Crossing the Circle Southern Expedition

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Trip Overview

Duration

14 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Hiking
Small-Ship Expedition
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Easy

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A Sub-zero Safari

Navigate south of 66°33′ S on Wild Women Expeditions first-ever Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition. There’s a reason why Antarctica and the word magic are interchangeable. We satiate our curiosity and inner polar explorer on the 128-passenger Ocean Explorer from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Circle and back. The highlight reel is endless—from unmatched encounters with humpbacks and chatty penguin colonies, there are also trilling seals, countless seabirds and calving icebergs.

TRAVEL DEEP INTO THE FROZEN FRONTIER

A Classroom Without Walls

On Zodiac and shore excursions, we have the opportunity to get up close and personal with marine mammals, Antarctic ice and the dynamic frozen landscape of iceberg-poked horizons. We can earn all of our Girl Guide badges in one remarkable trip: Ornithology, Marine Biology, Geology, Glaciology, Volcanology! During sea days, the onboard Expedition Team facilitates a myriad of workshops, lectures and film screenings that we can squeeze in between jacuzzi soaks or leisurely afternoon tea.

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I had the time of my life! I knew it would be a great trip but I had no idea how much my soul would be so filled with the awe of Earth’s Beauty and the utter Peace of being with magnificent creatures in nearly perfect harmony! Getting to know the other Wild Women on the trip was a rare pleasure and treasure! I think these will be long term friends and not the last of seeing each other!! Thank you for everything!”

Cynthia F.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

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  • Day 2

    Embarking onto the Ocean Explorer

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  • Days 3 & 4

    The Drake Passage

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  • Days 5–7

    South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula

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  • Days 8 & 9

    Antarctic Circle

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  • Days 10 & 11

    Northbound along the Peninusla

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  • Days 12 & 13

    The Drake Passage

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  • Day 14

    Disembarkation in Ushuaia

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon A dedicated Wild Women host, in addition to the amazing Expedition Team, ship staff and crew
  • checkmark icon One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • checkmark icon All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board (*Please inform us of any dietary requirements; kosher meals are not possible)
  • checkmark icon Select beer and wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • checkmark icon Shore landings and Zodiac excursions led by expert Expedition Team leaders
  • checkmark icon A very cool (and warm) 3-in-1 expedition parka you can keep
  • checkmark icon A pair of waterproof expedition boots (on loan) for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • checkmark icon A take-home photographic journal documenting your expedition
  • checkmark icon Daily housekeeping as well as a hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • checkmark icon Riveting lectures and presentations by the expedition team and guest speakers 
  • checkmark icon Luggage transfer on ship
  • checkmark icon Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • checkmark icon Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • checkmark icon Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility
  • checkmark icon Emergency Evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • checkmark icon All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
What’s Excluded

Gratuities

Personal expenses

Please Note:

For the pre-expedition hotel stay in Ushuaia, the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.

Single supplement is available on a limited quantity of cabins. For more info, contact adventure@wildwomenexpeditions.com

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Add-Ons

Kayaking

The Sea Kayak Program enables a small group of like-minded individuals to forge bonds as they explore fjords, glacial faces or mazes of sea ice all voyage long. Limited space is available per departure and an application process is required for this activity. Price above applicable for 2024 departure.

If you’d like to add on this program, please book as soon as possible. Contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com to apply.

Paddling Excursion

Our Paddle Excursion Program is a one-time experience and provides sit-on-top, two-person inflatable kayaks that enable guests to enjoy an intimate, water-level experience in unforgettable locations in Antarctica. These stable, rugged and comfortable crafts are an ideal way to see the Polar Regions from a different perspective. Limited space is available per departure. Price above applicable for 2024 departure.

If you’d like to add on this program, please book as soon as possible. Contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com.

The Ship & Cabins

The Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Explorer is a 138-passenger vessel with extensive outdoor deck space, two outdoor jacuzzis and numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard. One of the ship’s key features is the ULSTEIN X-BOW®, a marine engineering innovation that ensures a comfortable and smooth sailing experience thanks to the inverted bow. The two new Rolls Royce engines have increased fuel efficiency and help minimize the ship’s carbon footprint.

Ship Specifications

The Ocean Explorer features ample outdoor viewing areas and multi-height outer decks, which are ideal for long-view photography and wildlife viewing. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 15 Zodiacs that enable guests to get off the ship quickly and safely for off-ship adventures. In addition to the well-appointed and spacious public areas, Ocean Explorer has an industry-leading mix of sustainability systems, including fuel-efficient Rolls Royce engines.

