EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Antarctica – Christmas on The White Continent (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: 13 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
13 Dec 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the 'Paris of South America' for yourself.

DAY 2
14 Dec 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits you. Once onboard, we kick off our journey with a welcome-on-board dinner.

DAY 3
15 Dec 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will take your breath away! Take it all in onboard MS Midnatsol with her two-story panorama lounge over the bow, with wall-to-wall windows that bathe the room in natural light and provide extraordinary views.

DAY 4
16 Dec 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 5
17 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

You are now in one of the most remote areas on Earth! Venture ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and get close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you first set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck, there will be ample opportunities to sight whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and visit old whaling stations and their relics as we sail. One of the highlights is Deception Island in the South Shetlands. When we sail into the natural harbor of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, and Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins, while Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbor got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called 'Whale-mina Bay', because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December. We have planned plenty of activities to help you experience Antarctica in the best possible way. This might mean that one day you will go ashore to see penguins and hear the crackling noise of glaciers. The next day, you may get to feel the salt and wind on your face as you cruise between the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a nap on an ice platform. The third day may involve kayaking, or a longer hike or walk. Back onboard, we host activities that will satisfy a whole range of interests. The onboard photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography. Join gatherings where the expedition team recounts the day's activities, makes presentations, and discusses the next day's plan. These gatherings are great opportunities for sharing and mingling with your fellow explorers and the expedition community. Christmas Day will be a unique mix of exciting activities among the ice and penguins combined with traditional Norwegian celebrations onboard. You might enjoy a special lunch followed by a walk to the top of a snow-covered hill set within a glaciated bay. Or, your Christmas gift may be a cruise among icebergs followed by a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman.

DAY 6
18 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 7
19 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 8
20 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 9
21 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 10
22 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 11
23 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 12
24 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 13
25 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 14
26 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 15
27 Dec 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences with fellow explorers, or just relaxing on deck.

DAY 16
28 Dec 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 17
29 Dec 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Consider extending your stay and enjoying one of our optional post-cruise expedition programs (Land Adventures). For example, celebrate the New Year spending a few extra days in stylish Buenos Aires.

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About the Ship

South America landscape
MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun)

The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.The interior's bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display.

What's Included

Included

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis

  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore

  • Professional English speaking Expedition team

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

Insider Tip

Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions of this contract apply to the sea passage as well as to all other products or services of any kind whatsoever provided for or arranged by Hurtigruten AS, their agents or independent contractors. These terms and conditions represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between Hurtigruten AS and the customer. These pro-visions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing signed by the president of Hurtigruten AS.The transports of passengers, baggage and vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Act no. 39 of 24 June 1994 Norwegian Maritime Code, as amended (‘Norwegian Maritime Code’), and package tours are subject to the provisions of the Act no. 57 of 25 August 1995 Relating to Package Tours (‘Package Tours Act’). Copies of the Norwegian Maritime Code and the Package Tours Acts, in Norwegian and in English, are on file with Hurtigruten AS and available upon request. The terms and conditions of this contract are drawn up in accord ance with the Norwegian Maritime Code, Package Tours Act, and the regulations laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. However, in case of conflict between this contract and the Norwegian Maritime Code or Package Tours Act, this contract shall take precedence.

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