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CC Travel to Antarctica

 
Event Description - CC Travel to Antarctica
Embark on the Journey of a Lifetime

Only in the last one hundred years have legendary explorers like Ernest Shackleton opened up the world’s last frontier, and this winter—high summer in the Southern hemisphere—we invite you to join us on what may be the most extraordinary travel experience of your life. Antarctica is undoubtedly one of the rarest and most astonishing travel destinations on Earth; an otherworldly land of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains, where Nature reigns first and foremost.

This superb voyage enables you to discover Antarctica’s spectacles from the comfort of the 100-guest, all-suite Corinthian, one of the most luxurious small ships cruising Antarctic waters. Corinthian envelops you in a cocoon of elegance as we cruise south from Ushuaia and head to the Antarctic Convergence, watching civilization slip away and Nature’s majesty emerging. Albatrosses and petrels whirl across our bow. Glaciers calve into the ice-blue sea, while wind sculpts soft patterns upon the icebergs. Humpback and minke whales swim gracefully alongside our ship. Light plays dramatically on the frozen landscapes.

During our voyage, we will explore the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands, where shore landings by sturdy Zodiac landing craft may include visits to 10,000-strong penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, operational research stations, and elephant seal colonies. The ship’s complement includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts, who will enlighten us throughout our voyage via lectures, presentations, and on-site nature observation. Also joining us will be Colorado College professor of geology Christine Siddoway, whose extensive experience in Antarctica will inform her lecturers and informal discussions on the geology and environment of the White Continent.

During the Austral summer months (when highs in the Antarctic Peninsula average in the 30s and 40s), join like-minded travelers, along with our roster of scientists and naturalists, on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Earth’s final frontier.

“ Really a perfect trip—we had the best
water and saw many more things
than expected. Kudos to the crew, the
staff, and the expedition staff!”
—J.B. & T.A., Seattle, WA

An Unforgettable Voyage Led By Seasoned Expedition Leaders & Naturalists

This voyage features an accomplished expedition team—expert naturalists and scientists who know Antarctica well and are eager to introduce you to this awe-inspiring land. In the company of these noted experts, you will cruise magnificent ice-filled channels, explore busy penguin rookeries, and learn about the rhythms of life in the “Deep South.” Among the experts you may travel with are:

Christine Siddoway is professor of geology at Colorado College and has eleven seasons’ experience in Antarctica. In addition to her NSF-funded research in Marie Byrd Land, she has participated in Italian and German expeditions, visiting locales along the entire Pacific margin of Antarctica. The experiences give her broad knowledge of Antarctica’s biological communities and its distinctive climate and ocean environment. She has experienced the spectacular wind storms of Antarctica on land and at sea, as well as blissful days of calm in the 24 hours of summer sunshine. Her first journey in the Scotia Sea involved landings at several sites to be visited on this Colorado College trip: mysterious Deception Island, the Elephant Island group that sheltered Shackleton’s famous Endurance party, Petermann Island and Anvers Island. Join her in wide-ranging conversations on climate change, ocean ecosystems, and the dynamic geological development of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

John Frick returns for his fourteenth season leading expedition travel to Antarctica. John’s wanderlust surfaced during his undergraduate studies and has since led him to live in Alaska, to work in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and to lead hundreds of programs over the last 16 years for Travel Dynamics International. He again looks forward to sharing with Corinthian guests his enthusiasm for travel and for the wonders of the natural world, in particular for the White Continent.



Born and raised in England, Jonathan Green completed a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology and Geography. Jonathan is also an avid diver and accomplished photographer, and his photography has been published in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, TIME, GEO, BBC Wildlife, and the Royal Geographical magazines. He leads adventure trips, diving excursions, and photo workshops throughout Latin America and the Antarctic.




In 2003-2004, Trevor Potts successfully re-created Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 epic mission from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and in 2001 he completed Shackleton’s mountain crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. On this voyage, he will share his experiences and insights about this legendary odyssey, about Shackleton himself, and about other expeditions in the White Continent. Trevor has ten seasons of experience working on Antarctic expedition ships.


Itinerary

Friday, December 26, 2014
Fly From the U.S.


Saturday, December 27
Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina
Arrive in Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Channel in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego. The city is superbly located between the mountains and the Beagle Channel. Transfer to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa hotel. (D)


Sunday, December 28
Ushuaia | Tierra Del Fuego National Park | Ushuaia | Embark
Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost protected region of Argentina. This splendid wilderness is celebrated for the beauty of its scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile’s Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the pier to embark Corinthian and sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains. (B, L, D)

Monday, December 29 & Tuesday, December 30
At Sea
Attend lectures as the ship sails through the Drake Passage. Look for Albatross, Cape Petrels, and whales that may accompany the ship on its passage. Our second day brings us into the realm of the Antarctic environment where we might spot our first icebergs, foraging penguins, and possibly the ice sheets of the South Shetland Islands. (B, L, D)

Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, a typical expedition follows the schedule below.

Wednesday, December 31 – January 3
Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea and surrounding islands. As Corinthian sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of blue icebergs, glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, cruise among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and, if conditions permit, visit with scientists at research stations.

