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ANTARCTICA Antarctic Expedition cruises

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Welcome to small ship cruising with Albatros Expeditions With over 30 years of operational expertise in the Nordic countries, Arctic and Antarctic, here at Albatros Expeditions, we pride ourselves on being specialists in what we do. Our

expedition

cruise

team

consists

of

expedition

leaders,

biologists

and

professionals who have extensive knowledge of the Polar Regions and a passion for exploration. This knowledge has been amassed over decades, and we are therefore able to provide you with specially crafted expedition cruises that are out of the ordinary. Our Antarctic Expedition Cruises sail during the southern hemisphere’s summer months of November to March. Characterized by stable weather and tolerable temperatures, the austral summer brings life to the otherwise jagged coastlines of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. Penguins come to shore, sea birds nest and seals return to their curious ways. The season is short, and animals are working hard preparing for their young’s arrival before ice once again encapsulates the Great White Continent. Around December, chicks begin hatching, and we can witness one of nature’s great spectacles as tens of thousands of penguins feed their young. In our many Zodiac excursions, we will also come in close contact with whales, fur seals and other wildlife. Newly renovated in 2016, our very own ship, Ocean Atlantic, is the highest rated

SØREN RASMUSSEN

ice-class vessel and, thus is perfectly equipped to ensure your comfort and safety as we sail through ice-choked polar seas. Due to its relatively small size, the ship can access narrow inlets and sail close to shore, permitting us to disembark quickly to amazing sites such as King George Island, Half Moon and Deception Islands in The South Shetlands, and enter the unique Lemaire Channel and Gerlach Straits. In the spirit of many pioneering polar explorers, we look forward to setting sail with you to discover the Antarctic region’s rich history, raw beauty and rare wildlife. Choosing Albatros Expeditions is choosing locally. We add a local touch, a familiar feel and just that extra service to make the trip not just a holiday, but an adventure for life.

Welcome on board! Søren Rasmussen BIOLOGIST, EXPEDITION LEADER, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF

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Biologist, expedition leader, founder and owner of Albatros Travel Group


Table of

CONTENTS WELCOME FROM THE FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

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FOLLOW IN THE WAKE OF PIONEERING EXPLORERS

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EXPERIENCE ANTARCTICA

8-9 SHIP: OCEAN ATLANTIC 10-11

24 HOURS ON BOARD

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FALKLAND, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA, 19 DAYS

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ANTARCTICA & POLAR CIRCLE, 13 DAYS

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SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS & ANTARCTICA, 10 DAYS

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LIFE AT 70° SOUTH

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MEET ONE OF OUR EXPEDITION LEADERS

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POLAR PREPARATIONS

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GO EXPLORE: GREENLAND & SVALBARD

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CSR & ALBATROS TRAVEL GROUP


Follow in the wake of

PIONEERING EXPLORERS Tales of daring adventures inspire discovery, pushing us to broaden our horizons. This is Antarctica’s narrative. Often regarded as a pristine land untouched by man, she also has an intriguing history of bravery, determination and survival, as well as tragedy and triumph. Her untamed spirit is a beckoning call for travellers.

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Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go”. – Captain James Cook

In the 1770s, Captain Cook sailed into the Southern Ocean’s unchartered waters. He came vexingly close, but hampered by vast ice, he could not penetrate beyond 70° South – the edge of Antarctica! Though unsuccessful, his efforts sparked the world’s next grand conquest. Many attempts followed, but the most compelling story is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28, who hoped to first trek Antarctica coast to coast via the South Pole – a waypoint first touched by Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1911. Shackleton’s ship Endurance departed the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia on December 1914 – their last time on land for 497 days! After navigating a maze of pack ice, an ice floe ensnared Endurance. The crew camped, setup an observatory and collected samples, while awaiting the summer thaw. But unable to live up to her name, Endurance, succumbed to the unforgiving ice. Eclipsing disaster, the team crowded into three 22foot lifeboats and set across the frothy, rollicking waves of the stormy Drake Passage – the point of convergence between the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. A week later in April 1916, they floated onto the deserted Elephant Island, off Cape Horn. Shackleton and five others forged ahead, boldly navigating for 16 days to South Georgia to seek help from local whalers. In August 1916, Shackleton returned to Elephant Island, rescuing his remaining crew. Amazingly, no one perished in the near two-year ordeal. Fortunately, for us, Antarctic exploration today is just as awe-inspiring as the days of yesteryear, but much more comfortable and a lot safer! Whether you are a history aficionado, curious adventurer or wildlife enthusiast, Antarctica is sure to amaze.

