IS ALL YOURS
VACAYA’S 2022 ANTARCTICA CRUISE HAS SOLD OUT!
If you’d like to put your name on our waitlist for Antarctica, please follow these 2 easy steps:
- If you don’t yet have a profile in our booking system, set one up HERE.
- Once your profile has been completed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with the following information: full name, phone number, email address, type of room(s) you’re looking for
Once on the list, we’ll reach out to you in the order your name appears on our waitlist if a room that fits your request becomes available.
With consumers’ pent-up appetite for travel reaching a fevered pitch, we advise that you book as early as you can for all of our trips. We’ve seen a tenfold increase in bookings over the last year as news continues to improve. We certainly don’t want you to miss out on another VACAYA adventure!
Congratulations to all those who managed to scoop up a room on our Antarctica Cruise. We can’t wait to welcome you on this truly epic adventure!
A Once-in-a-Lifetime All-LGBT+ Luxury Adventure to the End of the Earth!
The most remote continent on Earth is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve seen on previous travels, Antarctica is different from every other destination on the planet. Here, in the midst of the great Southern Ocean, you’ll find nature at its most magnificent. Make history with VACAYA yet again as we host the first all-LGBT+ full-ship charter to Antarctica on the most thrilling journey of all time! We’re sailing one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships – Le Boreal from Ponant, which provides the perfect home-away-from-home for 10 adventure-filled days and nights in Antarctica. And YES… there are multiple daily landings on the continent via Zodiac, so you’ll have the chance to hike, kayak, mix and mingle with penguins, and explore this new universe up close and personal!
For those who’ve traveled all over the world but are still missing this elusive final continent, this is your chance to add #7 to the list!
MEET THE PENGUINS
FUN & FRIENDS
ALL ARE WELCOME
In Antarctica you’ll see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There’s also a rich variety of mammals. Since they haven’t been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of humans. There’s also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky. During the austral summer, Antarctica’s shores are a feeding ground for thousands of whales. You can also see the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines, and the singing humpback whale as it acrobatically breaches the water.
But before we get to Antarctica, we get to explore one of the greatest cities in the world together… BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA!
DISCOVER BUENOS AIRES
EXPLORE UNIQUE DISTRICTS
INDULGE LOCAL DELICACIES
TANGO TILL DAWN
MATE (A DRINK) IN SAN TELMO
VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
Our pricing includes all of the following:
- Accommodations for 11 Nights (1-night pre-cruise hotel & 10 nights aboard Le Boreal)
- 4-Star Hotel:
- 1- night pre-cruise in Buenos Aires, Argentina Dec 6
- Flights (approximately 3.5 hours):
- From Buenos Aires (AEP) to Ushuaia (USH) Dec 7
- From Ushuaia (USH) to Buenos Aires (AEP) Dec 17
- From our Buenos Aires Hotel to AEP Airport to catch our charter flight to Ushuaia Dec 7
- From USH Airport to Le Boreal Dec 7
- From Le Boreal to USH Airport Dec 17
- Breakfast at our Pre-Cruise Host Hotel on the morning of Dec 7
- All meals onboard
- Standard Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (top-shelf brands at additional cost)
- Daily afternoon tea and pastries
- Coffee & tea throughout the day
- 24/7 Room Service
- 24/7 Stateroom Service
- 24/7 Reception Desk
- Daily small boat landings at approved sites and onshore exploration with the expedition team
- Ice-cruising for an up-close encounter with icebergs, wildlife, and more
- Onboard Satellite WiFi (One device at a time per person). Because we’ll be sailing in some of the most remote locations on earth, we will occasionally encounter limited connection and reduced bandwidth. Streaming is not supported.
- Professional English-speaking expedition guides, lecturers, and staff photographers
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for any included optional activities
- The VACAYA Touch
- The Vacayan Hosts
- Signature Entertainment
- Themed Cocktail Parties
- Social Activities
THE PONANT EXPEDITION TEAM
SMALL BOAT LANDINGS* Included.
The sturdy boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings in otherwise inaccessible areas. You’ll need to be fairly agile to board these, but there’s otherwise no need to worry about traveling in them. In Antarctica it’s mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings, so these will be provided to you. Landing operations depend on favorable conditions.
EXPEDITION LEADERS. Included.
RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS. Included.
THE FRENCH TOUCH OF PONANT
FRENCH CREW. Included.
A FRENCH WAY OF LIVING
A FRENCH WAY OF LIVING. Included.
PRESTIGIOUS PARTNERS. Included.
A LIFE-CHANGING VACAYA LUXE EXPERIENCE AWAITS
Le Boreal was built in 2010 and has led the way among Ponant’s expedition ships for over a decade. She is a stunning vessel with sleek lines and an unusual dark-gray hull that makes her truly stand out. Le Boreal is decidedly upscale and unashamedly French. She’s guaranteed to take your breath away.
With a maximum capacity of 200 passengers, Le Boreal will allow us to explore this virtually untouched land rich in wildlife in small, intimate groups, all in an atmosphere of undeniable luxury and casual elegance.
LA LICORNE GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT
LA BOUSSOLE GRILL RESTAURANT
PANORAMIC LOUNGE & LIBRARY
RESTAURANTS, BARS, & OTHER VENUES
OUTDOOR DECKS. Included.
LOUNGES & BARS
LOUNGES & BARS. Included.
With education a big part of any expedition to Antarctica, the ship has a well-stocked selection of books on different topics that will enrich your experience.
Le Boreal offers a gym, hammam, and outdoor pool, available to all guests. Opening hours will be announced onboard.
Passionate Nature Experts
An Explosion of Whites, Blues, and Turquoise
Cherished Lifelong Memories
Arrive in Buenos Aires
Day 2 – Dec 7
Flight to Ushuaia – Embark @ 5pm
Day 3 – Dec 8
Drake Passage Crossing
Day 4 – Dec 9
Drake Passage Crossing
Day 5 – Dec 10
Day 6 – Dec 11
Day 7 – Dec 12
Day 8 – Dec 13
Day 9 – Dec 14
Day 10 – Dec 15
Drake Passage Crossing
Day 11 – Dec 16
Drake Passage Crossing
Day 12 – Dec 17
Disembark 8am – Flight to Buenos Aires
ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022
Our adventure starts with an overnight in one of the greatest cities in the world, Buenos Aires, Argentina! Tonight’s 4-star hotel is part of your package and the night is all yours to mix and mingle with fellow guests as we all prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS – FLIGHT TO USHUAIA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2022 | BOARDING 5PM
This morning, we all fly together from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (flight included with your purchase), where we’ll board Le Boreal. Settle in and get ready for two extraordinary days crossing the Drake Passage. Seafarers have navigated these tricky waters for centuries and now you’ll follow in their footsteps as we make our way to the Antarctic Peninsula.
OUR FIRST SEA DAY – THE DRAKE CROSSING
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022
Will we have the Drake Lake or the Drake Quake today? Only time (and sea conditions) will tell. But either way, today will be all about enjoying our ship, fellow adventurers, and preparing for our first steps on the continent.
TRAVELING WITH RESPONSIBILITY
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022
Today, our Antarctic Expedition Team will lead in-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, and culture to provide context to our voyage and help us understand the unique destination we’re about to experience. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. We’re getting close now and both the sea and the sky will change dramatically. Icebergs – both large and small – begin to appear and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see lenticular clouds, which are only seen with any regularity over Antarctica and are a true otherworldly sight to behold.
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022
So few people have had the opportunity to actually walk on Antarctica. Today, you make history by becoming one of the lucky few who’ve had the chance to explore this land of extremes. Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your encounters with the huge colonies of penguins.
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you’ll find yourself surrounded in spectacular shades of blue and white, with exceptional wildlife all around you. Penguins, humpback whales, seals, and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas.
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022
Le Boreal’s Captain decides where we go today. No matter where we land, you’re sure to see sights you’ve never seen before, and there’s no more humbling a feeling than that. Think about this for one second… at times, you will be the first man, woman, or non-binary person in history to walk on that bit of earth. How’s that for life changing?
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2022
Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced Captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for our adventure.
OUR FINAL DAY IN ANTARCTICA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022
Your entire view of our planet and of your place on it will have evolved completely by this day. Take in the wonder and the incredible beauty one last time. If we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll get the chance to visit the Penguin Post Office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica today. It was built back in 1944 and hasn’t changed much since. This is an actual working Post Office where you very well might be able to send truly unique postcards to friends and family from the bottom of the earth!
WE BEGIN THE JOURNEY HOME
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2022
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun onboard, or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow our ship.
