28 January – 11 February 2017 • 14-day trip. Starts/Ends at Punta Arenas, Chile. Includes flights to and from Port Stanley (Falkland Is.)
South Georgia has rightly been called ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’. After our in depth exploration, we are certain you will agree. This seldom-visited corner of the planet is a place we know intimately and look forward to visiting every season. Even our experienced expedition staff, some with more than 100 journeys south, cherish every visit to South Georgia. Traditionally, our visits to South Georgia last only three or four days and are part of a much longer itinerary that includes time spent in Falkland Islands and Antarctica, but, after many years of careful preparation and planning, we can now offer our guests the unique opportunity of eight full days of exploration – double the time traditionally spent in South Georgia. We complete this remarkable voyage with a visit to Sea Lion Island- a wildlife haven in the southern archipelago of the Falklands. Our departure in February is timed to coincide with the height of the polar summer. Days are long and the wildlife will be relaxed after the earlier breeding frenzy in spring. Penguin chicks are playful, their parents coming and going from the sea with bellies full of krill to feed their young. The fur seal pups are especially curious and the sea birds are always soaring in the skies above – a constant on any voyage to South Georgia. Areas covered in snow during our earlier visits will have melted, allowing for epic hiking opportunities ashore. The rusting historic sites sit silently and the colors of the old buildings contrast brilliantly against the green tussock grass, the dark mountains and white snowy peaks for which South Georgia is renowned. Join us for one of the most extraordinary small ship expeditions anywhere on earth.
Onboard Photographic Symposium
An additional highlight of this departure will be the shipboard photography symposium open to all guests. This program runs alongside our regular series of presentations on history, ornithology, geology and the natural world. The members of the photographic team each have a special area of expertise including wildlife photography, landscape and composition, along with technical elements including gear and equipment and computer based processing, file management and storage. We make regular use of our ship-board multi-media studio for breakout sessions and to review and critique our images throughout the voyage. Our photographic goals on this departure will be formed and led by the light available both onshore and on the water. With a varied and diverse itinerary and flexible plans, we aim to make the most out of the beautiful light, even if outside conventional shore landing times. For the photography buffs, this trip is not to be missed!
Detailed Itinerary and Activities
Day 1 • Punta Arenas, Chile to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Saturday, 28 January 2017)
Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas. We meet at a central location and transfer to the airport for our scheduled service to Stanley in the Falkland Islands (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). After a short 90-minute flight we arrive in Stanley and are met on arrival and transferred to the pier. Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town in coastal England or Scotland. It is charming with brightly colored houses, pretty flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. The waterfront memorial, built to commemorate the lives of the servicemen lost during the Falklands War in the early 1980’s, is a sobering reminder of recent history.There is time to explore the town, before we make our way to the ship for embarkation. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for South Georgia – and the adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2 & 3 • At sea towards South Georgia
This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of astonishing wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as make our way to South Georgia. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. History is a key theme of this voyage and the epic story of Shackleton is central to our journey.
Days 4 & 5 • King Haakon Bay and the Northwest Coast
These next ten days will be unlike anything you have ever imagined. Majestic snow-covered mountains greet us on arrival in South Georgia. We begin our exploration on the southern coastline. We hope to navigate the ship into the very historic location of King Haakon Bay. It was here that Shackleton and his men made landfall in their small lifeboat – the James Caird, after completing the perilous ocean crossing from Elephant Island, 100 years ago. From here, they set off to cross the mountainous spine of South Georgia – a feat never before attempted. This is a very dramatic place, visited by just a handful of ships each season.From here, we make our way around to the protected waters of the north-eastern coast. We can now indulge in an in-depth exploration, navigating the ships into the bays and harbors the entire length of the island. Elsehul Bay allows for great zodiac cruising and will be a possible location we will launch the kayakers for a paddle. One of the most anticipated sites in South Georgia is Salisbury Plain. The black sand beaches and tussock covered dunes are home staggering abundance of king penguin adults and their young. The rookery is believed to have a population of up to 100,000 adult and juvenile penguins. This is just one of several such king penguin rookeries on South Georgia. At the height of breeding season the rookeries are believed to have more wildlife per square foot than any other place on the planet. You have to experience it to believe it. The majestic ‘Kings’ are not the only wildlife on display as we cruise the rugged coastline. Fur seals can be seen poking their heads above the water, the elephant seals will enjoy lazing about the beach, while the skuas and giant petrels fill the skies above. Meanwhile, the albatross - our constant companion on this journey - is never far away.
