UNIQUE, SERVICE FIRST, ANTARCTIC & ARCTIC CRUISES
One Ocean is one of our preferred partners for expedition cruising, with their common sense approach to pricing, limited passenger numbers and their commitment to ecological preservation and conservation they continue to redefine Arctic expedition cruising and Antarctic expedition cruising.
AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV
Following last year's successful launch of their exclusive Punta Arenas options they've decided to extend this unique range of voyages for 2016-17. The season onboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov began in Punta Arenas on the 15 October 2016 with a 16-night South Georgia only voyage followed by a series of itineraries starting and ending in Punta Arenas (with included flights to/from King George Island and Port Stanley). The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern, comfortable, safe and ice strengthened. She accommodates just 92 guests. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need.
Season highlights for the Vavilov
More time to explore - with the introduction of their charter flights from Punta Arenas, Chile and by keeping the same length journey they're offering guests even more time in the destination.
*South Georgia in Depth Photography Symposium, 15/17 Days - South Georgia has been called ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’. Both the 14 and 16-night options offer eight full days to discover South Georgia's 'greatest wildlife show on earth' combined with the popular photographic symposium. Five professional photographers will join these expeditions to share their expertise in photographing wildlife and landscapes. Their expedition leaders on these departures are exceptional in their ability to prioritise excursions for maximizing the light for photography whilst managing weather conditions and itinerary commitments. Guests will see king penguins by the hundreds of thousands; elephant seals fighting for territory to mate with their harems; fur seals mating, pupping and clustering the beaches; as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to giant petrels and skuas.
*Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica, 20/18 Days - These Antarctic expeditions utilize a flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands to save almost a day and half at sea – which maximizes the time you can spend exploring incredible Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia Islands. You'll encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife on your journey – there are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, albatrosses, and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Beyond these islands lie Antarctica, where you will experience icebergs of all shapes and sizes and encounters with whales, including humpback, minke and orca. The 20 day itinerary includes a photography symposium component with 5 professional photographers.
Christmas in Antarctica, 11 Days - Experience the ultimate ‘White Christmas’ on a memorable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs plus the option to choose your favorite activities each day make this voyage the perfect way to spend the holiday season.
Quest for the Antarctic Circle, 11 Days – Utilizing their decades of experience, they have designed a new voyage allowing that allows them to reach the Antarctic Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, you will enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in Zodiac boats, before reaching the Antarctic Circle in the vicinity of Detaille Island.
Ultimate Antarctic - Weddell Sea & The Falkland Islands 12 Days - Starting on King George Island this 11-night voyage gains immediate access to the Gerlache Strait and into the Lemaire Channel. Additional highlights include tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea; eight species of penguin, including hopefully the emperor; Elephant Island; West Point Island for black-browed albatross, and Saunders Island for king penguins and gentoos on grass.
Other departures include: Antarctic & Falkland Islands - Penguins & Sea Birds, Quest for the Antarctic Circle, and Antarctica Peninsula Adventure
Akademik Loffe is a purpose built oceanographic vessel featuring complex internal stabilizers and powerful engines. She accommodates just 96 guests. Combined with multi pitch propulsion and bow and stern thrusters she offers exceptional maneuverability. Expansive observation decks featuring 360 degree views make her the perfect platform for operation in Antarctica and the High Arctic. For 2016-27 seasons the Akademik Loffe will continue to operate out of Ushuaia, ideal for those who are keen to explore Argentina before they embark on their trip to the seventh continent.
Season highlights for the Loffe:
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure, 11 Days - Their classic adventure-packed 10-night Antarctic journey, as awesome as ever! This voyage visits many of the classic landing locations along the Antarctica Peninsula such as Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour and the Errera Channel. Sea kayaking and overnight camping are popular activities on this itinerary.
Antarctica Off the Beaten Track, 13 Days - This wonderful Antarctic cruise spends 13 days exploring the pristine Antarctic wilderness in spring. The wildlife migrations have commenced and the sea ice is quickly receding, allowing access to locations which have been ice choked since winter. This itinerary incorporates a wide selection of extraordinary Antarctic activity options: snowshoeing, expedition photography, camping, kayaking, zodiac cruising, back-country ski touring and stand up paddle boarding.
Journey Below the Antarctic Circle, 14 Days - This journey takes will take you further south than any other of their voyages, hopefully all the way to 66 degrees, 33’ minutes south of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle. Along the way you will witness expansive landscapes, huge Adelie penguin rookeries, and hopefully the large tabular icebergs that have drifted north from the Bellingshausen Sea. You will be surrounded by white peaks soaring more than 2,000 meters above the ice-strewn waters. After hopefully crossing the Antarctic Circle you will return north along the heavily glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing through the Argentine, Fish and Yalour Island archipelagos and into the Gerlache Strait region.
Marine Mammals of Antarctica, 11 Days - As summer comes to a close so does the Antarctic season for One Ocean Expeditions. This final expedition is a unique opportunity to join research scientist, Dr Ari Friedlaender, on a 10-night trip to study the long-term movement patterns of humpback whales around the Antarctic Peninsula and to understand the effects of climate change and global warming. For those with a passion for whales this unique voyage should not be missed. There is no better time to travel to the Antarctica to see whales, than this departure!
Other departures include: Falkland Islands with South Georgia & Antarctica and Christmas in Antarctica
* Bonus Offer for Select Departures: South Georgia in Depth Photography Symposium: 15-31 Oct 2016, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica Photography Symposium 31 Oct - 19 Nov 2016, and Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica 19 Nov - 06 Dec 2016 Offer is based on availability for a limited time only and cannot be combined with any other offers
Fare Offer Starts at $8,890 USD per person in a Quad Private Cabin (fares usually start around $10,000 USD per person)
$1,500 USD Flight Credit Offer on select cabin categories (available on Twin Private category category cabins and up)
For more information please contact our AdventureTravel Specialists Anne Bird or Jane Patrick. They can be reached at 604-736-7447 or click on the contact us button above to leave us an inquiry via the website.