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EXPERIENCE ANTARCTICA

JOURNEY TO THE GREAT WHITE CONTINENT

In all of its pristine glory, Antarctica symbolises the essence of adventure in its purest form. We are amazed by the grandeur of Mother Nature’s last great,

Led by curiosity and fascination with exploration, adventure and connection, Albatros Expeditions aims to connect discerning travelers to the distant lands, animals and cultures that shape our world.

untamed wilderness. This continent is unusual and extreme. Her nature, wildlife, weather and beauty exceeds everything you thought imaginable. Most, who travel to Antarctica, pause to absorb their present whereabouts, asking, “Have I just arrived to another unearthly planet?” While the vast Antarctic continent is still a distant daydream, we feel privileged to bring the sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctic Peninsula within your

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reach via our superiorly designed, ice-

crackling of ice are audible, serving as

storm petrel, nest wherever there

class ship, Ocean Atlantic. Our small

a wonderful reminder – we are in the

is space. The landscape is dotted

ship expedition cruises to Antarctica

Antarctic!

by sculptural icebergs and ice floes,

offer multiple itinerary options and

mountains encircle craggy coves, and

accommodation is limited to 198

Here, wildlife abounds. Barde- and

glaciers glisten in the sun’s bright

passengers, ensuring each guest

humpback whales hunt krill, seals go

light.

enjoys an authentic, highly personal

ashore to birth their cubs and leopard

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seals and orca whales acrobatically

With Albatros Expeditions as your

chase fish. Thousands of penguins

trusted partner, an adventure for life

Guests can choose from our 10-

behave almost human – gathering

on the Great White Continent is closer

day, 13-day or 19-day voyage. After

into colonies that rival most big cities,

than you think. We are confident that

cruising through the legendary Drake

leaping into the water, waddling in

our Antarctic cruise with surpass your

Passage – regarded as a superlative

their well-tailored tuxedos, nestling

wildest expectations, and we look

lifetime achievement for even the

their babies and teaching the next

forward to sharing this amazing

world’s most intrepid sailors – we

generation to swim. Birds, including

journey with you.

glide into the calm, pristine Antarctic

countless numbers of albatross, great

waters. Only the songs of nature and

skua, sheathbills, arctic tern and

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OCEAN ATLANTIC

Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! With an international ice class rating of 1B she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler. Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated (2016) with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers. Daily shore landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and other Antarctic wonders are made possible by her fleet of 20 Zodiacs. The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010. With a length of 140m she has ample space on the multiple decks for several lecture halls, a relaxed restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine, professionally staffed bars and observations platforms – and even a pool. All common areas on the Ericsson Deck feature large panel windows, enabling passengers to quickly spot passing wales and photographic sights from

“Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveller.”

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the comfort of indoor lounges. All private cabins are stylish appointed and feature individual bathroom facilities, phone for internal calls, individual temperature controls and TV. Ideal for relaxation, the vessels’ accommodation ranges in size from 11 - 35 m2 and are designed with either portholes or windows.


LIBRARY & CAFÉ

Cabins/Suites: Premium Suite: Size 35 m2 . These

Category C: Size 12-13 m2 . Featuring a

Category D: Size 11-12 m2 . Featuring a

2-room suites are designed with a

double bed or two single beds, private

double bed or two single beds, private

large double bed or two twin beds,

bathroom, and a window. Located on

bathroom, and a porthole. Located on

an elegant living room, large private

the Columbus and Marco Polo Deck

the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).

bathroom and window. Located on the

(Deck 5)

Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

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Category A: Size 19-24 m2. Featuring a

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SALON

VERANDA

Magellan Deck / 8

double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and a window. Located on the Marco Polo

700

LOUNGE

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MEDICAL AREA

Deck (Deck 5).

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Hudson Deck / 7

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Magellan Deck / 8

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Deckplan

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Length: 140 m Breadth: Marco Polo Deck / 5 21 m Draught: 5.8 m Engines: 4 x 3,600 kW Speed, cruising: 12 knots Columbus Deck / 4 Speed, maximum: 15 knots Stabilizers: 2 Premium Suite Cat. A Cat. B Cat. C Elevators: 2 LIFT

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Zodiacs: 20 Lifeboats, covered: 8 Ice Class: 1B Crew: 140 Passengers: 198 Premium Suite

Cat. D

Cat. A

Cat. B

Cat. D • Cat. CA bright, spacious restaurant provides 4-star international cuisine • Two well-stocked, professionally staffed bars • Comfortable lounge area • A staffed medical clinic

• Gym & Wellness Facilities • Lecture theatres • Laundry service • Boutique • Sauna & Swimming Pool

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TWENTY FOUR HOURS

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Time schedule 05:30

can be hikes to investigate the wild-

will inform us of weather and ice con-

If you are an early bird, you’ll be pleased

life,

landmarks

ditions, and brief us on the number of

to know that the lounge serves fresh

or simply to enjoy the pristine nature first

landings and Zodiac cruises we will be

coffee and tea, and delicious pastry

hand.

