Antarctica – Exploring the White Continent

Dear Fellow Adventurers,

When I contemplate the essence of a “bucket list,” visions of exploring seven continents, journeying to distant lands, and witnessing the vastness of seven oceans come to mind. Cruise & Tour’s new “Signature Series” is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of visiting the most unique and sought-after destinations worldwide, and it brings me immense joy to unveil our 2024 Signature Series expedition to Antarctica!

Antarctica, often referred to as “The White Continent,” holds a special allure for me as it presents an opportunity to tick off another continent, country, and ocean from my list of exploration. Beyond these milestones, the breathtaking landscapes, captivating encounters, and rich heritage of this icy realm promise an extraordinary firsthand experience.

Among my personal must-see attractions are Icebergs and Penguins. My fascination with Icebergs traces back over two decades to the enchanting Iceberg Alley in Twillingate, Newfoundland. Standing on the shoreline and witnessing these majestic formations drift by was magical. Meanwhile, my affinity for penguins began in childhood at the New England Aquarium in Boston and has since led me to encounter these charming creatures in various corners of the world.

Bringing these elements together in a single journey is nothing short of the adventure of a lifetime. The prospect of engaging with regional experts and immersing oneself in the natural beauty of this remote region ensures that the memories created will be treasured forever.

✓ New Continent   ✓ New Country   ✓ New Ocean   ✓ Penguins   ✓ Icebergs

I invite you to join me on our inaugural “Signature Series” adventure where each checkmark represents a unique and unforgettable experience! 

Sincerely,
Tracey Conlon
General Manager, Cruise & Tour

Meet Your Host: Tracey Conlon

Tracey has been in the travel industry for over 25 years. Her passion for travel started as a child watching her grandparents travel to a variety of locations. In high school, her love of travel was cemented with an exchange program in Germany followed by a year of studying abroad in college. After completing her MBA, her dream job presented itself – product manager for a travel company. This first position led to a variety of senior leadership roles and the ability to travel to over 65 countries on 6 continents. Tracey loves discovering the diversity of our world from the Great Wall of China to the Sydney Opera House to exploring the historical sites in Europe. Tracey looks forward to making new memories by continuing to explore new destinations.

Per Person Double Occupancy
$9,999

Nov 10 – 23, 2024

14 Days / 13 Nights

Itinerary

1
Sunday, November 10, 2024

Depart for Buenos Aires
Depart for your adventure to Antarctica.

2
Monday, November 11, 2024

Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, where rich architecture, cultural heritage, and modern energy converge. Tonight, indulge in a dinner at a local hotspot, savoring a tasting menu that captures the vibrant flavors of Argentina. Feel the pulse of the city’s nightlife, as locals embrace late nights and leisurely mornings! (D)

3
Tuesday, November 12, 2024

Buenos Aires
Embark on a Buenos Aires sightseeing tour, exploring Plaza San Martin, Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Pilas, and the iconic Recoleta Cemetery. Dive into Palermo’s vibrant districts—Hollywood, Soho, and Chico. Tonight, engage in the art of Tango, the Dance of the Hug, with a lesson from local experts. Learn the basic steps and gracefully dance with your partner. Later, enjoy a dinner show, witnessing professionals showcase their Tango skills in a mesmerizing performance. (B, D)

4
Wednesday, November 13, 2024

Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina
Today you fly to the captivating “End of the World” city, Ushuaia, where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel, and the Martial Mountains backdrop a vibrant cityscape, where adventure knows no end. Explore the lively town nestled in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Scenes like Parque Yatana offer an immersion into rich indigenous culture, making every moment a thrilling ride through breathtaking landscapes. Later today, embark on the World Navigator ship to begin your journey to Antarctica! (B, D)

