+ Begin with 2 nights at our luxury resort on Tierra del Fuego, tour the national park at ‘the end of the world’ before setting sail for Antarctica with our intimate group of 16 guests. + Enjoy thoughtful lectures and insight from our onboard naturalists every day at sea and ashore in Antarctica. + Let our experienced, sharp-eyed professionals guide you through one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations. + Spend two days exploring the remote South Shetland Islands where you can encounter vast penguin rookeries and remarkable sites like the flooded caldera of Deception Island. + Cross the Antarctic Circle and thrill to numerous Zodiac and sea kayak excursions through mythic seascapes to the wild and pristine coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our President’s Holiday Expedition Crossing the Antarctic Circle December 13 - 26, 2024 Join Scott and Diane Avera aboard our newest next generation, fully-stabilized luxury expedition ship, Ocean Albatros, and head south through the Shetland Islands and across the Antarctic Circle along the Antarctic Peninsula. Our Distinctive A+R Style in Antarctica Our President’s Expedition to Antarctica includes 2 nights at our luxury resort; 11-nights luxury expedition cruising in an outside balcony cabin; all 36 meals with wine at dinner; open bar; all excursions; all transfers and luggage handling; port charges; all shipboard gratuities; and all other tips except for your personal guides. Ocean Albatros Just launched in 2023, our luxury expedition vessel reflects the latest developments in marine engineering. X-bow ships like the Ocean Albatros have a unique backward sloping bow that minimizes fuel consumption while maximizing the vessel’s stability in high seas. With 93 ocean-view cabins (90% with a balcony), its amenities include 2 dining venues, a complete spa, wellness center, Observation Lounge, Pool Deck, Library, Bar and Presentation Space.
Our Expedition to Antarctica WED - DEC 13 | Welcome to Ushuaia You’ll be met and escorted to sea view guestrooms at the 5-star Los Cauquenes Resort + Spa. THURS - DEC 14 | The Tip of South America Following breakfast and a leisurely morning, we’ll board a fine vessel to explore the historic Beagle Channel with stops at Seal Island, Bird Island and others to discover abundant wildlife before returning to the resort for this evening’s welcome dinner with Scott and Diane. MEALS B+L+D FRI - DEC 15 | Tierra del Fuego National Park + Embark the Ocean Albatros This morning’s guided tour reveals the wild beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park, traveling to Lapataia Bay to find indigenous species amid the region’s forested mountains and waterways. After a leisurely lunch, board our state-of-the-art ship and settle in to your outside stateroom. Meet your expedition team and get acquainted with our luxury polar vessel as we set sail. MEALS B+L+D SAT - DEC 16 TO SUN DEC 17 | Crossing the Drake Passage toward Antarctica Named for the renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, this is the Antarctic Convergence where polar waters sink beneath warmer currents creating an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life. Indeed, this is the day that we might catch our first sightings of seals and penguins. Conditions permitting, we also hope to make our first landfall in the South Shetland Islands. MEALS 2B+2L+2D MON - DEC 18 | South Shetland Islands Our exciting explorations begin. The South Shetlands offer encounters with vast penguin rookeries, numerous seabirds and pristine beaches ruled by fur and elephant seals. Our exact itinerary over the coming days will depend on weather and the decision-making of our expert ship’s Captain. MEALS B+L+D TUES - DEC 19 | Antarctica by Land + Sea Another thrilling day unfolds as we explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and head toward the Antarctic Peninsula. With our expert naturalists, you’ll set out by zodiacs or sea kayaks for unforgettable experiences. MEALS B+L+D WED - DEC 20 | The Antarctic Peninsula Wildlife abounds with many species of penguins, seals, birds and whales to be sighted. Our projected route includes the Gerlache Strait with its towering ice cliffs and pods of magnificent humpback whales. As weather, sea and ice conditions permit, we’ll venture out to explore Antarctica’s wonders up-close. MEALS B+L+D THURS - DEC 21 | Another Day of Thrilling Discoveries in Antarctica Another day of exploration by sea and land unfolds as we continue southward to Cuverville Island and the dramatic Lemaire Channel. The Albatros’s commitment to comfort and safety is always paramount, however. Onboard, enjoy our naturalist’s enrichment program covering polar history, climate, geology and wildlife every day. And you’ll delight in wonderful fine dining with wine at dinner and our open bar. MEALS B+L+D FRI - DEC 22 Majestic Antarctica Icebergs, glaciers, mountains and rugged snowfields characterize this wildly beautiful landscape. We’ll marvel as cataracts of ice tumble into clear blue ocean as we walk over active glaciers. Enormous icebergs drift silently past the ship throughout our sail in the Antarctic Sound. MEALS B+L+D SAT - DEC 23 | Cross the Antarctic Circle We venture farther south today across the Antarctic Circle, This wild and seldom visited area is rich with exciting landings, all subject to weather and ice conditions. MEALS B+L+D SUN - DEC 24 | Northward across the Drake Passage Leaving Antarctica behind us, today finds the Ocean Albatros charting a northward course across the Drake Passage once again. Our return journey will take us past Cape Horn, a storied maritime landmark at the extreme southern tip of South America. MEALS B+L+D MON - DEC 25 | A Final Day at Sea As the final day of your voyage unfolds, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travelers and all of our ship’s amenities. MEALS B+L+D TUES - DEC 26 | Disembark in Ushuaia Step off the Ocean Albatros and be chauffeured to the airport for your journey home or for a few days in Buenos Aires with us. MEALS B Extend your stay in Buenos Aires From $16,599 per person, double occupancy A single room supplement is available. WEDDELL SEA King George Island Elephant Island Livingston Island Detaille Island ANTARCTIC CIRCLE SCOTIA SEA Deception Island DRAKE PASSAGE A RGENT I NA C H I L E Ushuaia 2 South Shetland Islands Antarctic Peninsula South Or Island South Geo S O U T H A T L A N T I C O C E A N S O U T H P A C I F I C O C E A N To Buenos Aires Discover the elegant Argentine capital from the legendary 5-star Alvear Palace Hotel with chauffeured transfers, fine dining and expertly-led sightseeing. 3 days from $2,399 For reservations and information, please contact your Travel Advisor or call 800-221-2216www.alexanderroberts.com