embarking on the next day. Perhaps an

visits

to

historical

from 6:00. Enjoy the quiet of the lounge and marvel at the floating plates of sea

ice

outside

before

the

other

interesting talk about chinstrap penguins, or the history of Antarctica and her

11:30-13:00

neighbouring islands, will be on tonight’s

guests arrive, or take your coffee and

Back on board, we’re invited to a

croissant or muffin into the library

BBQ lunch on the sun deck. The weather

and

bellowing

is marvellous and the captain and

sighted

chef treat us to an outdoor feast

19:00-20:00

yesterday. As the captain casts anchor

with the best view you could ask

Dinner is an á la carte affair with

after a long night of sailing, we hear

for.

international cuisine from our 4-star

the rustle of footsteps and murmur

plenty of salads and various kinds

restaurant.

of voices as the ship slowly awakens.

of side dishes, as we take in the

soups, main courses and desserts on

ice-capped

read

elephant

up

on

seal

that

the you

We

the

enjoy

tender

mountains

distance

bergs

that

amidst

the

and

lingering

the

sparkle calm

steaks,

sea.

With

several

appetisers,

in

the menu, it can be difficult to choose!

ice-

With the free seating dining room,

glitter

we get to know many of the other guests

floating and

programme.

Occasionally,

on board.

there is a ripple in the water; could it be a whale lurking beneath? We hold our breaths in anticipation and

20:00 – midnight

wait.

dessert

After dinner, we make our way to the

and coffee in the sun and put on

lounge or dash to get our parkas and en-

some extra sunblock, as the Antar-

joy a bit of fresh air after our meal. The

ctic sun is strong.

clock reads nearly midnight, but at this

Meanwhile,

we

enjoy

end of the Earth, the sun is still shining bright! Some of us head to the bar for a

13:30-15:00

nightcap and socialising. Others retire to

We set sail during lunch and the

their suites and are pleased to see and in-

floating icebergs and blocks of sea

viting sight – the steward has drawn the

Breakfast time! With a spread like

ice create a mesmerising sight. Be-

curtains and turned down the beds for a

this, it’s not hard to stock up on

fore

there’s

well-deserved night’s rest. Reflecting on

energy for this morning’s adventures.

time for a short nap or a coffee in the

the delightful day, we feel privileged to

The buffet table is overflowing with

lounge with our fellow travellers where

spend yet another day exploring Antarc-

the large selection of fruit, cereal,

we can swap images from our came-

tica and look forward to the marvels that

muesli, different kinds of bread, pastry,

ras and share our mutual experiences.

are to come.

07:00-08:00

the

afternoon

landing,

bacon, sausages and cold cuts as well as biscuits, jams and other delicious spreads.

15:00-17:00 This a

08:00-11:30

afternoon’s

Zodiac

cruise

activity and

more

involves wildlife

spotting. A variety of excursions, such

After breakfast, it’s time to get ready

as bird watching, kayaking or pho-

for the first landing of the day provid-

tography

ed that ice conditions, wind and weat-

available.

instruction,

may

also

be

her permit. Decked out in our expedition gear, we disembark to the awaiting Zodiacs and the friendly crew lend

18:00-19:00

a hand to get from the platform

It’s time for an aperitif before din-

to the Zodiac. Depending on where

ner. The expedition team invites us

we

exhila-

to the lounge for a recap of the day’s

rating 5-10 minute shuttle from the

dock,

activities and a presentation of tomor-

ship

row’s programme. The expedition leader

to

it’s shore.

normally

an

Excursion

activities

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19 days SHIP: Ocean Atlantic

Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s

THE ULTIMATE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION: Falkland, South Georgia and Antarctica

southernmost town. Afternoon boarding.

sage – Elephant Island

On this extraordinary 19-day Antarctic voyage, we follow in the wake of courageous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, to Falkland, South Georgia and Elephant Island before setting our heading on the Great White Continent of Antarctica.

Day 11-12: Projected landfalls on:

With our ship’s first heading on the Falkland Islands, home to only 3000 people, our

King George Island; Deception Island,

adventure begins with a two-day crossing through the South Atlantic. Arriving to the

an extinct volcanic island with wa-

main town, Port Stanley, we are welcomed by the picturesque scene of grazing sheep,

ters warm enough for a polar swim;

local fishermen and a shoreline freckled by sea lions, penguins and birds.

Day 2-3: South Atlantic crossing. Experience the quaint town of Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Day 4-10: South Georgia – Drake Pas-

and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and chinstrap

Sailing onwards between South Georgia and Elephant Island offers a small glimpse

penguins.

into the passage made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago, when he navigated the 1300km course through Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. Active

Day 13-16: Wildlife abounds on the

research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting

Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and

place are on our agenda. South Georgia is also home to the world’s largest king pen-

Weddell seals of Cuverville Island;

guin rookeries.

humpback whales of Gerlach Strait; penguins of Paradise Bay; the dramat-

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife

ic Lemaire Channel’s orcas.

multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Day 17-18: Depart Antarctica. Drake Passage crossing to Cape Horn.

The sub-Antarctic and Antarctic islands are a nature photographer’s paradise and

Arrive to Beagle Channel, a strait in

we will attempt as many shore landings as possible per day, weather conditions

Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

permitting, to bring you in touch with Antarctica’s beauty. During our days at sea, are a variety of onboard activities, from lectures to workshops and wildlife spotting, will

Day 19: Morning arrival Ushuaia. Transfer to airport.

