We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South



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AIR-CRUISES

2017·18 SEASON

“We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South.”


ROALD AMUNDSEN · Polar Explorer

Summary
3 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

4 Antarctic Air-Cruise Model

5 Discover Antarctica

6 ANTARCTICA XXI’S Unique Features

7 ITINERARIES

8 Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

9 Polar Circle Air-Cruise

10 Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

11 VESSELS & AIRCRAFT

12 Ocean Nova

13 Hebridean Sky

14 BAE 146 Aircraft

15 Dates & Rates

16 Conditions

17 OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

18 Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

19 Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica

20 Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience

21 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

22 Planning Your Trip

23 Contingency Plan

24 Useful Tips

25 Terms & Conditions


Antarctic Peninsula

and South Shetland Islands


Antarctic

Air-Cruise Model


Fly over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica quickly and in comfort

In 2003 ANTARCTICA XXI pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model. We have since operated 120 Antarctic Air-Cruises, more than any other company in the world, by far.


FLY THE DRAKE
A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer.
CRUISE ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTICA XXI offers a boutique-style wilderness adventure, not a cruise. Feeling more like a private yacht than a cruise ship, our small expedition vessels give us privileged access to Antarctica, allowing you to go where larger ships can’t. Disembarkation is efficient so you spend time exploring, not waiting.
KEY BENEFITS
COMFORT: Avoid storms in the Drake Passage

SPEED: Get to Antarctica quickly and save time

STYLE: Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience
Visit the White Continent for a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience
Discover Antarctica
ANTARCTICA XXI is a Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
LANDSCAPE

Antarctica is a remote, magical place that will greet you with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.


ADVENTURE

Adventure awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil. Join our optional sea kayaking and hiking & snowshoeing programs.


GLORY

Set foot on the seventh continent and add a new destination to your travel list. You will bring home indelible memories, while tales of your journey will arouse the curiosity of your peers and produce their admiration.


WILDLIFE

In the austral summer, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and sea birds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Unconcerned by your presence, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your photographs.


ANTARCTICA XXI’s Unique Features
Veteran Antarctic aircraft pilots, experienced sea captains, an international team of polar guides and academics, and a team of seasoned travel professionals come together to create the ANTARCTICA XXI experience. With passion, creativity and dedicated teamwork, we handcraft every expedition to be unique and personal.
WELCOME SERVICE

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, our team will be waiting at the airport ready to accompany you to the hotel. Offering dedicated and personalized attention, they will provide detailed information about your upcoming trip.


CABO DE HORNOS HOTEL

While in Punta Arenas, our travelers stay at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, this deluxe landmark property offers a premium hospitality experience in the character and tradition of Patagonia.


ANTARCTIC VEHICLE

Unique in its kind, “Bigfoot” was especially designed and built for ANTARCTICA XXI. With its special traction system, it can adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain.


HIGH STAFF/TRAVELLER RATIO

Travel with at least twelve polar guides. Professional, experienced, and passionate. They are a well-staffed team of extraordinary leaders and experts. Charming and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.


EFFICIENT DISEMBARKATION

ANTARCTICA XXI only operates small ships that offer great flexibility in the changeable Antarctic environment. Small-group disembarkation is efficient so you can spend more time ashore and less time waiting.


WINE SELECTION

Excellent international cuisine is accompanied by a great selection of premium wines carefully chosen by our Hospitality Team to complement and enhance each meal.


Itineraries
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS


ITINERARY
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.
DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.


DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.


DAY 3-6 · Exploring Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.


No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
DAY 7 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 8 · End of the Air-Cruise


After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Polar Circle Air-Cruise

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS


ITINERARY
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle.
DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise

ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.


DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.


DAY 3-8 · Exploring Antarctica

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.


DAY 9 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


DAY 10 · End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS


ITINERARY
Leaving from Ushuaia, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.
DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


DAY 2 · Cape Horn and Drake Passage

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.


DAY 3 · Drake Passage

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.


DAY 4 · Drake Passage and Antarctica

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.