Days 6 & 7 • Fortuna Bay, Stromness, Grytviken and Central North Coast
Our adventure takes us next to Fortuna Bay, a majestic three-mile long and one-mile wide fjord. It was named after the ship Fortuna, one of the original vessels of the Norwegian–Argentine whaling expedition which established the first permanent whaling station at Grytviken, further down the coast. In Fortuna Bay we can expect to see king penguins and elephant seals. History comes into sharp focus as we continue west to Stromness and onto Grytviken. From 1912 until the1930’s, Stromness (and nearby Leith and Husvik), operated as whaling stations and the rusted and ghostly remnants of these old stations seem out of place in such a pristine environment. This area is key to the Shackleton story and it was here, in 1916, that Shackleton and his companions, Worsley and Crean arrived after their epic crossing from King Haakon Bay on the south coast. This is after having completed their 800-mile journey by small boat from Elephant Island. If the weather co-operates, we hope to be able to hike the last few miles across the saddle separating Fortuna Bay from neighboring Stromness, in the footsteps of Shackleton and his men. As we journey further to the southeast we enter the broad expanse of Cumberland Bay. At the head of the bay lies Grytviken – the largest of the old whaling stations on South Georgia. A highlight of our landing here is a visit to the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his loyal right hand man, Frank Wild. Frank Wild’s lifelong wish was to be buried beside Shackleton. However his wish never materialized due to the outbreakof WWII, a week after Wild’s passing in South Africa. Our voyage falls exactly four years following the transport of Wild’s ashes to South Georgia aboard our ship, and some 95 years after his last voyage with Shackleton in 1921.
Days 8 & 9 • St Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour and Eastern Coast
Our next few days will take us to St Andrew’s Bay and Gold Harbor - places that are teeming with wildlife including fur seals, elephant seals and massive colonies of the colorful king penguins. As with all of our landings we will exercise every opportunity possible to explore on foot with our experienced guides. Gold Harbor is so called because the sun's rays make the cliffs yellow with their light in the morning and evening. It’s an exhilarating location. Drygalski Fjord at the far eastern extremity of the island has been called one of the most spectacular sites in South Georgia and we think you will agree. If it is calm enough you can hear the glacier calving large chunks of ice, reminders of what early sealers, whalers and vessels needed to pay close attention to.
Days 10 & 11 / Royal Bay, Godthul and Prion Island
Our exploration of South Georgia is far from over and we meander our way back along the northern coastline. There are few gems we have in mind – including the old whaling shore depot at Godthul. There is a terrific hike here up to a beautiful lake. Cooper Bay is home to a sizeable Macaroni penguin rookery nesting among the tussac grass behind the landing site. Nearing the end of our visit to South Georgia, we hope to enjoy a shore landing at Prion Island – yet another spectacular location and some would argue – the jewel in the crown. Situated in the breathtaking Bay of Isles, Prion Island has been designated as a ‘Specially Protected Area’ by the South Georgia Government, due to the breeding wandering albatross colonies at this location. Boasting the largest wingspan of any living bird, typically ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 m (8ft to 11ft), they spend most of their life in flight, landing only to breed and feed. Distances traveled each year are hard to measure, but one bird was recorded traveling 6000 km in just twelve days. It is rare to experience them up close and personal and on land. We are exceptionally lucky to be able to attempt a landing here as the site is closed to visiting ships between November and mid January, due to the massive concentration of fur seals on the beaches. The boardwalks provide access to several observation platforms where we can view nesting Wandering albatross at close quarters. Our visit to this exceptional location is a fitting way to complete our exploration. Tonight, as we depart South Georgia, we pause to reflect on eight epic days and chart our return course towards the Falkland Islands.
Days 12 & 13 / At sea – towards Falkland Islands
Our final days are spent catching up on journal entries, or perhaps downloading and reviewing photos in the multi-media lab with our photography expert. For some, it’s a chance to catch some well-earned rest after a busy eight days of exploration. The wonderful lounge and bar on our ship provides fantastic panoramas and is a great place to sit with a book and a hot drink. The educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. A particular highlight of our return journey will be frequent sightings of the majestic albatross, petrels and other seabirds as they soar above the ship on the winds of the Southern Ocean. Take the time to enjoy a quiet moment on the outer deck and reflect on a truly remarkable journey to the farthest reaches of the planet.
