PONANT
Antarctica & Climate Change Join New York Times science writers on this expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Departs: Tuesday, 10th December 2019
  • Ship: L'Austral
  • Cruise line: Ponant
  • Special is valid from: 14th August 2018
  • Book by: 31st October 2018

Special Inclusions

Join New York Times science writers Henry Fountain and James Gorman on this expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness with them the grandeur of this most remote of continents and discover the ways in which climate change may alter its role in the global eco-system.

Visiting Antarctica is almost like stepping back in time, to the era when the world was new. There are no human sounds in this land of primeval beauty, only the wild cries of birds, seals, and whales echoing across a vast expanse of land and sea. Travel with us to this magical land during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild, when seabirds are courting, and massive icebergs thaw into sculptures of brilliant form and color.

The start of our expedition is marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which we will likely be escorted by albatrosses and cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

When we reach the White Continent, we explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that juts into the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea. Witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Cruise aboard Zodiacs among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and visit with scientists at research stations.

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 expedition 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 guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible established by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators [IAATO].


Price includes:
Economy class flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
1 night Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa, standard room (limited time offer!)
Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park with transfer to ship for embarkation
10-Nights accommodation aboard L' Austral Ushuaia return
Superb dining, with all main meals included during your cruise.
Captains welcome cocktail and gala dinner.
Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands... list available upon request).
Evening entertainment and events onboard.
24 hour room service.
Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa.
Port taxes and government fees.
Transfer from Ushuaia Port to Airport
Economy class flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Note: Flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and 1 night stay in Ushuaia with tour and transfers are a limited time offer, based on availability at the time of booking

TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Unless otherwise stated, prices are NZ$, cruise only, based on share twin/double. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt. Fees. Gratuities additional unless specified. Price includes all discounts. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply, contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 14 August 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply. Sales to 31 October 2018 unless sold prior.

Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard L'Austral.

Join New York Times science writers Henry Fountain and James Gorman on this expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness with them the grandeur of this most remote of continents and discover the ways in which climate change may alter its role in the global eco-system.

Visiting Antarctica is almost like stepping back in time, to the era when the world was new. There are no human sounds in this land of primeval beauty, only the wild cries of birds, seals, and whales echoing across a vast expanse of land and sea. Travel with us to this magical land during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild, when seabirds are courting, and massive icebergs thaw into sculptures of brilliant form and color.

The start of our expedition is marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which we will likely be escorted by albatrosses and cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

When we reach the White Continent, we explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that juts into the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea. Witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Cruise aboard Zodiacs among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and visit with scientists at research stations.

Highlights of this cruise:

Ushuaia
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Antarctic Peninsula
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

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 straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Drake Passage
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $16999

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
10/12 Ushuaia, Argentina 06:00 PM
11/12 Drake Passage
12/12 Drake Passage
13/12 Antarctic Peninsula
14/12 Antarctic Peninsula
15/12 Antarctic Peninsula
16/12 Antarctic Peninsula
17/12 Antarctic Peninsula
18/12 Drake Passage
19/12 Drake Passage
20/12 Ushuaia, Argentina 07:00 AM
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.