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Antarctic Explorer

Antarctic Explorer

Cruise Highlights:

  • Perfect for first time Antarctica visitors
  • Witness & explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard experts
  • Witness the abundant wildlife: penguins, elephant seals and whales

At a glance

Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Ushuaia, Argentina

From: $4,995

Season: November - March

Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Hiking, Photography, Skiing, Wildlife viewing, Zodiacs

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Quark Expeditions

This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and seabirds as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

Sitting down in the snow and having little penguins waddle up to me and climb into my lap - that was precious. The true highlight was having a humpback whale swim right up to the side of our zodiac …

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going, accessible feel, with dramatic mountain surroundings it is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. You can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes while preparing for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as we depart - the next time you see land we’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 5-9 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. We can finally begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day . With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke Whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard Seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap Penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or depending on the time of year spend time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguin chicks. While cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula we’ll also give you the chance to take a Polar Plunge! Cheer on other travelers or strap on a harness yourself to take a dip and swim in the frigid waters of an icy Antarctic bay.

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too. Hear the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier, glide your kayak across a quiet bay or strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore further.

As you sail from island to shore to bay during your four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team will educate and entertain you. We’ll provide opportunities for quiet contemplation, activities for testing your endurance and more than enough wildlife interactions to satisfy your curiosity.

Day 10-11 - Drake Passage to Ushuaia

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 12 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We’ll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

Please note: The 11 day itinerary spends one less day exploring the Antarctic Peninsula (days 5-7).

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Dates & Rates

Sea Spirit Cabin Categories
2013 Triple - Classic Main Classic Superior Deluxe Suite Owner's Suite
November 22 $7,495 $8,495 $8,995 $9,695 $11,595 $12,995 $15,995
2014 Triple - Classic Main Classic Superior Deluxe Suite Owner's Suite
January 4 $9,995 $11,395 $12,295 $13,495 $15,995 $17,595 $21,595
January 14 $9,995 $11,395 $12,295 $13,495 $15,995 $17,595 $21,595
February 6 $7,995 $8,895 $9,995 $10,995 $12,995 $13,995 $16,995
March 1† $6,995 $7,995 $8,595 $8,995 $10,995 $11,995 $14,995
Sea Adventurer Cabin Categories
2013 Triple Lower Twin Main Twin Porthole Main Twin Window Superior Deluxe Suite
November 4** $4,595 $5,795 $6,395 $6,895 $7,395 $7,995 $8,995
Ocean Diamond Cabin Categories
2013 Triple Twin Porthole Twin Window Suite Single Obstructed Single Window Balcony Suite
December 1† $4,995 $7,295 $7,695 $9,995 $10,395 $10,395 $12,995
December 10† $5,295 $7,495 $7,995 $10,295 $10,795 $10,795 $13,595
December 19† $6,595 $9,295 $9,795 $12,495 $13,295 $13,295 $15,995
December 28† $6,595 $9,295 $9,795 $12,495 $13,295 $13,295 $15,995
2014 Triple Twin Porthole Twin Window Suite Single Obstructed Single Window Balcony Suite
January 6† $6,595 $9,295 $9,795 $12,495 $13,295 $13,295 $15,995

♦ Holiday Theme cruises
† 11-Day sailings, spending only four days in Antarctica
** 10-Day sailing, spending only three days in Antarctica

Included in Cruise Fare

  • A night of hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Group transfer between airport and Ushuaia and to the ship
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Shore landings included in the daily program
  • Professional Expedition Leadership.
  • All Zodiac/RIB excursions and transfers included in daily program
  • Formal and informal educational presentations by your Expedition Team
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • Loan of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure package including a map and meticulously researched Reader
  • All shipboard luggage handling
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.
  • On Sea Spirit only: complementary wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Any airfare
  • Passport and Visa Expenses
  • Adventure options - kayaking, mountaineering, camping or cross-country skiing
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the hotel
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
  • Shipboard and land telecommunication charges (Sea Spirit includes a 10MB access card)
  • Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members.


Antarctic Explorer Itinerary Map


Sea Spirit

Sea Spirit

Built in 1991 and recently refurbished, the Sea Spirit is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Public spaces available include two lounges, library stocked with fiction and reference books and computers with Internet access, a hair salon, small gym, and a single sitting dining room. Outside decks feature a sun deck, hot tub, and bistro where meals are served in pleasant weather. For excursions ashore, the Sea Spirit carries a fleet of inflatable landing crafts, and bridge visits allow for the chance to see her expert officers and crew at work. View ship details...

Sea Adventurer

Sea Adventurer

The Polar Adventure Ship Sea Adventurer was built in 1975. She underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. She has a proud reputation as a well-appointed, elegant expedition ship for softer adventures. Clipper Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite. View ship details...

Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond

Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. View ship details...

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