Staff and Crew: 105

Guests: 138

Length: 342 ft (104.4m)

Draft: 17.3 ft (5.3m)

Lifeboats: 2

Registration: Portugal

Ice Class: 1A, PC6

Cruising Speed: 16.5 knots, in open water

Choose Your Cabin

Below are details about the cabin options available. All cabins are shared with one of your new Wild Women friends. However, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to be paired with your travel companion.

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom (Twin Berth)

Deck 4
  • checkmark icon Size (sqf): 168 – 195
  • checkmark icon Occupancy: 1-2
  • checkmark icon Bed Configuration: One double bed made up of two twin berths
  • checkmark icon Floor to ceiling glass views with a walkout balcony
  • checkmark icon Deck, chair, TV, and state of the art ‘infotainment’ system
  • checkmark icon Private Bath: shower, vanity and heated floors
  • checkmark icon Class: Standard

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom (Twin Berth)

Deck 4
  • checkmark icon Size (sqf): 200-205
  • checkmark icon Occupancy: 1-2
  • checkmark icon Bed Configuration: One double bed made up of two twin berths
  • checkmark icon Seating Area: a sofa-bed
  • checkmark icon Floor to ceiling glass views with a walkout balcony
  • checkmark icon Deck, chair, TV, and state of the art ‘infotainment’ system
  • checkmark icon Private Bath: shower, vanity and heated floors
  • checkmark icon Class: Standard

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom (Twin Berth)

Deck 4
  • checkmark icon Size (sqf): 203-272
  • checkmark icon Occupancy: 1-2
  • checkmark icon Bed Configuration: One double bed made up of two twin berths
  • checkmark icon Seating Area: Either a sofa-bed or two club chairs and a coffee table
  • checkmark icon Floor to ceiling glass views with a walkout balcony
  • checkmark icon Deck, chair, TV, and state of the art ‘infotainment’ system
  • checkmark icon Private Bath: shower, vanity and heated floors
  • checkmark icon Class: Standard

Grand Veranda Stateroom (Twin Berth)

Deck 6
  • checkmark icon Size (sqf): 195-205
  • checkmark icon Occupancy: 1-2
  • checkmark icon Bed Configuration: One double bed made up of two twin berths
  • checkmark icon Seating Area: Either a sofa-bed or two club chairs and a coffee table
  • checkmark icon Floor to ceiling glass views with a generous walkout balcony
  • checkmark icon Deck, chair, TV, and state of the art ‘infotainment’ system
  • checkmark icon Private Bath: shower, vanity and heated floors
  • checkmark icon Class: Premium

Trip Details

The Ocean Explorer

While you’ll be with the Wild Women group, this isn’t an exclusive Wild Women Expeditions or 100% women-only trip. The Wild Women group size can range from 10 to 40 women, but there will be other passengers along for the journey. In addition, the staff and crew of the Ocean Explorer, a 138-passenger ship, will also be co-ed.

Your Guide to Antarctica

Click HERE for a more in-depth guide to all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including what you can expect on this expedition, the packing list, and arrival and departure details.

Our Expedition Cruise Partner’s Client Portal

Approximately three to four months prior to departure, you will receive an email with a unique URL link to our partner’s information portal. Please carefully and thoroughly complete these forms with your current personal and medical information, dietary preferences or requirements and other information as requested.

The Itinerary

We don’t like to blame Mother Nature but she has her off days, and weather conditions can change in a snap and affect our arrival times. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned in this itinerary may be changed to others equally as riveting! 

Airline schedule changes have also been known to occur in Argentina too so pack a little patience with your extra granola bars. We advise not booking flights until mid or late afternoon.

This expedition starts in Ushuaia, Argentina (airport code: USH), and finishes in Ushuaia, Argentina (airport code: USH).

The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? On this trip we brave the elements, hike uneven coastal terrain and have several Zodiac transfers (from the ship to Zodiac and from Zodiac to shore). Yes, it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on the strength you didn’t know you had and tap into your inner explorer. 

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

  • checkmark icon Entering and exiting the Zodiacs
  • checkmark icon Maneuvering around tight spaces
  • checkmark icon Walking on uneven terrain
  • checkmark icon Being on a boat for an extended period of time
  • checkmark icon Due to strong currents there may be moderate movement on the vessel while navigating (most passengers are not affected but you may wish to ask your doctor about seasickness medication or prevention tactics pre-trip) 
  • checkmark icon If you choose to go on the kayaking excursions, some kayaking experience is required
  • checkmark icon Please note that Wild Women small ship expeditions are not 100% Wild Women exclusive or women-only. Staff, crew and fellow passengers on the Ocean Explorer will be co-ed
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Easy (Some physical activity included. Trips are the most leisurely with an average of 1-4 hours of physical activity each day.)
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