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Chilean Fjords and Antarctica – White Christmas Adventure (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Santiago, Chile to Santiago, Chile
Dates: 13 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
13 Dec 2019
Santiago, Chile

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders to tall mountains, skyscrapers, quiet parks, Colonial architecture, bohemian neighborhoods, and the fast-flowing Mapocho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

DAY 2
14 Dec 2019
Santiago, Chile
Air travel
Puerto Natales, Chile

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas and join a city tour before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen for your expedition to Antarctica.

DAY 3
15 Dec 2019
Chilean Fjords (Cruising), Chile

Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords, and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving the isolated islands and hidden bays that create the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

DAY 4
16 Dec 2019
Cape Horn, Chile
Drake Passage (Cruising)

When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56° south, it is the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn — however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions, so the captain will decide if it is safe to land! MS Roald Amundsen will take 1 ½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage from Cape Horn, depending on the weather conditions. An enormous churn of water is funneled by the western wind drift from the Pacific through the Drake Passage and into the Scotia Sea to the east. The Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 25 to 40 billion gallons of water per second are transported from west to east here. As we cross the Drake, we sail over the undersea West Scotia Ridge and the nearly 20,000 foot deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the passage, but it may also be placid. Usually, it's somewhere in between.

DAY 5
17 Dec 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 6
18 Dec 2019
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. Around 90% of the world's ice is here, 13,000 feet thick, covering the landmass. In winter, it is further cut off by sea ice forming off the coast — virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales, and seals that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most of the wildlife found here is dependent on a cornerstone species: krill. And there is a great deal of it here. The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of a single species on Earth — including human beings! As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science, and tourism. No human activity is allowed to alter the perfect natural balance. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules: we want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! Antarctica's location makes every cruise to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment. Weather, wind, and ice conditions have a great influence on our program and schedule. Therefore, we need to be pragmatic: we change landings, re-route, and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions by spending hours ashore, on the water in kayaks, or simply cruising among huge pods of whales. We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island, and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and color, and old whaling stations. It's hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travelers puts it: "If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there".

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
Day-at-Sea

With the sights and smells of Antarctic still fresh in our minds, we enjoy a day at sea while celebrating Christmas! You can expect fine food in the restaurant, fun, and games in the bar, and maybe even a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman! After exploring the last untouched continent, we are on our way back to South America. We will continue our lecture series on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the region as we keep watch for wandering albatross.

DAY 14
26 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea

As we complete the loop of the Strait of Magellan, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

DAY 15
27 Dec 2019
Punta Arenas, Chile
Air travel
Santiago, Chile

We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post-cruise extension (Land Adventure) to further experience this impressive region.

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About the Ship

South America landscape
MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

What's Included

Included

  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots.

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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