Day 14 • Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands
We wake to the sight of landfall in the Falklands. Approaching Sea Lion Island, we first note the very barren and windswept landscape, exposed to the prevailing weather that originates in the Drake Passage. We launch the zodiacs and go ashore to view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. Three species of penguin including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper, as well as southern elephant seals and South American sea lions are known to inhabit the area. King cormorants and striated caracaras are just some of the bird species we expect to see. Weather permitting, we may have time to visit neighboring Bleaker Island - another settlement on the exposed south-eastern coast of the Falklands - equally rich in wildlife. As we cruise along the coast of the Falklands, bound for Stanley, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the ship’s Captain.
Day 14 • Stanley, Falkland Islands, to Punta Arenas, Chile (Saturday, 11 February 2017)
In the early morning, we navigate through the narrows and into the harbour of Port Stanley. A transfer will take us to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). It will be possible to connect to flights through to Santiago or other destinations in Chile. Otherwise enjoy a night in Punta Arenas, or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.
About our Itinerary: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions maynot be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.
Dates & Rates Season 2017
|South Georgia In-Depth - Photography Symposium
||28 January • 11 February
||Twin Semi Private
||One Ocean Suite
|Price per person
• All prices are in US$ per person sharing. Voyages start and finish in locations as indicated.
• Flights to/from Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) are included in the voyage price.
• Single supplement is 1.5x the published twin rate for twin-semi private, twin private and superior cabins. Single supplement is 2x the published twin rates for suites.
• Single supplement is not available in triple cabins. No single supplement applies for passengers willing to share.
• Expedition sea kayaking is an additional $795 per person - available on all departures.
• Camping included in the price of your voyage (subject to weather and ice conditions). Please note - camping is less likely to happen on voyages that include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov - One Ocean Voyager
||Akademik Sergey Vavilov
||1988, Rauma, Finland
||twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller
|Crew and staff
Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.
Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room.
Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.
Comfort and Stability
Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the One Ocean Voyager is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last two years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has greatly improved the comfort and calibre of the facilities aboard the ship.
There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.
Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of internal stabilizers and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.
The One Ocean Voyager is a Russian-flagged vessel and carries all current certifications required by Russian and international maritime law for ensuring passenger safety and wellbeing. An extremely experienced captain, crew and an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B) provides an exceptionally safe combination for polar expedition cruising.
Safety and emergency equipment onboard the vessel is inspected and tested on a regular basis and a passenger lifeboat briefing and drill will be conducted on the first day of each voyage to ensure that passengers are familiar with onboard emergency procedures. The emergency equipment onboard the vessel includes two fully-enclosed lifeboats with a total capacity of 132 and four life rafts with a total capacity of 200.
The One Ocean Voyager has two main engines and twin propellers to propel the vessel through the polar waters at up to 14.5 knots. Coupled with a bow-thruster and a stern multi-directional propulsion unit, the One Ocean Voyager is extremely manoeuvrable and has a built-in propulsion back up.
Located on deck six, the bar is easily accessible to all passengers via a stairwell, also leading up to the bridge deck. With 180 degree outside views through expansive windows and a door out onto deck six, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner.
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge.
In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to sightsee and view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks can be found on the bridge and during much of the day, an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge.
The ship carries all required communications and navigation facilities and equipment. An Iridium satellite communication system is in place for both voice and personal email use. Equipped with Inmarsat telephone and fax equipment as well as a variety of shortwave, SSB, and VHF radio systems, she also carries fully current GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System) equipment.
With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards and hosted by our Adventure Concierges. Our culinary team includes four chefs who are creative and outstanding in their commitment to quality, outstanding taste, and healthy preparation.
To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.
A lift (or elevator) services Deck 1 through 5, allowing access to and from the presentation room on Deck 1. The bridge and bar/lounge on Deck 6 are not accessible by lift. Access to the zodiacs is by way of gangway stairs from the main deck (Deck 3).
The gift shop carries a supply of souvenirs and sundries and is open most days of the voyage and can be opened at anytime for your convenience. From warm hats and gloves to polar books and t-shirts, the gift shop has something for everyone. In addition a small selection of toiletries and sundries can be purchased from the gift shop.
Fitness & Fitness Room
Our onboard fitness program allows even the most dedicated enthusiast or those interested in starting a new regime, the opportunity to keep up or start their individual or group fitness. The fitness room onboard the vessel has a set of free weights, exercise bike and rowing machine. Exercise mats and balls are also available in the fitness room, as is a stereo with an MP3 player dock.
With our registered massage therapist, fitness trainer, yoga instructor (on select departures) sauna and hot water spa, your mind and body will be rejuvenated and ready for either the next round of activities or a chance to curl up in a cozy spot in front of our fireplace. Having the option to start and end each day with healthy and whole food options, provide the base for your system to be running optimally.
Located on Deck 5, the infirmary can cater to basic medical needs. Although containing an impressive quantity of medical supplies, passengers with pre-existing medical conditions requiring medication or supplies should come self-reliant. We will carry an English speaking emergency physician on every voyage. If there is a need to consult the ship’s doctor and receive medications from the infirmary, passengers will be invoiced for the cost of any items supplied.
The library is located on Deck 5 and has wonderful forward viewing windows. A quiet part of the ship containing a large conference table, seating for about 18 and numerous polar reference books, the library is a great place to relax and learn about the region being visited. Just outside the library, there is additional seating in wingback chairs, another great place to sit and read.
The library has a slide screen and whiteboard and is often used for small group focus sessions and discussions.
The lounge is siutated in the same space as the bar, located on deck 6. Depending on the time of day, this bright and multi purpose gathering area changes form and function depending on our schedule. Outside where a large viewing and seating area is located you can enjoy the beautiful vistas of Antarctica. Be sure to take a cozy blanket with you from the lounge while you go out to sit and enjoy the view from either side of the ship.
A 24-hour coffee and tea station can be found in the lounge, and remember to join us in the lounge/bar for Happy Hour and after dinner card games.
An expedition requires expedition gear and a place to keep it. Our passenger mudroom is the ideal spot to prepare for excursions and keep your gumboots and foul weather gear separate from your cabin. Shelves on the aft wall of the mudroom help in the storage of gumboots and a pegboard is in place for drying gloves.
The mudroom is on the main deck, between the reception area and the bar and we use this direct access to outside for boarding the zodiacs via the gangway.
Our presentation room can be found on Deck 1, the lowest and most stable deck on our vessel. With seating for all passengers and elevator access, the presentation room is equipped with theatre style seating and modern multi-media presentation system.
Sauna, Hot Water Spa and Polar Salt Water Plunge Pool
Following a day of excursions, a sauna with complimentary aromatic oils can be a wonderful way to unwind. Located on Deck 5, the sauna and adjacent plunge pool is open each afternoon and evening. The sauna seats approximately six people and the plunge pool can be filled with polar water on demand or for special events. There is a change room with towels and a shower room between the sauna and the plunge pool. On our upper deck you will find out newest addition to health and wellness, in our hot water spa.
Top Deck and Observatory
The top deck enjoys 360 degree views around the ship. A great place to enjoy calm sea days and spectacular Antarctic scenery, the top deck also has a small observatory where a spotting scope is stored as well as warm blankets and a comfortable bench.
Bring your travel mug with you to the top deck on pleasant afternoons and our Adventure Concierges will bring carafes of steaming hot chocolate or other hot beverages to you. Refill your travel mug as often as you like.
Our multimedia room contains Apple Macintosh computers with the latest software for photo management and manipulation. External hard drives, a battery recharging station (110 V and 220 V powerbars for plugging in your charger), multi-card readers and a selection of cables for connecting various cameras to the computer can be found here. Manage your rapidly expanding polar image library, burn DVD’s or prepare slide shows to entertain fellow passengers or family at home. In addition we have available a portable 4”x6” photo printer to print out copies of some of your favourite photos.
We do recommend that you bring your own recharger cables and download cables, as well as spare memory cards for your camera.
MAIN DECK TRIPLE
Located on deck 3 these cabins have bunk beds with two long drawers that pull out for excellent storage of clothing and gear. The sofa bed is positioned fore/aft underneath the portholes. Facilities are shared. There is a washbasin with h/c water in the cabin, a writing desk and chair. These cabins are efficient and well appointed with two portholes with the option to open one.
TWIN SEMI PRIVATE
Located on deck 4 these cabins have two lower berths (one bed, one sofa bed) a writing desk andample storage. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins). These cabins have tall cupboards for clothes storage, a desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.
TWIN PRIVATE CABIN
Located on decks 4 and 5 all cabins have two lower berths, private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet, medicine cabinet), tall cupboards for clothes storage, a desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.
Onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov these cabins are located on deck 3, have two lower berths, a loveseat or chair, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. All cabins have a porthole that can be opened. These cabins are accessible via the elevator on deck 3. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.
Located on decks 4 and 5 these cabins are separated into two spacious rooms, one that is ideal forrelaxation with a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. The private bedroom has a double berth with upgraded linen/pillows, night light, private facilities, a region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line.
