ex Punta Arenas or Ushuaia (Antarctic cruises, Antarctica)
Quick facts - Level: | Passengers: 100 (73 on air cruise) | Duration: 5-14 nights | Length: 298 feet | Cruising speed: 14 knots | Operator: Antarctica 21
The first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. She carries a Polar Class 6 ice-class, features stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters and an ice-detecting radar. She is also equipped with an energy-recovery system that recycles the heat produced by the engines to warm up the ship and its water supply. There is a library, gym, sauna, bar, lounge, dining room and observation deck. The ship operates a selection of fly/cruise itineraries, most of which start and finish in Punta Arenas. The most popular is the Classic Antarctica Air Cruise which is 7 nights. There are also longer cruise options taking in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
International expedition staff lead shore excursions and give daily lectures on board. Sea kayaking is available at an additional cost (basic previous kayaking experience is necessary) and camping is also available on selected voyages at additional cost. There are limited places for these optional activities and so they should be booked well in advance.
Cabins are split across three decks and range from 20 to 40 square metres. All but two double cabins have beds that can be configured as double or twin and there are 4 dedicated single cabins. All cabins, except the Porthole cabins, feature private balconies and they all have a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
When to go
Mid November to mid March.