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L'Austral - Expedition to Antarctica - Ushuaia (Argentina) Round trip

December 10 - 20, 2013 - 11 days / 10 nights on board 

  • The Austral sails through waters that are sometimes frozen, and is often escorted by seals, humpback whales and other cetaceans – a unique sight creating quite unique sensations!
  • To reach the “sixth continent”, you will sail through the famous Drake Passage and reach the Polar Front, marking the meeting of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The magic continues as you arrive in Neko Bay, discovered by the Belgian explorer, Adrien de Gerlache. Even further south, nestled at the heart of a polar landscape, high cliffs appear, signalling the entrance to the spectacular Lemaire Channel. Further on, the ancient whaling station of Deception Island will reveal its colony of Chinstrap Penguins.
Itinerary Arrival Departure

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina) 
Embarkation from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. 
Regarded as the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme South of Argentina at the end of Beagle Bay. This amazing little town of over 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. The first inhabitants here were nomadic hunters and gatherers who arrived on foot to the Isla Grande over 10,000 years ago. Nature lovers will be bowled over by the Tierra del Fuego National Park and its amazing wealth of flora and fauna: beavers, albatrosses, guanacos, penguins... Here forests cover the slopes of the Andes mountains then give way to snow-capped peaks… a truly unique and unforgettable landscape.



Day 2 - At sea – Drake Passage 
To reach the mythical «White Continent» you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.



Day 3- At sea – Drake Passage



Day 4 - Neko/Paradise Bay (Antarctica) 
Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.



Day 5 - Pleneau Island/Port Charcot(Antarctica)



Day 6 - Port Lockroy (Antarctica)
On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins.  Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment. 



Day 7 - Deception Island (Antarctica)
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.



Day 8 - The Weddell Sea (Antarctica)
A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice. 



Day 9 - At sea, Drake Passage (Antarctica)



Day 10 - At sea, Drake Passage (Antarctica)



Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina)



Cruise Fares
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Prices are per person, based on double-occupancy and subject to fuel adjustment.

Cruise Category

Brochure Fare

Ponant Bonus Fare*

Superior Stateroom

$ 8,387

$ 7,462

DeLuxe Stateroom

$ 9,290

$ 8,230

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$ 10,128

$ 8,942

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$ 10,515

$ 9,271

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$ 10,902

$ 9,600

Deluxe Suite

$ 13,353

$ 11,684

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$ 16,449

$ 14,315

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$ 17,094

$ 14,864

Owner Suite

$ 18,062

$ 15,686

Safety and port taxes

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Airport Taxes

$ 52

$ 52

One Child (8-12 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults

$ 1,742

$ 1,742

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$ 5,403

$ 4,926

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$ 9,434

$ 8,353

Single supplement in cabin*

Starting at + 50%

Starting at + 50%

*On request. Limited availability. Fares may be subject to Fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions.  

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Our fares include:
• Open bar
• Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
• Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
• 24 hour room service (selected menu)
• Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
• Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
• English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Our fares do not include:
Flights and airport taxes
• Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
• Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
• Port and safety charges
• Gratuities
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Other drinks not included in open bar

** Ponant Bonus Fares:
Special Savings program off published cruise-only fares for select voyages, in all stateroom and suite categories. Ponant Bonus fares are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change at any time without notice. Ponant Bonus could decrease or be closed for specific stateroom and suite categories or entire cruise.

Ponant bonus fares represent savings from the published fare and may not be combined with certain other promotional offers. Some cruise credits may not be combinable. The bonus fares represent our best available rate at time of booking.