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About Our Destination

Currency
Argentina’s currency is the Argentinian peso. $USD is accepted in all ports of call. For current exchange rates, go to www.xe.com.
Languages
Spanish is the main language, but English is widely spoken.
Being Gay in Antarctica
The penguins are very gay-friendly. In fact, the leopard seals have been known to cuddle up to lesbians!
Climate
Typical daytime temperatures for the Antarctic Peninsula during the summer are -2º to 4ºC (28º to 39ºF). In fact, it was recently reported that the temperature reached 61ºF during the Antarctic summer! However, the weather is quite changeable, and you may encounter different conditions not only in a single day but even on a single landing. Also, strong winds can make it feel considerably colder (as low as -18ºC /0ºF), so you must be dressed for windy and wet conditions at all times. The only thing we can guarantee about the weather is that it will be unpredictable.
Itinerary
  • Thursday, November 30 – Arrive Ushuaia – Included transfer to hotel – Overnight
  • Friday, December 1 – Included transfer to town for free time after checkout; embarkation late afternoon
  • Saturday, December 2-Sunday, December 3 – Drakes Passage
  • Monday, December 4-Friday, December 8 – Antarctica and The Peninsula
  • Saturday, December 9 – Drakes Passage
  • Sunday, December 10 – Ushuaia (Disembarkation) – Included transfer to airport or central location in town
NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change based on whale/seal sightings, island availability, and weather.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations at Arakur Hotel for 1 night in Ushuaia
  • Accommodations for 9 nights/10 days on board ship
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary while on board the ship, with breakfast at hotel on embarkation day 
  • Excursions (additional cost for camping and kayaking)
  • Transfer from the airport to hotel on November 30, hotel to ship on December 1, and ship to airport upon departure on December 10
  • Services of Olivia cruise director and program manager, expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff, photography instructor, expert guides and the ship’s doctor
  • USB keepsake of the voyage
  • Complimentary beer and wine during dinner
  • Complimentary Arctic Helly Hansen Expedition SALT jacket
  • Use of stainless steel water bottle during voyage
  • Loaned pair of sturdy muck boots for entire voyage
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew and staff
  • Olivia entertainer
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Air transportation TO/FROM Ushuaia
  • Alcoholic beverages not mentioned above
  • Internet connection (additional cost)
  • Optional kayaking and camping excursions
  • NDA charges are not included in the price of the trip but have already been added to your reservation, as reflected on your invoice.
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the start date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the Argentina consulate to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa.  As of August 23, 2016, U.S. passport holders no longer have to pay a reciprocity fee. However, Canadian and Australians are required to pay the fee. The current fee is USD $100.00 for Australian passport holders and USD $75.00 for Canadian passport holders. This fee must be paid online prior to arrival in Argentina or you will be denied entry. Payments may be made at https://reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar. You will need to print the receipt and bring it with you.
Vaccinations
At the time of this writing, Argentina does not require that you present inoculation certification. Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Travel insurance
All passengers are required to carry valid health insurance. This insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses, and pre-existing medical conditions. 
Most health insurance plans do not cover medical evacuation or if you are sick outside of your own country. For this reason, passengers are strongly advised to carry travel insurance which should include coverage for cancellation, curtailment, trip interruption, medical evacuation and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury or delay occurring to or otherwise involving a passenger. With a trip like this, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage.
As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000, we recommend that no policy carry less than this amount of coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: Travel to Antarctica carries with it a slight, but inherent, risk that a voyage may be interrupted after the voyage has begun. In such a case, Olivia and Polar Latitudes cannot be responsible for situations outside its control, and your insurance may be your only recourse for recovery of funds.
Olivia and our tour operator, Polar Latitudes, will require information as to carrier, policy number, and a 24-hour contact number by June 30, 2017.
IMPORTANT: If you are NOT able to provide proof of insurance that covers the required personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses, and pre-existing medical conditions, our tour operator will not allow your tickets to be issued or to travel on the ship to Antarctica. No refunds will be made if you fail to submit proof of insurance.
Olivia partners with Travel Guard to make things easier for you; you can now add your travel insurance when you book your trip, all in one call. In order to receive the most comprehensive coverage, please purchase your insurance within 15 days of your initial invoice. If you have questions about Olivia’s travel insurance, call (800) 631-6277 option 1 to talk to one of our travel consultants.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, gay friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre and post trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance, please call Conlin Travel: # 888-278-1698
Joining the Facebook and Olivia.com trip groups
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, join Olivia’s Antarctica Adventure Official Group Page on Facebook. You can also sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia’s Antarctica Adventure on our connect page.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.