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be possible.


Highlights

• Follow in the wake of the courageous

• Small expedition ship that enables

polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton • Many Zodiac excursions and landings

access to remote areas • On board activities while at sea –

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lions, seals, whales and marine life TINA

• Breeding penguins, albatrosses, sea

Shetland and the Antarctic Peninsula

CHILE

• Visit Falklands, South Georgia, South

BUENOS AIRES

Falkland

lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting

South Georgia

Ushuaia

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• Guided Birding & Wildlife Excursions

• Buenos Aires: Wine tasting, tango

• Sea kayaking

& the Pampas (3 days, 4 nights) • Buenos Aires, Rio, Iguazú (6 days, 7 nights)

Half Moon Island Deception Island

Paradise Bay

ds Islan

Elephant Island King George Island

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• Photography Workshops

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• Hiking & Snowshoeing

• Bathe in Antarctic waters

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Optional Excursions

The Antarctic Circle

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13 days SHIP: Ocean Atlantic

EXPEDITION CRUISE:

Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Afternoon boarding. Day 2-3: Cross Drake Passage.

On this 13-day inspiring cruise, we explore the Great White Continent’s magnificent landscapes, glacial mountains and incredible wildlife before reaching 66o33’ – the Antarctic Circle. As our voyage begins, we pilot through the calm, gunmetal grey waters and sloping glaciers of Beagle Channel. Turning southward, our journey begins in earnest, and

Day 4-5: Projected landfalls in the

we enter Drake Passage. A body of water that marks the intersection of the cold

South Shetland Islands: Elephant

Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Drake Passage is known for

Island home to elephant seals,

rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this

sheer cliffs rising from the sea and

passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel,

snow covered peaks; King George

Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a high-

Island; Deception Island, an extinct

ly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achieve-

volcano with waters warm enough

ment, and you will complete the crossing twice!

for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson’s storm

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather

petrels and chinstrap penguins.

permitting, we catch our first sight of seals and penguins!

Day 6-10: Wildlife abounds on the

We will weave through the South Shetland Islands, a pearly necklace of glistering,

Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur

ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes. Numerous Zodiac excursions are likely.

and Weddell seals of Cuverville

We are constantly on the lookout for great whales, sea lions, elephant seals and an

Island; humpback whales of Ger-

unbelievable amount of sea birds and penguins.

lach Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel. Explore as

Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic

far south as possible with project-

mainland. Spread in isolation along the coast, we also see a number of manned and

ed landfalls: Pleneau and Peter-

unmanned research stations, which we aim to visit before accomplishing our goal

mann Islands, Crystal Sound and

– crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33’ South. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day

Fish Island. Visit research stations

during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau

and a key milestone, the Antarctic

and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.

Circle, if ice conditions allow. Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessels from reaching this far south, but with Day

11-12:

Depart

Antarctica.

Cross Drake Passage to Cape Horn.

the highest ice-class rating, Ocean Atlantic moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure for life.

Arrive to Beagle Channel, a strait in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

The trip is organized as a traditional Albatros Expeditions cruise, with an approximate itinerary that can and will be changed according to weather and ice conditions.

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Day 13: Morning arrival Ushuaia.

We strive to conduct as many shore landings, Zodiac cruises and hikes (up to 10km)

Transfer to airport.

as possible and these can be adjusted as desired.

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• Top wildlife destination in the world with penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses • Icebergs and glaciated mountains with volcanoes • Many Zodiac excursions and landings

• Antarctic Circle crossing • Small expedition ship that enables

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Highlights

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BUENOS AIRES

access to remote areas • On board activities while at sea – lectures, workshops and wildlife

Ushuaia

spotting

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Optional Excursions

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Half Moon Island

• Photography Workshops

• Guided Birding & Wildlife Excursions

• Buenos Aires: Wine tasting, tango

• Bathe in Antarctic waters • Sea kayaking

& the Pampas (3 days, 4 nights) • Buenos Aires, Rio, Iguazú (6 days, 7 nights)

King George Island

Lemaire Channel

Paradise Bay

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• Hiking & Snowshoeing

Deception Island

The Antarctic C

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10 days SHIP: Ocean Atlantic

Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Afternoon embarkation.

CLASSIC EXPEDITION CRUISE:

South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 2-3: Cross Drake Passage. Day 4-5: Projected landfalls in the South Shetland Islands: Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, sheer cliffs rising from the sea and

This is our classic voyage to the Great White Continent. Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in 10 action-packed days.

snow covered peaks; King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct

On board our strong, ice-classed expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, we are sure to get

volcano with waters warm enough

close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important

for a polar swim; and Half Moon

and considerable part of the planned itinerary, enabling all expedition guests to set

Island with nesting Wilson’s storm

foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-

petrels and chinstrap penguins.

