Antarctica Cruise – Classic Voyage

From: $8,995

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Activity Level: 2(?)activity level details

Activity Level and Qualifications

The trip is rated Easy Active [2]. During most shore landings, trip participants will have the opportunity to walk for short distances (less than 1 mile) while visiting penguin rookeries and exploring the landscape. Dependent on location, walks may involve crossing snowfields or bare, rocky terrain. Individuals prone to motion sickness should carry appropriate remedies as high seas may be encountered while crossing the Drake Passage.

Total Days: 11-12

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Trip Highlights

  • Cross Antarctica off your bucket list on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage
  • Spot diverse wildlife, from a chinstrap penguin colony to humpback whales
  • Make landfall on several occasions and walk to a fantastic viewpoint
  • Stay aboard a comfortable ship with private cabins and bathrooms

REI's Classic Antarctica cruise offers the ultimate introduction to the White Continent and includes many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife viewing is a real highlight here, from whales and seals to penguins and other birdlife. Naturalist guides help us understand this unique ecosystem at work. We also have ample time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of icy waterways, glaciers, bergs, and rugged mountains.

Our voyage takes place aboard ice-strengthened vessels, includes multiple shore landings via Zodiac craft, and even offers the opportunity for a polar plunge.

Also see our Extended Classic Voyage and South Georgia & King Penguins itineraries.

Itinerary Summary

  • Note - Ocean Endeavour itineraries begin in Buenos Aires.
  • Day 1 - Our journey starts in Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Day 2 - Embarkation Day! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel.
  • Days 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage, hope for calm waters.
  • Days 5-8 - Explore South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Days 9-10 - Return via the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.
  • Day 11 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Activities:

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
Group Size: Varies by ship

Accommodations:

Comfortable cabins with private bathrooms

Weather

Our trips are scheduled to take advantage of the Antarctica summer. Daytime temperatures may vary between 25° to 45°F and if the sun is shining, it can get warmer. Daylight lasts 20 hours per day!

Trip Itinerary and Details

  • Note - Ocean Endeavour itineraries begin in Buenos Aires.

    The Ocean Endeavour itinerary spends Day 1 in Buenos Aires and includes a charter flight to Ushuaia on Day 2. The last day includes a flight back to Buenos Aires. Otherwise, the itinerary is the same as for the other vessels (detailed below).

  • Day 1 - Our journey starts in Ushuaia, Argentina.

    With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going, accessible feel, with dramatic mountain surroundings it is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. You can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes while preparing for your upcoming adventure. This evening meet some of your fellow travelers at the orientation briefing.

  • Day 2 - Embarkation Day! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel.

    Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as we depart - the next time you see land we'll be in the world's most southern continent!

  • Days 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage, hope for calm waters.

    Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

  • Days 5-8 - Explore South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

    When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. We can finally begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke Whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard Seal.

    The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap Penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

    Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you on this wonderful part of the world.

  • Days 9-10 - Return via the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.

    The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

  • Day 11 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina.

    Today you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You'll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights. Outbound flights should not be scheduled until after noon.

    Note: The 12-day itinerary will have one additional day exploring the peninsula.

Notes on Itinerary

Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

See pricing and dates detailsTab

From: $8,995 per person dbl occ

Deposit

See Special Payment section below.

Options
  • Single supplement - Varies by cabin

See details below.

Price Includes

One night of pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast, (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.), shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping, all meals on board, all shore landings per the daily program, leadership throughout the voyage including shore landings and other activities, photographic journal on DVD documenting the voyage, a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage, an official Quark Expeditions parka to keep, hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin, a group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia to the airport, all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program, Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.

Not Included

Any airfare unless otherwise specified; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; supplement for single hotel accommodations; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunications charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Dates & Prices:

Ocean Diamond
DateDaysTripleTwin
Obstructed
Single
Porthole
Twin
Window
Single
Obstructed
SuiteBalcony
Suite
Jan 6-16, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Feb 15-25, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Feb 24 - Mar 5, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Mar 4-14, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Dec 9-20, 201612$6,295$9,595$12,295$10,295$12,295$11,295$12,995

Feb 2-12, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295
Feb 11-21, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295
Feb 20 - Mar 2, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295

Sea Adventurer
DateDaysTripleLower
Deck
Main
Deck
Porthole
Main
Deck
Window
SuperiorDeluxeSuite
Jan 26 - Feb 6, 201612$7,995$9,995$10,995$11,595$12,595$13,995$14,995
Nov 18-28, 201611$6,995$8,995$9,995$10,995$11,995$12,995$13,995
Nov 27 - Dec 7, 201611$6,995$8,995$9,995$10,995$11,995$12,995$13,995

