Antarctica voyagers view rookeries, icebergs

SEATTLE--Society Expeditions here is entering its 20th season of bringing clients up-close to the natural wonders of Antarctica.

The trips are aboard the World Discoverer, a 138-passenger ship that serves as a home base for exploring the continent's penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies and icebergs. Sea Lion Motorized, rubber Zodiacs transport passengers on shore excursions to explore the surroundings.

There are opportunities to visit with scientists at research stations, and true adventurers can opt to go hiking or to take a dip in a geothermal hot spring.

Various staterooms, from triples to suites, are available on 13- to 20-day trips departing from Miami Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. The 13-day trips take clients across the Drake Passage to spend five days on and around the islands and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula. The 20-day itineraries add visits to the South Orkney Islands, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, home to several large colonies of penguins and nesting birds.

Prices run from $6,090 per person, double. The price includes hotel accommodations in Santiago, Chile; air fare from Santiago to Ushuaia, Argentina; meals; excursions with naturalists, and on-board lectures. It also includes a parka, a backpack, a Society Expeditions field guide and a log book. Air fare from Miami to Santiago is extra.

The World Discoverer holds 138 passengers in an informal setting that allows passengers to observe navigational operations from the ship's open bridge, visit with the lecturers or relax with a good book in the library.

Society Expeditions also offers expedition cruises to Alaska, the South Pacific and the Russian Far East.
Society Expeditions
Phone: (800) 548-8669

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