BEST OF ANTARCTICA: WHALE DISCOVERY | OCEAN ENDEAVOUR – CHIMU ADVENTURES

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BEST OF ANTARCTICA: WHALE DISCOVERY | OCEAN ENDEAVOUR – CHIMU ADVENTURES

OVERVIEW

Hop onboard the Ocean Endeavour for an extended 12-day adventure that you will never forget. We sail toward the great while continent. Here you will witness whales in huge numbers. This itinerary has been designed especially for people who love wildlife and awesome adventures.

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula, following the migration paths of the whales that call these waters home for part of the year. You can also spot penguins, seals and seabirds enroute from the deck of your ship and from the fleet of Zodiacs. Hop in and scan for underwater silhouettes and get up close to the range of wildlife that call Antarctica home.

You may wish to enjoy optional expedition activities like day paddling or enjoy a photography lesson from one of the experts onboard. There are lots of handy hints and tips that can be learnt about photographing this icy wilderness and the wildlife you will encounter.

This by-sea exploration allows the best opportunity for whale-spotting and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

*Early Bird Booking Discount applies to departures on this voyage in the 24/25 Antarctica season. Cabin categories 1-7 have a 15% discount and cabin categories 8-10 have a  20% discount. The offer is valid until 01 December and is subject to availability at the time of booking. It may be withdrawn or varied at any time. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • See a huge number of humpack whales in Antarctica as they migrate south to the waters that are rich with krill, where they feed. Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions where you will be able to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.
  • Enjoy stunning scenery and witness an abundance of wildlife, including Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, albatross and fur seals. Explore via Zodiac, seeing amazing polar vistas and giant tabular icebergs.
  • You can customise your adventure with a huge range of optional activities onboard. You can choose from kayaking, day paddling and photography lessons.
  • Enjoy the educational lecutres onboard. Topics include history, ecology and geology. Participate in the expedition team lead Citizen Science program.
  • You can soak up the atmosphere onboard, spending time restign and reflecting on the day. The ship has ammenities like the sun deck, Aurora lounge, Polaris Restaurant, a bar, library, saltwater pool, jacuzzi gym, say spa and sauna.

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DAY 1- Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the gateway to Antarctica. Before you embark on this epic journey, take an included transfer from the airport to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and our local team in Ushuaia with a welcome meeting in the evening, followed by an optional icebreaker. arrive early, why not head downtown for some souvenir shopping or taste some classic Argentinian flavours at one of Ushuaia’s fantastic local restaurants? If you get the chance, watching the sun go down at “The End of the World” (the nickname for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago) is the perfect way to cap off your first night.

Please note: An arrival transfer from the airport is included if you arrive in Ushuaia on Day 1. On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

This morning is yours to explore Ushuaia. You can always ask your leader for suggestions, but exploring this remote town on foot makes for a beautiful start to the day. Ushuaia offers enough stunning scenery for any nature-buff, so make sure you’ve grabbed your camera to snap that snow-capped backdrop. In the afternoon, transfer to the port of Ushuaia where you will board the Ocean Endeavour – your home on the sea for the next 10 nights. After meeting your fellow passengers and Expedition Team and settling into your cabin, you’ll set sail through the historic Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. Soak up incredible views as you glimpse your last sight of Argentina, then head inside to join the excitement and learn more about what to expect over the coming days.

Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, named after the British seafarer Sir Francis Drake, towards the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, there will be a chance to enjoy the outer deck spaces, scouting for dolphins, whales and a variety of seabirds that pass by – including the iconic wandering albatross, with its enormous three-meter wingspan. Our comprehensive lecture program will also get underway for you to join at your leisure, with our team of polar experts sharing fascinating insights into
Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between! If the weather is on your side, you should reach the Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening on day four. Make sure you’re on deck for this, as the first sighting of land always builds great anticipation on any expedition south.

