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OCEAN NOVA ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

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Experience the extraordinary land of Antarctica aboard the amazing Ocean Nova. You'll witness jaw dropping scenery, incredible wildlife, glaciers as well as visits to historic sites that will definitely tick off all your boxes. This outstanding vessel will ensure your landing on Antarctica is an experience you'll never forget!

Itinerary Highlights

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The Ocean Nova is a small expedition vessel operating in Antarctica where you can reach remote areas on this ship unlike that of larger ships.

Intimate group of no more than 68 people, personalised & accurate service due to high passenger-staff ratio.

4-star boutique discovery journey: allows for an active voyage  with rich daily activities such as landings, zodiac cruising and lectures.

All-inclusive package: Ship cruise with expedition program, activities on-board and ashore.

See many colonies of penguins and various species of whales, seals and sea birds, where you'll have amazing photography opportunities

Learn about early explorers and visit modern scientific research stations. 

Optional activities of kayaking and snowshoeing offered at an additional cost.

What's included?

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On-board accommodation 

All meals during your voyage

Activities/shore excursions as specified

Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff

Waterproof boots on loan

Selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner

Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip

Comprehensive pre-voyage material

 

What's not included?

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International and internal airfares 

Passport, visa and immigration fees*

Airport entrance/departure taxes

Optional activities**

Transfers

Travel insurance

Gratuities

Any items not mentioned as included

 ITINERARY

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Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia 

Make your way to the pier in time for your cruise departure. Your Antarctica journey begins this afternoon as you board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica. 

Day 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage

Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail on route to South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land. 


Days 4-7: Exploring Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel or other many magnificent places.  


Days 8-9: Crossing the Drake  Passage

We invite you to relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by our Antarctic experts. Sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to final destination. 

Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

The program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia.

PRICED FROM $9164.00 per person

 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.