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Whale And Ship Neko Harbour Antarctica HGR 118114

Celebrate a spectacular Christmas! From Ushuaia, we cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. On board there is so much to do: visit our Activity Center, attend exciting lectures, and enjoy the season´s festivities while surrounded by snow and ice!

Deception Island Antarktis HGR 119295 (1)

Why go?

  • Experience glaciers, nature and wildlife
  • Come ashore in Antarctica and meet penguins up close
  • A Christmas celebration in the land of ice and snow
  • Landings and excursions with our expert Expedition team

Itinerary

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This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour this afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the “Paris of South America” for yourself.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS No meals included

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome-on-board dinner.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS Dinner included

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment around us, films about Antarctica and the Activity Center provides the latest technology for preserving your memories. This Center is the heart of the expedition community, a friendly place to gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, and a warm area to mingle and share stories.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS All meals included

You are now in one of the most remote areas on earth! Venture ashore to explore the breath taking Antarctic scenery and come close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you first set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck, there will be ample opportunities to sight whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics as we sail.

One of the highlights is Deception Island in the South Shetlands. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs.

Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins, while Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December.

We have planned plenty of activities to help you experience Antarctica in the best way. This might mean that one day you will go shore to see penguins and hear the crackling noise of glaciers. The next day, you may get to feel the salt and wind as you cruise between the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a nap on an ice platform. A third day may involve kayaking or a longer hike or walk. Back on board, we host activities that will satisfy a whole range of interests in the Explorer Room. The on-board photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography. Join gatherings where the Expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and the Expedition leader discusses the next day’s plan. These gatherings are great opportunities for sharing and mingling with the expedition community.

Christmas Day will be a unique mix of exciting activities amongst the ice and penguins, combined with traditional Norwegian celebrations on board. You might enjoy a special lunch followed by a walk to the top of a snow-covered hill set within a glaciated bay. Or your Christmas gift may be a cruise amongst ice bergs followed by a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS All meals included

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Activity Center or just relaxing on deck.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS All meals included

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires where you will have overnight accommodation to enjoy one last night in this city.

If you haven't had enough adventures, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programmes. You could celebrate New Year with a stylish stop-over in Buenos Aires, for example.

  • Accommodation 3 * Midnatsol
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Midnatsol

The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) sails along the Norwegian coast from May to September, and is part of Hurtigruten’s global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year. The ship has a strong environmental profile and modern design, with an interior of bright, colourful décor inspired by Norway’s sunny warm days during the summer - a motif reflected in many of the pieces of Norwegian modern art on board.

MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and modern design. The interior’s bright, colourful décor is inspired by Norway´s sunny warm days during summer, a motif reflected in many of the pieces of Norwegian modern art on board. The vessel´s sun deck and Jacuzzi are on deck 9. Key features on MS Midnatsol include the large, two-storey panorama lounge above the bow. Its wall-to-wall windows bathe the lounge in natural light and provide extraordinary views.

Accommodation Information:

MS Midnatsol is an expedition ship and cabins are simple and functional. The cosy Polar inside cabins are on all decks. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. Upgrades are available for outside and superior outside cabins.

Facilities Include

MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1C ship, equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica. Facilities include, on board expedition team, two-storey panorama lounge, bars, café, restaurant, library, à la carte restaurant, Jacuzzis, fitness room and sauna, lecture theatre. Wi-Fi is also available on board.

 

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Buenos Aires, Argentina 28°C 

Antarctica December -1°C 


TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT - 5 hours

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This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Antarctica -1°C
    Buenos Aires 28°C

Note:

  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.



What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Antarctica -1°C
    Buenos Aires 28°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

Useful Information

Do I need to bring passport or ID?
All guests checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board the ships have to present a valid Passport or government approved ID Card. Explorer voyages only accept passports that must be valid 6 months after the voyage.

On Board Currency

You can pay as you go on board the ships with cash or credit card on Coastal voyages. We accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that the system does not support Maestro Card.  Only credit cards are accepted on Explorer voyages however, MS Nordstjernen does not accept American Express. The credit card must be valid more than three months after your stay on board. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship, your account will be debited in NOK. The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company.

 For your convenience, a Cruise Card system is offered on board all ships. This system allows you to charge all on board purchases to your cruise card. Cruise card accounts can be created at all points of payment on board the ship. VISA, Master Card, Diners, American Express are accepted or cash (NOK, EUR, GBP, USD) as deposit. The itemised statement will be sent by email. Please contact the reception If you require a printed version. The cruise card account needs to be settled by 22:00 on your last night on board. For your convenience, your cruise card charges will be billed automatically to your credit card. The credit card must be valid for at least another three months. Any discrepancies must be reported before disembarkation. This also applies if you want to pay part cash and part credit card. The currency used on board is Norwegian Kroner. Exchange rates are similar to those in a hotel. Please check with the reception for methods of payment. Please note that a PIN code is required when paying with your personal credit card on board.

Excursions

Most excursions are pre-bookable and can be added on to your voyage during the online booking process. The excursions offered on your Coastal or Explorer voyage are listed on the relevant voyage page on the Hurtigruten website under the 'Things to see and do' tab.

If you are booking over the phone, excursions can be added at any point from the time of booking the voyage until four weeks prior to departure for Coastal voyages (two weeks if you pay by credit card). Please note that Explorer excursions have limited capacity and can only be booked four weeks before departure (two weeks if paid by credit card).

All excursions are subject to availability and sold on a first come, first served basis. We recommend pre-booking online or over the phone, where possible.

Excursions which are not pre-bookable may be booked from the tour leader on the ship. Excursions booked on board will be payable in Norwegian Kroner and the price may vary as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.

Please bring your driving license if you have pre-booked or are planning to go on any of the snowmobile or ATV excursions. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers, sailing times and weather and/or local conditions. If pre-booked excursions have to be cancelled, you will receive a refund on board in NOK.

Is WiFi Available on board

Yes, WiFi is available on all ships at a fee. Please note depending on the vessel’s location, internet connectivity and telephone usage may be out of range or limited due to the remote locations which are sailed too.

Can you go on shore in every port?
Yes, with some recommendations. If the ship is in port for 30 minutes or longer, you are encouraged to take a look around all of the ports. However, in some ports the ships only stop for 15 minutes. In this case, we ask that guests continuing their voyage to stay on board, just to avoid any risks.

What clothes should I pack for travel to Norway?
The best approach is to bring multiple layers of comfortable, durable, and warm wear which can be piled on or stripped off depending on the weather. During summer, guests are encouraged to make the most of the sunshine to participate in hikes and city walks. Reliable walking shoes and a light jacket are therefore good items to include if travelling in the Midnight Sun season.

Winter is a spectacular time with the Northern Lights often appearing in the arctic skies above. Guests should be fully kitted out for cold weather with a water and wind-resistant/proof winter coat, thermal clothing, sturdy boots with a good sole, a scarf, gloves and a hat.

As in many other countries, autumn and spring in Norway are a mish-mash of rain and sun. The sensible among you will bring a few different types of clothing in expectation of diverse weather that can be hot and then cold, dry and then wet. The Hurtigruten experience is about exploration and relaxation. There is therefore no dress code or formal attire on board. Keep the tuxedo and evening gown at home and just enjoy the voyage!

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
12 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019 18 All Ages £ 10709 BOOK

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Antarctica -1°C
    Buenos Aires 28°C

Note:

  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.



What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Antarctica -1°C
    Buenos Aires 28°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

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