Antarctic islands.

Day 6-7: Wildlife abounds on the

Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for

Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur

the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research

and Weddell seals of Cuverville

stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, deep into

Island; humpback whales of

the inlets of Antarctica, we pass the famous Gerlach Strait, where 3,000-ft ice cliffs

Gerlach Strait; Paradise Bay;

rise straight out of the still water. On no other journey can you experience so much

the dramatic Lemaire Channel.

pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days! When Ocean Atlantic returns to Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, we pass close the mythical Cape Horn – the southern-

Day 8-9: Depart Antarctica. Cross

most point on South America and a celebrated maritime landmark.

Drake Passage to Cape Horn. Arrive to Beagle Channel, a strait

Any voyage to Antarctica is an adventure, but with a maximum capacity of 198 guests

in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

aboard Ocean Atlantic, this cruise offers a unique experience for the few. Shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris are easily accommodated to help you

Day 10: Morning arrival Ushuaia.

enjoy a matchless expedition experience.

Transfer to airport. The trip is organized as a traditional Albatros Expeditions cruise, with an approximate itinerary that can and will be changed according to weather and ice conditions. We strive to conduct as many shore landings, Zodiac cruises and hikes (up to 10km) as possible and these can be adjusted as desired.

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BUENOS AIRES

with penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses

• Many Zodiac excursions and landings • Small expedition ship that enables access to remote areas

CHILE

• Top wildlife destination in the world

ARGEN TINA

Highlights

• Icebergs and glaciated mountains with volcanoes Ushuaia ge

ssa e Pa Drak

Optional Excursions

th Sou

• Photography Workshops

• Guided Birding & Wildlife Excursions

• Buenos Aires: Wine tasting, tango

• Bathe in Antarctic waters • Sea kayaking

& the Pampas (3 days, 4 nights) • Buenos Aires, Rio, Iguazú (6 days, 7 nights)

ds Islan

Half Moon Island

King George Island

Deception Island

Paradise Bay

ANTARCTICA

• Hiking & Snowshoeing

land Shet

The Antarctic Circle

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Life at

70°S An essential element of any expedition is the ability to come in close contact with the natural surroundings. With our selection of excursions, on board activities and extensions, tailor-make your own unforgettable adventure at 70° South.

on Deception Island. In fact, this horse-

in our 4-star restaurant. If you have spe-

Activites

shoe-shaped island is the volcano’s cal-

cial dietary requirements, please inform

dera and one of the only places in the

us as early as possible.

Antarctica Zodiac Landings

world where vessels can sail directly into

Our vessel, Ocean Atlantic, is equipped

the center of an active volcano. What’s

Bar Service

with a fleet of 20 inflatable Zodiac boats

more intriguing, the island’s thermally

The professionally staffed bar offers a

designed to provide unrestricted access

warmed waters are even suitable for a

selection of soft drinks, juices, wines,

to the world’s last great frontier. The

polar dip!

liquors, spirits and beer that can be

Zodiac’s versatility enables us to make

charged to your shipboard account.

landfall on remote shores, cruise along

Resident Photographers

awe-inspiring coastlines and be lucky

The resident photographers will invite

Panoramic Lounge

(and we usually are!) to share breath-

you to practical sessions out on the deck,

Large panoramic windows, comfortable

takingly close encounters with whales,

enabling you to master new skills and

seating and even binoculars create the

seals, penguins, seabirds and more.

capture the best from your voyage.

ideal lookout to enjoy the ever-changing

We will come within arm’s reach of ice-

landscapes. Join fellow travelers for cof-

bergs and set foot on land discovered by

Lecture Theatres

pioneering explorers just over a century

Attend a variety of presentations in our

ago.

onboard lecture theatres concerning

Library

various topics such as history, biology,

Curl up with a book, watch a DVD and

wildlife, marine life and geology.

broaden your understanding of the

Hiking & Landfalls

fee or tea, and recap the day’s events.

Hiking the region’s trails are a joy expe-

region’s history, flora, fauna, climate,

rienced by a privileged few. Our goal is

scientific contributions and more.

to organize two hikes, each lasting 2-3 hours, per day during morning and/or afternoon landings. Hikes will be designed

Ship Facilities

to suit all levels from the casual explorer to the thrill-seeking hiker.

tical clothing, as well as souvenirs, local arts, and postcards at reasonable

A gym and newly built sauna.

prices. A small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects are

Unbeknownst to most, two active vol-

Dining

canoes exist in Antarctica, and one is

All meals are chef-prepared and served

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We offer a range of both warm and prac-

Wellness

Bathe in Antarctic Waters

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Boutique

sold.


Extensions Extend your Antarctic adventure and explore more of Argentina and Brazil with a pre- or post-cruise tour. Buenos Aires – Wine Tasting, Tango & the Pampas Day 1: Arrive to Buenos Aires. City tour. Day 2: City tour, wine and tango show. Day 3: Pampas, gauchos and BBQ. Day 4: Departure home.

