Intrepid launches new polar voyages on Ocean Endeavour
Intrepid Travel has announced their polar program for 2021/2022, which includes a total solar eclipse voyage as well as a Christmas and New Year sailing.
“The new range of trips mean you’ll be guaranteed a white Christmas, while the total solar eclipse of 2021 on the Ocean Endeavour will be unforgettable,” Intrepid Travel managing director AU/NZ Sarah Clark said.
The best viewing in the world for the total solar eclipse in December 2021 will be in the Southern Ocean between South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
“We want our travelers to learn as much as possible on these voyages. Our eclipse itinerary, for example, will include presentations from marine biologists, astrophysicists and meteorologists,” Clark said.
There will be plenty of expertise on board all departures, with a photography program that partners with world renowned wildlife photographers.
The photography workshop has privileged access to the Ocean Endeavour’s forward facing zodiacs, which offer stability for photography alongside unobstructed views.
“The Ocean Endeavour is all about the destination. We want our travellers to immerse themselves in the white continent and with no more than 200 passengers on board, the experience is intimate and adventurous,” Clark said.
Here are the itineraries for the 2021/22 polar season, operated in partnership with Chimu Adventures, with early bird savings of up to 25% on select departures:
Christmas & New Year in Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
Celebrate Christmas and the New Year on a journey around the Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. On this 21-day trip, travellers will scout for seals, minke whales and orcas on a zodiac and scan the horizon for seabirds. Highlights include visiting the largest king penguin rookery on South Georgia and the old whaling settlement of Grytviken and nature presentations and documentary screenings by the polar crew.
Antarctic Whale Journey
Observe orca, minke and humpback whales on this 11-day cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula. On this trip, travellers will be able to enjoy the outer deck space of the Ocean Endeavour to scout for dolphins, whales and possibly an albatross, participate in an optional lecture program that shares fascinating insights into Antarctic history, biology and geology and take advantage of wellness services on board the ship. Highlights include excursions on zodiacs to get an up-close and personal look at migrating whales, penguins and seals.
Discover the secrets and what it means to be a true Antarctic explorer on this expedition to the Great White Continent. On this 14-day trip, travellers will witness a rare total solar eclipse aboard the Ocean Endeavour, enjoy presentations from marine biologists, astrophysicists and meteorologists to learn all about Antarctic life and toast to the stunning vistas and sunsets of the South Shetland Islands. Highlights include getting up close and personal with penguins, leopard seals, whales and seabirds on a zodiac boat and relaxing on the Ocean Endeavour with a gym, library and heated pool. From $19,995 on the December 2021 departure.
Best of Antarctica
Explore the extraordinary islands around the infamous Drake Passage on this trip around Antarctica. On this 11-day trip, travellers will explore the ice-filled waters and glaciers on a zodiac and by foot, learn from experienced leaders in glaciology and Antarctic history throughout the journey and cruise down the Beagle Channel. Highlights include spotting humpback whales, orcas and seals and spending the evenings unwinding on the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities.
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