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Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

This fabulous expedition explores King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required!

The flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.

Enjoy daily excursions in the Zodiacs and spot whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. The landing sites and beaches are dotted with leopard seals and penguin colonies give way to icy wilderness plateaus, with snow- capped mountain peaks looming behind. There is no place in the world quite like it.

What not to miss

  • Experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica

  • Fly over the Drake Passage

  • Marvel at all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights

  • Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists

What’s included

  • Passionate expedition leaders

  • Flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica

  • Zodiac excursions

  • Guided walking and hiking

  • Snowshoeing

  • Expedition parka for you to keep

  • Boots (on loan)

  • Chef prepared meals

  • Daily housekeeping service

  • On board doctor

  • Bathrobes (on loan)

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Day 1 | Punta Arenas, Chile

The gateway for your adventure is Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, spend some time exploring the many museums and cultural sights. In the early afternoon, a representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about the plans and schedule for your embarkation day.

Day 2 | Embarkation Day

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island and await your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. Once safely landed, stretch your legs and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Days 3 to 6 | Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbour to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore.

Your Expedition Team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Day 7 | Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas

After your week of the ultimate exploration, you’ll say farewell to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour return flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings the journey to an end. After your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 8 | Depart Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights

Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder

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.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Adventurer

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally launched in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:

  • A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship

  • All cabins have new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms.

  • Main common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room have been completely re-styled.

  • Major technical enhancements – include two new Rolls Royce engines, which significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 87

  • Guests: 132

  • Length: 101 metres

  • Breadth: 16 metres

  • Draft: 4.5 metres

  • Propulsion: Diesel Twin Engines - 5,400 horsepower

  • Ice Class: 1A

  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots, in open water

  • Registration: Bahamas

  • Lifeboats: 4, partially-enclosed

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books

  • Exercise Room

  • Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

  • Observation Decks

Your holiday in Antarctica

World Explorer

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer.

The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.

Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 125

  • Guests: 176

  • Length: 126 metres

  • Breadth: 19 metres

  • Draft: 4.7 metres

  • Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric

  • Ice Class: 1B

  • Cruising Speed: 16 knots, in open water

  • Registration: Portugal

  • Lifeboats: 2, fully-enclosed

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books and games

  • Lounge Areas

  • Reception Area

  • Gym, Pool and Sauna

  • Spa facilities and wellness programme

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

  • Lecture Theatre

  • Observation Decks

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Adventurer

Lower Deck Twin

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.

Triple

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.

Main Deck Twin with Porthole or Window

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Window cabin has 2 windows with exterior views.

Superior

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Deluxe

A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Suite

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have showers.

Owner's Suite

An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard.

Your holiday in Antarctica

World Explorer

Triple

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 246 sq. ft. (23 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Infinity Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Veranda Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Superior Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Deluxe

Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. (31 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, his & hers closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower and his & hers sinks is also featured in each cabin.

Owner's Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, his & hers sinks, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Cruise Only Prices 2018 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
28 December - 04 January  Ocean Adventurer 7 £8700

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price 
19 February - 26 February   World Explorer 7 £11400
24 February - 03 March   World Explorer 7 £11400
03 December - 10 December  Ocean Adventurer 7 £7740
08 December - 15 December Ocean Adventurer 7 £7740
13 December - 20 December  Ocean Adventurer 7 £7740

Cruise Only Prices 2020 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights

Twin Cabin Price

10 January - 17 January  Ocean Adventurer 7 £7740
15 January - 22 January  Ocean Adventurer 7 £7740
09 February - 16 February  World Explorer 7 £10260
14 February  - 21 February  World Explorer 7 £10260
19 February - 26 February World Explorer 7 £9690

Tour prices are accurate at time of publication. All cabins are subject to availability. Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin – please contact us for details of other cabin types.
Deposit requirements are 20% at the time of booking and full payment is due 120 days prior to departure.

Flights + Extra Accommodation

Our BSpoke team can organise your international flights for you. We can also arrange pre/post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

Solo Travellers

Aboard this expedition cruise we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share the cabin with another traveller of the same gender or you can opt to have a single cabin, if available. If you would like a single supplement in a non-single cabin please ask us for prices.

Optional Activities

Contact a BSpoke Expedition Cruise Expert to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

  • Paddling excursion (limited availability)

  • Sea kayaking (limited availability)

  • Stand-up paddle boarding (limited availability – 09 Feb 2020, 14 Feb 2020, 19 Feb 2020 only)

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