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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

From AUD $20,980

Description

The most exhilarating adventure the planet offers

Antarctica may be at the end of the Earth, but we’ve been bringing guests here for decades— safely sharing all the wonders of this vast land and sea. Join us to experience the thrill of crunching through the sea ice aboard our fleet of three state-of-the-art expedition ships to see scores of penguins and whales. People come for the wildlife but fall in love with the ice: an entire museum of colossal and magical ice forms defying description. And you’ll get a front seat to the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Armed with a flexible itinerary that allows us to go where conditions are best and wildlife is most active, we’ll experience all the splendor of Antarctica. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch whales play off the bow; glide around enormous icebergs in Zodiacs; photograph penguin colonies with a National Geographic photographer; and hike, kayak, and even possibly cross-country ski in complete tranquility.

Trip Name
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Days
12
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 (National Geographic Resolution)
Arrive in Santiago (Resolution). Settle into the Alvear ArtHotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon (orsimilar, Endurance) before seeing the city’sBeaux-Arts palaces and the famous balconyassociated with Eva Perón. Or check into theHotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar,Resolution) before our guided overview of thisvibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get afeel for the mix of old and new that makes this cityso great. This area is excellent for photos! (L)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Today we fly south to Ushuaia, the southernmostcity in the world, where we meet our ship.Ushuaia’s spectacular setting, between the jaggedpeaks of the Cordillera Darwin and the protectedwaters of the Beagle Channel, makes it anappropriately wild place to begin our journey to theWhite Continent and a great destination in its ownright. While we’re there, we visit Tierra del FuegoNational Park, where we can view a beautifulforest of southern beech, very much like those thatcovered Antarctica millions of years ago. Lunchwill be served onboard a private catamaran whilecruising the Beagle Channel, where we’ll be on thelookout for huge South American sea lions andbirds like imperial cormorants. Residents ofUshuaia often call their small city ‘El Fin DelMundo’, The End of the World, but for us, it’s justthe beginning. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: At Sea Crossing the Drake Passage
This 500-mile-wide strait between South Americaand the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the mostfamous bodies of water in the world. Sometimesferocious, sometimes flat calm, the Drake isalways a fascinating place in its own right. Thispart of the journey is our best opportunity to seegorgeous seabirds like the wandering albatross,and we might be lucky enough to encounter killerwhales or rare species of dolphins. This is also aday to get to know our ship and prepare for theadventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great placeto spot wildlife), have a relaxing massage, attend atalk about the biology of the penguins you’ll soonbe seeing, or settle into a comfy chair in theobservation lounge, look out over the waves andreflect on the incredible history of this fabledpassage. If it does get a little rough, just take acouple of nice naps; we’ll be in Antarctica beforeyou know it. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Exploring Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula stretches over 800 milesfrom north to south, a spine of craggy peaks cut bydozens of deep fjords. It’s an enormous regionwith many different faces and ever-changingweather, which is what makes LindbladExpeditions’ long experience here so important.Five decades of exploration has given us anunparalleled knowledge of the region, allowing usto stay flexible and respond to changingconditions, turn on a dime and select the optimal activity for each day. We plan to be out daily,exploring in our Zodiacs, hiking at penguincolonies, discovering remote bays, photographingwildlife, and learning fascinating details from thenaturalists and other experts who accompany uson every excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 5: Exploring Antarctica
Ice! It’s probably the very first thing most peoplethink about when the topic of Antarctica comes up,and once you’re here it never disappoints. Fromicebergs the size of islands to the fragile, nearlyinvisible layers glistening on the surface where thesea has just begun to freeze, from near-verticalglaciers pouring down the slopes of everymountain to the endless landscapes of sea ice,frozen ocean stretching to the horizon in everydirection, ice defines the Antarctic. You’ll get toknow it up close and personal, hiking, kayakingand cruising in the Zodiacs through this frozenworld. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Exploring Antarctica
Our sturdy Zodiac landing craft are really the heartand soul of our explorations in the Antarctic.These tough, stable little motorized boatsmaneuver easily through ice-choked waters,getting us ashore safely in even the most remoteand challenging locations. And simply cruising inthe Zodiacs is just as much fun. What’s around thenext corner? A leopard seal relaxing on an ice floeor a chance to photograph an exquisite archediceberg that no one has ever seen before? Wenever know until we get there, but it’s always athrill. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - DAY 7: Exploring Antarctica
Penguins, without any doubt, are the most popularresidents of Antarctica, and we have manychances to get to know them well. Their coloniesare almost always close to the beach, so it’s veryeasy to get great photos. In the short Antarcticsummer these amazing birds are always busy withthe many tasks of breeding and raising theirchicks, so every month brings something new. InNovember the adults are squabbling over thepebbles they use to build their nests. By lateDecember the first chicks are tucked in under theirparents, peeping out at the world. And in Februarythe chicks have left their nests and are very active,learning to swim and getting ready to fend forthemselves. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - DAY 8: Exploring Antarctica
Everywhere we go in the Antarctic we’resurrounded by opportunities to capture uniquelybeautiful images with our cameras. Whether weare cruising past spectacular glaciers in the ship,getting close to seals in the Zodiacs, or hikingaround the penguin colonies, we are always in thecompany of an expert National Geographicphotographer and a Lindblad photo instructor whoshare what they see and help us to perfect boththe art and the technique of our own photography.The impossibly gorgeous blue in the heart of aniceberg, a penguin tenderly feeding its tiny chick ora glorious sunset over frozen ocean, shots likethese surround us every day. Learning to capture these perfect moments is both a wonderfulchallenge and a huge thrill. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - DAY 9: Exploring Antarctica
Really exploring Antarctica also means simplyrelaxing and watching while our ship cruisesthrough some of the most spectacular scenery onEarth. Grab a cup of cocoa and a comfortable seatin the Observation Lounge or visit the officers onthe Bridge; bundle up and climb all the way up tothe Monkey Deck for a really panoramic view, orjust kick back in your cabin and watch for seals onice or whales blowing in the distance. We maketransits of world-famous passages like theLemaire Channel and Antarctic Sound and goashore on the continent itself, but we also visitequally amazing islands and places that you’venever heard of, yet! (B,L,D)
Day 10 - DAY 10-11: At Sea
Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast ofAntarctica disappears from view. Round thesouthernmost tip of South America and see themeeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Takesome time to go through your photos. Send amessage home to friends and family saying: “Don’twant this to end!” And celebrate your voyage at afarewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - DAY 12-13: Disembark Ushuaia / Fly to Santiago (Resolution) / Home
Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by privatecharter flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago andconnect with your overnight flight home. (Day 12:B,L)
Day 12 - Please Note:
Some departures may have aslightly modified itinerary. Please confirmdeparture and arrival cities with an ExpeditionSpecialist before booking your flights.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $20,980Category 1
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $21,590Category 2
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $25,100Category 3
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $28,040Category 4
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $31,370Category A Solo
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $32,320Category 5
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $35,070Category B Solo
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $36,970Category 6
09-11-202220-11-2022AUD $41,250Category 7
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $23,550Category 2
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $27,390Category 3
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $30,590Category 4
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $34,220Category A Solo
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $35,240Category 5
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $38,250Category B Solo
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $40,330Category 6
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $44,990Category 7
08-01-202319-01-2023AUD $22,890Category 1
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $23,330Category 1
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $24,020Category 2
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $27,920Category 3
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $31,180Category 4
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $34,890Category A Solo
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $35,930Category 5
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $38,990Category B Solo
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $41,100Category 6
18-01-202329-01-2023AUD $45,870Category 7
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $23,330Category 1
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $24,020Category 2
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $27,920Category 3
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $31,180Category 4
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $34,890Category A Solo
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $35,930Category 5
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $38,990Category B Solo
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $41,100Category 6
28-01-202308-02-2023AUD $45,870Category 7
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $21,600Category 1
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $22,240Category 2
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $25,850Category 3
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $28,880Category 4
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $32,300Category A Solo
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $33,290Category 5
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $36,120Category B Solo
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $38,080Category 6
02-12-202313-12-2023AUD $42,490Category 7
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $22,030Category 1
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $22,680Category 2
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $26,370Category 3
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $29,450Category 4
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $32,940Category A Solo
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $33,930Category 5
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $36,830Category B Solo
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $38,820Category 6
12-12-202323-12-2023AUD $43,320Category 7
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $22,890Category 1
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $23,550Category 2
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $27,390Category 3
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $30,590Category 4
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $34,220Category A Solo
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $35,240Category 5
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $38,250Category B Solo
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $40,330Category 6
22-12-202302-01-2024AUD $44,990Category 7
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $22,450Category 1
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $23,120Category 2
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $26,880Category 3
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $30,020Category 4
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $33,580Category A Solo
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $34,590Category 5
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $37,530Category B Solo
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $39,570Category 6
01-01-202412-01-2024AUD $44,150Category 7
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $22,030Category 1
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $22,680Category 2
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $26,370Category 3
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $29,450Category 4
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $32,940Category A Solo
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $33,930Category 5
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $36,830Category B Solo
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $38,820Category 6
11-01-202422-01-2024AUD $43,320Category 7
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $22,470Category 1
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $23,120Category 2
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $26,880Category 3
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $30,020Category 4
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $33,580Category A Solo
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $34,590Category 5
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $37,540Category B Solo
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $39,580Category 6
21-01-202401-02-2024AUD $44,150Category 7
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $22,030Category 1
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $22,680Category 2
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $26,370Category 3
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $29,450Category 4
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $32,940Category A Solo
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $33,930Category 5
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $36,830Category B Solo
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $38,820Category 6
31-01-202411-02-2024AUD $43,320Category 7

Inclusions

    • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists celebrating Lindblad’s 50-plus years of expedition heritage
    • Hike on magnificent mountains and see huge glaciers, plus observe thousands of penguins: gentoos, Adelie, and chinstrap
    • Kayak in protected waters, paddling as penguins swim nearby
    • Zodiac cruise in ice-choked channels and land on distant shores to explore on foot
    • Early November departures offer the possibility to cross-country ski or snowshoe across the frozen sea ice, conditions permitting

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