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New Year’s Day in the Polar Regions (Ushuaia - Ushuaia)

11 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1 Ushuaia (Argentina)  
Embark from 4 to 5 pm.
 
Day 2 Drake Passage
 
Day 3 Drake Passage
 
Day 4 Neko Harbour - Paradise Bay
 
Day 5 Pleneau Island - Port Charcot
 
Day 6 Port Lockroy
 
Day 7  Deception Island
 
Day 8 Weddell Sea
 
Day 9 Drake Passage
 
Day 10 Drake Passage  
 
Day 11 Ushuaia
Disembarkation at 7am.
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All This Included

PONANT proposes an exceptional New Year aboard Le Boréal, in the magic of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day expedition cruise and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.  

In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.  

On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.   

Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms. 

Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Boréal will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
Highlights
  • Spending New Year’s Day in Antarctica. 
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. 
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations. 
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains. 
  • Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds. 
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
Accommodations
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Boreal or L'Austral
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip.
  • Australian, and Canadian citizens entering/exiting Argentina must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX.
  • Should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.
  • Given the remote areas in which we will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that we are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide us, no more than 45 days before departure, with a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.
  • Fares may be subject to fuel adjustment.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.