Accommodation

The Plane:

The BAe 146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements, making it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years’ experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.


The Ship: Ocean Nova

All-inclusive. The Ocean Nova is a modern, comfortable vessel. Built in Denmark in 1992, she’s designed to sail the ice-choked waters off Greenland, and her strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Ocean Nova has capacity for 62 passengers, accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. There’s a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, an infirmary and an exercise room. She’s also equipped with Zodiac boats, which are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. Expedition staff and crew: 38
Passengers: 62 
Length: 73.0 m Breadth: 11.0 m Draft: 3.7 m 
Propulsion: Diesel Engines - 2,000-horsepower 
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A) 
Cruising Speed: 12 Knots in open water Lifeboats: two fully enclosed, capacity of 90.

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Hotel Rey Don Felipe in Punta Arenas:

Bed and breakfast. The Hotel Rey Don Felipe is regarded as the best in town. Located in Punta Arenas the capital of Chilean Patagonia and a city of contrasts and great personality, the hotel has 45 beautifully decorated rooms spread over four floors. Besides the cosy entrance hall, bar, restaurant and business center, there’s a gym and full Wi-Fi connection.

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Highlights

  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Fly to King George Island
  • Cruise of Antarctica

When to Escape

There is only a short season when the seas are navigable around Antarctica, so the available dates are fairly limited.

 

Austral summer weather in Antarctica will mean mostly mild temperatures, but you should expect some cold, sunny days and brisk winds, which may turn stormy with a few snow flurries. Be prepared for quick changes in conditions.

 

Departs

Punta Arenas 2017: 02 Dec, 07 Dec, 12 Dec, 17 Dec, 22 Dec, 27 Dec.

Punta Arenas 2018: 17 Jan, 22 Jan, 27 Jan, 08 Feb, 13 Feb.

“Antarctica’s fragile ecosystem is probably the most important issue of our lifetime. To experience this firsthand and gain an understanding of this wilderness is something precious indeed. Contact with the Antarctica is done in a safe and careful manner with respect of the environment uppermost at all times.” 

Escapa

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