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The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf

The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf

From AUD $23,920

Description

Insurmountable, extreme and captivating: this is the best way to describe the Weddell Sea, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. It is a challenge and a privilege to sail on it, with its promise of exceptional landscapes and original encounters.

As you advance across this immense polar expanse, you will enter an infinite ice desert, a world of silence where there is nothing but calm and serenity.

To the northwest of the Weddell Sea, stretching along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stands an imposing ice shelf known as the Larsen Ice Shelf. An extension of the ice sheet onto the sea, this white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating, if only due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergs – amongst the largest ever seen – that it generates.

This voyage will be an opportunity to come as close as possible to the Weddell Sea, a real refuge for wildlife.

Please note: your voyage rates include Overnight in Santiago + flight Santiago/Ushuaia + transfers + flight Ushuaia/Santiago.

Trip Name
The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Polar Luxury Expedition Passenger Capacity: 135 cabins Built: 2018/2019 Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic! With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.  The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing. Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique. PUBLIC AREAS Le Commandant-Charcot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 177 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An expeditions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Hospitality & Travel Manager officer, Our boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, The image & photo desk. The different lounges: A 302 m² main lounge including a 28 m² cigar lounge, a tea corner and a bar, with live music on selected evenings, A 400 m² panoramic bar and lounge, An open-air Bar. The recreation spaces  Fitness & Beauty Corner: Fitness room: Elliptic, running machines, bicycles...  Beauty Corner: Hairdresser, Massage rooms, Sauna, Snow Room, Nail Shop. Pool area: Indoor Pool and winter garden - Outdoor Pool Theatre: Capacity: 270-276 - Main show room for conferences and live entertainment on selected evenings - State-of-the-art audio and video technology. Leisure area: Public areas - Library - Medical centre. 16 Zodiac®.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 SANTIAGO
Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel.
Day 2 - Day 2 USHUAIA
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…
Day 3 - Days 3 - 4 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.
Day 4 - Day 5 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
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Day 5 - Day 6 NORTH ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.
Day 6 - Day 7 THE WEDDELL SEA
Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.
Day 7 - Days 8 - 9 SAILING TOWARD LARSEN ICE SHELF
On the Weddell Sea, you will sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last fifty years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be several hundred kilometres long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 6,000 km2, so barely smaller than Corsica, had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.
Day 8 - Day 10 THE WEDDELL SEA
Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.
Day 9 - Day 11 - 12 CROSSING THE 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 connect Antarctica to South America. 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.
Day 10 - Day 13 USHUAIA
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…
Day 11 - Please Note:
We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current 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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $26,300PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $26,820PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $81,180OWNER'S SUITE
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $27,340PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $32,830PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 6
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $34,140PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 7
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $35,440PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 8
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $45,900PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $47,200PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $49,820PRIVILEGE SUITE
27-12-202108-01-2022AUD $70,720SUITE DUPLEX
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $23,920PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $24,400PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $24,860PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $29,860PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 6
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $31,060PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 7
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $32,240PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 8
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $41,740PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $42,930PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $45,310PRIVILEGE SUITE
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $64,320SUITE DUPLEX
13-03-202225-03-2022AUD $73,820OWNER'S SUITE
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $23,920PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $24,400PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $24,860PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $29,860PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 6
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $31,060PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 7
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $32,240PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 8
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $41,740PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $42,930PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $45,310PRIVILEGE SUITE
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $64,320SUITE DUPLEX
24-03-202205-04-2022AUD $73,820OWNER'S SUITE

Inclusions

    • Sail into the heart of the ice of the Weddell Sea, discovering the impressive Larsen Ice Shelf and its immense table top icebergs.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables.
    • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.
    • Landscapes: alpine landscapes, table top icebergs, glaciers, ice floes.
    • Wildlife: Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.
    • Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, snowmobiles….

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