Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat
Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our team of experienced photographers
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Itinerary
Ushuaia Day 1

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

At Sea Day 2-4

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Marguerite Bay Day 5

Should the weather and sea ice conditions be on our side, we’ll venture into the Antarctic Circle to Marguerite Bay. Located below 66°33' South, this region is rarely visited due to the almost year-round sea ice. Here we’ll be searching for the whale pods that frequent the area, leopard seals, Adélie penguin rookeries and other birdlife. There are also several scientific research bases here that we can land at if conditions are favourable.

Antarctic Peninsula Day 6-9

Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

South Shetland Islands Day 10

While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

At Sea Day 11-12

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Ushuaia Day 13

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

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Rates Include
Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard 
All meals onboard 
24-hour room service 
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Standard WiFi
Onboard gratuities and port taxes
One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change
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Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.
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Stateroom
Number of Guests
Oceanview D4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the centre of the ship. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the bow. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the bow and aft, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony M5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the centre of the ship, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony D6
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 6, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 panoramic balcony.
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Suite
44 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 5 and 6 at the centre of the ship, our spacious Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are a favorite with discerning guests, and those that prefer a little more space and comfort.
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Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 6 at the aft, our Premium Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are the most luxurious accommodation on board. A favorite for those who want nothing but the best.
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Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

09:00 AM – 05:30 PM (EST)

+1 (800) 537 6777
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