Travel and arrival

Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Ushuaia, Argentina (USH).
Suggested arrival/departure times
Arrivals: All flights should be scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) at any time on November 30, 2017. Hotel check-in begins at 2 pm.
Departures: Departures from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) can be scheduled to depart after 12 pm on December 10, 2017.
IMPORTANT FLIGHT INFORMATION
We recommend you book the Ushuaia air portion sooner than later. Once these flights sell out on our arrival and departure days, your options become limited to either fly in a day or two prior, or depart a day or two after the trip.
We include one hotel night in Ushuaia on November 30, so you may book your flights to arrive at any time on the start date for your trip. Of course, you may choose to arrive a few days early to explore the city on your own. 
If you are flying through Buenos Aires, please note that there are two airports: the international airport (Ezeiza, airport code EZE) and the domestic airport (Aeroparque Jorge Newberry, airport code AEP). If you must transfer between airports to connect to your ongoing flight to Ushuaia, please be aware that 3 hours is the minimum legal connect time. However, we suggest you may be more comfortable with four, or even five, hours connection time to allow for not only the transfer (an hour in heavy traffic), but also arrival flight delays, long lines at immigration/customs, etc. 
Our estimated disembarkation time from the vessel is 8 am on December 10, 2017, with an included group transfer to the Ushuaia airport immediately following disembarkation. Our arrival back into Ushuaia is dependent on weather and sea conditions. We could arrive in Ushuaia late December 9 or early December 10. We cannot predict, but the captain will try to leave early enough from the Antarctic peninsula to arrive safely and timely back into Ushuaia. Therefore, if you intend to fly out of Ushuaia on the day of disembarkation, we strongly recommend booking your return flight after 12 pm. In the original confirmation materials, you were given a time of 10 am or later, however Polar Latitudes recently informed us they are giving a 12 pm or later time for this season. If you have booked a time between 10 am and 12 pm, we will do our best to get you to the airport in time on the group transfer. If you have booked a flight leaving earlier than 10 am, you will need to hire your own taxi to the airport, as the group transfer cannot leave in time for this flight. The staff on board can assist with this. Please note, arrival delays can occur and Polar Latitudes/Olivia cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred due to delayed disembarkation.
Upon disembarkation in Ushuaia, we will provide a transfer for you and your luggage from the ship to the airport or you may choose to be taken to a convenient downtown location where you may store luggage before proceeding to the airport on your own later in the day, or to your local hotel if you are staying on in Ushuaia. Please be sure to advise us of your flight arrangements by August 11.
Please consult directly with your airline for their baggage restrictions. It is best to mark your luggage with two tags attached on the outside and one placed inside that can be seen as soon as your luggage is opened. We recommend that you pack all important documents, necessary medicines, valuables, and any items vital to your health in your carry-on and not in your checked luggage when you fly. Keep your carry-on secure at all times.
Travel agent recommendation
Booking your air for this trip can be a little tricky. If you are not as comfortable doing this on your own, we recommend the use of an experienced Travel Agent to find you the best routing and pricing. We recommend Debbie Gudis at “Go Travel” (877-777-5210 / 408-364-7300); her fees are minimal and service impeccable. If you are using miles, this is more time consuming and expensive for an agent to do, so please only use Debbie’s services for direct airfare purchase.
If you are trying to use miles to upgrade or purchase your flight, we recommend going through the airline directly, or using the services of a professional award booking service, such as http://bookyouraward.com. These agencies do charge a fee, ranging from $150-$650 or more, to find a flight with award points. However, the time it saves is worth it for most people, especially when finding business-class or first-class tickets.
Pre-voyage hotel arrangements in Ushuaia
Your trip includes 1-night hotel on November 30, 2017 in Superior Valley-View rooms at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa in Ushuaia. The Resort is located within the Natural Reserve Cerro Alarken with beautiful walking trails. Check-in time is 2 pm. Checkout time is 10 am. If you would like to book additional nights, please contact the hotel website directly, and be sure to book the same Superior Valley View rooms in order to remain in the same room when the cruise program begins.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Vacation stretcher information
We are happy to announce pre-vacation stretchers in Buenos Aires and post-adventure stretchers in Iguazu Falls.
Buenos Aires Pre-Adventure Stretchers Information
Iguazu Falls Post-Adventure Stretchers Information
DEADLINE TO BOOK THESE STRETCHERS IS APRIL 30 or until sold out. Call for availability after this date.
  • Important flight planning information for pre-stretchers
    For those guests doing the Olivia pre-vacation stretchers, you will need to book your flights into the Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) on either November 28 (2-night package) or November 29 (1-night package), and then to Ushuaia (USH) on November 30 where you will have an included overnight prior to embarking the ship on December 1. Your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia will likely fly out of the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP), which is about a $15 taxi ride from the Alvear Art Hotel.

