Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 2017 Trip Notes
Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 2017
These trip notes are valid for departures from 07 November 2015 to 15 March 2017. Other seasons in this trip: 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017, 07 November 2015 - 15 March 2017.
- ‘Comfort travel’ means encountering all that the real world has to offer, but with an added degree of, well… comfort. We use more private transport, the travel pace more relaxed, the accommodation a touch nicer. And by paying a little more up front, you’ll be treated to more included meals, more leader-led activities and get a greater immersion in all things local.
* Taking a 'polar plunge' in the icy waters of Neko Harbour
* Listening to the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island
* Cruise in a Zodiac among grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay
* Scrambling to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of Port LockroyPOSSIBLE LANDING SITESCUVERVILLE ISLAND
A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you visit, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls also breed on the island.DAMOY POINT
If you're lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point. This is the northern entrance to the harbour on which Port Lockroy is located.DANCO ISLAND
This small island, 1.6 km (one mile) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. Visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch out for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.ENTERPRISE ISLAND
Located in Wilhelmina Bay, this island was once used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes by a wrecked whaling ship.LEMAIRE CHANNEL
This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, and is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 11 km (6.8 mile) channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.MELCHIOR ISLANDS
This is a group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.NEKO HARBOUR
This bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You may see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There's an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbour.PETERMANN ISLAND
Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. Adelie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island. The dome of the island rises 200 meters (650 feet) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. PORT LOCKROY
Journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbour is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built here during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It's now designated as a historic site, featuring a museum and the world's southernmost post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.WATERBOAT POINT
At low tide this historic point is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs can be used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behaviour lived in a water boat on the point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated as an Antarctic historic site.AITCHO ISLANDS
This is a group of small islands, some still unnamed, situated in the northern entrance of the English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife here, including at the established rookeries of gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Southern elephant and fur seals are frequently hauled-out here too.BAILY HEAD
Also known as Rancho Point, this area is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge, which dominates a natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography.HALF MOON ISLAND
This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike the sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here, including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.HANNAH POINT
Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from 10 January onwards.PENDULUM COVE
Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, which was named after observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water.PENGUIN ISLAND
Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.ROBERT POINT
A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.TELEFON BAY
Your expedition team will point out where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.TURRET POINT
Chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries are found on this point, which is situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.WHALER'S BAY
To reach Whaler’s Bay, sail through the narrow passage of Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see the rusty remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam rising from geothermally-heated springs along the shoreline.YANKEE HARBOUR
Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbour, which is situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. You can also see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a huge glacier stretching along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned try-pot is all that remains of the sealing activity that brought men thousands of miles to seek their fortune.IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, ice and weather conditions to guide your route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you might experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Although kayaking is open to all levels of experience, it is essential that participants have some prior experience, including the ability to do a wet exit. Beginners interested in kayaking should first undertake an introductory kayaking course. Regardless of your level of experience, it is advisable to have some recent practise before commencing your voyage so that you are comfortable while kayaking.
Other optional activities such as mountaineering and cross-country skiing require a good level of fitness.
More information and separate waivers will be provided on confirmation of optional activities.
- Kayaking - Antarctic ()
- Camping - Antarctica ()
- Antarctica Mountaineering ()
- Antarctica Cross Country Skiing ()
- Antarctica Stand up Paddle Boarding ()
* One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia, Punta Arenas or Buenos Aires as indicated in the itinerary.
* Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
* All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
* All shore landings according to the daily program.
* Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders
* All Zodiac transfers and cruising according to the daily program.
* Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
* Photographic Journal documenting the voyage.
* A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
* An Expedition parka to keep.
* Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
* Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
* Comprehensive pre-departure materials
* Transfers as described in the itinerary
* All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
* All luggage handling aboard ship.
* Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
* 1 pre voyage night in Buenos Aires (instead of Ushuaia)
* A transfer from the Buenos Aires joining hotel to EZE airport
* Return charter flights from Buenos Aires EZE to Ushuaia
* A transfer from the airport in Ushuaia to the ship
* A short excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park on disembarkation
* A transfer to the airport in Ushuaia to catch the return charter flight
PLEASE NOTE that an arrival transfer in Buenos Aires is not included
* Passport and visa expenses
* Government arrival and departure taxes.
* Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the joining hotel
* Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
* Excess baggage charges.
* Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
* Telecommunications charges.
