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Expedition Cruise Specialist Expands Program to Include New Trip To Chilean Fjords

January 10, 2018 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

Following the announcement that One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary year with the addition of RCGS Resolute to its fleet in November 2018, the expedition cruise specialist has also revealed that it will be expanding its cruise program in 2019 to include several new itineraries in Chile.

The first voyage of this new programme, which will also be the inaugural non-polar expedition on board RCGS Resolute, will venture into the maze of inlets and islands of the dramatic Chilean Fjords in March 2019, immediately after the last cruise of the Antarctic season.  The timing of this trip means that guests can experience the White Continent AND South America by combining OOE’s Antarctic Peninsula Adventure (21-31 March 2019) and the new Chilean Fjords Expedition (31 March – 13 April 2019) on an amazing 23-night voyage!

The 13-night Chilean adventure provides access to a region of incredible beauty, much of which is almost impossible to access by land.  Travelling north from Ushuaia in Argentina to Valparaiso in Chile along an extraordinary coastline, the ship follows the migration paths of whales heading north to warmer climes. Dr. Ari Friedlaender, a university professor and leading marine mammal researcher says “Humpback whales migrate seasonally from the rich, productive waters around the Antarctic to warm breeding grounds off the coast of central and South America. Humpback whales typically leave Antarctica between April-June. Some humpback whales spend their feeding season in the coastal fiords and bays around Tierra Del Fuego and Patagonia, and species that forage in these areas include humpback, minke, Sei, and sometimes fin whales”

Highlights of the cruise include the impressive tidewater Marinelli Glacier in the UNESCO designated biosphere of Alberto De Agostino National Park. Here passengers are very likely to encounter a variety of resident wildlife such as South American sea lions, Magellanic penguins, whales and the iconic Andean condor. Hikes in ancient forests, led by experienced local guides, and the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park are also high spots of the voyage. Exciting navigation follows as the ship heads on towards Brüggen, the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica – a colossal sight, particularly when viewed from the low vantage point of a zodiac!

The superior capability of RCGS Resolute and the excellent level of comfort provided means that passengers experience the highest standards of on board programming and expedition style cruising whilst enjoying exceedingly comfortable cabins and a vessel purpose-built for passenger travel. Prices for the Chilean Fjords 13-night expedition cruise start at US$5695 per person sharing a triple cabin and US$6995pp sharing a twin cabin, both with private bathrooms.

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