A voyage to the Antarctic can be as active or as relaxed as you wish with small cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE).  Its 12-night ‘Antarctica – Off the Beaten Track’ departure (November 6-18, 2017), which coincides with the arrival of a multitude of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds to the region, offers a good selection of soft adventure activities, combined with travel on a modern, comfortable ship, sumptuous meals and an onboard spa!

Whilst crossing the infamous Southern Ocean (the Drake Passage) onboard one of the most stable vessels sailing in Antarctic waters, passengers can ease themselves gently in to the voyage by learning about the stunning environment, plentiful wildlife and fascinating history of this beautiful polar region, through a series of presentations by onboard experts.

With two extra days to explore the Antarctic Peninsula – compared with the more traditional 10-night Peninsula voyage, myriad excursions include a gentle guided hike along the black sand beaches of Deception Island, where an old aircraft hangar and other relics await further investigation.  Zodiac boat trips give nature lovers the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the many wildlife colonies, whilst cruising among the ice floes.

For those who would really like to experience the optimum snow conditions, novice snow shoeing – for which no previous experience is required – is also available on landing sites.  And, with 25 per cent more staff on this trip than on other OOE departures – over and above the regular 1:4 staff to passenger ratio – there is plenty of help and support on hand to assist with all the extra activities that are available.

Onboard experts include photographic specialists who can offer enhanced photography excursions or can simply be on hand to answer queries and advice on how to get the best shots of wildlife and landscape in the Antarctic polar terrain.

Daily zodiac excursions, guided hikes and onboard educational seminars led by OOE’s expert staff are all included in this 12-night package, as are all meals, including afternoon tea, ship transfers, foul weather gear and overnight camping.

Prices start from US $8,495pp for a triple share cabin, and from US$10,695pp for twin share.

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