ex Ushuaia (ex Punta Arenas for air cruises) (Antarctic cruises, Antarctica)
Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 114 (71 on air cruise) | Duration: 5-21 nights | Length: 296 feet | Cruising speed: 14.5 knots | Operator: Polar Latitudes and Antarctica 21
A very comfortable expedition ship with spacious cabins, a library (with internet access), exercise room, bar, lounge, dining room and observation deck. An elevator serves all passenger decks. She operates Classic Antarctica itineraries to/from Ushuaia, and a longer one to include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, plus shorter air cruises which include a flight from the South America mainland (Punta Arenas).
International expedition staff lead shore excursions and give daily lectures on board. Sea kayaking and camping are offered on selected voyages. Kayaking has an additional cost (basic previous kayaking experience is necessary). There are limited places for these optional activities and so they should be booked well in advance.
Cabins are on five decks and vary little in size (from 22 to 30 square metres). They all have beds that can be configured as double or twin, a private bathroom, sitting area and ocean view through either windows or portholes. Penthouse and Veranda suites have a small balcony.
When to go
Mid November to mid March.
Most itineraries either follow or are close variants of our standard Antarctica itineraries (www.lastfrontiers.com/antarctica/itineraries).
With Polar Latitudes she operates Classic Antarctica itineraries to/from Ushuaia, and a longer one to include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, while with Antarctica21 she is generally based in the Antarctic Peninsula and passengers fly there from the South America mainland (Punta Arenas).
Cruises start and end in either Ushuaia (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile). Air cruise departures include a flight between King George Island (Antarctica) and Punta Arenas. The first night is spent in a hotel in Ushuaia on all cruises operated by Polar Latitudes which start in Ushuaia, and Punta Arenas on all cruises operated by Antarctica21.
For exact details of specific cruise departures please just contact us.
On Deck 3, each of the 17 Window Suites (21 square metres) has one queen bed, separable into two twins, a sitting area and a window.
There are 2 Deluxe Suites (22 square metres) on the Promenade Deck, with a queen bed that can be converted into twin beds, a sitting area, forward and side windows, and are slightly larger than the Promenade Suites.
On the Penthouse Deck there are 4 Penthouse Suites (30 square metres), each with a private balcony and sitting area. They have one queen bed, separable into twins, and include white glove butler service.
There are 10 Porthole Suites on Deck 2 (22 square metres), with a queen bed that can be converted into twin beds, a sitting area and portholes.
Note: these cabin types are not made available for use on cruises operated by Antarctica21 (the air cruises).
There are 13 Promenade Suites (20 square metres) on the Promenade Deck, each with a queen bed that can be converted into twin beds, a sitting area and windows.
Deck 3 has 2 Triple Suites (21 square metres), each with a window and sitting area. They feature one queen bed, separable into two twin beds, and a smaller separate bed only suitable for passengers up to 5'7 in height.
There are 8 Veranda Suites (24 square metres) on the Veranda Deck, with a private balcony. They have one queen bed separable into two twin beds and a sitting area, and include white glove butler service.
Single travellers can choose between booking a cabin for single use (in which case a single supplement will apply) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender (at no extra cost).