Outdoor Observation Decks

us on this guided tour to admire the

Watch the world go by from Ocean

wondrous panoramic views as we trek

Atlantic’s spacious sundeck

inland, negotiating the Antarctic terrain just like the founding explorers.

Buenos Aires, Rio & Iguazú

Jacuzzi & Swimming Pool

No previous experience is required.

Day 1: Arrive to Buenos Aires. City tour.

Unwind on deck after a day of dis-

Available

Day 2: City tour, wine and tango show.

covery – don’t forget your swim suit!

voyages.

for

select

early

season

Day 3: Fly to Posadas. Iguazú, Brazil,

Photography Course

Itaipú Dam.

Day 4: Iguazú from Argentina.

Excursions

Avid

Participation is limited to ensure a

photographers for extended shore

Day 6: Corcovado Mountain and

personal, authentic experience. These

excursions, aimed at preserving the

Christ the Redeemer Statue,

may be reserved on board the ship for

spirit of Antarctica. Three workshops,

favela & Samba.

an additional fee.

approximately 1.5 hours each, are

Day 7: Sugar Loaf Mountain. Departure

included. Ideal for advanced begin-

photographers

expedition

team

can and

join

the

resident

Sea Kayaking

ners to experts. Available for selected

Sea kayaking in Antarctica is a cap-

departures.

Day 5: Iguazú Brazil. Fly to Rio

de Janeiro.

home or beach in Búzios.

tivating experience – paddle through calm, sapphire blue waters, glide beneath

towering

and get up close

white

icebergs

with inquisitive

Antarctic marine life. Led by a qualified kayak guide and supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Experience required with a sea kayak and an emergency wet exit. Available for select mid to late season voyages. Snow Shoe Trek Take the road less travelled. Join

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Meet one of our

EXPEDITION LEADERS

We are proud to have Kim on board our carefully selected expedition team that lives and breathes all things polar.

KIM HANSEN

Most of our leaders have some form of

share with our guests the fantastic sense

personal connection to the areas in which

of belonging that one experiences when

they guide. In Kim’s case, his passion for

surrounded by wildlife in the world’s

the Polar Regions began in the Arctic

most remote places.

where he spent years patrolling the

EXPEDITION LEADER Polar expert

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exteriors of northern Greenland with

2. What’s special about travelling with

the Danish Navy’s elite sled dog unit,

Albatros Expeditions?

along with time as a policeman in Nuuk.

Albatros

His expertise also extends to Svalbard,

ny that has specialised in adventure

Norway and traverses the globe to

since its inception. Rather than focus-

Expeditions

is

a

compa-

Antarctica, where Kim leads active “off

ing on a geographical region, a market

the beaten track” adventures, both afloat

segment, or split between land/sea based

and afoot – Zodiac outings, snow shoeing,

travel, Albatros has taken its clients to

hiking, whale watching, and more. His

the frontiers and stepped beyond them.

years of experience has provided a

The land-based trips complement the

deep understanding and respect for the

experiences on the water and vice versa.

Polar Regions’ unpredictable, untamed wilderness.

3. What are your favorite expedition experiences?

1. What’s the best part about your job?

As for top experiences, one personal fa-

As an Polar Expedition Leader, I get to

vorite is the journey into Antarctic waters,

combine work with my big passion for

the floating ice growing rapidly in size just

discovery, but most importantly, I can

like our eagerness to arrive. Zodiac land-


falls on South Georgia and Antarctica

take in the fresh air and save the cyber

are eye-opening – abandoned whaling

world for post-trip storytelling. It’s not

stations, remarkable history and prolific

often you can savor solitude, the songs

wildlife. Just imagine being surrounded

of nature and the sound of your own

by vast colonies of penguins, basking el-

breath.

ephant seals, nesting albatrosses, and towering icebergs. Antarctica is fragile,

5. Do you have any tips for our guests?

beautiful, wild and dramatic.

Familiarize yourself with Antarctica’s

It’s not often you can savor solitude, the songs of nature and the sound of your own breath.

amazing history, geography and animal 4. What’s important to know about

inhabitants. The deeper your know-

travelling in Antarctica?

ledge, the more you will gain from your

It’s the most stunning, untouched place

experience, appreciate the harmoni-

on Earth. Remember that when travel-

ous ecosystems that function in her

ling in Antarctica, nature is at the fore-

harsh environment, and value the ef-

front here. We have an itinerary, but if

forts of the continent’s earliest explor-

the weather changes, we change the

ers. Antarctica is truly a special place.

plan accordingly. And, that’s why we al-

Also, pay careful attention to your pack-

ways have a plan B (and a plan C) ready

ing list, and come well prepared for

when we are in Antarctica. View inter-

Antarctica’s

ruptions as opportunities to welcome

from that the best advice, which also

the unexpected, and most of all – em-

applies to life in general, is to enjoy the

brace being in the middle of nowhere,

adventure. Be open. Be curious.

cold

conditions.

