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  Le Lyrial " The Antarctic Peninsula"
Le Ponant Cruise

Ushuaia, Argentina - Ushuaia, Argentina
January
24 - February 3, 2016
 
  • Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice... the Antarctic has its own language, which you’ll soon speak fluently!
  • We are offering you a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula who offers travellers an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet.

 

Day & Port Arrival  Departure
Day 1 - Ushuaia 

Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia (Argentina) direct flight (1). Direct transfer on board OR excursions to Tierra del Fuego National Park inculding lunch.

Embarkation from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
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.
(1)Subject to availability

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6:30 pm

Day 2 - 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.

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Day 3 - Drake Passage 

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Day 4 - Neko, Paradise Island 
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.

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Day 5 - Pleneau Island, Port Charcot 

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Day 6 - Port Lockroy 
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. 

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Day 7 - Deception Island 
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.

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Day 8 - 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. 

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Day 9 - Drake Passage 

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Day 10 - Drake Passage 

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Day 11 - Ushuaia 
Disembarkation
Transfer to the airport. Ushuaia/Buenos Aires International (Pistarini) with direct flight (1)
(1) subject to availability

7:00 am

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 Cruise Fares
Special Savings up to 30%!  Contact us today & save!

Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy

Brochure Fare

Superior Stateroom

$10,520

DeLuxe Stateroom

$12,100

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$13,410

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$13,980

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$14,560

Deluxe Suite

$19,090

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$22,580

Privilege Suite

$23,600

Grand Deluxe Suite

$27,030

Grand Privilege Suite

$28,750

Owner Suite

$30,470

Safety and port taxes (for information purposes)

$830

Airport Taxes

$55

One Child (8-11 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults

$1,200

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$9,070

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$19,310

Single supplement in cabin*

Starting at + 85%


Rates and discounts are per person based on  double occupancy and may be subject to fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions. 

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The rates of our cruises are per person and include the following:

  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer on selected sailings.
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request),

Cruise rates don’t include:

  • Airport taxes (subject to modification) Port and safety taxes, environmental charges, landing and access fees to National Parks, special and/or Protected zones or sites subject to specific permits from National authorities and/or local communities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise & Flights” package and for which details are available upon request.
  • Optional shore excursions or spa packages
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptionsGratuities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Visa fees, if applicable

"Cruise , Flights & Transfers” program rates are per person and include also the following:

  • “Cruise, Flights & transfers” Programs for expedition voyages Ushuaia- Ushuaia: Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economyclass on chartered flight (based on availability)
  • “Cruise, Flight & Transfer” Program for expedition voyage Ushuaia- Montevideo: Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia in Economy-class on chartered flight (based on availability)
  • Meet and Greet by our representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance
  • Choice between one full day tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park with lunch included and escort of English Speaking local guide (detailed description available upon request) OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/ suites will not be accessible before 5pm)
  • Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep