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Antarctica XXI: Antarctica Air Cruise

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Travelling to Antarctica has just become easier. If you have ever wanted to visit Antarctica, but were discouraged by the thought of the sometimes rough two day crossing through the Drake Passage, we would like to introduce you to the Antarctica XXI fly cruise program.

Originating in Punta Arenas, Chile you board a charter flight which takes you to King George Island in around 2 hours. From there you will board your ship, the 68-passenger ship Ocean Nova and commence the sailing between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, you will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Your journey toward the south may include visits to some of the most magnificent spots on the white continent such as: Hannah Point, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island , Paradise Bay , Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. This Antarctic adventure will be full, with daily landings and excursions in zodiacs boats.

In addition to saving yourself 4 days crossing the Drake Passage, these short programmes are ideal for anyone who is limited on time. Of course, while your main aim may be experiencing Antarctica, you may like to take the opportunity to see some of the interesting destinations in Chile and Argentina.

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The Plane

plane to antarcticaThe BAe 146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very
short runaway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by AerovĂ­as DAP,which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

The Ship

seating areaOcean Nova is modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in 1992 in Denmark to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Passengers are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, she also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wild life watching.

The Cabins

ocean nova cabinThe Ocean Nova has a capacity of 68 passengers in cabins with outside window. Cabins are on the Bridge Deck and the Upper deck with twins having two lower berths on the Bridge Deck. On the Upper Deck twin cabins have two lower berths, triples have two lower berths and an upper berth, and single cabins have one lower and one upper berth.

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