Antarctica & South Georgia Deluxe Gay Air-Cruise
16 days from Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina
March 1 16, 2020
Antarctica 21 Air-Cruises M/V Magellan Explorer
Travel in the footstep of explorer Ernest Shackleton to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere! Visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia aboard brand new Magellan Explorer. Enjoy views of spectacular mountains and towering icebergs, and visit extraordinary snowy landscapes and remote penguin rookeries.
Antarctica is an ecological wonder that has bewitched explorers, scientists and voyagers alike for two centuries.
This fascinating territory contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, which transforms it into the largest fresh water reserve on earth. Among the main species that make up marine Antarctic fauna are whales, seals, penguins as well as a variety of sea birds.
Your adventure to the seventh continent will allow you to meet these incredible creatures while enjoying the indelible scenery of mountainous glaciers and roaming icebergs.
Antarctica’s matchless beauty and extreme climate conditions make this one of the most exotic destinations in the world.
A trip to Antarctica is considered one of life’s most exciting adventures. Often travelers are finally reaching their 7th continent when traveling here. As a traveler to Antarctica, you are also joining a very elite club. Only about 35,000 people a year get to visit the White Continent. The number of companies operating there is very limited and every ship that disembarks travelers is limited to just 100 people ashore at a time. Tourism in Antarctica is also very young. The first tourists went in the 1960s and 1970s but regular tourism only began in the late 1980s.
One of the reasons travelers are often hesitant to take a trip there is the Drake Passage, the body of water between South America’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. It is true that the Drake Passage can have some of the choppiest waters in the world. Our trip to Antarctica will avoid those waters by FLYING from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Shetland Islands, avoiding the dreaded Drake Passage. At the finish of our trip, we sail from the Antarctica Peninsula toward the east to South Georgia Islands and then west to Ushuaia, Argentina, again avoiding the roughest section of the Drake Passage.
Join a group of Coda travelers aboard the newly built Magellan Explorer and become one of the lucky few to experience amazing Antarctica.
Your Ship - Brand New m/v Magellan Explorer
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019.
Strong and agile, Magellan Explorer has been developed from the ground up as the ideal platform for Antarctica21’s air-cruise operations. Several international polar expedition experts have contributed to the design of the ship. Working with designers, engineers, and naval architects, they developed a wide range of technical solutions designed to enhance the expedition experience of guests.
For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 69 passengers accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All other cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
Amenities & Services
Public areas include a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and bar that is also used to deliver briefings and educational presentations. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests; together with the outdoor observation deck it offers expansive views and close contact with the natural environment during exploration. The dining room accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting. There is also a meeting room, a library, a gift shop, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, are available.
• A bar offering a selection on Chilean domestic and international drinks
• Gym 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
• 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
• 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