Antarctica Photo (c) Linda Garrison
Expeditions To The White Continent: INTRAV’s Clipper Adventurer Explores Antarctica & Falkland Islands Feb. 12; Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn Feb. 22
Book By Dec. 15 and Save $1,000 On Business Class Air; Feb. 22 Voyage Features Bonus $1,000 Savings
ST. LOUIS, MO, November 6, 2006 – Majestic fjords and landscapes of ice will amaze and inspire on INTRAV’s February 2007 Clipper Adventurer Antarctica & Falkland Islands, and Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn voyages. On both sailings, guests aboard the intimate 122-guest A-1 ice class vessel will journey deep into the rugged inland waterways of Patagonia and beyond, visiting earth’s last untrammeled frontiers while enjoying the comfort, safety and convenience of the luxury expedition ship.
From ethereal landscapes dotted with pale blue icebergs and remote islands teeming with black-browed albatross, to beaches echoing with the bellows of fur seals, the raw, monumental beauty of Antarctica comes to life on Clipper Adventurer’s February 12, 17-day program.
Within the shadow of the towering Andes Mountains, the adventure begins with a pre-cruise overnight in colonial Santiago, Chile, including a city tour and visit to the summit of San Cristóbal. After a charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in South America, guests embark the 11-night voyage to the White Continent. Onboard and on landings, an expert team of lecturers and naturalists will lead will lead shore-side interaction and discussions on the fauna, flora, geology and history of Antarctica.
Upon arriving at the West Falkland Islands guests will enjoy nature walks ashore discovering upland geese, thin-billed prions, albatross and Magellanic, rockhopper or gentoo penguins. The vessel next cruises Cape Horn, or the "Drake Passage," a remote 600-mile stretch at the confluence of the earth’s great Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
From here, the Clipper Adventurer sails four days around the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, across the Antarctic Sound, also known as "Iceberg Alley," with its extraordinary formations in myriad hues of blue. Making several stops or Zodiac cruises as weather permits, the ship may transit the Lemaire and Neumayer Channels between sheer rock walls and icy cliffs rising to snow-peaked summits. During a Zodiac cruise, Paradise Bay unfolds views of various seals and penguins at the historic research station at Port Lockroy. Visits will be made to various islands named Deception, Paulet, Petermann, Elephant and Penguin, where abundances of wildlife can be seen including Minke whales and leopard seals.
Upon return to Ushuaia, guests fly charter air to Buenos Aires for two post-cruise nights in this stunning city renowned for its electrifying tango, magnificent Spanish colonial architecture, broad boulevards, and elegant plazas.
Prices start at $8,010 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare, and include accommodations at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel, all meals during the cruise, charter air to/from Ushuaia, guides and shore excursions.
The Clipper Adventurer’s February 22, 16-day journey to the Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn begins with two days in Buenos Aires before a charter flight to Ushuaia, the largest town in the Argentine region of Tierra del Fuego. Here, guests embark the expedition vessel for a 10-night cruise navigating the intricate maze of fjords formed where the Andes plunge into Patagonia’s icy seas. While some ships are capable of sailing these waters, only a small vessel like the Clipper Adventurer can navigate the "inside passage" - the English Narrows - of Chile’s fjords; larger ships must remain mostly outside in the open Pacific.
Along the Beagle Channel, named for the ship that carried Darwin on his voyage of discovery from 1831-1836, albatross and giant petrels play in the ship’s wake as it heads for Cape Horn, the southernmost point of continental South America. Although numbering more than all of those in Scandinavia, Chile’s magnificent fjords are practically unknown except to a few expedition cruisers. For three days, adventurers will enjoy cruising among the islands of Chilean Patagonia, sailing through the extraordinary glacial fjords, marveling at the high cliffs, deeply indented estuaries, rugged mountains and thick emerald-green foliage. Along the way, INTRAV’s onboard experts will point out the fauna and explain the natural wonders as they unfold off the bow of the ship.
At UNESCO World Heritage Site Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine National Park, a guided hike will showcase the park’s distinct ecosystems and dramatic landscapes. And, with a keen eye, there is a great chance to spot some of the world’s rarest bird species - Andean condor, the caracara and black vulture.
Two more days at sea follow with fascinating encounters in the offing, from a visit of Ainsworth Bay, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Darwin Mountain Range, or the beautiful little port of Tucker Islet with its colony of Magellanic penguins. A landing at Brookes Glacier is possible, with sightings of whales and seals a given.
Next, guests sail the Straight of Magellan en route to Isla Magdalena, where one of the largest colonies of Magellanic penguins in Chile reside. After disembarking in Punta Arenas, situated along one of the world’s historic trade routes, guests fly to Santiago for an overnight and day of touring before returning home.
Prices start at $5,895 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare, and include $1,000 per person savings on categories 1 – 5, accommodations at the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Sheraton Santiago Hotel, all meals during the cruise, air to Ushuaia and Santiago, guides and shore excursions.
Book either of these Clipper Adventurer expeditions by December 15, 2006 and receive $1,000 off INTRAV’s Business Class Air Travel Upgrade.
The Clipper Adventurer
A handsome expedition ship with an ice-hardened hull, agile design and fleet of Zodiac landing craft, the 122-guest Clipper Adventurer combines travel to some of the world’s most remote locales with superior onboard comfort. Featuring all ocean-view staterooms, world-class cuisine, two lounges, a library, workout room and e-mail access, the intimate Clipper Adventurer provides all the trappings of a larger luxury cruise ship in an intimate, less-congested setting.
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked the Clipper Adventurer among "The Best Cruise Ships in the World" in 2006.
Since its founding in 1959, St. Louis-based INTRAV has built a formidable reputation as an innovative designer and operator of worldwide river cruises, land and safari journeys and small-ship expeditions. With operational experience in more than 90 countries, INTRAV offers more itinerary choices to more destinations around the world. For additional information about INTRAV call (800) 456-8100 or visit www.intrav.com.
Press Release Source: Spring, O'Brien & Co. for INTRAV
Dateline: November 2006