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The 403-ft (122.8 meters) M/V RCGS Resolute was purpose built for polar expedition cruising in 1993, Rauma, Finland and has a traveler capacity restricted to 146 passengers. Offering  stability and strength, a superb design and layout, the ice-strengthened RCGS Resolute was designed for comfort and is modern, well-appointed and safe. The RCGS Resolute complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) regulations and is equipped with external stabilizers, propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.  She travels at a maximum speed of 15 knots and the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS) made specially to navigate polar waters. Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination and more flexibility with itinerary planning.
Itinerary
DAY 1: Ushuaia, Argentina - Embark
Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Enjoy a morning at leisure. You may opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia.  In the late afternoon, head to the port of Ushuaia where you will embark your Antarctic expedition vessel.  Once onboard, you’ll check into your cabin and enjoy a welcome briefing as you sail through this scenic waterway. (D)
DAY 2-3: Drake Passage
The next two days are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Heading south, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, arriving into the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Time onboard is spent attending lectures and observing the scenery and wildlife from the ship.  As the journey across the Drake Passage ends, you’ll spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands. (B,L,D)
DAY 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula
For the next five days you will explore the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, making stops in the South Shetlands along the way. Your expedition will make as much time as possible to explore via Zodiac cruising and numerous shore landings in order to marvel up close at the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. Possible visits over the next few days include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, Half Moon Island, and even the southerly Petermann Island. Throughout your journey, you will encounter a multitude of penguins, Skuas and other seabirds, as well as be on the lookout for Weddell, Crabeater, Leopard and Elephant seals. You may also hope to see the gentle Humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to observe Orca, Fin and Minke whales as you go. 
 
In Neko Harbour or Paradise Bay, if the weather is mild enough to allow excursions to shore, you will set foot on the Antarctic Continent. You will be awed by a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level and enjoy the backdrop of alpine peaks during zodiac cruises in Neko Harbour. In Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, you will enjoy more zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. When possible, some may wish to camp on shore overnight. After sailing through the spectacular Neumayer Channel, you may be able visit the British research station and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. You’ll continue on through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island where you’ll find a very large colony of the comical Adélie penguin. In the South Shetlands, your captain will head for Half Moon Island, where you’ll observe a breeding colony of Chinstrap penguins that share their territory with Fur seals. (B,L,D)
DAY 9-10: Drake Passage
As the expedition nears its end in the Antarctica Peninsula, you’ll head back to the open sea and sail through the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia. Time onboard is spent attending lectures and reflecting on your journey.  As the vessel approaches the southern tip of South America, the captain will sail close to the legendary Cape Horn if conditions permit.  (B,L,D)
DAY 11: Ushuaia, Argentina - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Ushuaia Airport. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Access to special programs onboard (such as hiking & photography)
  • Photography Program
  • Camping - all gear included
  • Use of multimedia room onboard
  • Wet weather gear available onboard - must be pre-reserved
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Snowshoes available onboard
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Monday, December 10, 2018 to Thursday, December 20, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Friday, March 1, 2019 to Monday, March 11, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019 to Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Cabins

The RCGS Resolute has 74 spacious, outside cabins spread across six categories, featuring port holes to expansive panoramic windows, convertible lower berths from single beds to double beds, new carpets, high quality cabinetry, modern sectional lounge quarters and a contemporary and spacious bathroom design.

Deck 3
Triple (6) #301 - #306, option for a double or two single configured beds and a convertible sectional lounge as third lower berth, private facilities,writing desk, portholes, 22 square meters

Deck 4
Twin (24) #401-#424, option for a double or two single configured beds, sectional lounge, writing desk, private facilities, large picture window, 22 square meters

Deck 5
Superior (10) #525-#534, option for a double or two single configured beds, sectional lounge, writing desk, private facilities, large picture window, 22 square meters
Superior Plus (22) #503-#524, option for a double or two single configured beds, sectional lounge, writing desk, private facilities, large picture window, 22 square meters
 
Deck 6
Shackleton Suite (8) #601-#608, option for a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/pillows, sectional lounge, writing desk,private facilities, upgraded en-suite amenities & services, mini-stereo, large picture window, 22 square meters
One Ocean Suite (4) #609-#612, option for a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/pillows, sectional lounge & club chairs,writing desk, private facilities with bathtub, upgraded en-suite amenities & services, mini-stereo, large picture windows, 44 square meters.
 

