New Year expedition cruise to the Antarctica shore

ANTARCTICA

December 28, 2022 - January 8, 2023
TourAntarctic Peninsula and
Shetland Islands

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South Shetland Islands Drake Passage
Breathtaking icescapes, penguins, albatrosses, whales and elephant seals...
An exciting adventure in the comfortable and elegant settings of a brand-new luxury polar-class expedition cruise ship is a perfect gift for the holiday season you can give to yourself or your loved ones.

This cruise offers a unique itinerary. On board the ship, you will sail through the legendary Drake Passage that connects the southern parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and visit the iconic South Shetland Islands with their stunning landscapes and unique wildlife. You will also visit Antarctica's "resort," the Antarctic Peninsula.

Discover the wilderness of Antarctica in comfort and style!
Due to its relatively small size, the ship can navigate even the smallest coves and the narrowest passages, where the most exciting discoveries are hidden.

Antarctica in elegance of a brand-new luxury polar-class expedition cruise ship South Shetland Islands Drake Passage

SСHEDULE AND COST:


Dates:
December 28, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights

The cost of the cabin depends on the deck where the cabin is located.
Description of the cabins you can find below in the end of this page.

Cost per person (double accommodation):

Cabin with window, 19 sq.m. - € 13 560/ € 14 192
Cabin with balcony, 28 sq.m. - € 15 596/ € 16 335/ € 17 977
Suit, 44 sq.m. - €20 875
Premium Suit, 49 sq.m. - € 24 285

For single accommodation - a standard cabin will cost an extra of 50%, and for suites — 100%.
For the 3rd or 4th passenger in a cabin of any category (the 1st and 2nd passengers in the cabin pay the full fare), a discount is guaranteed:
- for children under 17 years old - 90%
- for an adult - 50%
A passenger under 17 years old pays the full fare in case of booking a cabin with 1 adult (for all cabin categories)

Estimated cost of a flight to Buenos Aires: €1,500 - 1,700.


TRAVEL PROGRAM:
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Day 1, December 28, 2022. Buenos Aires

Your journey begins on December 28, 2022, when you will meet your Swan Hellenic representative at Buenos Aires Airport. An organised transfer will take you to your hotel. The first night before the start of the cruise will be spent at the Hotel Alvear Icon 5*, part of the exclusive 'Leading Hotels of the World'. Located in one of the most prestigious areas of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, on the Bay of La Plata and within walking distance of the main waterfront dining area, it emulates the modernity and energy synonymous with this bustling city.

Buenos Aires is an elegant and cosmopolitan city with a European flavour and friendly atmosphere. Tango, nightlife, famous Argentine beef and excellent wines all have a special place in the active cultural and social life of the country. Argentina's famous sports scene can be experienced here too with football, polo and horse racing all prolific across the city. Other draws include the myth of Evita, the gaucho tradition and the Pampas, the River Plate promenade, beautiful parks, monuments, great museums, art galleries and art shows, a wonderful opera house, good shopping, street cafes and great restaurants. All of this combined with unparalleled Argentine hospitality makes Buenos Aires a very special place. The city is fascinating to the core, and visitors often return again and again. Its old-fashioned, refined and sensual atmosphere is addictive.

Accomodation: hotel Alvear Icon 5*
Meals included: -

Day 2, December 29, 2022. Ushuaia

The next morning you will transfer from your hotel to the nearby domestic airport for a comfortable flight to Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Located at the very edge of Argentina and surrounded by the majestic Tierra del Fuego Mountains, Ushuaia's incredible landscape will captivate you from the plane window. A Swan Hellenic representative will meet you at the airport. A shuttle will then take you to the port to check into SH Minerva.

At the edge of the world in Ushuaia, you are very far away from everywhere but only 1,000 km from Antarctica. After boarding SH Minerva, become acquainted with your stateroom and the ship's facilities. During welcome cocktails you will become acquainted with the staff and crew. You will then be invited to the upper deck, from here you can take photos of Ushuaia's quaint buildings and surrounding snowy peaks. Then, we are going to set sail – next stop, the White Continent!

Accomodation: cabin in SH Minerva
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 3 and 4, December 30 and 31, 2022. At Sea, Antarctic Convergence crossing

Days at sea offer the perfect opportunity to observe seabirds and marine mammals from aboard the ship. The observation decks offer stunning views of the ocean. On the way to Antarctica, you cross the Antarctic Convergence where the temperature drops significantly over the course of several hours. As two currents merge, the denser, colder waters plunge beneath the warmer waters. This process creates an abundance of plankton, rising from the depths to the sea surface. This phenomenon attracts many seabirds and animals, including several species of albatross, petrel and skua as well as whales and dolphins.