    Please note that most flights to Ushuaia from your hometown will have a forced overnight in Buenos Aires. This is due to international flight arrival times into the Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) and departures times out of the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) to Ushuaia. The international airport is approximately one hour from the domestic airport. Please see the itinerary for the cruise portion of your vacation here.
  • Important flight planning information for post-stretchers
    For those guests doing the Olivia post-vacation stretcher, you will need to book your flights into the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) from Ushuaia on December 10 and out of the Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) on December 13, 9 pm or later. Please note that the transfer from the Domestic Airport (AEP) when you arrive from Ushuaia on December 10 is not included. The taxi ride to the Alvear Art Hotel should be approximately $15. It is recommended that you book your international flight home on December 13 after 9 pm to ensure enough time.
  • Roundtrip flight Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
    Please note that the airlines enforce a weight restriction of 15 kg/33 lbs. If needed, you can either store your extra luggage in Buenos Aires complimentary at the Alvear Art Hotel or, if you want to bring it with you, pay for the overage at check-in. Please note any luggage left at the hotel will meet you at the Buenos Aires International Airport.
  • Important Brazilian visa requirement for post-stretchers
    All U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to have a Brazilian tourist visa to enter Brazil. Please click here to learn more about how to apply for your visa. For all other countries, please check with your consulate for visa requirements. We do recommend using a visa agency as the Brazilian government requires that you apply for your visa in person or through a visa agency. Visas applied for in person at the consulate will be mailed back with a prepaid envelope provided by the applicant. Due to these restrictions, it is advised to go through a visa agency.
  • Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
    Getting to your hotel
    If arriving to Ushuaia on the program start date of November 30, you will be met at the airport and transferred directly to the Arakur Hotel. Hotel check-in begins at 2 pm.
    Getting to your ship
    You will be transferred from the Arakur Hotel or central downtown location to the ship on December 1. Hotel checkout is 10 am.

