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Expedition to Antarctica

Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Ice-Class Ship m.s. Le Soléal

Date: Thu, January 11, 2018 - Wed, January 24, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: $10,690 plus international air

Activity Level: Strenuous

Region: Arctic

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate m.s. Le Soléal, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the 110 deluxe, ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human visitors. The expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Spend two nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires, including a tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital city. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option. Take advantage of Early Booking Savings; this unique itinerary sells out every year! 

View amazing photos and read the alumni blogs from 2013 and 2014 trips!

 

Itinerary*

Day     Destination

1 Depart the U.S. or Canada

2 Buenos Aires, Argentina

3 Buenos Aires

4 Buenos Aires/Fly to Ushuaia/Embark

5 Cruising the Drake Passage

6 Cruising the Drake Passage

7 Port Lockroy

8 Petermann Island/Lemaire Channel

9 Neko Harbor/Paradise Bay

10 Deception Island/Pendulum Cove/Half Moon Island

11 Cruising the Weddell Sea

12 Cruising the Drake Passage

13 Ushuaia, Argentina/Disembark ship/Fly to Buenos Aires/Depart for the U.S. or Canada

14 Arrive in the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary is subject to weather, ice and sea conditions at the time of travel and may be revised as necessary.

 

Included Features

In Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Two nights in a deluxe hotel, breakfast each morning.

  • Welcome Reception.

  • City tour featuring the popular neighborhoods of Palermo, Monserrat, La Boca, Puerto Madero and San Telmo, and a visit to the historic Recoleta Cemetery.

 

On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star,  ice-class m.s. Le Soléal

  • Nine nights round trip Ushuaia, Argentina, cruising to Antarctica’s Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and Half Moon Island, weather, ice and sea conditions permitting.

  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.

  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.

  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise.

  • Souvenir polar-grade red parka to wear.

  • All meals—early continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.

  • Wine is served with lunch and dinner.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

  • Exploration by Zodiac landing craft, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide from the expedition team.

  • Shore excursions to explore Antarctica’s diverse wildlife habitats, including major penguin rookeries.

  • Onboard expedition team of naturalists who will provide a series of lectures about local wildlife and landscapes.

Enhanced Travel Services

  • Transfers and luggage handling  abroad for participants whose  arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).

  • All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides and expedition team.

  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.

  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom aboard ship and on excursions.

  • Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship.

  • The services of experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program.

  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre‑departure information.

  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance  policy for each participant ticketed  on flights by Gohagan & Company.

Internal program air (round trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia) is required and is purchased individually at an additional cost to be advised.

 

Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option

UNESCO World Heritage-designated Iguazú Falls is one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Spanning nearly two dramatic miles deep inside the Brazil-Argentina frontier, more than 275 spectacular waterfalls cascade from heights of 270 feet down verdant cliffs in one of South America’s last remaining virgin rainforests. Visit the lush Parque das Aves jungle reserve, a nature lover’s paradise, home to more than 350 species of birds, 66 varieties of mammals and a spectacular array of reptiles, fish, butterflies and flora. This exclusive three-night Post-Program Option features one night of accommodations in a deluxe Hotel and two nights besides the Falls in the Five-Star Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa. Buenos Aires round-trip airfare is included.

 

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise: M.S. Le Soléal

Five-Star, Ice-Class ship, State-of-the-Art Design

The exclusively chartered m.s. Le Soléal represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms, distinctive French sophistication and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies

Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat‑screen television, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining

International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious L’Eclipse dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Pytheas Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are availabe throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four‑course dinner are served daily. Wine is served with lunch and dinner.

Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities

In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting, and they can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath‑style steam room, full range of fitness equipment, two elevators and an infirmary staffed with a doctor and a nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment

The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders and 10 Zodiacs.