Well known to Australians for varied and well respected reasons, Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne are best known to Chimu Adventures for their indestructible passion for Antarctica, having travelled to the icy wilderness 6 and 5 times respectively, most recently with Chimu Adventures on our fundraising journey for the Mawson’s Huts Foundation.
We are delighted to welcome them both back as special guests on this, our next exclusive fundraising journey to the white continent, knowing how much richer the journey will be with the passion and knowledge they will share on the expedition. On board Andrew and Jennifer will pepper the normal events of a typical journey to Antarctica with special lectures, insights and a trivia night whilst we all travel together to this bucket list destination.
A portion of the profits from berth sales on this journey will be donated to the MAD Project where history, humanity and our home, the planet, will be the beneficiaries. Through journeys such as this we are able to gift funds to virtuous projects with limited voices and together we can make a difference.
Limited to only 110 passengers this trip to Antarctica will be the experience of a lifetime to a select few, so contact us now to save your place and don’t miss out.
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DAY 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.
DAY 2: Embarkation
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
DAY 3: Crossing the Drake Passage – Day 3 & 4
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Our special guest Andrew Denton will be involved in the lecture program with some of his favourite tales of Antarctic exploration as well as entertaining view on his career highlights. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 4, and hopefully a landing ashore on these incredible Islands.
DAY 5: South Shetland & Antarctic Peninsula – Day 5 to 9
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in February and Orca sightings are also common. Why not spend a night during this time on the ice, camping and experiencing Antarctica’s twilight from close quarters (optional) Kayaking is also available on this trip and is a fantastic option for the experienced Kayaker!
DAY 10: Drake Passage – Day 10 & 11
We will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 12.
DAY 12: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure. *** Important – Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM on the day of your cruise departure.
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the Polar Regions in grand style, sleeping in spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for Polar waters, is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) – for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures.
All suites have en-suite facilities, exterior views and are equipped with king-size beds or twin beds if preferred. Deluxe Suites, Premium Suites and the Owner’s Suite have private balconies for viewing the breath-taking landscapes of Antarctica. The public areas include a reception, restaurant, outdoor bistro, club lounge, library, presentation lounge, infirmary, gym and bridge. Enjoy the amenities of a fine hotel, while a resident photographer helps you take brag-worthy photos.