ONE OCEAN SUITE
Located on deck 5 this cabin is separated into two very spacious rooms. One for relaxation with a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, desk, chair, ample storage, large windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The private and spacious bedroom features a double bed with upgraded linen/ pillows, night light, private facilities (with a bathtub and shower), a region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, a chair, cupboards and windows overlooking the port side.
Before you Book - Important Voyage Details
Proof of our Polar Commitment – When travelling with One Ocean Expeditions, you will discover how much we care about the places and people we visit. We demonstrate this by finding ways to give back as well as taking away so many incredible memories. For more information on our commitment to responsible tourism, please review our document entitled, “Our Environmental Commitment”.
Medical Documentation – Once you have booked your voyage to the Polar Regions, you will be required to complete a Medical Information Form. This form must be completed, signed and returned to One OceanExpeditions no later than 90 days prior to departure.
Passport – Well before traveling, please ensure you have a current passport with an accurate photo, valid forat least six months after your scheduled return flight home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport. Some countries may require you to have a return air ticket or sufficientf unds to purchase such a ticket.
Budgeting – It is a good idea to bring along some $US cash. There are some onboard expenses such as those incurred at the bar, in our gift shop and for satellite communication via email or phone. There may also be an opportunity during the voyage to purchase postcards and souvenirs should we visit a science base.
Clothes – We do not need to tell you it is cold in Antarctica. So make sure you come prepared with clothes that will adequately protect you from the weather and wet conditions (sea spray is common onboard Zodiacs). Expensive specialty gear is not required, but you should have warm, waterproof clothing available upon your arrival in Punta Arenas and Stanley. Please read the One Ocean Expeditions Pre-departure Information for more details about what to bring on the journey. Windproof and waterproof outer weather gear as well as expedition gumboots are included in the price of your voyage. This saves you from having to bring heavy clothing and boots from home. Details of this gear can be found in your pre-departure information.
Onboard – Like the weather, sea conditions can also be unpredictable. Rough waters are not uncommon in this part of the world. You will be safe and comfortable aboard with your experienced crew in control of ourship, but you may suffer the effects of motion sickness, unless you have taken precautions. We recommend visiting your doctor prior to departure for medication that can help you avoid this easily treated condition.
Gratuities – We suggest you allow the equivalent of $US10 - $US15 a day for gratuities for the crew and expedition staff. This is usually collected just prior to the end of the cruise. Gratuities are at your discretion.
Sea Kayaking – If you have some experience sea kayaking and are interested in doing this activity during the expedition, you will need to book this option prior to departure from home. We cannot book this activity once onboard. There is a separate document for sea kayakers that you will need to review beforehand. It’s important you have some prior paddling experience. If you are unsure, speak to your booking agent or contact us to discuss.
Embarkation Protocol – Guests will meet at a central point in Punta Arenas and transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight to Stanley. A transfer from the airport to Stanley is included. On the afternoon of embarkationin Stanley, a One Ocean Expeditions representative will accompany the group to the ship. Full details ofembarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. Once onboard, you will be participating in an obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.
Travel Insurance – On all One Ocean Expeditions’ voyages, you must have comprehensive travel insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health care plans will not cover you in most overseas countries. Your travel agent can recommend a policy designed to cover participants on thesecruises. Your policy must provide coverage for your medical costs in case of hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation. We require that you obtain adequate insurance before joining the voyage. Cancellation insurance is also recommended.
Please check the terms of your policy carefully, particularly with regard to limits of cover (i.e. replacement of photographic equipment, baggage loss, claims procedure, costs due to airline delays etc). Also ensure you are familiar with the procedure for making claims (for example, most policies stipulate that claims must be made within a certain time after completion of your journey). Once you have paid your deposit or full payment, certain fees will apply if you have to cancel your holiday (see the cancellation provisions in our terms and conditions). For this reason you should take out insurance at the time of paying your deposit, which should then protect you in such a situation.
Visas – You will need a valid passport with you throughout the journey. Some nationalities will be required to pay a visitor fee (known as a ‘reciprocity fee’) for entering both Chile (and neighboring Argentina). The Chilean‘reciprocity fee’ can be paid on arrival in Santiago. The Argentine ‘reciprocity fee’ MUST be arranged online, prior to arriving in Argentina. If you plan any side trips to other countries you will need to investigate visa requirements, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing and vary for different nationalities. You should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before traveling.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, some of the informationmay become out of date. Please keep this in mind and check with us if you want to be sure about anything. The document was correct attime of printing but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or ourstaff. We are here to help you!