Apart

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POLAR PREPARATIONS P

Ex ol ar per t

Gearing up What’s the secret of keeping warm in Antarctica, and adapting to the drastically different hot South American climate? Layers! They insulate trapped air, and you can adjust them as needed. Select lightweight technical fabrics engineered to wick away moisture, while keeping you dry and warm. WE SUGGEST: • Thermal base layer • Mid-layer fleece • Waterproof jacket • Waterproof pants • Expedition parka • Sturdy rubber boots

Antarctica is extreme – a frozen desert-land with barren, rocky coastlines flanked by crisp white icebergs and deep blue seas. During the austral summer (November – March) when we cross the famed Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, nature is pulsating with kaleidoscopic weather, wildlife and even plant life, such as the continent’s only two flowering plants: the Antarctic pearlwart and Antarctic hair grass.

AND, DON’T FORGET: • Winter hat, scarf & ski gloves • Wool socks • Swim suit • High-protection sunglasses • Sunscreen & SPF lip balm • Small waterproof bag • Camera, batteries & memory cards On board Ocean Atlantic, dress is casual; however, some guests choose to dress up for dinner.

Climate Depending on your chosen itinerary, you are bound to encounter a wide range of climates. There will typically be warm days in Buenos Aires, crisp autumn-like weather in Patagonia and the Falkland Islands and near-freezing temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula. Really, Antarctica is a frozen desert where winds shape the surface of snow and ice, and average annual precipitation is only 10cm.

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KEY DESTINATIONS

|

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

DAILY TEMPERATURES (NOV. – MAR.) 17°C to 28°C (63°F to 83°F) 9°C to 18°C (48°F to 64°F)

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA -2°C to 4°C (25°F to 30°F)


Practical Information Onboard Briefings The Expedition Leader will conduct regularly scheduled briefings to highlight key points in the itinerary, organize excursions and communicate important information.

Expedition Parka Children

As a thank you for exploring with us, as well as to ensure your safety and comfort, Albatros Expeditions provides each guest with a complimentary expedition parka, which will be distributed onboard the vessel and is yours to keep.

Due to safety precautions, children under 12 years of age will be taken into consideration on each landing. It is entirely at the Expedition Leader’s discretion to permit children on excursions and shore landings.

Rubber Boot Rentals We offer sturdy, high quality boots for rent (free of charge) for the duration of your trip. These boots will be your private pair for the entire voyage to wear during landings and hikes.

Zodiac Excursions Many wonder, what is a Zodiac and are the excursions safe? Rest assured the Zodiac brand has earned a well-deserved reputation as the sturdiest and safest small watercraft available. These boats are constructed for professional use and are outfitted with a top-quality outboard engine, yet their design minimally impacts the environment. Your safety and comfort is our #1 priority, and your Expedition Leader will carefully plan for as many Zodiac excursions as possible, dependent upon weather and prevailing conditions. Participation is fairly easy and comfortable for able-bodied guests, but can be more challenging for those with physical handicaps.

Language

Security, Safety & Lifesaving Equipment The ship complies with all safety regulations and is a newly renovated (2016), iceclass vessel suitable for sailing in polar environments. Upon arrival to the vessel, there will be a mandatory passenger briefing and safety drill before departure. We will provide security information, practical details regarding life onboard and introduce key personnel.

Medical Emergencies Ocean Atlantic has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and medicine to handle small emergencies. There will be an English-speaking physician and nurse aboard at all times. All guests must have personal travel/ health insurance.

The official language aboard Ocean Atlantic is English; however, our expedition leaders and crew are knowledgeable in a variety of languages. If there is a large group, who desires communication in their own language, we will make special arrangements to accommodate their needs.

Cruise Card / Payment / Credit Cards All purchases onboard are handled via your shipboard account. This account can be activated with a major credit card. Be sure to contact your credit card provider regarding use of your credit cards overseas.

Inclusions • Transfer to the ship in Ushuaia on embarkation

Itinerary & Program Changes

• Accommodation in a shared double cabin

As this an expedition cruise to the world’s most remote region, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. We have planned itineraries for each tour package, but to ensure to safety of our guest and crew, we may be forced to change the route or schedule to fit current weather conditions or other circumstances.

• All landings and excursions as per itinerary • Expedition parka • Rubber boot rentals • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team • Full board on the ship – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily • Transfer to airport in Ushuaia on disembarkation • Taxes

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GO EXPLORE from the South Pole to the North Pole

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Selected Arctic voyages with Albatros Expeditions GREENLAND. Experience the midnight sun and lush summer landscapes of Greenland 9 days

Greenland Luxury Cruise Greenland is best approached from the sea. It allows you to get closer to the stunning glacial formations and the inaccessible villages, to see the graceful whales that fill the icy waters and breathe in the pure Arctic air on deck. This journey starts and ends in Iceland.