DAY 5 · Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


DAY 6 · End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


Note: The December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018 departure (AE03-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.
Vessels & Aircraft
Ocean Nova

Hebridean Sky

BAE 146 Aircraft
Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single cabins, Twin cabins, and Triple cabins.
In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
CABINS
Category Average size Details

Single cabins 87 sq. ft. / 8 sq. mt. One lower single bed

Twin cabins 106 sq. ft./ 10 sq. mt. Two lower beds

Triple cabins 150 sq. ft. / 14 sq. mt. Two lower beds and one upper bed


All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.
PASSENGERS: 72 EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 46

LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity of 100)

LENGTH: 73.0 m

BREADTH: 11.0 m

PROPULSION: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower

ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

DRAFT: 3.7 m

CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water


Hebridean Sky

(formerly Sea Explorer)


Hebridean Sky is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small-ships in the world.
Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Suites in eight different categories of accommodation are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed.
A number of Suites include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, an exercise room, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.
CABINS

Category Average size Details


Owner´s 370 sq. ft. Two-room suite with sitting room,

Suite 34 sq. mt. balcony and bedroom


Single 240 sq. ft. Suites with window

Suites 22 sq. mt. and sitting area


Penthouse 325 sq. ft. Suites with private

Suites 30 sq. mt. balcony and sitting area
Veranda 260 sq. ft. Suites with private

Suites 24 sq. mt. balcony and sitting area


Deluxe 240 sq. ft. Suites with bow & side

Suites 22 sq. mt. windows and sitting area


Promenade 220 sq. ft. Suites with window and

Suites 20 sq. mt. sitting area


Window 225 sq. ft. Suites with window and

Suites 21 sq. mt. sitting area


Triple 225 sq. ft. Suites with window and

Suites 21 sq. mt. sitting area

EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 85

PASSENGERS: 100 maximum

LIFEBOATS: 4 partially enclosed, capacity of 192

LENGTH: 90.6 m

BREADTH: 15.3 m

PROPULSION: 2 main engines – 3,520 kW

ICE CLASS: 1C

DRAFT: 5.14 m

CRUISING SPEED: 12.5 knots in open water
BAE 146 Aircraft
The BAE-146 aircraft was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
PREFERRED SEATING

For an extra level of comfort, travellers can

purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic

flight. See next page for details.


SEATING
Category

Preferred - Reserved Seating

Economy - Open Seating

Seats not in use


MODEL


BAE 146-200
CAPACITY

71 passengers


ENGINES

4 turbofans

Honeywell ALF 502R-5
LENGTH

93 ft 8 in

(28.55 m)
CRUISE SPEED

465 mph


(750 km/h)
WINGSPAN

86 ft 5 in

(26.34 m)
SERVICE CEILING

31,200 ft

(9,500 m)
Dates & Rates

[ REFER TO SPREADSHEET WITH PRICING TABLE ]

PREFERRED SEATING ON ANTARCTIC FLIGHT

For an extra level of comfort, travellers can now purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic flight. This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit. Capacity is limited to aisle 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the aircraft.


Per-person price

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises (round-trip): $495

Polar Circle Air-Cruises (round-trip): $495

Antarctica Express Air-Cruises (one-way): $245

Conditions

BOOKING CONDITIONS

An initial deposit of $2,500 USD per person is required to book a cabin, except for ANTARCTICA EXPRESS Air-Cruises, where the deposit is $1,500 USD per person.

The balance is due in full 120 days prior to departure. Payments can be made by wire transfer or by major credit card. Payments by credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee (however, the 2.5% fee is not charged on the deposit).


CHILDREN

Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.


SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers can choose between:

* Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.

* Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin (available in a limited number of Twin Cabins on Ocean Nova and in a limited number of Window Suites and Promenade Suites on Hebridean Sky).

* Sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender. This is available on Ocean Nova in twin cabins, and on Hebridean Sky in Window Suites. ANTARCTICA XXI will take care of finding the matching companion. Passengers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement of $395 USD for Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises, and $195 USD for Antarctica Express Air-Cruise (except the December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018 departure, which is $295 USD). Note: Single travellers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking etc.) can only book their Air-Cruise in a Single Cabins or in a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis.
INCLUDED IN THE RATE

• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.

• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.

• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.

• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.

• Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.

• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship

• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.

• All guided shore excursions.

• Lectures and entertainment on board.

• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.

• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

• Contingency Plan as described below.

• IAATO passenger fee.
SPECIFICALLY NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

• Personal insurance.

• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).

• Gratuities.

• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Optional Activities
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

Snowshoeing and Hiking in Antarctica

Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience
Sea Kayaking

in Antarctica


Experience Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. The majestic landscape, the icebergs, the wildlife... everything looks different as you paddle quietly through the waves. A unique experience!
THE PROGRAM

The sea kayaking program offered by ANTARCTICA XXI is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants, under the guidance and leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.


Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore.


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