Cruising in Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience. A continent enclosed by a cold water current circling a landmass so large that the total area of France, Germany and Spain would fit in – ten times. It is so cold that only two species of vascular plants have found it habitable here. It is covered with a sheet of ice averaging a thickness of more than 2000 meters. There are no permanent human inhabitants but millions of penguins. It is a feeding area for thousands of whales in the Austral summer. Above all, it is a continent dedicated to science and peace. Words simply does not describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent.

In Winter 2016/17 Hurtigruten added a second ship, MS Midnatsol, to join their specialist Explorer ship, the MS Fram. She is sailing new itineraries in featuring Patagonia, Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands and Antarctica. This second ship doubles Hurtigruten’s capacity and triples its expedition activity offers.

Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to €1200 pp off the voyage price on selected Explorer sailings to Antarctica in 2017/18 if booked by 28 February 2017. Ask us for details.

The following Antarctic cruises in 2017 are all on board the MS Midnatsol. They represent just some of the itineraries available.

Voyage Name Name: The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 17 days
Inside Cabin From: €5749
Outside Cabin From: €7086
Voyage Name Name: The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 17 days
Inside Cabin From: sold out
Outside Cabin From: €7906
Voyage Name Name: Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 14 days
Inside Cabin From: €6584
Outside Cabin From: €6851
Voyage Name Name: Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 14 days
Inside Cabin From: €5249
Outside Cabin From: €6042
Voyage Name Name: Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 14 days
Inside Cabin From: €5249
Outside Cabin From: €5872
Voyage Name Name: Southern Hemisphere Adventure – South America & Antarctica
Voyage Duration: 16 days
Inside Cabin From: €4687
Outside Cabin From: €4878

Prices shown are per person sharing a twin cabin for full board voyage & internal flights only. Prices shown are for I (inside cabin category) and J & O (outside cabin categories). International flights and hotel nights pre/post voyage extra (estimate from €1600 pp). Single supplement applies to hotel nights ashore. Additional nights in South America possible. Prices correct at time of print (Feb 2016). Subject to exchange rate and availability. E&OE.

Full board voyage in a cabin of your choice.

Transfers as applicable.

Return economy class flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires including known taxes.

Any hotel nights required pre- or post voyage to allow for flight schedules.

Wind and waterproof jacket.

International flights between Dublin and South America including known taxes.

Travel Insurance.

Departure tax from South America.

Luggage Handling.

Optional excursions and gratuities.

Hurtigruten explorer expedition adventure cruiseOn board the Hurtigruten ships you enjoy all comforts of a modern vessel as you follow in the wake of Antarctic explorers such as Scott and Amundsen. You will see historic sights including polar cabins, bases and maybe even visit Elephant Island, where Ernest Shackleton’s crew wintered while waiting to be rescued. Visiting the White Continent, even in the relative luxury of a modern ship, still feels like an adventure and a rare privilege.

Find out more about life on board and itineraries on offer in Antarctica in 2017/18 by viewing the online brochures below (NB: prices in sterling and for voyage only). Then give Project Travel a call on 01 – 210 8391. We will check for any special offers on or near your travel dates to give you the best value. We will price the entire package for you in Euro to include flights and any hotel nights required before and/or after the voyage. What’s more, we can usually offer better prices than Hurtigruten for travel from Ireland.

Explorer 2016-17 Explorer 2017-18

Image credits: Hurtigruten

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