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

January 19 - February 3, 2014 - 16 days / 15 nights on board 

  • Sailing on the Austral gives you the possibility of seeing not only the Antarctic Peninsula but also South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there. You will go ashore at the splendid sites of Gold Harbour or Fortuna Bay, walking amongst the penguins, and will be able to approach the elephant seals basking in the weak southern sun. But the highlight will come at Salisbury Plain which is home to more than 250,000 King Penguins with their orange-yellow crowns.
  • The Antarctic produces the largest icebergs in the world; their huge size has always fascinated the greatest explorers and continues to enchant all the visitors to this icy region.   Like Crystal Cathedrals, in shades of turquoise, emerald, snow and azure, they are the trademark of the polar landscape and are home to an abundant wildlife. 
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



Day 3- New Island - Grave Cole (Falkland Islands) 
Not far from Cape Horn, located to the south east of South America, the Falkland Islands, which are renowned for their wildness, were discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th century.More than two hundred years later, sailors from Saint-Malo, known as Malouins, occupied the island and gave it the name used until the British conquered these lands at the edge of the world in 1833.  Scattered with tufts of grass, surrounded by a grey and often wild sea, the Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. Take the time to observe and photograph the abundant wildlife of these wild and very attractive islands.



Day 4 - At Sea



Day 5 - At Sea



Day 6 - Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay (South Georgia) 
South Georgia is an unmissable destination within Antarctica. This sub-Antarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Salisbury Plain will be the arena for the most memorable and the most authentic display of Nature. Formed by the withdrawal of the Grace Glacier, high mountains dominate time and space; the blue-tinged landscape demonstrates all the strength and beauty of the unspoiled nature all around. At the heart of this haven of peace, on the beaches of the bay, a colony of 250,000 King Penguins has taken residence. In the midst of all these orange-headed couples, Fur Seals try to beat a path to feed with their young. Under the weak southern sun that lights this glacial plain, clouds of birds fly on the wind, enchanting the traveller.



Day 7 - Grytviken - St Andrews Bay (South Georgia)



Day 8 - Gold Harbour (South Georgia)



Day 9 - At sea



Day 10 - At sea



Day 11 - Weddell Sea 
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 12 - Antarctic Sound - Deception Island - Half Moon (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. This island was once an active volcano whose crater collapsed some 10,000 years ago. This produced a caldera which was then flooded by the sea creating a natural port. Entrance to the port is via a narrow channel called Neptune’s Bellows. For a long time this was an important whaling port and the intensity of this activity has left traces that have withstood time.

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 13 - South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)
Day 14 - At sea - Drake Passage 
If there is one place, one sea, one passage that visitors, scientists and other sailors in the Antarctic fear, it is Drake Passage.  Seasoned travellers will tell you that a visit to the White Continent has to be earned. Located exactly between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage extends over 800 kilometres from Cape Horn to Livingston Island.  
Day 15 - At sea - Drake Passage
Day 16 - 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

$ 12265

$ 11317

DeLuxe Stateroom

$ 13620

$ 12536

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$ 14877

$ 13668

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$ 15458

$ 14191

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$ 16038

$ 14713

Deluxe Suite

$ 19715

$ 18022

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$ 24359

$ 22202

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$ 25326

$ 23072

Owner Suite

$ 26778

$ 24378

Safety and port taxes

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Airport Taxes

$ 52

$ 52

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

$ 2065

$ 2065

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$ 7641

$ 7155

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$ 13688

$ 12598

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:
•Port and safety charges
•Open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available on board)
•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)
•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.