A voyage to the Antarctic can be as active or as relaxed as you wish with small expedtions cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). By offering specialized voyages encompassing a variety of activities, led by world leading guides and wildlife professionals, OOE creates memorable experiences where guests emerge themselves in the best Antarctica has to offer.
Its 12-night ‘Antarctica – Off the Beaten Track’ departure November 8 – 20, 2016 (November 6-18, 2017) is specially designed for wildlife lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The voyage coincides with the arrival of multitudes of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds to the region and offers a fabulous selection of soft adventure activities, not to mention the robust and captivating educational program, sumptuous meals, and comfortable travel now available on a modern and comfortable ice classified ship.
Experiencing unsurpassed stabilization onboard whilst crossing the infamous Southern Ocean (Drake Passage) provides guests the opportunity to ease themselves gently into the voyage by learning about the stunning environment, plentiful wildlife and fascinating history of Antarctica. Highly trained experts with experience in Antarctica provide a broad series of presentations in both formal and informal venues – ranging from the presentation room, to the bridge to out on deck. OOE provides complimentary use of high quality Nikon professional binoculars so each guest can enjoy identifying wildlife at their leisure. Discussion continues easily between guests and specialists during casual meals in the comfortable and open seated dining room.
Onboard experts include photographic, ornithological and water colour specialists such as Daisy Gilardini, Dick Filby and Bruce Pearson who offer enhanced excursions, are on hand to answer queries and provide advice on how to get the best experiences with wildlife and landscape in the Antarctic polar terrain.
Passengers of the ship Akademik Offe snowshoeing at Georges Point
Daily zodiac excursions, guided hikes and onboard educational seminars led by OOE’s expert staff are all included in this 12-night package, as are all meals, including afternoon tea, ship transfers, foul weather gear and overnight camping.
For those interested in spending time in Antarctica, this 12 night voyage offers a wide variety of opportunities to experience a full range of active and passive experiences. Those who are eager to experience early season optimum snow conditions, can join the novice snow shoeing program- for which no previous experience is required. Sea Kayaking is a popular option to appreciate wildlife at the waterline, and for those interested in spending a couple of nights away from the ship, OOE offers the opportunity to sea kayak camp on a guided adventure during the voyage. Avid skiers can opt into the ski touring program and with 25 percent more staff on this voyage – over and above the regular 1:4 staff to passenger ratio – there is plenty of help and support on hand to assist with all of the extra guided activities that are available.
Prices start from US $8,495pp for a triple share cabin, and from US$10,695pp for twin share. An early booking incentive for 2017/18 of US $1000pp is available until 31 December 2016.