We are happy to announce the launch of our 2019/20 Antarctic season, bringing more innovation, diversity and locations than ever before.
Sustainability, conservation and responsible tourism remain at the forefront of our philosophy and programming. Year after year, we introduce new elements to further increase guests’ engagement with easier access to the world’s most remote regions to ensure exceptional cruising experiences.
1) It’s with great excitement that we unveil new direct flights from Santiago to the Falkland Islands this coming November, exclusive to guests travelling on board RCGS Resolute. The new international flight route brings a faster, easier and more efficient transfer to Antarctica than before. The shorter flying time to the South Atlantic Ocean increases time spent in the destination and more opportunities to further explore the ‘white continent’.
2) One of the key features of this new air access is that it eases the transportation logistics into Mount Pleasant airport in Stanley, Falkland Islands, as well as allowing more time to join local excursions pre and post the Antarctic voyage. Guests will have the chance to dive into history with the option of visiting the local museum or splurge in wildlife viewing while visiting Gypsy Cove, with its plethora of sea birds, including Magellanic penguins; a favourite of many.
3) Another advantage of the new flights is the additional time added to approach the infamous Elephant Island, where polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s stranded crew took shelter for four and a half months.
Starting in November 2019, we will operate the following new Antarctic itineraries:
THREE NEW VOYAGES:
Christmas in Antarctica and the Weddell Sea – December 16-28, 2019 (Akademik Sergey Vavilov): This new 12-night voyage is the ideal place to ring in Christmas. It has been in the making for some time, with the intricacies of the itinerary adding more time to visit the classic locations along the western side of the Peninsula. An authentic expedition cruise into the wild and unknown environment, while entering the icy realms of the Weddell Sea. This is the ultimate experience to witness massive ice shelves, ice floes and towering icebergs. A reminder of the white continent’s raw and overwhelming beauty.
Antarctica in-Depth (Circle Crossing Voyage) – December 28, 2019 – January 7, 2020 (Ioffe) / 11 February 11 – 21, 2020 (Vavilov): The new 10-night post-Christmas Circle Crossing itinerary embarks in Ushuaia and uses the flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on the return. This will give us 7 days of excursions, including a memorable crossing of the Circle (ice-permitting). Using the experience of our Expedition Leader, it explores the area based on the seasonal conditions, providing flexibility to possibly discover Crystal Sound, Penola Strait, Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound. Guests can experience the same new itinerary onboard in February in the opposite direction; starting with a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island and finishing in Ushuaia, with the same great stops along the way.
The Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica – Mega Colonies – December 31, 2019 – January 17, 2020 (RCGS Resolute): This new 17-night Mega Colonies cruise takes advantage of the direct South American flight from Santiago to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. On this voyage, we aim to prioritise the region’s largest penguin colonies, including St Andrew’s Bay and Salisbury Plain on South Georgia; Paulet Island and Bailey Head and also the Danger Islands, to experience the newly discovered mega-colony of Adelie penguins. Every photographer’s dream! This particular voyage hosts penguin researchers who will discuss marine conservation, protected areas and the impact on penguin population health, whilst our albatross experts will share their expertise on conservation and protection measures put in place to minimise seabird mortality. The lessons learnt here can be applied to other wildlife protection in the Antarctic.
Note to editor: Early Booking Offer
To encourage early bookers, we have incentives for bookings confirmed with a deposit before November 15th, 2018.
- An air credit of US$1,200pp (deducted from the berth at time of booking), for all departures on Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov in October & November 2019 and March 2020. For all other departures on these two vessels, the air credit is US$800pp.
- An air credit of US$1,200pp (deducted from the berth at time of booking) and pre-voyage hotel stay at One Ocean Expeditions’ preferred hotel, for all departures on RCGS Resolute in October & November 2019 and March 2020. For all other departures, the air credit is US$800pp as well as the pre-voyage hotel stay at One Ocean Expeditions’ preferred hotel.