The Antarctic Peninsula is known for a high number of wildlife sightings, not to mention the stunning backdrop of mountains, icy landscapes and water. The perfect combination, as you search for migrating whales. This is why you have five full days to enjoy wildlife opportunities, both from the expansive outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour and via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions. The peak of the migration season is the best opportunity to see these majestic ocean dwellers, as all Antarctic whale species migrate long distances, feeding in the cold, nutrient-rich Southern Ocean during the southern summer. The most common species found in the region are humpback, Minke and fin whales, as well as orcas.

An average day on board begins with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.

As whale season is in full swing, you may like to participate in one of our exciting onboard Citizen Science projects – the Happy Whale Project, where you can upload photos of whale’s tails (called flukes) online, along with details of where the images are taken. These are used to analyse and identify the individual whales and track their movement across the oceans. Sightings can happen from the outer decks of the ship, on the ship’s bridge with your Captain or during a Zodiac excursion. Our open bridge policy allows you into the command centre of the Ocean Endeavour for the ultimate behind-the-scenes access and the best place to spot whales.

You will also have the daily opportunity for optional adventure activities, including kayaking or day paddle excursions through ice floes, or photography sessions and workshops led by our expert photography guides.

Please note: Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Spaces on our optional paid kayaking and photography program are limited. Additional costs apply and these must be booked in advance. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information. Beginners interested in kayaking should take an introductory course prior to the voyage, including how to complete a wet exit. Regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in icy conditions. Kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather.

As the Ocean Endeavour starts its return journey north to our home port of Ushuaia, now is the time to reflect on your amazing adventure. We’re scheduled to reach the relatively calm waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening of day 11. This evening, your final meal together in the Polaris restaurant is often a highlight, so make sure to live it up and enjoy the moment as you celebrate an incredible adventure with your fellow travellers and Expedition Team. Don’t forget the group selfie!

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast as your Antarctic expedition comes to an end and the memories of an amazing experience begin. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or downtown is included if you’re departing today.

Please note: If you would like to stay on in Ushuaia beyond today or would like to explore South America, please speak to your Destination Specialist to discuss options. If you are flying out today, please don’t book your flight to depart Ushuaia before midday in case of any delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

TRAVEL DATE
09 March to 20 March 2025

CABIN SAVING PRICE
CAT 1 – Single Cabin SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 12,750
CAT 2 – Triple Cabin SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 10,022
CAT 3 – Twin Interior LIMITED – SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 10,591
CAT 4 – Twin Porthole SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 11,161
CAT 4A – Single Porthole SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 16,176
CAT 5 – Twin/Double Main Cabin SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 11,730
CAT 5A – Single Main Cabin SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 17,825
CAT 6 – Comfort Twin SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 12,308
CAT 7 – Select Twin LIMITED – SAVE UP TO 15% AUD 13,260
CAT 8 – Superior Twin/Double SAVE UP TO 20% AUD 13,072
CAT 9 – Junior Suite Double SAVE UP TO 20% AUD 13,968
CAT 10 – Owners Suite Double SAVE UP TO 20% AUD 15,224

 

Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins)
Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

Terms & Conditions

Please see link below for terms & conditions

https://www.chimuadventures.com/en-au/terms-and-conditions

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INCLUSIONS

All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
Accommodation onboard the Ocean Endeavour in booked cabin category
Onboard lecture program from Expeditions Team and Naturalists
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the voyage
Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel with breakfast
Transfer from Ushuaia hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
Transports to Ushuaia airport on return to port
All port taxes
All landing fees
Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi and onboard yoga

EXCLUSIONS

International or internal flights unless specified
Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
Pre or post cruise travel expenses
Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
Tobacco, alcoholic or beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Miscellaneous extras
Laundry and communication charges on board
Gratuities for Expedition team and crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
For minors under 16 years of age at time of travel; life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots
For guests who require larger sizing; Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING

Daily Antarctica Landings, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions

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