Antarctica Christmas Cruise | Polar Unbound | Akademik Ioffe

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. 

Itinerary

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive into the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia, where you will board your expedition ship and get settled into your cabin. In the early evening, we’ll set sail along the Beagle Channel and into the Drake Passage, heading south towards the white continent of Antarctica. 

ACCOMMODATION : Akademik Ioffe
MEALS INCLUDED : Dinner

Drake Passage

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. 

ACCOMMODATION : Akademik Ioffe
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Peninsula

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. 

ACCOMMODATION : Akademik Ioffe
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. 

ACCOMMODATION : Akademik Ioffe
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

King George Island and return to South America

This morning we depart the ship to take our charter flight back to Punta Arenas on the mainland of Chile, this flight and your overnight hotel in punta arenas are included in the price of your itinerary. On arrival in Punta Arenas we will transfer you to your hotel to relax and perhaps explore the town.

ACCOMMODATION : Punta Arenas Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast,

International Departure

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home or to continue your travels.

MEALS INCLUDED : B

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Dec 17, 2018 to Dec 27, 2018
Akademik Ioffe
$9,195£0€0$0$0$9,195£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Dec 20, 2018 to Dec 30, 2018
RCGS Resolute
$10,995£0€0$0$0$10,995£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Please ask for specific cabin availability.

Included: 
•    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)

Not Included:
•    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
•    Massages
•    Personal laundry service
•    Postage and telephone calls
•    Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
•    Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
•    Gratuities

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. 

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Ship Details

RCGS Resolute

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. 

Ship Specifications:

Launched: 1993
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
Passengers: 146
Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
Vessel Stability: External Stabilization

Ammenities: 

  • 360 degree viewing from outer decks
  • Salt wataer plunge pool
  • Large relaxation deck
  • Hot water jacuzzi
  • Wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room)
  • Gymnasium
  • Presentation room
  • Observation lounge and bar
  • Two dining rooms
  • Multimedia room and Library
  • Spacious cabins (22-44 M Squared)

Both the Vavilov and Ioffe ships are amazing vessels. They are sister ships, so very similar in many ways.  Please see below for specifics for each ship.

Akademic Vavilov

The Scandinavian-built Vavilov sails like a silent dream out on the water. Highly maneuverable yet remarkably stable, the Vavilov was built for both science and adventure. It can endure voyages of any arctic condition while maintaining a cruising speed of 14.5 knots.

The Vavilov and the Ioffe together are two of the most capable adventure vessels around.

From Peter Grubb - Founder of ROW Adventures
"The Vavilov and it's sister ship, the Ioffe, are 2 of the most advanced research vessels afloat. The Vavilov is impressive and neat as a pin,..which is refered to as 'Bristol Condition' in sailing terms. The ship is operated by one of the largest and oldest shipping companies. Our team has sailed on this ship many times and are always impressed with the service and the ship."

Ship Specifications:

  • Staff & Crew: 53
  • Guests: 92
  • Length: 117.04m
  • Breadth: 18.28 m
  • Draft: 6.09m
  • Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Amenities:

  • One dining room with unreserved seating.
  • Theatre-style presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
  • Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
  • One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Akademic Ioffe

Primed for polar research, the Ioffe is an up-to-date, safe, spacious and all-around solid vessel. The common areas on board this boat are crafted with ultimate comfort in mind, whether you're attending an informative lecture or simply hanging out. With a fully stocked bar and variety of films available in the lounge, you can relax and unwind after a day of adventure just the way you want.

Other fabulous onboard facilities include an exercise room, ship store, massage room, sauna and pool. Then of course there's the great dining offered up in our superb dining room. An expert and professional staff member is always at the ready to tend to any need.

As it was originally crafted as a research vessel hailing from Finland, the Ioffe is a very graceful, peaceful and accommodating ship. You'll marvel at how quietly and smoothly she sails and appreciate the transformation she's undergone in order to shift her focus from science to adventure.

The last thing you'll want when you're trying to enjoy an Antarctic cruise is a rocky and noisy ship; such things are unheard of on the Ioffe thanks to her clever design. A ballast trimming system ensures that sea sickness is kept to a minimum, while noisy engines are situated far out of earshot.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff & Crew: 63
  • Guests: 93
  • Length: 117m
  • Breadth: 18 m
  • Draft: 6m
  • Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Cabins and Amenities:

  • All cabins have exterior views.
  • Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities (See deck plan).
  • One dining room with unreserved seating.
  • Theater-style presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
  • Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
  • One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Staterooms

Ship Photos

Views from the hot tub in Antarctica
Antarctica landscape
BBQ in Antarctica
Zodiac in Antarctica
Massage on ship in Antarctica
Bridge of Arctic and Antarctic Expedition ship
Conference room in the Library
One Ocean Suite
Shackleton Suite
Superior Suite
Twin Private Suite
Triple Share Suite

Deck Plans

FAQ & More

Can children travel on small ships?

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.

What electrical current is available onboard?

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.

How difficult is it to get in and out of the landing Zodiacs?

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.

Is there email/internet access onboard the One Ocean Expeditions ship?

Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for a charge.

Do you accommodate single travelers?

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.

How much room is there for luggage?

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.

Should I be concerned about Seasickness?

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.

More FAQs

To see all of the frequently asked questions, please download the Trip Experience Packet on the right.

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