Overview: The 107-passenger M/S Andrea entered service in 2003, following a multi-million dollar renovation in Sweden. She previously sailed as the popular Norwegian coastal vessel Harald Jarl, and was specifically engineered to handle challenging itineraries. Public rooms and cabins are tastefully furnished in 18th-century Scandinavian Gustavian style. All meals are served in one leisurely seating; wine and beer are included with lunch and dinner.
Cabin Description: Andrea is equipped with 57 cabins of nine different cabin categories: Categories 1-8 and President/Ower Suite. All cabins feature lower beds, private bathrooms with hairdryer, personal safe and ample storage. See Deckplan
Antarctic Peninsula Cruise
Trip Highlights: Lemaire Channel, Peterman Island, Fascinating Wildlife, Paradise Bay
Activities: Birding, Lectures, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Zodiac Tours
Departures: 12/6/2005, 12/15/2005, 12/24/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/11/2006, 1/20/2006
Rates: Cat 6: Inside double (beige): $3900, Cat 5: Outside Cabin (brown): $4350, Cat 4: Outside Cabin (light blue): $4890, Cat 3: Outside Cabin (pink): $5500, Cat 2: Luxury Stateroom (blue): $6300, Cat 8: Standard Singles (green): $6700, Cat 7: Superior Singles (orange): $6950, Cat 1: Master Suite (yellow): $7150, President/Owner Suite (purple): $7995
Early Booking Discounts: Save $500 per person on the following departures: 12/6/2005, 12/15/2005, 1/2/2006! Contact us for details.
Single Rates: In additional to single categories 7 & 8, single occupancy of a double cabin is 1.5 times the double occupancy rate in categories 2-6; 2 times double occupancy rate in Category 1 & Owner/Presidential Suites
Triple Rate: 15% off the double occupancy rate for all 3 passengers (applicable to Categories 1 & 2; no other discounts apply)
Ship Name: M/S Andrea
Introduction: Antarctic and the Sub-Antarctic Islands are among the last pristine destinations in the world. This journey to this magnificent region is during the height of the Antarctic summer season when the seagoing channels are open to their greatest extent and wildlife is at its most prolific. You will find stunning landscapes of snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls, and wildlife ranging from sea lions to whales to penguins and all sorts of seabirds.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost port city in the world. Transfer independently to the hotel and meet your fellow adventurers. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 2: Ushuaia & Beagle Channel
Following breakfast, join an excursion, which concludes at the ship. Embark the M/S Andrea in the afternoon and set sail through the scenic Beagle Channel to Antarctica.
Days 3-4: Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
Sail through the Drake Passage, the body of water separating South America from Antarctica, and explore the South Shetland Islands, which are located about 160 km (100miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula. These islands are almost completely covered by ice, except for the 2-3% near the shores. As you cruise along the coastlines, look for penguins, seals, or the human inhabitants of the various bases. Some of the islands you may visit include: Elephant Island, King George Island, Penguin Island, Bridgeman Island, Deception Island, Livingston Island, Half Moon Island, among others.
Days 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula
The Peninsula offers some of the most dramatic scenery and prolific wildlife in all of Antarctica. You sail through the magnificent Gerlache Strait with a variety of fascinating destinations to choose from.
Depending on weather and ice conditions, the captain and expedition team will direct the vessel to a variety of destinations to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing opportunities, including Cuverville Island, where Gentoo penguins nest on the dramatic lichen convered cliffs, and Paradise Bay, where a series of glaciers flow from the 10,000 foot Foster Plateau. You may also visit Lemaire Channel, a narrow band of sea with towering icebergs, which divide the mainland from the offshore islands, Neko Harbor and Peterman Island, among others.
Days 9-10: Drake Passage Crossing
Sail back through the Drake Passage as you watch for seabirds and whales, or enjoy an onboard lecture presented by one of your naturalists.
Day 11: Ushuaia
Disembark following breakfast, and transfer to the airport.
Notes: Prices per person, double occupancy.
Accommodations; all meals aboard plus wine and beer served with lunch and dinner; landing fees; first night at Ushuaia hotel; transfers from hotel to ship on Day 2 and from ship to airport on Day 11.
Airfare; Gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; transfers from airport to hotel in Ushuaia.