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Boat Details

Amenties:

The RCGS Resolute offers spacious outer decks providing 360 degree viewing platforms perfect for photography, wildlife watching, birding and appreciating expansive views. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. The bridge is located on deck six, and is accessible to travelers throughout their journey. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. Other facilities include a multimedia room, and mobile laboratory, a theatre-style presentation room, a gift-shop, a salt water plunge pool, large relaxation deck, and a hot water Jacuzzi - all located aft of the wellness center (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room) a well-equipped gymnasium and mudrooms.  The sumptuous meals prepared by the culinary team are enjoyed in either of the two dining rooms, one of which features a popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views.  The Vessel is equipped with 14 zodiacs for shore excursions.
 
Ship Services:

The RCGS Resolute is manned by a highly experienced marine crew an international catering/hotel staff, and an expedition staff  (comprised of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, guides/lecturers, four adventure concierges, a photographer in residence and a doctor) The passenger to staff ration is 4:1.




antarctica travelMarisa, we've been back a week and I'm writing to say how wonderful our trip was. Thanks you for all your guidance and planning. Buenos Aires was so interesting. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was top notch-- and very funny. The hotel was in a good location and the all-day tour in Ushuaia was memorable. The ship was well-run and the food was both interesting and plentiful. The crew was professional. The expedition leaders were kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  I can't give you credit for the fantastic weather and incredible scenery but it was an amazing trip. Thank you. - Susan Ogden/Rose Marie Wilson (Akademik Ioffe) 


The trip was fantastic of course! South Georgia is an amazing place! After docking at Ushuaia, the driver was waiting there on the pier and coordinated well with the ship and the port officials, provided me with useful materials and delivered me to the Alto Andino. I liked the Alto Andino. It was quiet, clean and has a nice secure luggage store, which I used when I arrived, as it was too early to check in. They did let me check in early, shortly after lunch, when a room became available. And, when I came back to the hotel after dinner with friends, there was a message from my driver about the pickup time for departing to the airport. The transfer at BA went without a hitch, nice driver and nice car, and being Saturday, light traffic as well! Anyway, thank you! Your planning and support is greatly appreciate and I will be sure to let my friends know about your great company! - Philip H. Walters (South Georgia In Depth onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

Carrie and Jonathan, we arrived back from Antarctica over the weekend.   I just wanted to thank both of you for arranging such an outstanding trip!  The guides, hotels, and logistics were all excellent—and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Fortunately, despite my foot injury, I was able to fully partake in all the sightseeing and activities and didn’t feel that I had to curtail anything I wanted to do.  We’ll be sure to contact you for future trips in South America.  - Nancy Voye (Antarctic Peninsula onboard NG Explorer)

Carrie and Justin, I just wanted to send the two of you a message to thank you for all your help putting together our trip to the Antarctic.  The trip was absolutely fantastic – definitely the best trip we have ever taken! I would strongly recommend the Akademik Ioffe team to anyone that asks. The places we visited and the excursions we were able to participate in were definitely first-rate, and I would credit the staff for making this happen.  They selected great places to visit, and really made each zodiac or on-shore excursion a special experience. The Antarctic is just mind-blowing.  We did get south of the Circle – which sounds like it was a bit of an accomplishment – and had really great weather for the entire trip.  So again, thanks for making a totally fabulous trip a reality for us. -Ron & Bonnie Milzer (Antarctic Circle Voyage onboard Akademik Ioffe)