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Join your fellow Inspirato members as we embark on the adventure of a lifetime to one of the most remote—and most breathtaking—corners of the earth. Its landscape is virtually untouched by humans, where whales breach the icy waters, leopard seals roll on the ice, and penguins nest, feed, frolic, and swim.
Aboard the brand new, state-of-the-art National Geographic Resolution, you'll travel in comfort and safety, even as we traverse one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes. On board, the ship carries a fleet of Zodiacs offering quick transport from the ship for shore excursions or getting an up-close look at various wildlife. Return from a day of exploration to enjoy complimentary cocktails in the lounge or relax in the LEX Spa and sauna. Crew members and guest speakers offer presentations throughout the journey to give you an expert perspective on the region and its animal inhabitants, even as you witness them firsthand. Take advantage of the “open bridge” policy to share the captain's view and chat with the officers and crew.
Be among the first to sail Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Resolution, a brand new ship purpose-built for polar navigation. This fully stabilized vessel is designed to safely explore uncharted waters in ultimate comfort.
Zodiac excursions are one of the trip's highlights because they allow passengers incredible access to area wildlife, taking you up close to whales, penguins, and more. Groups of 12 to 14 people can reach areas inaccessible by a large ship, visit shorelines teeming with wildlife, or travel into the ocean to observe wildlife up close.
You'll venture to terrain few people ever explore with hikes across snow, ice and rock. To ensure everyone can explore, hikes will be available for various fitness levels, so that you might hike an incline to discover what waits at the top and enjoy an incredible view or simply wander the shoreline to observe wildlife near the landing site.
While we cannot guarantee that you see every animal, here's a partial list of the wildlife typically encountered on an expedition in Antarctica. You may see thousands of penguins, and at this time of year, you're likely to see the babies hatching. There are also leopard seals, crabeater seals, killer whales, and sperm whales.
Zodiac landing craft; kayaks; undersea specialist operating a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to the polar marine world; hydrophone; and an aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.
You'll feel like you’ve discovered the area yourself as you set out in a kayak to explore the icy contours of this frozen world. Get up close to frolicking penguins and other wildlife (if present) in the ship's sturdy, safe kayaks, which you can man on your own or with another adventurer. You'll receive kayak lessons, and the ship's crew will help you get in and out.
Before we set sail, stay with us at our host hotel in Santiago, Chile, the Mandarin Oriental Santiago. The night of January 17, 2022 is included in the cruise package. The next day, we will fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, and board the National Geographic Resolution.
After disembarkation in Ushuaia, we will fly back to Santiago and transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Santiago where we have preferred room rates for post-cruise extensions.
There will be pre-and post-cruise tours available in Santiago, Chile, the day before embarkation and disembarkation day. These tours will feature culinary, cultural, and adventurous highlights.