Our knowledgeable expedition team comprises of specialists in various fields including glaciology, marine biology, history, geology and photography. They will offer lectures and presentations on the history of Antarctic exploration, the origin of glaciers, Antarctica's flora and fauna and more. The expedition team will also brief you on the safety procedures to be used during Zodiac boat landings.

And of course, days at sea are an ideal time to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities. Visit the spa or the gym, socialise with like-minded people, share your travel experiences or head to the library which is well-stocked with various subject and reference books. You can also visit our crew on the bridge - the open-cockpit system allows you to visit the ship's main control post almost any time of the day. Enjoy the opportunity to ask questions or have a quick word with the captain!

In the evening you can enjoy welcome cocktail s with the captain, officers and expedition team.

Accomodation: cabin in SH Minerva
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 5 — 9, January 1 5, 2023. Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Enchanting glaciers, majestic icebergs and snow-covered islands await. This is where your Antarctic dreams come true. You will be struck by the jaw-dropping landscape of the so-called 'resort area' of Antarctica, the most accessible part of the continent. This is where most of the scientific research stations are based. The coastal rocks here are covered with moss and few plants, and the fauna is unusually diverse. Once you reach the continental region of Antarctica and the nearby islands, the real exploration begins. Twice a day you will land on the shores of the Sixth Continent and the Antarctic islands. This is true wilderness and landings will take place using our special Zodiac expedition boats. Curious penguins will likely be the first residents to greet us. You will have the opportunity to hike to scenic viewpoints and admire the panorama.
of glistening glaciers and icebergs. The thundering sound of icebergs calving is a regular occurrence. You will also have the chance to visit the scientists who live year-round at the polar stations. The average duration of a landing is 1-2 hours.

Your expedition takes place on a small expedition ship, with a small number of passengers. This means that your day-to-day itinerary will be bespoke with lots of options. The embarkation and disembarkation process are quick and seamless, allowing more time for your expedition activities. Due to restrictions set by the Antarctic Treaty, only a limited number of people come ashore at one time. To accommodate this, expedition participants will be divided into groups. Some will participate in a sea walk and the rest will visit the coast, and then the groups will switch around. The Zodiac boats will take you to the most remote and unexplored bays.

As we travel along the Antarctic Peninsula, shore excursions may include Peterman Island, a key bird area. There is a colony of penguins with a population of more than 3,000 here. Adelie penguins, south polar skua, Wilson's puffin, Antarctic cormorant are also commonly sighted in this region.

The largest colony of penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula with more than 6,500 individuals is located on Cooverville Island. Portal Point is a famous resting place for Weddell seals, while penguins are not so common here because of the abundant snow cover.

During landings and expedition boat rides, you may encounter seals and sea leopards among the icebergs , and occasionally even whales .

How do you feel about having a swim in these sub-Antarctic waters? Yes, you will even have the opportunity to take part in the traditional 'polar dip'. Or perhaps you'd rather get close to the water, rather than in it? In that case polar kayaking is for you. Paddle your kayak through a maze of icebergs, looking out for penguins and whales.

Размещение: каюта на лайнере SH Minerva
Питание включено: завтрак, обед, ужин

Дни 10 и 11. В море к берегам Огненной Земли

В эти дни судно возьмет обратный курс на Ушуайю. По пути из Антарктики обратно на континент Вам предстоит пройти через Пролив Дрейка, самый широкий и самый глубокий пролив на Земле. В самой узкой части ширина пролива Дрейка составляет 820 км, а глубина в некоторых частях может составлять до 5 км. С 17 века существует традиция, позволяющая носить медную серьгу в ухе тем, кто прошел пролив Дрейка. По приказу королевы Виктории, английским морякам, прошедшим пролив, разрешалось выпить чарку виски в тавернах английских портов за счет Ее Величества. Медная серьга становилась подтверждением этого права. Swan Hellenic возрождает традиции мореплавания. Вы станете обладателем Медной серьги. Пусть этот символ напоминает вам о переходе через легендарный пролив. Система «Все Включено» на борту SH Minerva — отличный вариант для того, чтобы отпраздновать ваш успешный переход через пролив Дрейка!

Размещение: каюта на лайнере SH Minerva
Питание включено: завтрак, обед, ужин

День 12. Ушуайя

Круиз завершается, судно через пролив Бигль возвращается в Ушуайю, ту самую стартовую точку незабываемого путешествия по Антарктике. Вот уже виднеется самый краешек континента Южная Америка в аргентинской части острова Огненная Земля. Горы величественно возвышаются над гаванью Ушуайя.
После завтрака вы попрощаетесь с командой и экипажем судна и сойдете на берег. Для участников экспедиции будет организован трансфер в аэропорт Ушуайя для перелета в Буэнос Айрес.
По возвращении домой вас будет ждать приятный сюрприз. По традиции команда Swan Hellenic направит каждому гостю ссылку для скачивания фильма, в котором будет фоторепортаж и видеорепортаж о совершенном экспедиционном круизе на долгую память.

