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Water, Wildlife and the Wonders of Antarctica - March 2019

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Borton Overseas is happy to announce our next Antarctica Signature Journey, March 1-15, 2019, with special lecturer, Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory.

They say that the journey is more rewarding than the destination. However, with this Borton Overseas Signature Journey, the journey AND the destination will be unforgettable. March in Antarctica is an exceptional time to see the marine wildlife in the region as they prepare for their migrations. On board the 100 passenger ship, the MS Island Sky, noted experts in marine biology will give insights into the hidden wonders of Antarctica. And not just about whales. Learn about the penguins, seals, sea lions, birds and more. Landings by zodiac, wildlife photography/videography and the chance to get your own hands dirty partaking in Citizen Science activities promise to make this an unbelievable journey. This Signature Journey is being hosted by Managing Director Linda McCormick. Additionally, Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, will be Borton Overseas’ featured lecturer and will help us better understand how Antarctica impacts the whole planet.

Tour dates:  March 1-15, 2019

Land package:  per person, double occupancy

  • Porthole Suite             $13,934*
  • Window                      $15,934*  
  • Promenade Suite         $16,434*  
  • Veranda Suite             $17,934*  

 Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking         $695 (duration of voyage)
  • Camping          $125

*International flights are not included. Borton Overseas can help arrange these with air fares approximately $2,130.

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Itinerary Details


Thursday, February 28  Depart US  
Borton Overseas can assist with booking your flights.

Friday, March 1  Arrive Buenos Aires   D
When you arrive in Buenos Aires we can arrange for a private transfer to the hotel. Once you are settled enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow Borton Overseas travelers. Overnight in Hotel NH Buenos Aires Florida

Saturday, March 2  Buenos Aires to Ushuaia   B
After breakfast in the hotel the group will transfer together to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival the group will transfer to our hotel. Overnight at Arakur Hotel & Resort

Sunday, March 3  Embarkation MS Island Sky   B D
This morning, you are free to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, we’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we’ll relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Monday-Tuesday, March 4-5  Drake Passage   B L D
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, our Expedition Team and Marine Mammal experts will be out on deck and on the bridge, looking for the whales and dolphins that may be seen as we travel south. They will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history, including helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

The length of our journey depends on sea conditions, but we should approach the South Shetland Islands on Tuesday evening. We will keep especially keen watch for pelagic whales as we approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf.

Wednesday, March 6  South Shetland Islands   B L D
Exploring the South Shetland Islands, we may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island. Or perhaps we will sail the ship into an active volcano with an opportunity to take a dip in the relatively balmy waters that surround Deception Island. Bransfield Strait, once the site of an abandoned whaling station, will give us an excellent chance to see whales, who often return to its rich waters.

Thursday-Tuesday, March 7-12  Antarctica   B L D
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Expedition Leader, Captain, and Marine Mammal experts will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and previous sightings to maximize our whale watching opportunities, while also exploring some of the lesser travelled areas of the Peninsula. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Heading further South, we will be sure to explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands. This may include trips to picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.  We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadsky as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

At this time of year, most areas have amazing marine mammal viewing opportunities with Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors during this season and Orca sightings are also common.

Wednesday-Thursday, March 13-14  Drake Passage   B L D
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow of photos taken from our voyage. 

Friday, March 15  Disembarkation Ushuaia – US   B                 
Morning disembarkation lets you catch the flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure or further explore Argentina.

Price Includes:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires on March 1, 2019
    Private transfer from EZE (Buenos Aires Int’l Airport) to NH Florida Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • Group dinner in Buenos Aires
  • Group transfer to AEP (Buenos Aires Domestic Airport) airport for flight to Ushuaia
  • Pre-expedition round trip flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (economy class)
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation for the night of March 2, 2019
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
  • Group transfer from Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa to the ship on embarkation day
  • Basic Travel Insurance (includes accident/medical, emergency evacuation, baggage, trip delay). This policy does NOT cover trip cancellation.
  • Shipboard accommodation in selected cabin category with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (B, L & D on itinerary; please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible.)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Digital voyage log keepsake
  • Photo Coach on board and on shore landings
  • Ability for all guests to engage in active Citizen Science Projects
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • A Helly Hansen Salt Jacket – yours to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available 24 hours daily
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner
    Wifi on the public computers in our library
  • 100 minute wifi card for use on personal devices
  • Daily International news service
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Group transfers from the ship on disembarkation day to the airport

Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare (Borton Overseas can help arrange)
  • Transfer to EZE (Buenos Aires Int’l Airport) from AEP (Buenos Aires Domestic Airport)
    (Cost approx. $35, Borton Overseas can assist with arrangement)
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (except as listed in Inclusions)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred onboard
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wifi from
    personal devices in excess of the 100-minutes provided
  • Staff Gratuities


  • Kayaking - $695 (duration of voyage)
  • Camping - $125
  • Please sign up at time of booking. Adventure Option space is limited.


  • Solo passengers may be accommodated by being paired with same gender solo passengers.
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