Wednesday, December 31
Cuverville Island | Neko Harbor
Cuverville features an extensive colony of Gentoo penguins and several species of petrel. Neko is also home to Gentoos, and is the first landing we will make on the White Continent. (B, L, D)

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Port Lockroy | Almirante | Skontorp

Port Lockroy, on Goudier Island, is site of the historic British Base A. Restored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust the base now houses a small museum and post office. It is from here that you can mail postcards home. (B, L, D)

Friday, January 2
Petermann Island | Pleneau Island
Both of these islands offer stunning views of mountains and glaciers. We celebrate our southernmost landing at Petermann and encounter Southern Elephant seals at Pleneau, where competitive behavior among aggressive males can be observed at a local haul-out. (B, L, D)

Saturday, January 3
Whalers Bay | Half Moon Island | Deception Island
Whalers Bay contains the most extensive remains of a whaling station in the Antarctic. Navigate the narrow passage through Neptune’s Bellows to the interior of the islands caldera. On Half Moon Island, you are nearly certain to encounter several species of seal and birds including Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Snowy Sheathbills. Volcanic Deception Island offers the chance to take a thermal bath on an Antarctic beach. (B, L, D)

Sunday, January 4 & Monday, January 5
At Sea
Watch for whales and seabirds that play in our wake, and enjoy lectures and the ship’s amenities as Corinthian cruises back to Ushuaia. (B, L, D)

Tuesday, January 6
Ushuaia | Disembark
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for flights. (B)

Wednesday, January 7
Arrive in U.S.


A Note from John Frick, Your Expedition Leader

Dear Travelers,

2014-2015 will be my fourteenth season in Antarctica. And even after more than 69 expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula and beyond, I eagerly anticipate each new voyage south. Please consider this brief note a personal invitation to join me on what is truly an amazing journey to an amazing place.

Some of you reading this will have traveled with me to other regions—to Africa, Alaska, South America, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, India, the South Pacific. It will be wonderful to see you again and to catch up on what has happened since we parted. For others, this will be your first time traveling with me, and I look forward to getting to know you. Old friends or new, I can promise that this voyage to Antarctica will be unlike anything else you have ever done—exhilarating and stimulating beyond your greatest expectations. Please come join me this winter on an expedition to the White Continent.

John Frick, Expedition Leader


Your Hotel in Ushuaia: The New Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Located within the Cerro Alarkén Nature reserve, just a few minutes from downtown Ushuaia, the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is much more than a luxury hotel. Designed using rigid standards of sustainability, the structure is perched on a mountain amidst breathtaking panoramic views of native forest and natural terraces, harmoniously integrated into the environment. It uses minimum water and energy consumption, and was designed with all-natural materials.

Corinthian, Dedicated to Exploration

The elegant, all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian has established itself as one of the finest expedition cruise ships in Antarctica. With an ice-strengthened
hull, a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore, an experienced complement of officers and crew, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing, Corinthian can explore the Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic islands in comfort and safety. And 360° views of the panorama of ever-changing light, beautifully sculpted ice forms, and rich wildlife are possible thanks to expansive deck space.

Guests are accommodated in 50 outside-facing suites, each of which affords views of the spectacular Antarctic scenery. Excellent cuisine is created by Corinthian’s European chefs and served in the stately restaurant at a single, unassigned seating. Weather permitting, meals are also served alfresco in the outdoor cafe. Corinthian also features two lounges, a library, beauty salon, exercise area, elevator serving all decks, a sun deck, and a well-equipped infirmary supervised by a doctor. The ship is operated and served by 70 seasoned officers and crew and meets the latest international safety rules, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard. Corinthian’s seamless operation, superb accommodations, fine cuisine, warm atmosphere, and cheerful service provided by its friendly crew have endeared its voyages to travelers who return repeatedly seeking a manner of travel that is rare today.

“ The Corinthian is an outstanding ship that
more than met our expectations and wishes.
Dining was exceptional...without exception,
the staff was cheerful and helpful.”
—A.H. & R.H., La Cañada Flintridge, CA


Program Inclusions

Included
■ 1 night in Ushuaia at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, with breakfast
■ Cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
■ Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park
■ Daily landings while in Antarctica
■ Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
■ All meals aboard ship with wine, beer, and soft drinks
■ Travel Dynamics International expedition leader, cruise staff, and trip directors
■ Expedition parka, complete pre-departure materials, and detailed cruise log
■ Educational program of lectures by onboard study leaders and naturalist guides
■ Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated arrival and departure dates
■ Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
■ Port and embarkation taxes
■ Physician aboard ship

Not Included
■ Airfare
■ Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
■ Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
■ Personal expenses aboard (such as laundry, telephone, Internet)
■ Gratuities to shipboard personnel

Air Reservations
Airfare is not included in the Cruise and Land Rates. To make your air reservations, please contact your preferred airline, travel agent, or the Travel Dynamics International air desk toll-free at 1-877-711-9896 Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (EST).

Optional Pre-Cruise Extension to Buenos Aires
December 24-27, 2014 (Fly from U.S. on Dec. 24)

Explore Argentina’s vibrant capital of Buenos Aires. A full-day tour, including the Plaza de Mayo and the Recoleta and La Boca neighborhoods, reveals the rich culture of the city. Also enjoy a special dinner, tango performance, and tango lesson.
Included: Two-night stay at the Alvear Palace Hotel (or similar) with daily breakfasts; airport transfers; and lunch and dinner.
Rate: $1,350 per person, double occupancy.
Single Rate: $1,900

Cruise & Land Rates | per person, double occupancy


All accommodations aboard Corinthian are suites. They face outside, affording sea views, and include a bedroom with two twin-size beds that can convert to a queen-size bed, sitting area, mini-refrigerator, safe, spacious closets, climate control, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player, Internet connection, and bathroom with marble vanity, shower, and other amenities. All suites are non-smoking.



Single occupancy:
A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories A & B at a supplement of $2,690 to the per person, double occupancy rates indicated above. Singles in categories AA-PHS are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates.

Triple occupancy: The rate for a third person sharing a suite with two full-fare guests is $3,490.

Reservations and questions can be directed to Travel Dynamics, our trusted travel partner (800-257-5767)

 
Contact Information
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Travel Dynamics
(800) 257-5767
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Date & Location
Date: 12/26/2014 to 1/7/2015
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