NAVIGATING THE DRAKE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022
After 10 days of adventure, you’ll have stories and memories that’ll last a lifetime. Today is our last full day together, so make the most of it no matter where the day takes you.
ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022 | DISEMBARK 8AM
Today, our journey together comes to an end as we all fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires’ EZE Airport (flight included). From there, there’s no telling where you’ll go! Buenos Aires is one of the world’s great cities and it’s a warm summer weekend! We highly recommend staying a few extra days to explore on your own.
ROOMS & PRICING
When you book online directly with VACAYA, you’ll enjoy 24×7 access to your booking information, Pay-In-Full bonus offers, No-interest monthly payments, AIRLINE DISCOUNTS, and our BEST RATE GUARANTEE!
While our Solo Traveling with Ease Program (STEP) has been sunset, we offer some great recommendations for finding a roommate HERE.
- BEST RATE GUARANTEE
- NO-INTEREST MONTHLY PAYMENTS
- AIRFARE DISCOUNTS
Don’t see your first choice in room category? Upgrades that become available will be prioritized to guests who’ve already booked their second choice. To be placed on our upgrade waitlist, book your second choice and then email your desired category to email@example.com. Be sure to include your reservation number and full name. We’ll reach out to you if your name reaches the top of the upgrade list for your selected category(ies).
PORT & ADMIN FEES
Port & Admin Fees are 427 USD per person.
Pre-Paid Gratuities are 227 USD per person. 100% of these gratuities go to onboard staffers, including your stateroom attendant, the culinary services staff, the behind-the-scenes hotel services staff, and the myriad department heads who work with their teams around the clock to create a flawless VACAYA experience for you.
Solo guests in their own stateroom pay double Gratuities and single Port & Admin Fees.
3+ GUESTS IN A STATEROOM
Because of the unique nature of this cruise, adding a 3rd or 4th guest in a stateroom/suite is not possible on this sailing.
Room descriptions and sizing have been provided to us by Ponant and we are not responsible for variations. Room layouts vary within the same category.
INITIAL DEPOSIT SCHEDULE
- Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%.
- At 300 Days (February 9, 2022) – 25%.
- At 240 Days (April 10, 2022) – 50%.
- At 180 Days (June 9, 2022) – 75%.
- At 120 Days (August 8, 2022) – 100%.
- Upon booking through 300 Days (February 9, 2022) – 10% of total.
- From 299 (February 10, 2022) to 240 Days (April 10, 2022) – 20% of total.
- From 239 (April 11, 2022) to 180 Days (June 9, 2022) – 40% of total.
- From 179 (June 10, 2022) to 120 Days (August 8, 2022) – 60% of total.
- From 119 (August 9, 2022) to 90 Days (September 7, 2022) – 80% of total.
- From 89 (September 8, 2022) to 0 Days (December 6, 2022) – 100% of total.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
- Round-Trip Flights from your home city to and from Buenos Aires
- Transfers from Buenos Aires Airport to our Host Hotel
- Onboard Laundry
- Gift Shop Purchases
- Optional Excursions
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Be sure to read VACAYA’s Terms & Conditions, which include the Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policies for all reservations. Please note that cancellation fees apply from the time of booking.
For real-time availability, proceed by clicking BOOK NOW. With ever-shifting inventory, a category that shows availability on this page may no longer be available when you attempt to book. If you need help finding the perfect room in another category or to add your name to our wait list for a sold-out category, feel free to email The Vacayans at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.
PAY IN FULL OPTION
You may pay in full at the time of booking. Unless you later modify your reservation, no further payments will be necessary. BONUS OFFER: Paid-in-Full Reservations made through May 31, 2021 will receive $200 off per person/$400 off for solo travelers in their own room.
MONTHLY PAYMENT OPTION
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 1st day of the month, the 15th, or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file. If your credit card details change at any time, simply update the info in our system prior to your next month’s payment date. Please note declined payments are subject to a convenience fee. For more information, explore our Automatic Billing FAQs and our Terms & Conditions.
With Covid-19 in our lives for the foreseeable future, we now have an even stronger rationale for recommending Trip Insurance. “Cancel For Any Reason” insurance has quickly risen in popularity, and for good reason. If you decide you don’t want to travel after the cancellation penalty period has begun, this type of insurance covers most if not all of your cancellation fee. It’s also a great way to help honor your Social Contract with VACAYA.
So go ahead and buy that bucket list trip, but protect your health and your investment by purchasing Trip Insurance. ❤️