Water, Wildlife & the Wonders of Antarctica

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Availability : March 1 - 15, 2019

Water, Wildlife & the Wonders of Antarctica

Highlights Include:

  • A BBC film crew will be joining our voyage to gather footage for their Big Blue Live series. Last year Big Blue Live won the coveted BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for best live event
  • Observing on board research scientists tagging whales
  • Participating in citizen science programs for major research organizations
  • Learning about the eco-system from noted experts on marine biology on board
  • Enjoying the ship’s world-class cuisine, on board amenities and comfort – Every cabin is a suite!
  • Witnessing stunning scenery and unforgettable encounters with wildlife
Tour Details

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15 days

Tour Dates:
March 1 – 15, 2019

Adventure Options: Please sign up at time of booking. Space is limited.
Kayaking, $695 (duration of voyage)
Camping, $125

Join us on this extraordinary journey to the White Continent, a trip-of-a-lifetime with some unforgettable opportunities. March in Antarctica is an exceptional time to see the marine wildlife in the region as they prepare for their migrations. On board the 112-passenger MS Island Sky, noted experts in marine biology will give insights into the hidden wonders of Antarctica. Learn about the penguins, whales, seals, sea lions, birds and more! This departure will include a special citizen science project on whales; research we will be pioneering on this voyage. Additionally, Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, will be Borton Overseas’ featured lecturer and will help us to better understand how Antarctica impacts the whole planet.

*Solo passengers may be paired with same gender solo passengers to avoid the single supplement cost. Request at time of booking.

This is a Borton Overseas Signature Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by our Destination Specialists.

Thursday, February 28Departure from US

Borton Overseas can assist with booking flights to Buenos Aires, with fares approximately $2,130.

Friday, March 1Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina | Meals: D

You are met outside customs for a private transfer to the hotel. Check in, then enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow Borton Overseas travelers. Overnight at NH Florida Hotel

Saturday, March 2Buenos Aires to Ushuaia | Meals: B

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival the group will transfer to our hotel. Overnight at Arakur Hotel & Resort

Sunday, March 3Embarkation MS Island Sky | Meals: B D

This morning, there is time to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. We’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Relax and take in the scenery sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellan Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and sea lion colonies. Overnight on board

Monday - Tuesday, March 4-5Drake Passage | Meals: B L D

Our Expedition Team and marine mammal experts will be out on deck and on the bridge, looking for the whales and dolphins. They will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history, including helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety.

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence, 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 close watch for pelagic whales as we approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf. Overnights on board

Wednesday, March 6South Shetland Islands | Meals: B L D

We may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island. Or, 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. Overnight on board

Thursday - Tuesday, March 7-12Antarctica | Meals: B L D

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. We’ll sail past 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.

Continuing south, we will explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands. This may include 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. Overnights on board

Itinerary is dependent on weather and sea conditions.

Wednesday - Thursday, March 13-14Drake Passage | Meals: B L D

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we’ll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow of photos taken from our voyage. Overnights on board

Friday, March 15Disembarkation Ushuaia, Argentina | Meals: B

We disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Connect to flights bound for the US – or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure, or further explore Argentina!

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires on March 1, 2019
  • Private transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) to NH Florida Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • Welcome dinner in Buenos Aires
  • Group transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) airport for flight to Ushuaia
  • Round trip economy-class flight Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires, including taxes and fees
  • 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 pier on embarkation day
  • 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 an 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 private presentations for our group by guest lecturer, Peter Neill 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
  • Wi-Fi on the public computers in ship’s library, and 100­-minute Wi-Fi 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
  • Assistance of EJ Gurley of Borton Overseas, for duration of program
  • Complete pre-departure packet including a keepsake Antarctica log book
  • Basic travel insurance coverage including Trip Interruption allowance, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical & Dental expenses, Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation, Baggage/Baggage Delay, 24 Hour AD&D, Travel Assistance
    • Option to upgrade insurance to include trip cancellation is available
Not Included
  • International Airfare from/to the US
  • Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) from Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) on March 15, 2019 (Borton Overseas can assist with arrangements, cost approximately $35)
  • Fees for passports and visas
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (except as listed in Included)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • On board communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, Wi-Fi from personal devices in excess of the 100-­minutes provided
  • Staff Gratuities
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