Ocean Endeavour
DateDaysTripleSingleTwin
Porthole
Porthole
Plus
Twin
Window
Twin
Window
Plus
Upper
Deck
Twin
Jan 12-23, 201612$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,495$11,495$13,095$13,295
Feb 3-13, 201611$6,795$10,295$10,295$11,795$10,395$12,295$12,595
Feb 21 - Mar 2, 201611$6,795$10,295$10,295$11,795$10,395$12,295$12,595
Nov 6-16, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 3-13, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 12-22, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 21-31, 201611$7,795$12,295$12,295$14,095$12,795$16,395$15,095

Feb 23 - Mar 6, 201712$7,795$12,295$12,295$14,095$12,795$16,395$15,095
Mar 5-11, 201711$7,295$11,095$11,095$12,795$11,695$14,795$13,595

An option for kayaking is available on all departures.
Additional optional activities vary by departure; call us for details.

Consider as you sign up

  • Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
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Additional Information

Special Payment, Cancellation, and Transfer Policy

A deposit of 20% of the full cruise cost is required at time of booking. Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure. Prices and payments are in U.S. dollars. Deposits and payments for pre-expedition and post-expedition services are specific to each item, and are explained and communicated at time of purchase.

Cancellations received up to 180 days prior to departure are refunded less an administrative fee of $1250 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 and 121 days prior to departure, the full deposit is forfeited. For cancellations received within 120 days prior to departure, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 120-day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. A request to transfer reservations is subject to the same fees outlined above for cancellations. Partial refunds are not available for unused services.

Single Accommodations

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will guarantee double/triple occupancy rates for hotel rooms and ship cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate. If you request a single cabin, rates are 1.7 times the double occupancy cabin cost or the listed price for single cabins.

Non-Exclusive Departures

REI Adventures partners with Quark Expeditions for our Antarctica cruise programs. Listed departure dates are not sold exclusively by REI Adventures and are not sold exclusively to REI Adventures travelers.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. Additional trip information will be provided upon sign up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Antarctica Cruise – Classic Voyage Gear List

The key to staying comfortable during this expedition is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Trapped air is a very good insulator and you stand a much better chance of staying warm by wearing several thin layers rather one or two heavy items. You will also be able to add or shed layers more easily as the temperature changes.

Gear Checklist

Provided

  • Equipment for all Adventures Options
  • Expedition Parka
  • Tall Rain Boots

Required

Recommended

Optional

Travel Documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

Dates & Prices:

Ocean Diamond
DateDaysTripleTwin
Obstructed
Single
Porthole
Twin
Window
Single
Obstructed
SuiteBalcony
Suite
Jan 6-16, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Feb 15-25, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Feb 24 - Mar 5, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Mar 4-14, 201611$6,795$9,595$12,395$10,295$12,395$10,995$11,995
Dec 9-20, 201612$6,295$9,595$12,295$10,295$12,295$11,295$12,995

Feb 2-12, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295
Feb 11-21, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295
Feb 20 - Mar 2, 201711$6,995$10,595$13,595$11,295$13,595$12,595$14,295

Sea Adventurer
DateDaysTripleLower
Deck
Main
Deck
Porthole
Main
Deck
Window
SuperiorDeluxeSuite
Jan 26 - Feb 6, 201612$7,995$9,995$10,995$11,595$12,595$13,995$14,995
Nov 18-28, 201611$6,995$8,995$9,995$10,995$11,995$12,995$13,995
Nov 27 - Dec 7, 201611$6,995$8,995$9,995$10,995$11,995$12,995$13,995

Ocean Endeavour
DateDaysTripleSingleTwin
Porthole
Porthole
Plus
Twin
Window
Twin
Window
Plus
Upper
Deck
Twin
Jan 12-23, 201612$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,495$11,495$13,095$13,295
Feb 3-13, 201611$6,795$10,295$10,295$11,795$10,395$12,295$12,595
Feb 21 - Mar 2, 201611$6,795$10,295$10,295$11,795$10,395$12,295$12,595
Nov 6-16, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 3-13, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 12-22, 201611$6,795$10,795$10,795$12,595$11,395$13,795$12,795
Dec 21-31, 201611$7,795$12,295$12,295$14,095$12,795$16,395$15,095

Feb 23 - Mar 6, 201712$7,795$12,295$12,295$14,095$12,795$16,395$15,095
Mar 5-11, 201711$7,295$11,095$11,095$12,795$11,695$14,795$13,595

An option for kayaking is available on all departures.
Additional optional activities vary by departure; call us for details.

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