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.
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.
Phone: (800) 548-8669