Voyages include Zodiac Explorations and Complimentary Hotel in Santiago or Buenos Aires
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., March 9, 2005 - The raw, monumental beauty of Antarctica meets the world’s top-rated expedition ship, the Explorer II, on January 16 and 27, 2006. Radisson Seven Seas® guests will explore earth’s last untrammeled frontier while enjoying the highest standards of comfort, safety and convenience in expedition cruising on each of a pair of 11-night roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina, voyages - for life-enriching encounters with the region’s incredible splendor and fascinating wildlife.
The sailings to the Great White Continent, the Falklands and South Shetland Islands include a capacity-controlled offer of roundtrip economy air from 86 North American gateways and up to $1,000 per person bonus savings for bookings made by August 31, 2005. Voyages also include a complimentary pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago or Buenos Aires (depending on sailing), charter flights to/from Ushuaia, all Zodiac® explorations from the ship, and more.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, renowned for unmatched service, cuisine and amenities, has consistently sold out expeditions to the “bottom of the world” for over 10 years. Fittingly, Explorer II, built to withstand the most extreme conditions, offers a degree of comfort unmatched in Antarctic cruising. The ship was named the world’s top-rated expedition ship and received a perfect 100 for the “Best Crew & Service” in Condé Nast Traveler's 2005 Cruise Poll.
Although the Explorer II can carry up to 394 guests, on these two voyages capacity has been limited to just 198 guests. Her all ocean view accommodations allow guests vistas of nature’s frozen wonders. With an ice-strengthened hull designed for cruising the open-waters and icy channels of Antarctica, the Explorer II will make her way to remote islands where Zodiac landings put guests face to face with rookeries of penguins, fur and elephant seals, and albatrosses amid stunning icebergs and secluded landscapes. Shipboard experts including an expedition leader, naturalists and Antarctic specialists will make these cruises memorably enriching experiences with lectures on the fauna, flora, geography and history of Antarctic exploration.
During Antarctica’s austral summer, the continent undergoes a rebirth under the ethereal glow of the Midnight Sun. It is this astonishing phenomenon that is witnessed by guests of both Explorer II voyages. Zealous adventurers and nature lovers will be enthralled by the continent whose glacial wilderness still rises from the sea in majestic purity and is haven to the world’s largest concentration of marine wildlife.
On Jan. 16 and 27, Explorer II sails west from Ushuaia for Port Stanley, the tiny frontier capital of the Falkland Islands. Zodiac landings may include Livingston Island, where geological digs have unearthed fossils with imprints of fauna, proof that Antarctica wasn’t always the coldest continent, and Deception Island, where guests will observe up to 120,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins nesting on the rim of an active volcano.
The ship then sails for the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula, across the Antarctic Sound, also known as “Iceberg Alley,” with its extraordinary formations in myriad blues, before transiting the Lemaire and Neumayer Channels, with sheer rock walls and icy cliffs rising to snow-peaked summits. The beauty of Paradise Bay unfolds during a Zodiac cruise for a view of various seals and penguins at the historic research station at Port Lockroy. At Petermann Island, Minke whales and leopard seals abound.
The vessel next cruises Cape Horn, or the “Drake Passage,” a remote 600-mile stretch at the confluence of the two greatest oceans on earth, the Atlantic and Pacific.
The Explorer II brings a rare touch of comfortable, informal refinement to Antarctic travel. The highest caliber expedition staff and lecturers brief guests, escort each shore excursion and host casual get-togethers. Most of the ocean view staterooms have picture windows, suites have private balconies and every room has a pair of binoculars for use during the voyage. The ship’s main dining room - which has panoramic views - offers open seating and an alternative venue is open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship has an open-bridge policy, 24 hours a day.
Explorer II Prices
Guests who book by August 31, 2005 will enjoy $1,000 Early Booking Savings, with cruise fares starting from $7,995 per person. Complimentary roundtrip economy airfare from 86 North American gateways (or $1,200 credit per guest) is included on a capacity-controlled basis. Voyages also include one complimentary night in Santiago at the Radisson Plaza Hotel (Jan.16 sailing), or in Buenos Aires at the Park Tower Hotel (Jan. 27 sailing), related charter flights to/from Ushuaia with pre-cruise tour, all transfers, all shipboard gratuities, select wines and liquors, all Zodiac excursions, an expedition parka and backpack, plus boots and binoculars for use during expeditions.
Optional pre- and post-cruise land programs are available in South America. For more information see your cruise professional.