Размещение: нет
Питание включено: завтрак

* Please don't purchase tickets without our prior approval.

** Warning! Please keep in mind that this is a long-distance cruise to a remote region. All cruise activities depend on the ice and
weather conditions and are decided by the expedition leader and the captain on the spot. The actual cruise itinerary can vary. Animal encounters are likely but not guaranteed.
SH Minerva
A new-generation polar-class ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship
SH Minerva is a true luxury floating boutique hotel amidst the Antarctic Ocean.
Amenities offered on board include an open-air infinity pool overlooking the ocean and icebergs, fine dining restaurants offering specials from acclaimed chefs, an open observation deck, SPA
Available in all cabins:
  • Interactive TV
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning system
  • Pillow Menu
  • Hair dryer Babyliss
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Coffee machine
  • Service 24/7
  • 24-hour self-service laundry on deck
      Cabin with window
      Area 19 sq.m. Maximum capacity 2 people
      5 cabins with a window are additionally equipped with a sofa and have a max. capacity 4 people.

      Cabin with balcony
      Area 28 sq.m., including a panoramic balcony of 6 sq.m. Maximum capacity 2 people
      Suit
      The area is 44 sq.m., including a panoramic balcony of 12 sq.m. Maximum capacity 4 people.
      Up to 5 people are allowed upon request.
      The suite can be combined with a cabin with a balcony, while the total area of the two combined cabins will be 72 m2.
      The bedroom is fitted with a Superking bed.
      Premium Suit
      Area 49 sq.m., including a panoramic balcony of 12 sq.m. Maximum capacity 4 people.
      Up to 5 people are allowed upon request.
      For a large family, you can combine this cabin with a cabin with a balcony,
      the total area of the two combined cabins will be 77 sq.m.
      In this case, you can accommodate up to 9 people.
      Cost includes:

      • Return regional flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (chosen by Swan Hellenic);
      • Group return transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on the day prior to embarkation, on the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation;
      • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Alvear Icon 5* in Buenos Aires;
      • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category;
      • 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;
      • All land excursions, hiking and cruising by Zodiacs;
      • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions;
      • Onboard gratuities and port taxes;
      • Standard WiFi.



      Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):


      • International flight to Buenos Aires and back;
      • Compulsory health insurance;
      • Travel insurance;
      • Private Zodiac Boat Tours & Kayaking During the Cruise
      • Alcoholic beverages of premium brands,
      • Spa and beauty services, laundry services, shopping at retail stores on board




      To take with:
      !The temperature ranges from -2 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius. The Ross Sea can be significantly colder, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius.
      Get ready for temperatures of -5 degrees Celsius, but cold winds will make the weather feel cooler.

      • Shoes and clothing for arrival and departure cities;
      • Waterproof (necessarily!);
      • A wool jumper or fleece jacket;
      • A bodywarmer or sweatshirt;
      • Two sets of thermal underwear;
      • A turtleneck jumper and a shirt;
      • One or two t-shirts;
      • Jeans or other comfortable trousers;
      • Sports clothing for the onboard fitness centre;
      • Swimwear for visiting the spa and pool;
      • Two pairs of mittens, gloves, and glove liners;
      • A warm windproof hat;
      • A warm shawl or scarf;
      • A balaclava;
      • Warm socks (several pairs);
      • Comfortable, moisture-resistant boots with ribbed soles (hiking boots);
      • Trainers or comfortable shoes that make you feel comfortable on board;
      • Waterproof backpack for shore drop-offs;
      • A waterproof, airtight case for your camera and other electronic gear;
      • UV-protective sunglasses;
      • Sunscreen for face and lips, and hand cream;
      • Camera, extra memory cards and flash drives, removable batteries, and lenses;
      • Laptop or tablet for uploading photos;
      • Charges for electronics, adapters, and power banks as required;
      • An extra pair of eyeglasses;
      • Medical supplies prescribed by your doctor, with a few extra days to spare
      • Documents

      For shore excursions and landings on the Zodiacs, you have been provided with:
      • Swan Hellenic Expeditions warm waterpoof and windproof parka (you can take it home as a souvenir)
      • Water bottle
      • Life vest
      • Muck Boot Rainboots
      KEY FEATURES:
      Тур в
      ANTARCTICA

      The best season: January - February

      The choice of travel dates is not accidental - this period accounts for the most comfortable weather of the Antarctic summer, the whale season, the period of nesting and the appearance of penguin chicks.

      • Experience incredible penguin encounters as you get up close to these polar inhabitants
      • Keep an eye out at sea for fluking whales
      • Pay homage to explorer Ernest Shackleton as we discover the island where he spent his last days
      • Take in this vast frozen wilderness as it changes colour from glassy white to turquoise and green
      • Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our on-board photographers
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