CROSS THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE AT THIS FASCINATING TIME OF THE SEASON
March is a period of great transition in Antarctica as the short summer comes to an end. The arrival of Autumn brings prolonged hours of soft twilight and a distinct night time. The sunrises and sunsets in March provide a staggering palette of oranges, pinks and purples, setting the snowy mountains of the Antarctic continent ablaze with colour. With darkness, comes light - and in March, we have a very real chance of encountering the mythical Aurora Australis. These eerie lights dance across the night sky adding another layer of colour to our experience. We also witness the fascinating phenomenon of watching the sea ice freeze literally before our eyes, forming frazil and pancake patterns on the surface. Penguin chicks are fully grown and ready to take to the water and other forms of marine life, including seals and whales are on the move.
Our aim is to make landfall at Detaille Island, below the Antarctic Circle, where we venture on shore to explore an old science base from 1950s. We then navigate north into the Gerlache region and plan on visiting a working research station, more historic sites, and enjoy a zodiac cruise through the spectacular ‘iceberg graveyard’ at Pleneau Island. We transit the Lemaire Channel and work our way into Paradise Harbour, while Cuverville and Danco Island, located in the Erera Channel are other possibilities for shore landings. A final highlight is a visit to the enchanting South Shetland Islands. Returning to South America we have one final thrill - rounding the legendary maritime landmark of Cape Horn.
› Cross the Antarctic Circle and witness the spectacular change of seasons› In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula visting historic sites and science stations› Observe penguins, seabirds, seals and whales and learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology from polar experts
YOUR EXPEDITION INCLUDES:
Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their ﬁ eld (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, ﬁ le back up and management An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and ﬁ tness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments) Sea Kayaking programme available (additional charge of US$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books End of voyage video, photos and take home USB Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
THE RIGHT SHIP = THE BEST EXPERIENCE
RCGS Resolute offers exceptional onboard facilities and provides an ideal platform for exploring Antarctica. She features the highest ice classiﬁ cation of any passenger vessel in the world. Outstanding observation areas both inside and from the outer decks allow you to be completely absorbed by the coastal landscapes along the way. Our priority is to craft specially designed itineraries that provide you with maximum time in the pristine locations we visit. The vessel has capacity of just 146 guests and we are able to achieve our daily goals by breaking into smaller special interest groups. There are hiking options onshore, visiting penguin rookeries and wildlife colonies, historic sites and science bases. Cruising in the zodiacs photographing the icebergs, or observing marine life is a highlight for many. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking is another memorable Antarctic experience. To learn more about this exceptional vessel, request a copy of the Ship Fact Sheet containing detailed speciﬁ cations and additional information about cabins and other facilities.