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Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords

Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords

From AUD $26,300

Description

The southernmost realms of the planet are places of unimaginable beauty: Patagonia and Antarctica. Humpback whales breach and penguins gather by the thousands. Icebergs shimmer and sapphire-hued fjords harbor snowcapped peaks and virgin forests. Join us on an odyssey aboard the National Geographic Orion that combines the celebrated wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, southern Patagonia, and the Chilean fjords—all in a single epic voyage. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Ferdinand Magellan to encounter otherworldly icescapes and calving glaciers, remote reserves and pristine parks, and the incredible creatures that thrive at the edge of the world.

Trip Name
Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords
Days
18
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Passenger Capacity: 126 Built: 2020 A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A twin to National Geographic Endurance, she is a fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Class 5 (PC5) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities. The luxury of comfort on expedition. National Geographic Resolution comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.  Comfort & convenience in every room. Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers. Dining. Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you. Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation. Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare.  Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views. Expedition Landing Craft. Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 14 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. Remotely Operated Vehicle. Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean. Kayaks. National Geographic Resolution will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity. Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch. Underwater camera. Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in polar regions, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment. Video microscope. Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures. Hydrophone. This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system. Electronic charts. An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge. Open bridge. You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. National Geographic Resolution's open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers. Snorkeling gear & wetsuits. On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: Santiago
Arrive in Santiago and settle into the MandarinOriental (or similar) before a guided overview ofthe vibrant Chilean capital backed by the Andes.(L)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Punta Arenas / Embark
Today we fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas,Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia. EmbarkNational Geographic Explorer or NationalGeographic Resolution. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park & Ainsworth Bay
Cruise to Tierra del Fuego and venture into thearchipelago’s largest protected land area:Karukinka Natural Park. Visit this private reserveby special permission, searching for Andeanfoxes, guanacos, black-browed albatross, andmore. Then sail to Ainsworth Bay, a stunning fjordsurrounded by subpolar forest, keeping an eye outfor elephant seals. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Francisco Coloane Marine Park
Today, we enter the Strait of Magellan to exploreFrancisco Coloane Marine Park. The park coversmore than 165,000 acres of land and sea and ishome to an abundance of wildlife, includinghumpback whales, two species of sea lions, andMagellanic penguins. Cruise along the coastlineby Zodiac and kayak to spot black-and-whitePeale’s dolphins, the endangered Chilean dolphin,and Andean condors. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 5: Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine Park
Early this morning we dock in picturesque PuertoNatales before heading out to explore majesticTorres del Paine National Park, a UNESCOBiosphere Reserve. Set out by foot or by vehicleacross the windswept, rugged landscape, whichspans more than 550,000 acres and harbors anastounding variety of geological forms, from thesoaring granite pillars of the “horns” to windsweptgrasslands to rivers, glaciers, and gem-coloredlagoons. Keep an eye out for guanacos, rheas,foxes, and armadillos. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Puerto Natales / Kirke Narrows
Local pilots will join our Captain on the Bridge toguide us through the winding Kirke Narrows,accessible only to small expedition ships. We thencontinue our discovery of the Chilean fjords wherewe may explore by ship or take a forest walk.(B,L,D)
Day 7 - DAY 7-8: Exploring the Chilean Fjords
Sail into southern Patagonia’s vast wilderness offorested isles, mirror-like lakes, and snowcappedpeaks. Myriad fjords cut between soaring granitewalls and waterfalls tumble from high above.Explore the region known as Chile’s “GlacierAlley,” part of the UNESCO- recognized CapeHorn Biosphere Reserve. Cruise into the secludedPia Fjord, admiring views of its massive glacier;and glide into Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto deAgostini National Park, where the Andes meet the sea. Get up close to the monumental wall of icethat marks the edge of Garibaldi Glacier, exploringby Zodiac or kayak. Continue to Agostini Fjord,where numerous glaciers originate from thenearby mountains, for a chance to witnessthunderous glacial calving. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 8 - DAY 9: At Sea / Drake Passage
Sail to Antarctica via the Drake Passage, namedafter 16th-century English admiral Sir FrancisDrake. Watch for dozens of species of seabirdsgliding alongside our ship—including thealbatross, which boasts the longest wingspan ofany extant bird—and enjoy talks from our onboardnaturalists about the wildlife and geology thatawait us on the Antarctic Peninsula. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - DAY 10-15: Exploring Antarctica
With long hours of daylight at this time of year, wehave ample opportunities to explore. Our scheduleis flexible, allowing us to take advantage of theunexpected, whether we’re watching whales atplay off the bow of our ship or enjoying an eveningZodiac cruise amid glittering icebergs. One day,we might set out by kayak to encounter toweringicebergs at water level; embark on a Zodiacexcursion in search of seals and blue-eyed shags;or walk on a beach amid thousands of Adélie andgentoo penguins. The next, we might experiencethe thrill of the ship crunching through pack ice.Our expert expedition team will enrich ourexperiences. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 10 - DAY 16-17: At Sea
Relax onboard and enjoy the ship’s amenities asthe coast of Antarctica disappears from view.Round the southernmost tip of South America atCape Horn and witness the dramatic meeting ofthe Atlantic and Pacific Oceans en route toUshuaia, Argentina. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 11 - DAY 18: Ushuaia / Disembark / Santiago (Resolution)
Disembark in Ushuaia and board our flight to Santiago to connect with yourovernight flight home. (B,L)
Day 12 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $26,300Category 1
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $26,980Category 2
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $32,920Category 3
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $36,200Category 4
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $40,140Category 5
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $41,140Category A Solo
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $45,250Category B Solo
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $45,990Category 6
19-11-202206-12-2022AUD $51,020Category 7
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $26,980Category 2
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $32,920Category 3
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $36,200Category 4
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $40,140Category 5
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $41,140Category A Solo
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $45,250Category B Solo
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $45,990Category 6
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $51,020Category 7
13-12-202230-12-2022AUD $26,300Category 1
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $27,620Category 1
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $28,330Category 2
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $34,570Category 3
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $38,020Category 4
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $42,150Category 5
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $43,200Category A Solo
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $47,520Category B Solo
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $48,290Category 6
16-11-202303-12-2023AUD $53,570Category 7

Inclusions

    • Seek out Antarctica’s iconic wildlife—including penguins, seals, and killer whales—and marvel at incandescent icebergs using our fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs
    • Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley, where monumental glaciers calve into the sea
    • Hike among the snowcapped “horns” of Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy special access to Karukinka Natural Park, the largest protected land area in Tierra del Fuego
    • Cruise the waters of Francisco Coloane Marine Park, searching for the humpback whales and dolphins that inhabit this vast marine reserve

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