The vessel used for the fly/cruise expeditions in Antarctica is The Ocean Nova. Built in Denmark in 1992, it is a modern and comfortable ship. Also, fully refurbished in 2006, her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expeditions in Antarctica. Ocean Nova accommodates 68 passengers in comfortable outside cabins with private facilities (single, twin and triple). Additionally, it has a glass-enclosed observation lounge, dining room, bar, library, small gym and infirmary. Furthermore, a fleet of Zodiac boats ideal for cruising and wildlife watching. The 14 departures in 2017/18 include a return flight between Punta Arenas in Chile and King George Island in the South Shetland archipelago; and is ideal for those wanting to avoid the notorious Drake Passage.
Each ship will offer a slightly different cruise itinerary which may include a flight sector or pre embarkation accommodation. Itineraries vary in duration, additional or less time being spent in the Antarctic Circle. All voyages are expeditions and are dependent on local weather and ice conditions.
Terms and conditions apply. Please contact Antarctic Travel Specialists for full details and departure dates.
You will board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore your surrounds before setting sail to Cape Horn.
Day 2Cape Horn
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you will wake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, you will board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous Drake passage. (B, L, D)
Day 3Drake Passage
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the 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 albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. (B, L, D)
Day 4Drake Passage - Antarctica
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, keep a watch out for the first icebergs and the sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for a shore visit to a penguin colony. Take advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration continues well into the evening. (B, L, D)
Day 5Antarctica - Return Flight
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. You will board the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B, L)