Ponant Antarctica 2020 - L'Austral Ushuaia to Montevideo

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Ponant Antarctica 2020


Ponant Antarctica 2020 – sail in the wake of these great Antarctic explorers during a 16-day polar expedition voyage aboard L’Austral. Fully escorted by Cruise Express Director, Hardy Schneider, your journey will begin in Buenos Aires with a flight to Ushuaia, the Argentinian capital in the Tierra del Fuego region, offering breathtaking landscapes.

In Ushuaia you’ll board the luxurious L’Austral. After crossing the famed Drake Passage, your ship will make its way to the southernmost frozen continent of Antarctica. This extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of spectacular landscape in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife.

Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, Humpback whales, and giant petrels are at home here, as are Elephant and Fur seals, Antarctic Minke whales, and Orcas. Depending on which sites you will visit, you may get the chance to observe them in their untouched natural environment.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.

You will then head off across the south Atlantic to discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 King penguins which have taken up residence there.

Your arrival in the city of Montevideo in Uruguay will mark the end of your trip. Situated on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is one of the loveliest capital cities of South America.

Expedition Inclusions

Departs 28 February 2020 - 15 nights

  • Fully escorted by Cruise Express Director, Hardy Schneider
  • Private economy-class charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Coach transfers in Ushuaia with English speaking guide
  • Lunch at Arakur Hotel, Ushuaia with beverages on embarkation day
  • Walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve lead by English speaking guide
  • 15-night expedition aboard L’Austral including:
  • All onboard meals
  • All onboard beverages including mini-bar
  • All shore excursions and expeditions including easy to access Zodiac expeditions
  • Free use of Ponant polar water-resistant parka
  • Free use of half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles

Staterooms & Suites

from: $17,690* pp twin share – LAST STATEROOM 

Approx. 18 m² with balcony – Deck 5

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Your Ship


Registry: Mata Utu - Wallis and Fortuna Islands Built: 2011 Builder: Fincantieri - Italy Gross tonnage: 10,700 grt Passengers: 264 Crew: 136 Length 142 m Beam: 18 m Speed: 18.4 knots
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Your deposit amount will vary by grade of accommodation and will be due within 72 hours of booking confirmation. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. Expedition Itinerary: We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

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