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Antarctica is everything you have ever dreamed of

and nothing you can imagine.

Antarctica Peninsula
January 30-February 9, 2022

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina*

  • Day 2: Ushuaia

  • Day 3: Embarkation

  • Day 4-5: Drake Passage

  • Day 6: South Shetland Islands

  • Day 7-9: Antarctica

  • Day 10-11: Drake Passage

  • Day 12: Disembarkation

* To ensure the safest possible voyage, Polar Latitudes has decided to have all travelers get tested on arrival in Buenos Aires before joining the group's bubble.  We will then overnight at a 5-star hotel before boarding our charter flight to Ushuaia and embarking on the ship. 

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

After many hours of research and discussion between our Medical Director, Dr. Dan Schual-Berke, MD and Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, a leading scientist in epidemics and social interaction, we know the safest way to reduce the likelihood of a virus-related incident to near-zero is to first use multiple layers of protection before we even get on board, and then continue diligence throughout your journey, with as little interruption of your experience as possible.

They say the best offense is a good defense. We’ll take that a step further and provide a truly great defense, which we’re calling The Polar Latitudes S.H.I.E.L.D. Here’s what that means:

SCIENCE-BASED POLICIES

All our policies and procedures, from pre-departure to disembarkation, are made with the guidance of the best currently available medical and scientific information from around the globe. Should the data and science evolve, so too will our protocols. We’re committed to keeping you informed of any updates.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FIRST

As always, our number one priority is keeping our passengers, staff, and crew healthy and safe. That means leaving nothing to chance. Every decision we’ve made to date, and every decision we make going forward, places the health and safety of our entire PL family as number one in the decision-making process. All crew members, from captain to kitchen staff, will be trained on the latest COVID safety protocols.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Everyone boarding our ship – staff, crew, and passengers – must be fully vaccinated with documentation issued by the vaccinating authority. We are also recommending a seasonal flu shot, since reducing your chances of getting the flu will help ensure you don’t develop symptoms that can be mistaken for COVID-19.

EVALUATING AND TESTING

As an added precaution, every traveler must provide documentation of a recent negative COVID test before joining the group. Travelers will then be re-tested upon arrival by our medical staff and once more on or around Day 3 of the itinerary.

LAYERS OF PROTECTION ON BOARD

Upgraded ventilation systems will provide always-circulating fresh air to each individual cabin, and every other space on board will be sanitized each night while you sleep. The layout and passenger capacity of Seaventure allows for easy social distancing in areas that are typically crowded on other ships. And as always, wherever you are, hand sanitizer stations will be within easy reach. Seaventure also features one of the largest and most thoroughly equipped medical facilities of any small ship, with a certified practicing emergency MD on duty 24/7 aboard every voyage.

DEDICATED TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

The Polar Latitudes S.H.I.E.L.D. is designed to keep you safe and put your mind at ease, while making only the slightest – and hardly noticeable – program changes. Once we set out for Antarctica, rest assured the only things on your mind will be penguins, whales, spectacular panoramic vistas and, of course, that very first iceberg sighting. We look forward to safely

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Seaventure

Our ship, The Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels.

This means that we will be able to explore coves, bays, and channels that would previously have been inaccessible to us. The ship also offers a host of new activities. There’s a sauna, a fitness center, a custom-built citizen science lab, and heated saltwater pool. The ship has two kitchens, one on the Lido deck for al fresco dining when weather permits.

A Typical Day in Antarctica

There is no such thing as a "typical day in Antarctica," which is part of its charm and its challenge. Breakfast is frequently served at 8:00 am, but if there is a pod of whales playing alongside the ship, or the opportunity for an unscheduled landing to explore a rare site, you will undoubtedly be roused early from your bed. This is not a holiday for languishing in the cool salt air, this is a true adventure. 

Weather permitting, two landings are scheduled per day. You can go on a supervised hike; watch penguins as they tend to their chicks; watch more penguins trudging up and down the mountainside; take thousands of pictures, and then take thousands more. A typical landing lasts three hours and during the summertime, daytime temperatures average in the mid 30s F. 