* The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
* Compulsory waterproof pants for zodiac cruising
An increased non-refundable deposit of A$2000 per person is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Single occupancy is available in most cabin categories for 1.7 or 2 times the twin berth price (dependent on which cabin category). Some ships have designated single occupancy cabins. Single travellers wishing to share will be matched with another solo traveller of the same sex. Please note that it is not possible to share with a stranger in all cabin types. Please speak to a consultant for full details.
There are thirteen different cabin types on board the Ocean Endeavour:
Triple Interior - 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, interior.10 - 15 m2
Single Interior - 1 single bed, private facilities, Interior. 9 - 10 m2
Twin Porthole - 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole, 9 - 10 m2
Twin Porthole Plus - 2 lower berths or double, 2 portholes, 18 - 20 m2. Twin porthole 1 has 1 ensuite bathroom, twin porthole 2 has 2 ensuite bathrooms.
Twin Window - 2 lower berths, private facilities, window, 9 - 10 m2
Twin Window Plus - 2 lower berths or double, 2 windows, 18 - 20 m2. Twin window 1 has 1 ensuite bathroom, twin window 2 has 2 ensuite bathrooms.
Upper Deck Twin Obstructed view - 2 lower berths, window, private facilities, 13 m2, view partially obstructed by lifeboats.
Superior twin - 2 lower berths or double, window, private facilities, 19 m2
Top Deck Twin - double bed, 2 large windows, private facilities, 14.5m2
Junior Suite - double bed, 2 large windows, private facilities, 30 m2
Owner's Suite - double bed, 2 large windows, private bathroom with bath, 30 m2Please note that if booking the Upper Deck twin, Superior Twin, Top Deck Twin, Junior Suite or Owner's Suite, we are unable to match you with another traveller of the same sex. If travelling on your own you will need to book the whole cabin and pay 1.7 times the twin price.A deck plan showing the layout of the ship is below.
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian, US and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows:
Australians - US$100 (multiple entry for up to 1 year from date of issue)
Canadians - US$92 (multiple entry for up to 5 years from date of issue)
Americans - US$160 (multiple entry for up to 10 years from date of issue)This fee can only be paid on line through the following website:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/userfiles/Online_payment_instructions_0.pdfA receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
Boots - Rubber boots are provided on a loan basis for the duration of the voyage. You do not need to bring these with you.
Parkas - A complimentary parka will be provided on the ship.
Pants - Waterproof pants are essential for zodiac travel as well as activities on shore. These, over a pair of warm pants, will keep you warm and dry.
Gloves - To keep your hands warm and dry, pack a minimum of two pairs of gloves: a pair of thin polypropylene gloves to be worn underneath warm outer gloves. We strongly recommend that you bring at least one other set of gloves in case on pair gets wet or lost.
Hat and Scarf - Pack a warm, woollen hat or cap that covers your ears, as well as a scarf, neck gaiter or other face protection. A peaked or brimmed hat helps protect against the sun but needs some kind of retainer for windy conditions.
Socks - For maximum warmth we suggest that you wear two pairs of socks inside the rubber boots that are loaned to you. In addition, pack warm, long wool or cotton socks to be worn over a thin pair of silk or polypropylene socks. Bring several pairs.
Outer Clothing - Pack woollen or fleece sweaters and tops, plus several turtlenecks for layering.
Underclothing - Pack silk or polypropylene underwear since it will keep you warm without adding bulk. Many polar travellers prefer a lightweight version but this depends on your own personal thermostat.
Day Pack - To keep your hands free for shooting photographs bring a water resistant or waterproof daypack
Shoes - Bring shoes with non-slip soles for walking around the vessel. Slip-on sandals are not suitable for use on board ship.
Swimsuit - There may be an opportunity for a polar plunge during the voyage so we recommend that you pack a swimsuit.
Children - Children will be required to bring their own life jacket and rubber boots as child sizes are not provided on board.
stomach, such as dry toast or crackers.
• Conforming to all international regulations/policies governing disposal of waste at sea.
• Serving only sustainable seafood.
• Using only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.
• Removing disposable water bottles from the ships.
• Making all our voyages virtually paperless by 2014 and having any paper used be 100% recyclable.IAATO members also operate according to established rules of conduct, which, while you travel with us, we ask you to respect. A copy of the IAATO guidelines will be provided prior to travel and staff will brief all passengers prior to the first landing.For more information on the responsible travel guidelines to Antarctica established by the IAATO please visit: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller.php