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Antarctica Marine Mammals of Antarctica 10 / 13 nights

The ultimate whale watching and wildlife expedition.

By March, the short Antarctic summer is drawing to a close. Penguin chicks are almost fully-grown and quickly shedding their downy coats in preparation to take to the sea before the long winter. March is a time of great activity in and under the water where we have historically encountered a high concentration of whales, in particular Humpback and Minke. Crabeater, Weddell and Leopard seals also often grace us with their presence, as they rest and store energy that will sustain them over the cold months ahead.

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Special Guests

Dr. Ari Friedlaender

Marine Mammal Expert

Ari and the California Ocean Alliance join us on board each year in Antarctica to conduct world-class marine mammal research. Join Ari and his team as they track whales learning about whale behaviour.

March 8 - March 18, 2020

California Ocean Alliance

A non-profit collaboration of scientists, educators, and conservationists committed to the understanding and protection of whales locally and globally.

November 21- December 1, 2019 | December 1 - December 11, 2019 | March 8 - March 18, 2020

Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS)

Co-branded voyage

A Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada.

March 8 - March 18, 2020 | March 28 - April 10, 2020| April 20 - April 29, 2020 | June 13 - June 24, 2020 | August 30 - September 11, 2020

A map of the One Ocean Expeditions Marine Mammals in Antarctica travel package, a travel package which allows viewing of penguins, seals, and other Antarctic wildlife.

Marine Mammals of Antarctica

Starting Rate: US$11,295.00+

Number of Nights: 10 / 13

Departs from: STANLEY / SANTIAGO

Returns to: USHUAIA

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - please check trip notes for updates to pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter. Please check trip notes for your chosen departure for exact flight details.

Experiences:

    Education
    Wildlife Viewing
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Hiking
    Sea Kayaking
    Science
    History
    Ornithology
    Health & Wellness
    Family

Available Dates:

2020
March 8 - 18 RCGS Resolute Download Trip Notes
2021
February 26 - March 11 RCGS Resolute Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Marine Mammals of Antarctica

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - please check trip notes for information on your pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter flight, now included in the voyage fare for the Antarctic 2020/2021 season.

Please note this is a SAMPLE ITINERARY and subject to change. Reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure details.



Day 1

Stanley

We depart Santiago this morning on our private air charter direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and ...

We depart Santiago this morning on our private air charter direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transfer from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides our first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds.




Days 2 - 3

Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, excitedly making our way closer to the white continent. Our expedition crew prepares us for our adventure with a series...

We cross the Drake Passage, excitedly making our way closer to the white continent. Our expedition crew prepares us for our adventure with a series of presentations on everything Antarctic, but with a particular focus on the marine mammals we hope to encounter. We will see our first icebergs, a huge variety of seabirds, and, with luck, several whale species. Watching wales fully breach out of the sea is a sight you'll remember forever.




Days 4 - 6

South Shetland Islands and Northern Gerlache Strait

We head south overnight, navigating into the Bransfield Strait, wondering about the days of exploration ahead. The coastline of the Antarctic Penin...

We head south overnight, navigating into the Bransfield Strait, wondering about the days of exploration ahead. The coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula provides literally a hundred or more sites for potential shore landings and excursions. The expedition team will be looking forward to showcasing some of the well-known locations, and visiting a few hidden gems we have discovered over the years.




Days 7 - 8

Southern Gerlache Strait Expedition

While we’re enjoying the fabulous surroundings and revelling in our busy activity program, the research team will be out in the Zodiac’s observing ...

While we’re enjoying the fabulous surroundings and revelling in our busy activity program, the research team will be out in the Zodiac’s observing and recording the movements of the migrating whales. This is done through non-invasive tags which attach to the animals using suction cups for around 12-24 hours. The digitally recorded data provides great insight into the feeding behavior, dive profiles and migration patterns of several whale species. The science team will share their observations and findings once back on board the ship and are happy to discuss their important work. It provides a fascinating insight into the current scientific field research happening in Antarctica.




Days 9 - 10

Drake Passage

We leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a ...

We leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. We celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner.




Day 11

Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Antarctica 2019/20

Marine Mammals of Antarctica
March 8 - 18 2020 10 / 13 Nights
RCGS Resolute From: US$11,295.00+
Charter Flights: US$495.00
One Ocean Suite



US$17,795.00
Shackleton Suite



US$15,395.00
Superior Plus



US$14,395.00
Superior



US$14,095.00
Twin Private



US$12,995.00
Main Deck Triple



US$11,295.00

Antarctica 2020/21

Marine Mammals of Antarctica - Extended
February 26 - March 11 2021 10 / 13 Nights
RCGS Resolute From: US$14,195.00+
One Ocean Suite



US$22,195.00
Shackleton Suite



US$19,295.00
Superior Plus



US$17,995.00
Superior



US$17,595.00
Twin Private



US$16,295.00
Main Deck Triple



US$14,195.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
*NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - please check trip notes for updates to pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter. Please check trip notes for your chosen departure for exact flight details.

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