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Our President’s Holiday Expedition
Crossing the Antarctic Circle

14 days

An intimate group of 16 in Antarctica

Our Distinctive A+R Style in Antarctica

  • Cross the Antarctic Circle, explore the South Shetland Islands and discover the Antarctic Peninsula by land and zodiac from our newest luxury expedition vessel, the Ocean Albatros.
  • Delight in a 2-night stay at our luxury resort on Tierra del Fuego with Scott and Diane, and 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 experts every day of your voyage, at sea and ashore in Antarctica.
  • Let our experienced, sharp-eyed professional naturalists guide you through some of the world’s premier wildlife destinations in Antarctica, home to a rich variety of penguins, sea birds and marine mammals.
  • Spend two days exploring the remote South Shetland Islands in Antarctica where you can encounter vast penguin rookeries and remarkable sites like the flooded caldera of Deception Island.
  • Head south across the Antarctic Circle and begin numerous Zodiac excursions amongst the mythic seascapes and on the terrain of the wild and pristine coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Our President’s Expedition to Antarctica includes 2 nights at our luxury resort + 11-night luxury expedition cruising in an outside balcony cabin; 36 meals with wine at dinner; open bar; all sightseeing + shore excursions; all transfers + luggage handling; port charges; all shipboard gratuities; and all other tips except for your personal guides.

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You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Los Cauquenes Resort + Spa where sea-view rooms have been reserved for our guests.

Following breakfast and a leisurely morning, we’ll travel to the harbor to board our boat to explore Ushuaia’s coast. We’ll navigate along the Beagle Channel with stops at Seal Island, Bird Island and others to view the abundance of wildlife up close.  Later we’ll stop for a local lunch before returning to the hotel with time to relax before this evenings welcome dinner with Scott and Diane.  Meals B+L+D

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Tierra del Fuego National Park + Embark the Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

This morning’s guided tour reveals the raw, wild beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you explore 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 you set sail along the Beagle Channel toward Antarctica.  Meals B+L+D

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Crossing the Drake Passage

Ocean Albatros

While the Drake Passage is known for its high winds and seas, you’ll voyage confidently aboard the Ocean Albatros, our new next-generation Polar ship purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. Enhanced by engaging shipboard talks with experts in the wildlife, geology, history and climate of Antarctica, this first day at sea sets the stage for the exciting voyage ahead. Meals B+L+D

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Cruising Toward Antarctica

Ocean Albatros

Named for the renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence – where cold Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents. This creates an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life, and the anticipation builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. 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, home to abundant wildlife including penguins and seabirds. Meals B+L+D

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6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctica

Ocean Albatros

Our exciting explorations begin in earnest. A haven for wildlife, the South Shetlands offer a chance to encounter 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 ice conditions around Antarctica and will be determined by the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader – and communicated to you through regularly scheduled shipboard briefings. Meals B+L+D

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7

Exploring Antarctica by Land + Sea

Ocean Albatros

Another thrilling day unfolds as we explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain or head to the Antarctic Peninsula. Accompanied by our expert naturalists, you’ll set out in our maneuverable Zodiacs to explore the captivating seascapes and to go ashore for unforgettable experiences. Meals B+L+D

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8

The Antarctic Peninsula

Ocean Albatros

The breathtaking white landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula draw near and the presence of wildlife multiplies with many species of lively penguins, curious seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Our projected route here along the Peninsula will take us through the Gerlache Strait with its towering ice cliffs and pods of magnificent humpback whales. As weather, sea and ice conditions permit, you can continue to anticipate Zodiac excursions to experience Antarctica’s wonders up-close and shore landings that promise engaging wildlife encounters with our expert naturalists. Meals B+L+D

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Another Day of Thrilling Discoveries in Antarctica

Ocean Albatros

Another day of exploration by sea and land unfolds as we continue our southward journey.  Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals call Cuverville Island home and orcas cruise the dramatic Lemaire Channel. Our exact route and excursions will be determined by our Captain and Expedition Leaders. As always, weather, sea and ice conditions are the determining factors and your comfort and safety are always paramount. When not venturing out in our Zodiacs or going ashore to Antarctica with our terrific naturalists, you can enjoy fine dining with wine at dinner and our ongoing enrichment program ranging from exploration history to Polar geology, climate and wildlife. Meals B+L+D

