Magellan Explorer – Fly & Cruise – Classic Antarctica

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OVERVIEW:

Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the 2020-21 Polar Circle Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. 

Named after the famed explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, the Motor Vessel Magellan Explorer is the first small passenger ship purpose-built for Antarctica fly cruises. She boasts technical solutions designed to enhance the expedition experience while offering a stylish and comfortable feel. Although the ship’s capacity is for 100 passengers, guests will be limited to only 71, ensuring the ultimate small ship polar air cruise experience. She offers a variety of comfortable accommodations including the elusive single cabin.

The new ship Magellan Explorer is currently under construction in Valdivia, Chile, by ASENAV shipyard, and is set to begin offering the air cruise programs for the 2019-20 Antarctic season.

Thirty departures are offered during the 2020-21 season, twelve aboard Ocean Nova, four aboard Hebridean Sky and fourteen aboard Magellan Explorer.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage – and the potential seasickness - and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer
  • Encounter incredible wildlife including penguins, whales, seals and a vast array of sea bird like petrels and albatross, all in their natural environment
  • Intimate group of no more than 71 people, personalised & accurate service due to high passenger-staff ration

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Arrive Punta Arenas (Continental Chile)
Day 2: Punta Arenas - Fly - King George Island
Day 3 to 6: Exploring Antarctica
Day 7: King George Island - Fly - Punta Arenas
Day 8: Depart Punta Arenas

NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

  • Punta Arenas

    Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, you attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

  • Punta Arenas - Fly - King George Island

    A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands.

    Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. The 2-km (1.25-mi) walk to the shore, where you board a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel, takes you through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station.

  • Exploring Antarctica

    Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

    No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

  • Exploring Antarctica

    Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

  • Exploring Antarctica

    Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

  • Exploring Antarctica

    Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

  • King George Island - Fly - Punta Arenas

    Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

    Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

  • Depart Punta Arenas

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

GUEST FEATURES

  • A bar offering a selection of Chilean domestic and international drinks
  • Gym with panoramic windows, and sauna
  • Well stocked library with a collection of Antarctic-themed books in multiple languages
  • Local intranet with daily programs, international news, etc. accessible wirelessly throughout the ship
  • Meeting Room with multimedia resources and interactive science lab
  • Satellite internet service available at a charge and accessible wirelessly throughout the ship
  • Forward observation deck and accessible bow
  • Zodiac embarkation area equipped with hangers, lockers and sitting facilities

DINING FEATURES

  • Main dining room offers buffet breakfast and lunch, and table service dinner
  • The BBQ deck offers al fresco dining, weather permitting
  • Express Lunch option available daily in the Library
  • Selection of premium Chilean wines served with lunch and dinner
  • Snacks and drinks during welcome and farewell celebrations
  • Complimentary self-service coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, and water offered 24/7 in the library and bar

TECHNICAL FEATURES

  • Retractable stabilizers
  • Double hull construction
  • Bulb designed for polar navigation
  • Bow and stern thrusters
  • State-of-the-art navigation equipment
  • Latest ice radar technology
  • Two mid-ship gangways for Zodiac operations
  • Large expedition warehouse
  • Tier III compliance, the most stringent emission standard
  • Heat recycling system
  • Fleet of 10 Zodiac boats

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Passengers: 71
  • Staff and crew: 60
  • Length: 90.7 m (298 ft.)
  • Breadth: 16.2 m (53 ft.)
  • Draft: 4.3 m (14 ft.)
  • Gross tonnage: 4,900
  • Ice-class: LR PC6
  • Propulsion: 2X MAN main engines, total 3,440 kW
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Flag: Bahamas
  • Sauna
  • Observation deck

CABINS

The Magellan Explorer features cabins in five categories of accommodation. With 37 cabins featuring a large window and private balconies, 16 adjoining cabins that can be converted into two-room suites and several dedicated single cabins, various passengers are accommodated. The spacious cabins range in size from 440 square feet (Triple Suite & Grand Suites), to 330 square feet (Penthouse Suites) and 220 square feet (Porthole Cabins, Veranda Cabins, Deluxe Veranda Cabins and Single Veranda Cabins).

All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area. Each contains at least one desk and chair, combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port, safe, telephone, hair dryer, private bathroom with shower, bathroom amenities, bathrobe and slippers. Cabins with larger private bathrooms stocked with premium amenities include: the Triple Suite, Deluxe Veranda Cabins, Penthouse Suites and Grand Suites.

Triple Suite

#414 on Deck 4: 2 twin beds (can be configured as 1 king) and 1 queen-sized sofa bed, separate living area with sofa and coffee table, desk and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas, 2 armchairs with side tables, 2 private balconies with sitting areas, selection of snacks and mini-bar restocked daily, coffee maker and 2 bathrooms.

Porthole Cabin

#311, 313-314 & 316 on Deck 3: 2 twin beds (can be configured as 1 king) and 2 armchairs with side table.

Veranda Cabin

#301-306 & 308 on Deck 3: 2 twin beds (can be configured as 1 king), armchair with side table and private balcony with sitting area.

Deluxe Veranda Cabin

#409, 415, 417, 419, 421-426, 428 & 430 on Deck 4: 2 twin beds (can be configured as 1 king, except #409 which is only available with 1 king bed), armchair with side table, private balcony with sitting area, selection of snacks and mini-bar restocked daily and coffee maker.

Penthouse Suite

#501-502 & 504 on Deck 5: 2 twin beds (can be configured as 1 king), separate sitting area with sofa and coffee table, 2 armchairs, private balcony with sitting area, selection of snacks and mini-bar restocked daily and coffee maker.

Grand Suite

#401-402, 405-406, 410-411 & 418 on Deck 4: 2 twin beds (or 1 king), separate living area with queen-sized sofa bed and coffee table, desk and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas, 2 armchairs with side tables, 2 private balconies with sitting areas, selection of snacks and mini-bar restocked daily, coffee maker and 2 bathrooms.

Single Veranda Cabin

#307, 309-310 & 312 on Deck 3: 1 king-sized bed, armchair with side table and private balcony with sitting area.

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pre and post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas
  • Return flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Group transfers
  • On-board accommodation
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Standard beverages during lunch & dinner
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Waterproof boots on loan
  • Pre-departure material
  • Service charges and port taxes

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Expedition gear
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included
  • Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program

Optional extras

  • Sea Kayaking – US$895 per person
  • Hiking & Snowshoeing – US$85 per person (per excursion)
  • Expedition jacket – US$349 per person
  • Preferred seating on flight – US$495 per person

Thirty departures are offered during the 2020-21 season, twelve aboard Ship Ocean Nova, four aboard Ship Hebridean Sky and fourteen aboard Ship Magellan Explorer.

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

 

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