Experience an unforgettable “White Christmas” at the height of the Southern Hemisphere summer on this 10-night voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the iconic landing sites at Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel, cruise through the spectacular Lemaire Channel, and get up close to seals, penguins and whales on zodiac, hiking and kayaking excursions. This expedition is led by highly experienced naturalist guides, historians and photographic experts, ensuring a truly unique Christmas adventure.
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Santiago, Chile - Stanley
Take a flight from Santiago to Stanley via Punta Arenas. After transferring from the airport to the town you have the afternoon free to explore or take a guided trip to Gypsy Cove for your first encounter with native Magellanic penguins. Board the RCGS Resolute in the early evening and get settled int your cabin.
The next couple of days will be sent sailing across the vast Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for giant petrels, Cape petrels and albatross which may follow the ship, together with whales and dolphins. A series of informative lectures will be presented by your polar experts on the environment, wildlife and history of Antarctica and you will have the opportunity to join the Captain on the bridge to learn about the operations of this modern research vessel.
The next four days will be spent exploring the majestic landscapes of Antarctica, sailing through its deep bays and pristine coves and discovering its wildlife-rich islands. We’ll sail along the Gerlache coastline with its heavily glaciated mountains and visit Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries along the rocky shores. Other destinations may include the beautiful Lemaire Channel which serves as the gateway to Petermann Island and the iceberg "graveyard" at Pleneau Island, as well as Paradise Harbour and nearby Neko Harbour. Encounters with seals, including leopard seals, are common, while humpback whales and minkes are known to frequent these waters.
Each day will include a range of fascinating hikes and zodiac excursions led by naturalist guides, with the opportunity to visit historic huts and working scientific research stations. Sea kayakers can slowly paddle through the pristine waters, while our resident photography guide will assist you in capturing impressive photos during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We also plan to spend a night camping along the shores and falling asleep beneath the never-ending Antarctic night sky.
South Shetland Islands and Deception Island
After several days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, we’ll cruise towards the South Shetland Islands. If weather conditions are favorable, we’ll sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island and visit an old whaling station, with its rustic wooden buildings and old relics.
Drakes Passage and Return to Stanley
As we cruise back to Stanley we can enjoy a number of educational presentations and a summay of our navigation by our Expedition Leader.
Disembark and Charter Flight back to Santiago
We leave this ship after breakfast and have some free time again in the capital of the Falkland Islands efore transferring to the airport and Joining our flight to Santiago.
Dates & Rates
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Educational presentations from ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammal experts
• Photography advice and instruction from the resident photographer
• All zodiac and landing excursions
• Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
• All meals during the voyage
• Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
• Access to an English speaking medical advisor
• Access to wellness area (finnish sauna, hot tub, sea water pool, natural essential oils)
• Use of multi-media room
• Expedition gear package for duration of the voyage (windproof/waterproof jacket and bibs, insulated rubber boots, water resistant binoculars, waterproof backpack, trekking poles)
• Sea kayaking excursions (See note below)
• International and National Airfare
• Visa and passport fees, Airport taxes
• Pre and Post cruise hotel accommodations
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature
• Personal laundry service
• Postage and telephone calls
• Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
• Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
Note: Sea kayaking excursions are offered at an extra cost of USD $695 (Arctic) and USD $795 (Antarctic) per person. Pre-registration is required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursions. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment.
Ice-strengthened for Antarctic waters, the RCGS Resolute is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel with a modern layout and design. It boasts a spacious lounge with 180-degree views and a well-stocked library where you can relax with a good book. Grab a drink at one of the two bars and feast on sumptuous meals in one of the two dining rooms, with large picture windows so you won’t miss a thing. Keep fit in the onboard gym and saltwater pool or indulge in a spa, sauna or steam room session in the wellness center.
Each of the spacious cabins feature modern lounge areas, new carpets and high-quality cabinetry, as well as en-suite bathrooms and soft lighting. There is a range of bedding configurations to suit all travelers, with porthole windows or expansive panoramic windows ensuring ocean views. If you want to splurge, opt for the 44-square-meter One Ocean Suite that boasts enough room to entertain other guests.
Shipyard: Rauma, Finland
Length: 122.8 metres
Beam: 18 metres
Draught: 4.97 metres
Gross Tonnage: 8378
Speed (Max): 15 knots
Cruise Speed: 14 knots
Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
Vessel Stability: External Stabilization
- 360 degree viewing from outer decks
- Salt wataer plunge pool
- Large relaxation deck
- Hot water jacuzzi
- Wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room)
- Presentation room
- Observation lounge and bar
- Two dining rooms
- Multimedia room and Library
- Spacious cabins (22-44 M Squared)
FAQ & More
Yes. Although the voyages are not directed towards children, we do encourage families with children on our voyages. Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of traveling with anyone under the age of 16.
The electrical supply on board is 220 volts 50 Hertz. You will need a European two (round) pin plug adapter, available at duty free or electrical supply shops.
Assistance getting in and out of the Zodiacs will be offered by our staff. There are possible wet landings where you will be required to disembark the zodiac into ankle deep water - making rubber boots a necessary item.
Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for a charge.
A good number of our clients come alone and some purchase the single cabin option. For those wishing to share, we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no charge.
There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.
If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, then it is a good idea to talk to your own doctor. Come armed with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board and the ship is equipped with a small treatment facility.
To see all of the frequently asked questions, please download the Trip Experience Packet on the right.