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10

Majestic Ice of Antarctica

Ocean Albatros

Icebergs, glaciers, mountains and rugged snowfields characterize this wildly beautiful landscape of Antarctica. We’ll marvel as cataracts of ice tumble into clear blue ocean as we hike over active glaciers. Conditions permitted, we may experience the Antarctica of old at historic huts like those at Damoy Point, lovingly restored and open to all. City-sized tabular icebergs drift silently past the ship in the Antarctic Sound. Wherever we go on the Antarctic Peninsula, endemic wildlife, tantalising history and breathtaking natural beauty abound. Meals B+L+D

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Deeper into the Antarctic Circle Region

Ocean Albatros

We venture as far south as possible to the Antarctic Circle. This wild and seldom visited area is rich with possible landings, all subject to weather and ice conditions. Our onboard team will determine if we can stop at Pleneau or Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound or Detaille Island within the Antarctic Circle. Meals B+L+D

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Northward across the Drake Passage

Ocean Albatros

Leaving Antarctica behind us, today finds the Ocean Albatross charting a northward course across the Drake Passage. Our return journey will take us past Cape Horn, a storied maritime landmark that marks the southern tip of the Continent. Meals B+L+D

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A Final Day at Sea

Ocean Albatros

As the final day of your voyage unfolds, you can delight in the camaraderie of your fellow travelers, attend our engaging shipboard talks, and enjoy our ship’s amenities and inviting public spaces. As always, there are two distinctive dining venues onboard the Albatross, and A+R guests enjoy wine with dinner. Meals B+L+D

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14

Disembark in Ushuaia

Step off the Ocean Albatros and be escorted to the airport for your onward journey. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Spend a Few Days in Buenos Aires after Antarctica

3 Day Extension from $2,399

Discover the elegant Argentine capital from the legendary 5-star Alvear Palace Hotel with chauffeured transfers, fine dining and expertly-led sightseeing.

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Thursday, December 26, 2024

On arrival from Ushuaia, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Alvear Palace Hotel in Recoleta, one of the city’s most exclusive districts.

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Friday, December 27, 2024

A rich mosaic of European influences, Buenos Aires offers a variety of architectural styles due to its complex history and waves of settlement in various neighborhoods. Drive along the Avenida de Mayo that ends at the plaza where the Casa Rosada stands--its balcony was made famous by Evita Peron’s appearances.  Adjacent to it are the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo, the first city hall built during Spanish rule.  Stop at the imposing neo-classical cathedral where Pope Francis celebrated religious services when he was cardinal of the city.  Our next stop is La Boca, a colorful neighborhood where the tango was born and now where the Boca Stadium hosts the Boca Juniors, beloved by the Argentines and one of the most important football teams in South America. You’ll also visit Zanjon de Granados. Discovered in 1986 and dating to the 1700’s, this unusual subterranean architectural site encompasses a network of tunnels and cisterns that have been carefully reconstructed and lit, offering a fascinating look into the earliest days of the city.  
  
This evening you’ll be escorted to La Ventana, one of Buenos Aires most authentic Tango Houses for dinner, drinks and a classical tango show.  Meals B+L+D

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Saturday, December 28, 2024

Enjoy a leisurely morning and fine buffet breakfast.  This afternoon, head out to explore Recoleta, one of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods, with designer boutiques, upscale restaurants and cafes. Next we visit Recoleta Cemetery, established in 1822 and now one of the world’s most famous.  Evita Peron is interred here along with many dignitaries of Argentina’s past. Your exploration continues to another important neighborhood, Palermo, well known for Its beautiful parks and artificial lakes, providing a welcome green oasis in its surrounding urban environment. You’ll visit its heart, a bustling part of town filled with colorful murals and vibrant street art with time to stroll around and soak up the trendy atmosphere. Then head to the airport for your international flight home.

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*This special sailing (only offered twice each year) is a true Antarctica expedition. With no set itinerary, the captain and expedition team let the sea, ice and wildlife sightings guide us on our quest to cross the Antarctic Circle.

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