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Thursday, November 14, 2024

THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2024
Drake Passage Navigation
Embark on a daring adventure through the Drake Passage, a realm reserved for the boldest explorers. Guided by petrels and albatrosses soaring above, the journey to Antarctica becomes a triumph in the face of nature’s awesome power. For 48 hours, the ship resonates with the symphony of crashing waves and the calls of petrels, skuas, and gulls. Amidst the unpredictable nature of the Drake Passage, moments of calm and tranquility surprise, enhancing the splendid unpredictability. As you sail, consider immersing yourself in enlightening lectures or destination briefings—topics ranging from photography, penguins, and whales, to icebergs. (B, L, D daily)

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Saturday, November 16, 2024

South Shetland Islands
Part of the expansive Antarctica region, the South Shetland Islands beckon with abundant wildlife, picturesque landscapes, hiking allure, and awe-inspiring viewpoints, evoking the feeling of discovering a realm beyond. A potential landing on Elephant Island, aptly named for its cliffside resembling an elephant and inhabited by elephant seals, follows the iconic Shackleton Expedition’s footsteps. Deception Island, another potential landing, lives up to its name—an intriguing volcanic caldera with heated springs amid striking black sands. Additional stops like Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, Point Wild, and Barrientos Island promise encounters with Gentoo penguin rookeries. Embrace the spirit of adventure—it’s Captain’s Choice guiding your exploration! (B, L, D)

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Sunday, November 17, 2024

THROUGH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2024
Exploring Antarctica
Affectionately known as The White Continent, Antarctica’s vast expanse of icebergs, snow, and glaciers await seasoned explorers. Navigating these pristine waters, your journey may lead to sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay, and beyond. Each landing presents a unique landscape—expansive tundra, rugged mountain peaks—inviting you to tread paths few have ventured. The next three days unfold with adventures and jaw-dropping views, all orchestrated by Captain’s Choice! An unmissable experience is the famed Polar Plunge into freezing waters off the ship and proudly proclaim you swam in the Antarctic Ocean! Are you daring enough for the ultimate bragging rights? (B, L, D, daily)

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Wednesday, November 20, 2024

THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2024
Drake Passage Navigation
Traverse the dynamic Drake Passage, a waterway challenging the most intrepid explorers. Connecting the southern Americas to the Antarctic Peninsula, its powerful currents test your mettle. The meeting of cold Southern Ocean and warm northern sea water creates an environment teeming with extraordinary wildlife—humpback whales, hourglass dolphins, and more. As the ship navigates the tumultuous sea, the soundtrack of crashing waves and the cries of seabirds accompanies your journey. Experience the Drake Passage’s serene side on calm occasions, adding to its splendid unpredictability. Emerging from this passage, the icy peaks of the South Shetland Islands welcome you, signifying a victorious landing. Complete your rite of passage to the seventh continent by choosing to attend engaging lectures on topics like global warming, seals, or icebergs. (B, L, D daily)

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Friday, November 22, 2024

Disembark – Arrive in Ushuaia
Leave your ship behind this morning and start your journey home. (B)

14
Saturday, November 23, 2024

Arrive Home
Arrive home with fond memories of your trip.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Inclusions

Included

  • Economy Class Roundtrip International Airfare from Chicago (ORD)*
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers from Milwaukee to Chicago (ORD)
  • Round Trip Charter Flights Between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Premium Hotel Accommodations Throughout Buenos Aires
  • Intimate Yacht Experience on the World Navigator with Atlas Ocean Voyages ($200 Shipboard Credit per Person - Unlimited Beverages, Including Fine Wines, Spirits, and Craft Beers - Stocked In-Room Minibar - Reusable Water Bottle - Use of Walking Sticks and Binoculars - Parka and Vest - Use of Knee Boots)
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Expert English-speaking Guides
  • 30 Meals (11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 11 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Cruise Staff, Driver-Guide, Drivers, & Local Guides
  • Taxes and Fees as of 1/22/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director
 

*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances

 

Cruise & Tour reserves the right to modify this itinerary, and days of features are interchangeable.

