Antarctica Off The Beaten Track is a brand new 12-night adventure cruise frm One Ocean Expeditions incorporating a selection of extraordinary outdoor pursuits not previously available on other itineraries, which are designed to excite and inspire lovers of the Great Outdoors.
Departing Ushuaia, the world’s southern-most city, in Argentina on 8 November 2011, passengers travelling with One Ocean Expeditions on board Akademik Ioffe, an impressive ice-strengthened ship designed for Polar Research, will have the opportunity to experience three new activities: ski touring, overnight sea kayaking trips - unique in Antarctica to this operator - and full-day expedition field photography with renowned Polar photographer, Daisy Gilardini.
One of the only Antarctic ships still actively participating in true oceanographic science through Russia’s Institute of Oceanography in Kaliningrad, the Akademik Ioffe combines modern comforts and superb amenities with first-class safety and manoeuvrability.
Outdoor enthusiasts, thrill seekers, naturalists and would-be adventurers will find it the perfect vessel on which to travel through Antarctica to witness the region’s pristine beauty and abundant wildlife. Plus, the unpredictability of the region adds to the anticipation and excitement of participating in adrenaline-pumping activities such as snow shoeing, hiking, cruising in inflatable Zodiacs, sea kayaking and overnight camping in stunning Polar terrain.Passengers will be able to choose from activities included in the package price, such as a relatively gentle hiking expedition along the rocky shore or a more challenging long distance trek to the outer limits, and overnight camping on the ice amidst the Polar landscape: a truly memorable experience.
Among the optional adventures on offer for those enrolled on the sea kayaking programme (US$750), is the brand new two-night polar sea kayak and camping excursion (additional fee US$300) led by experienced kayak guides. Previous sea kayaking and camping experience is necessary to participate in these pursuits and is subject to approval by a One Ocean Expedition guide.
Other options providing the opportunity to appreciate varied terrain amidst Antarctic snow pack include snow shoeing (US$45) giving access to breathtaking vistas unimpaired by waist deep powder, or the new, more strenuous mountaineering/ski touring expedition ($750) aimed at skiers who enjoy a challenge and are not afraid of skinning up for the run of a lifetime. Ski-touring also requires previous experience and approval from a guide before participation can be confirmed.
For keen photographers interested in field photography, a full day’s expedition with speciality polar photographer, Daisy Gilardini, is now on offer (US$45), focusing on capturing either adventure pursuits with a remarkable backdrop or stunning landscape scenes.The 12-night Antarctica Off The Beaten Track expedition includes all meals and accommodation plus Zodiac excursions and landings, special hiking programmes, ship transfers, foul weather gear and overnight camping. Prices start from US$8390 per person based on twin share, from US$6590pp for triple share and from US$10980pp in a One Ocean Suite. Price excludes flights UK – Ushuaia (available from £949 including pre-paid taxes and current fuel surcharges). Dates: 8 – 20 November 2011, (Ushuaia/Ushuaia)
For further information, visit www.oneoceanexpeditions.com or the Cruise Line