Flight + Cruise

Departure dates: 2015-2016



lockroy   pinguino   morsas   south georgia


Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be on of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Day 1

Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Day 2
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Day 3 to 8
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

     


Airplane BAE-146:
The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

MODEL: BAE 146-200
ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WINGSPAN: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
CAPACITY: 70 passengers



Vessel OCEAN NOVA:
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, she also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 38
PASSENGERS: 68
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
LENGTH: 73.0 m
BREADTH: 11.0 m
DRAFT: 3.7 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines - 2,000-horsepower
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water