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Antarctica aboard the Clelia II

January 6-19, 2010
Faculty: Howie Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences
Special Guest: U.Va. Provost Dr. Arthur Garson Jr.

Price: Starting at $7,745 per person, double occupancy based on cabin selection.

This is a joint program with Vanderbilt University.

Please call us toll free 866-765-2646


Registration is Open

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Join fellow alumni, parents and Professor Howie Epstein from U.Va.'s Environmental Sciences Department on an extraordinary expedition to the bottom of the world. This superb cruise will enable you to discover the miraculous life and spectacular beauty of Antarctica. Our ship, the 100-guest, all-suite Clelia II, is one of the most luxurious small ships cruising Antarctic waters, a cocoon of elegance perfect for admiring the icebergs with like-minded traveling companions. We cruised on the Clelia II this past spring from Rome to Lisbon and found it spectacular. Our ship's complement includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts on Antarctica's terrain, bird life, sea life, geology, and glaciology, who will enlighten us throughout our voyage via lectures, presentations, and on-site nature observation. We will also be joined by Vanderbilt University Professor Molly Miller and astronaut Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth. All of our speakers will enhance our voyage with their distinctive insights and experience.

Map of travel path

As we cruise south from Ushuaia, albatrosses will likely be skimming above our bow as we head to the Antarctic Convergence. Then, for five full days, we will explore the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands, where shore landings by sturdy Zodiac landing craft may include visits to 10,000-strong penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, operational research stations, and elephant seal colonies. The humpback and minke whales, Adelie penguins, and whirling Antarctic petrels—among dozens of other species—are astonishingly plentiful, and they are not shy. We will have the incredible opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.

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Program Highlights

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The Ship
With its ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore, and a set of stabilizers for smooth sailing, Clelia II is a high quality expedition cruise ship that can explore Antarctica in comfort and safety. And 360° views of the panorama of ever-changing light, beautifully sculpted ice forms, and rich wildlife are possible thanks to expansive deck space, including a promenade deck which encircles the ship, allowing for unobstructed viewing from all angles. For guests returning from shore landings, Clelia II is a welcoming home in this remote part of the Earth.

This private yacht-like expedition cruise ship accommodates just 100 guests in 50 well-appointed suites, each affording views of the spectacular scenery and measuring 215 square feet or more. Public facilities include a restaurant that accommodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library, gym, beauty salon, shop, Jacuzzi, well-equipped infirmary supervised by a doctor, and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks. Clelia II complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology. Clelia II is staffed by 60 officers and crew.

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All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise.


U.Va. Faculty: Howard (Howie) E. Epstein

Howard (Howie) E. Epstein is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and has been at UVA since 1998. His research expertise is in the area of plant and soil ecology for dry grassland-shrubland ecosystems and cold arctic tundra ecosystems. Epstein has spent part of each of the past six summers doing research in the Arctic of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Before coming to U.Va, he worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. He received his Bachelors from Cornell, and an M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University.

Special Guest: Executive Vice President and Provost of the University Dr. Arthur Garson Jr. 

Dr. Garson is Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Health Science and Public Policy.  Dr. Garson has authored or edited more than 400 publications including eight books and has served on the White House panel on Health Policy and as Chair of the American College of Cardiology’s task force on the uninsured. He has served on the Institute of Medicine Task Force on rapid improvements in the healthcare system, and the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Health Insurance and the Uninsured. In 1999-2000, Dr. Garson served as President of the American College of Cardiology.

He continues to consult with pediatric cardiology patients, especially those with arrhythmias and fainting. He teaches the introductory MPH health policy course, "Myths and Realities of American Healthcare." His book Health Care Half Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality, was published in April 2007.

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Day 1 - Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Fly from the United States to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 - Thursday, January 7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, take a brief city tour before checking in at the Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore Buenos Aires on your own. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception with fellow travelers this evening.

Day 3 - Friday, January 8
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia / embark
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, a small Patagonian city set on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Darwin Cordillera, glaciers, and forests of southern beech. Upon arrival, transfer to Clelia II. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and green, misted mountains. (B, L, D)

Days 4 and 5 - Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10
At Sea
Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as the ship sails through the Drake Passage and crosses the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Albatross and Cape Petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage. (B, L, D)

SceneryDays 6 through 9 - Monday, January 11 to Friday, January 15
Antarctic Peninsula
Enjoy five days exploring the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas, and surrounding islands. As Clelia II sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship's fleet of Zodiacs, cruise among ice floes, explore penguin rookeries, and visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we plan to land at such places as Petermann Island, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Paradise Bay, the habitat of Gentoo Penguins and leopard and Weddell seals; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumeyer, and other protected channels are also planned. (B, L, D)

Days 10 and 11 - Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17
At Sea
Watch for whales and seabirds and enjoy onboard lectures and the ship's amenities as Clelia II makes the 600-mile return trip to Ushuaia. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Monday, January 18
Ushuaia / disembark / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, connect with flights to the United States. (B)

Day 13 - Tuesday, January 19
Arrive in the United States.

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Program Fees

Rates based on cabin selection, outlined below. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement to the per-person, double occupancy rates as outlined below.

Program Includes:
• One-night stay in Buenos Aires at the Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt, with welcome cocktail reception and breakfast
• Round-trip group flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
• 10-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Clelia II
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Complete program of shore landings and activities as described in the accompanying itinerary
• Physician aboard ship
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturers and onboard naturalist guides
• Travel Dynamics International expedition leader, cruise staff and trip directors
• Expedition parka, complete pre-departure materials and detailed cruise log
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
• Port and embarkation taxes
• Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers

Program Does Not Include: Airfare (other than the designated group flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia); visa and passport fees; luggage, cancellation and accident insurance; meals and beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.

Rates Per person, double occupancy

E Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows
and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites *342-*345,*428,*429 $7,745
D Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with window
and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites 334-335, 433 $8,745
C Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with portholes
and sitting area. 275 sq. ft. Suites 246-252 $9,745
B Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with windows
and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 336-341 $10,745
A Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with window
and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430-431 $11,745
AA Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward windows
and sitting area. 285 sq. ft. Suites 505-506 $12,745
VS Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private
balcony and sitting area. 245 sq. ft. Suites 507-519 $13,945
PHS Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private
balcony and sitting area. 260 sq. ft. Suites 601-604 $14,945
Suites are provided with private butler service.

Single Supplement: A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories D - A at a supplement of $3,695 to the per-person, double occupancy rates indicated above. Singles in Categories AA - PHS are available at double the per-person, double occupancy rates.

*partially obstructed view

Clelia II Deck Plan

Bring a Friend Discount: Bring a friend or friends, occupying a separate cabin, and each person saves 15% off the rates (applicable to travelers paying single or double occupancy rates).

Celebrate your Birthday Discount: Make this the year to celebrate your birthday in a very special way. If your birthday or that of your traveling companion falls within the dates of this trip, we will extend a celebratory 50% off from one person's listed cruise and land rates (applicable to travelers paying single or double occupancy rates and may not be combined with other savings offers).

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately three (3) months prior to departure. Final payment is due on October 8, 2009.

Deposits can be made via American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable.

Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. You may enroll with Travel Dynamics International's insurance carrier, Travelex, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice.

Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel's owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this tour and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International. Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger's safety and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in affecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger's behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour's itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person's health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger's risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be affected exclusively in the state or federal courts presiding in the City of New York, pursuant to applicable New York law.

Rates: Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Ship's Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI

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