    During your trip

    Accommodations
    Polar Latitude's Island Sky amenities include:
    • Accommodations for 110 passengers
    • 1 restaurant and outdoor Lido dining for lunch when weather permits
    • Lounge for lectures
    • Piano Bar lounge
    • Library
    • Observation deck
    All Suites are basic yet comfortably appointed with the following:
    • Bathrobes
    • 100% cotton sheets
    • TV
    • Air conditioning/heater individually controlled
    • Slippers
    • Electricity
    • Hairdryer
    • Toiletries, such as hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel
    • Refrigerator/mini-bar (additional cost)
    • Vanity table with large mirror and stool
    • Full length dressing mirror
    Dining
    Open seating policy
    The entire dining area is open seating for all meals. Dining room hours will be posted in the Daily Program.
    Restaurant
    There is one restaurant on board. Breakfast and lunch are generally served “buffet or family-style” with a choice of three different entrees served for dinner (usually a meat, fish, or vegetarian). Almost all dietary needs can be accommodated with advanced notice, including vegan.
    Special occasions
    If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
    Special diets
    If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit the travel preferences page to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 180 days prior to the trip.
    Electricity
    All Island Sky’s cabins have 110 volts and have the American-style openings and prongs and can directly receive appliances used in the U.S. There is a 110/220 volt outlet in the bathroom for razors and battery chargers only. We suggest you bring a power strip to accommodate battery chargers for all your devices.
    Elevator
    There is one passenger elevator on board the ship that services all decks. However, please note that in rough seas, the elevator may be closed and passengers must be able to navigate stairs for each deck.
    Gratuities
    Traditional shipboard gratuities are included in the price of your trip. Should you receive exceptional service and wish to tip more, this is a personal decision and the amount extended to the individual(s) should be based on the quality and manner of the service you receive.
    Internet
    Island Sky features a wireless network accessible from virtually anywhere on board. The two public computers available in the library may be used for internet only (due to high demand, these computers may not be used for downloading photos, etc.); Wi-Fi access from these computers is at no charge. Cards can be purchased from the hotel manager on board, at a rate of about USD $22 for 100 minutes.*
    Please understand that since we are traveling in a very remote area and all communication is satellite-dependent, internet access may be slow or unavailable at any time during the voyage.
    *Rates quoted are the rates in effect at time of writing, and may change prior to your voyage.
    Laundry service
    Laundry and pressing can be arranged through your cabin steward. A price list for both services will be posted in your cabin. Please allow up to 48 hours for your laundry to be returned. Your cabin steward can arrange same day pressing service. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.
    Naturalist talks
    A series of talks lead by experienced naturalists are scheduled during the voyage. These lectures will generally be held in the lounge on the Columbus Deck.
    Entertainment and ship programming
    The ship will feature music during cocktail hours in the evening with an onboard musician. In addition, Olivia will bring one musician (Barbara Higbie) for several appearances at the piano bar during the week, some before and some after dinner. Please note that the itinerary for this trip is very full, and most of us will be ready for bed after dinner. This trip will have several talks and multiple zodiac landings a day; some in the early morning.
    Unlike Olivia’s larger trips, adventure trips are all about the destination. Normal activities found at the resorts and on our large cruises are not offered on the smaller adventure trips. Activities like Oldywed/Newlywed game, dance lessons, Club O, and the casino are not available on these trips. Staffing for a Solos Coordinator, Special Needs, and DJs are not available on these trips. However, you have a very experienced staff on board. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
    Library
    The library, located on the Marco Polo deck, features a selection of books, with many titles relating to the destinations covered on this itinerary. In addition, the library has a variety of DVDs to check out and watch in the comfort of your cabin.
    Medical attention
    The clinic is located on the Magellan Deck. A qualified physician will be in attendance on board. If you require special medications, you must bring along an adequate supply. We suggest bringing a little more than you need in case of an emergency.
    Officers & crew
    The ship’s officers and crew members are multi-national.
    Passports
    It is customary for the purser to retain all passports for the clearance with customs and immigration authorities. Accordingly, your passport will be collected prior to or upon embarkation and returned during disembarkation. Please bring a photocopy of your passport in case of loss.
    Purser’s office
    The purser’s office is located on the Columbus Deck in reception. Services and settlement of your shipboard account are handled here, and the use of the safe is available.
    Reception
    The reception desk and Island Sky office are located on the Columbus Deck. It’s also where you’ll find the announcement board.
    Shipboard account
    For your convenience, a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses may be charged to this account which is payable at the end of the cruise. Final payment may be settled with the following credit cards: American Express, MasterCard, VISA, and Diner’s Club; in travelers’ checks with USD; or in cash with USD. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account.
    Smoking / Non-smoking
    Smoking is permitted in the back of the ship in an outdoor designated area only. Smoking is not allowed in the ship’s cabins, balconies, public areas, on the port side of outdoor areas, during lectures, Zodiac embarkation, or on shore.
    Solo travelers
    We will designate a table in the dining room for our solo sailors to sit together for all meals if they wish. As with all the smaller Olivia trips, we encourage everyone to mix and mingle as much as possible.
    Water
    The water in your cabin is safe to drink. The ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art purification system and holding tanks. There is also a complimentary bottle of water in each cabin’s mini-fridge.
    Zodiacs
    Ten, heavy-duty, Zodiac inflatable motorized boats are used for landing in shallow areas and navigating small waterways. The Zodiac embarkation platform is located on Deck Two.

    After Your Trip

    Disembarkation
    Upon disembarkation in Ushuaia, we will provide a transfer for you and your luggage to one of the following:
    1. From the ship to the airport for flights after 12 pm.
    2. To a convenient downtown location where you may store luggage before proceeding to the airport on your own later in the day.
    3. To your local hotel, if you are staying on in Ushuaia.
    Vacation Extenders
    We are offering one and two-night pre-trip hotel packages in Buenos Aires, and a three-night post-trip package in Iguazu Falls. Deadline to purchase these is April 30, 2017. After this date, call for availability. Click the Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.

    Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check out our Olivia travel FAQ. Or call us at 800-631-6277 (inside the U.S. & Canada) or 415-962-5700 (Outside the U.S. & Canada) and select option 2.

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