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Ocean Adventurer, Antarctic Express Fly the Drake ex Punta Arenas Return

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Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
5 Dec 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Hotel
6 Dec 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Flight to King George Island
6 Dec 2021 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Embark
7 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
8 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
9 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
10 Dec 2021 South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
11 Dec 2021 South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
12 Dec 2021 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Disembark Flight to Punta Arenas
12 Dec 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Hotel
13 Dec 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile
6 Night Cruise sailing from King George Island roundtrip aboard Ocean Adventurer. Hotel stays pre and post cruise in Punta Arenas.

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions® representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs with a one-mile (1.6 km) walk to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Days 3 to 7 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and killer whales in action, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled travel experience.

Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Day 8 — Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas
After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your two-and-a-half-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your group transfer to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 9 — Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

As of June 2017, Quark Expeditions’ much beloved polar expedition ship the “Sea Adventurer” will be undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation and be officially renamed the “Ocean Adventurer”.

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017.

With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:
A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship.
The addition of six new twin cabins and three new suites.
All existing cabins will be furnished with all new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms.
Main common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room will be remodeled as well as the Bar.
Major technical enhancements – include two new Rolls Royce engines, which will significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimized carbon footprint.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 1975
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Tonnage: 4,364 tonnes
  • Length: 330 feet
  • Beam: 53.5 feet
  • Draft: 15.5 feet
  • Speed: 12 k
  • Ship registration: Bahamas
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 117
  • Crew nationality: International
  • Officer nationality: International
  • Dining nationality: International
Ship Amenities
  • In Room Music System
  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning & Heating
  • European outlets (two round sockets) at 220 volts
  • Hair Dryer
Ship Facilities
  • Library
  • Club Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Gymnasium
Quark Expeditions has been one of the leading innovators and operators of expedition cruises, especially in polar regions, since 1991. The company has pioneered and developed a concept of fantastically adventurous journeys in first class comfort on powerful, polar icebreakers. This concept is unique and many "First Ever" passenger voyages have been successfully operated: the first North Pole voyage, the first transpolar voyage through the North Pole, the first Circumnavigation of Antarctica, the first "Far Side" of Antarctica voyage, the first Weddell Sea voyage, the first Northeast Passage and the first Circumnavigation of the Arctic are all part of this tradition.

Names such as Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Franklin, Peary and Nansen are synonymous with the Golden Age of Exploration and, thanks to the polar climates, elements of the past have been well preserved. Viewing these historical sights is a great experience and worthy of care and respect. Quark Expeditions understands this and ensures that all our passengers are fully briefed before any visits take place.

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Captains Deck

Lower Deck

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Observation Deck

Upper Deck

2 lower berths, private facilities with bathtub, windows

2 lower berths, private facilities, windows

2 lower berths, private facilities, 2windows

2 lower berths, private facilities, windows

2 lower berths, private facilities, window

2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole

2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
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