A standard CREW Expedition Includes:
• Food and wine. Our choice of table wine and beer to be served with meals. A standard of three meals are to be expected by the Captain (Only a Joke).
• Port fees, permits & local taxes.
• Vessel running costs.
• Life jacket (PFD) Automatic type, with harness.
• Limited Access to global communication device (sat phone). We work with Iridium and INMARSAT (transmissions costs not included).
• Access to interpretative material such as nautical charts and a petite on-board thematic library.
• Accommodation on a heated cabin once on board.
• Linen, which includes a cozy “Duvet”.
What's not included?
A standard CREW Expedition does not include:
• Beer, spirits and other alcohol unless otherwise indicated.
• Special and personal dietary supplements (i.e. power bars, energy drinks)
• Personal skin-care products such as sunscreen lip balms, Dermartone, or other.
• Travel arrangements to port of boarding such as airfare, hotels, restaurants and other, unless otherwise indicated.
• Travel costs to port of boarding such as airfare, hotels, restaurants and other.
• Necessary visa and immigration obtainer procedures, handling, and fees. Please be aware that you must obtain visa and/or the necessary paperwork in order to enter both Chile and Argentina.
• Personal clothing and gear unless otherwise stated.
• Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit.
• Transmission costs from the use of Global Communication Device (Sat Phone) such as Iridium.
• Access to laptop or personal computers. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are for exclusively for the skipper’s use for weather forecast reports, emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either. We recommend you to bring your own storage device.
• Expenses once ashore.
• Personal Accident and Evacuation Costs.
Further information and reading about the area, the geology, geography, history, and other important topics, as well as more practical one such as immigration documents for entering Chile or Argentina, currency, and other, can be widely found on the internet, and some of this info can be also be found in our website.
Please consider the importance of bringing the following items listed just below.
We strongly recommend the following items in order to better experience an Expedition to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, and/or Antarctica . Please note that these items are not just suggested, but most of them required.
- Thermal Underwear.
- Warm Socks (Fleece, Wool, or other).
- Polar/Pile Fleece Jacket.
- Trouser or Overall.
- Outer Wind Proof Shell.
- Water resistant and water proof protection (look for sailing and foul weather clothing gear, which is not the same as ordinary outdoor gear).
- Waterproof Gloves.
- Hat, Cap, Balaclava , preferably windproof.
- Sea Boots, preferably full height, non-slip sole.
- Boat Shoes or Slippers, with rubber sole.
- Hiking Boots if desired for ashore hikes.
- Sleeping Bag (if sailing with SV Santa Maria).
- Sunscreen of high PDF and after-sun Cream, as well as lip balm.
- Small backpack.
- “Soft Luggage” (no hard suitcases on board, unless it's special photographic equipment, for example). Duffel bags are a good example of what's a proper luggage format. If you happen to bring hard suitcases or similar, Victory Adventure Expeditions will provide storage space either in Ushuaia or Puerto Williams.
- Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit.
- Special Dietary supplements not included in Victory Adventure Expeditions meals.
- A personal sponge for "sailboat showers".
- Cash, in order to be able to purchase souvenirs. Most souvenir shops, as well as other small shops around towns smaller than Ushuaia, in the Beagle Channel, do not take credit cards or cheques. US dollars or Euros will work fine.
- Laptops, USB drives and other electronic equipment useful for downloading and storing personal pictures, videos, and other data. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are exclusively for the Skipper's use for weather forecast reports, emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either, so we recommend you bring your own in order to freely manipulate your personal information.
- Plugs and adaptors. The electric current on the boats (SV Santa Maria and SV Santa Maria AUSTRALIS is of 12v and of 220v. The sockets on board are for plugs/outlets “Type C” (“European Two-plug”). Please be aware that access to the electric current on board is available, but limited to the Skipper's criteria.
- CASH! Yes, in Port Lockroy, for example, there's a small and cozy gift shop which takes credit cards only if the amount is of more than U$100. The Port Lockroy Gift Shop takes American dollars, British Pounds, and Euros.
Notes of Importance:
Due to the geographical, meteorological, and cultural context of the area in which we operate, participants must be mindful of the importance of booking flights with enough time before and after the Expedition's start and end dates (Day 1, and Day 7).
We demand from every participant, to book flights, hotels, and other services for the dates before and after the Expedition, and not for the very same days the Expedition starts and/or ends. Please also note that it is highly recommended to purchase flexible air tickets given the possibility of late arrival due to unfavourable weather conditions, or other.
Victory Adventure Expeditions will not be held responsible for flight problems.
Please note that even though access to Global Communication Devices (in this case, Iridium and Inmarsat satellite Phone) is available, this access is limited and restricted to use according to the captain's criteria. The use of such device, available on board, is primarily for safety reasons. If you need unrestricted, continuous use of such a device, we highly recommend you bring your own.