10 days

To the end of the world Explore

the

wilderness

Highlights

• “Iceberg Capital” Ilulissat

• Icebergs and glaciers

• UNESCO-protected Ice Fjord

• Cultural Kaffemik experience

• Majestic beauty of Disko Bay islands • Whale and wildlife watching

Highlights

of

remote

north-eastern Greenland and be awed by majestic Icelandic volcanoes. Join us for an exciting small ship polar expedition among icebergs, pack ice glacial landscapes, whales and polar bears.

• Visit Inuit settlements in Greenland • Spot whales, seals, polar bears and other arctic wildlife • Zodiac cruises and nature walks

• Explore the world’s largest, northernmost national park • Discover Iceland’s lava landscapes and volcanoes

SVALBARD. Experience the Polar Bears’ Kingdom in the short polar summer

8 days

Spitsbergen 81⁰ N Experience high summer in the Arctic as we sail around Svalbard to reach Sjuøyane where we encounter pack ice from the North Pole, the polar bear’s favourite summer residence.

15 days

The Great Expedition Cruise Travel in the footsteps of the great explorers on this adventurous journey from Svalbard to Greenland. We sail aboard Sea Endurance, an excellent vessel built especially for arctic sailing. With a capacity of only 60 guests, this cruise is a unique experience for the few.

Highlights • Sail aboard Sea Endurance, one of the world’s only ice-class expedition ships built to meet the North Pole pack ice

• See whales and other amazing wildlife close up

• Send a postcard from the world’s most northerly town, Ny Ålesund

• Visit a walrus colony

• Zodiac cruises and nature walks

• Get to know Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s ‘capital city’

Highlights • Explore the world’s largest, northernmost national park

• Sail through the fjords and visit Ny-Ålesund

• Explore Spitsbergen – the realm of the polar bear

• Participate in shore landings, settlement visits, excursions, lectures and whale safaris

• Visit an Inuit settlement in Greenland • Spot whales, seals and other arctic wildlife

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Albatros Travel Group A Scandinavian travel company with a global wingspan, Albatros Travel has grown from a small office in Copenhagen, Denmark to offices around the world. Headquarters

Corporate

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Albatros Travel recognises its responsibility to not be a barrier, but to contribute positively to social, environmental and economic sustainable development in accordance with the UN Global Compact. Albatros Travel will comply with all applicable laws regarding human rights, environment and corruption, and apply internationally recognised principles when local law and regulation set lower standards.

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‘Albatros’ is the Danish spelling of ‘albatross’ - the globetrotting bird with the big wingspan! From safaris and cruises, to Arctic voyages and Adventure Marathons in the African bush, Albatros Travel spans the world with our unique packages. From our humble beginnings in 1986, the family-owned company now employs more than 250 full-time staff in branches across three continents. All of Albatros Travel’s different business operations are united under the same set of principles that govern the Albatros Way: a commitment to quality, responsible travel and customer satisfaction. Albatros Expeditions Albatros Expeditions specialises in expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica. With ice-strengthened hulls, our small ships provide access to the most remote polar regions.


DESTINATION MANAGMENT With an established network and three decades of operational expertise, we can provide you and your clients with quality travel solutions. We offer a broad variety of travel experiences and are open to creating special packages that suit your discerning clients. Our global wingspan covers:

Greenland

China

Albatros Travel owns Albatros Arctic

With an office in Beijing and knowledge-

Circle and with offices in Kangerlus-

able staff speaking both Danish and Chi-

suaq, we have been showing people this

nese, we are at the forefront of providing

mighty frozen country for years. Nobody

unforgettable travel experiences for

knows Greenland like we do and we offer

those who want to see the best of China.

dog sled tours, trips to see the Northern Lights, cruises to remote glaciers and much more. We can offer excursions and longer trips to individual travelers and groups, as well as provide conference facilities for groups of up to 30 participants. Our all-terrain vehicles and buses

Southern & East Africa

provide transport from 4-36 passengers. Since 1986, Albatros Travel has offered exciting, adventurous and diverse safari experiences to Southern and East Africa, which includes Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Tanzania, Kenya. We operate as a DMC and travel partner, own and manage a growing portfolio of Tented Safari Camps under the brand name of Honeyguide, and manage a VIP day touring services within Southern and East Africa under the trading name of Albatros Beyond Touring.

Albatros Adventure Marathons. Our challenging running events take participants to a whole new level! Albatros Adventure Marathons organizes five annual races, each characterized by locations of exceptional natural beauty and historic significance. From the barren desert landscape of Jordan to the African savannah, from the epic Great Wall of China to the temples of Bagan, these remarkable courses will challenge even the most experienced runner. All events include a tour package, creating the perfect opportunity to share the journey with family and friends.

Victory Cruise Lines. We welcome you to our newest cruise product, offering tours on America’s Great Lakes and, later this year, exciting new itineraries that will feature a complete circumnavigation of the hottest destination in tourism, the island nation of Cuba. Victory Cruise Lines will feature great itineraries covering all the ports and top destinations in these two popular regions.

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