Antarctica is a unique destination with ever-changing weather. Most of our journey onboard the World Navigator is “Captain’s Choice” meaning based on safety and experience the captain will finalize ports of call. This adds to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Cocktails with your host, Tracey Conlon, General Manager of Cruise & Tour!
  • Tell Tales of your travel adventures with Tracey during a Q&A session.
  • $200 per guest Shipboard Credit
  • Enjoy a bottle of champagne in your cabin to toast to your adventure!
  • Receive a complimentary parka with a zip-out vest and a water bottle.

 

Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges After 1/22/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Items of a Personal Nature

 


 

Activity Level 4

At an active pace, this tour requires travelers to be physically fit and expect some physical effort. Planned activities often operate at a faster pace with extended distances. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, and walking uphill. Your itinerary may include relaxed-paced hikes along unpaved trails or uneven terrain, swimming, snorkeling, walking to cities where buses are prohibited, climbing in and out of boats, along with other active activities not mentioned. This tour is not suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers on a consistent basis.

Testimonials

I can't think of another experience in my life that met my expectations. Your team demonstrated truly remarkable competence and genuine care for your guests. Sue and I hope to join another Cruise & Tour adventure sometime, for sure.
- Jeff
This was one of my finest trips and far exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was first class, and the entire trip was well organized. The guides they chose were highly skilled, and knowledgeable, the hotel personnel were very helpful and friendly. The only problem I have is sorting through over 3,000 photos and videos at home.
- James

Accommodations

Hilton Buenos Aires
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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator - Veranda Stateroom (B1 and B2)
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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator - Horizon Stateroom (A1 and A2)
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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator - Veranda Deluxe Stateroom (E2)
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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator - Horizon Deluxe Stateroom (E1)
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Atlas Ocean Voyages World Navigator - Journey Suite (JS)
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Rates

B2 Veranda Stateroom$9,999Per Person Double Occupancy
B1 Veranda Stateroom$10,399Per Person Double Occupancy
A2 Horizon Stateroom$10,699Per Person Double Occupancy
A1 Horizon Stateroom$11,099Per Person Double Occupancy
E2 Veranda Deluxe Stateroom$12,299Per Person Double Occupancy
E1 Horizon Deluxe Stateroom$12,449Per Person Double Occupancy
E1 Horizon Stateroom Single Supplement (limited availability)$2,199Per Single
Journey Suite$13,199Per Person Double Occupancy
Business Class Air Upgrade$4,999Per Person
Travel InsuranceQuoted at time of BookingPer Person

 


Deposit/Payment

      • A $1,500 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $3,000 is due 4/12/24.
      • Final payment due 7/12/24.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.

Cancellation/Refund

      • Your initial $1,500 deposit is refundable through 4/11/24, less a $750 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 4/12/24 and 7/12/24, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 8/1/24 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.

 

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How to Book

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  2. Ask to have a place held on this trip
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Travel Insurance Information

Travel Insured International
Worldwide Trip Protector

Cruise & Tour recommends that you purchase travel insurance.

To purchase travel protection insurance:

  1. Click here to view and print the Travel Insured International brochure which has a brief summary of coverage.
  2. After making your travel reservation and deposit, a Cruise & Tour representative will create an insurance quote for you. You will receive that travel insurance quote from Travel Insured International Customer Care.
  3. From here you will be able to view the quote, add additional coverage options such as Cancel for Any Reason, and purchase your policy all in the Travel Insured International Portal.

Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.

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Covered events for trip
Cancellation/Interruption
Sickness, Accidental Injury or Death of You, Your Travel Companion, Family Member, or Business Partner Job Loss or Lay Off Traffic Accident en Route to Departure Weather Natural Disaster at Destination Extension of School Year Terrorist Attack Revoked Military Leave Strike Bankruptcy of Travel Supplier Being Hijacked, Quarantined, Subpoenaed, or Asked to Serve on Jury Duty
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