There is just enough time to return to the ship after the morning landing to have a proper lunch, while the captain maneuvers the ship to the next location, and then it's back in the Zodiacs sometimes just for a cruise in between the ice floes with napping leopard seals, more penguins, and things that just make your jaw drop at every turn.

Sometimes, we're not back on the ship until 6:00 pm, Evening wrap-up begins at 6:30 where we learn more about where we have just been and where we are heading the next day. For most everyone, it's early to bed after an amazing day in Antarctica.

Things that make this trip special

We partner with Polar Latitudes because their expedition team excels not just in knowledge, but in giving their all to every person on board. They offer programs in both Citizen Science and Happy Whale, allowing passengers to collect valuable data that is then shared with ongoing research. Their lectures are filled with fascinating facts, and plenty of antics. They also offer the opportunity for kayaking, snowshoeing, and an overnight on the ice! And by the end of the first day, they know how to make the entire ship feel like family in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

We also partner. with Polar Latitudes because of the vessel's size.  Landings in Antarctica are restricted to 100 passengers at a time.  Large cruise ships must rotate their passengers in separate groups on and off a landing site thereby reducing the amount of time one has to enjoy the area. Seaventure has a capacity for 136 passengers, however the "extra" passengers are in kayaks, and don't count towards the 100-person limit. 

Although there is no shortage of luxury accommodations onboard, there is no spa for manicures, no formal dress for dinner, no need to do anything but soak in every moment of this extraordinary destination. 

What's Included

  • Complimentary Hotel Night

  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • Certified Emergency MD and Clinic

  • World Class Cuisine and Live Entertainment

  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea station

  • Voyage Photographer

  • Dedicated Passenger Service Manager

  • Complimentary Expedition Jacket

 

Ship Facilities

  • Two Elevators serving all passenger decks

  • Library with computers

  • Fitness Center and Sauna

  • Heated saltwater swimming pool

  • Citizen Science Laboratory

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Cabins and Prices

  • Exterior views

  • Sitting area with chairs or sofa and table

  • Complimentary Mini-Bar

  • Flat Screen TV

  • Telephone

  • Safe to store your valuables

  • Independent temperature controls

  • Luxury toiletries

  • Hair dryer

11 days - 9 nights on board

Veranda Suite:  224 sq. ft. with balcony and seating area: $13,705,

Window Suite: 188 sq.  ft. with window and seating area: $12,695, 

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Questions and Answers

What's the weather like?

During the "height" of the summer season, the temperature is typically quite mild sometimes reaching the low 40s but usually in the mid 30s F. For most, a thermal layer plus a sweater is typically enough to wear under the expedition jacket provided to all passengers. Gore-tex pants are required for Zodiac trips—splashing is inevitable. Every passenger is also given a pair of expedition boots to wear during the voyage. The ship also offers a modest selection of items that can be purchased in its pop-up shop should anyone feel the need of an extra layer. Historically, everyone overpacks! A suggested packing list is provided.

What about seasickness?

The Drake Passage is known as the "Drake Lake" or the "Drake Shake."  More crossings are smooth than not.  The captain is constantly monitoring the weather systems and will advise people in plenty of time if rough seas are expected so those who need to take preventative medicine can do so. Once the ship is in the protected waters around the peninsula, the seas are often flat as glass.,  absolutely perfect for kayaking and cruising. 

If this is an expedition, what are the physical requirements?

Each person must be ambulatory, The amount of walking or hiking is at the sole discretion of the individual. There is a team of helpers to assist everyone (young and old) getting safely in and out of the Zodiacs.. Walking poles are provided at every landing . People in their eighties have navigated their way around Antarctica just fine—it's never too late to fulfill a life long dream

Is it possible to visit the bridge?

Yes! Polar Latitudes believes an open bridge policy enhances the value of the trip. Occasionally, during rough seas the bridge may be closed. Otherwise, there is an open door 24/7.

Is there a polar plunge?

Of course! Provided your physician has no objections, we heartily recommend it.

Enjoy a bird's eye view of the voyage

Alfresco in Antarctica - Nothing Better!

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