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Antarctica!

December 28, 2013 – January 8, 2014
Faculty: Howie Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences

Price: Starting from $9,990 per person double occupancy based on cabin selection
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Overview

"The best trip we have ever taken." "Extraordinary! Far exceeded our expectations."

Over and over, these are comments from travelers returning from cruises to Antarctica. A vast and remote wilderness at the bottom of the Earth, this frozen continent has attracted the most accomplished adventurers and scientists the world has ever known. The French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot described its allure as "powerful and tenacious," and the few travelers who have been fortunate enough to visit have returned home changed by an experience so elemental that it touches their very core. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we invite you aboard Corinthian in Antarctica in the winter of 2013/2014. Our voyage takes place during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild, when seabirds are courting and massive icebergs thaw into beautiful sculptures of brilliant form and color. Each day presents a new discovery, whether we're cruising through ice-filled channels, observing crowded penguin rookeries or viewing minkes, humpbacks, and orcas cavorting in the sparkling waters. Our ship's maneuverability allows for in-depth discovery, while its fleet of Zodiac landing craft provides up-close viewing of the spectacular scenery. Our team of expert naturalists and lecturers ensures a rewarding educational journey.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

All-Suite, 100-Guest Expedition Ship Corinthian

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Meals

All meals from dinner on December 28, through breakfast on January 8. (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners)

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Faculty

Howie Epstein, Professor of Environmental Sciences

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 -- Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina
Arrive in Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Channel in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego. The city is superbly located between the mountains and the Beagle Channel. Transfer to Las Hayas Resort Hotel.

Day 2 -- Sunday, December 29
Ushuaia | Tierra Del Fuego National Park | Ushuaia | Embark
Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost protected region of Argentina. This splendid wilderness is celebrated for the beauty of its scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile's Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the pier to embark Corinthian and sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains.

Days 3-4 -- Monday-Tuesday, December 30 & 31
At Sea
Attend lectures by our onboard team as the ship sails through the Drake Passage. Look for Albatross, Cape Petrels, and whales that may accompany the ship on its passage.

Days 5-9 -- Wednesday-Sunday, January 1-5, 2014
Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea, and surrounding islands. As Corinthian 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, if conditions permit, 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 Paradise Harbour, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Navigating through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumayer, and other protected channels are also planned.

Days 10-11 -- Monday-Tuesday, January 6 & 7
At Sea

Day 12 -- Wednesday, January 8
Ushuaia | Disembark
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for flights.

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Program Fees

Cabin Category Double* Single Triple**
E $9,990 - - - $3,490
D $10,990 - - - $3,490
C $11,990 - - - $3,490
B $12,990 $15,680 $3,490
A $13,990 $16,680 $3,490
AA $14,990 $29,980 $3,490
VS $15,999 $31,980 $3,490
PHS $17,490 $34,980 $3,490

* per person double occupancy
** for third person sharing a cabin

Price includes:

Does not include:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and anything not specifically listed as included.

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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 cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Deposits can be made by credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard & VISA) or by check.  Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and must be by check.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Payments: A $1,500 deposit per person is required to confirm your reservation and is payable by credit card or personal check. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and must be by personal check.

Cancellations & REFUNDS: All cancellations are subject to a $300 per person fee. 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.

Insurance: We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. Details will be sent upon registration.

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 e lse, 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. Passenger tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the passenger. No suit shall be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passengers, unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when such incident occurred. In no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger be maintainable unless such suit is commenced within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

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.

Fuel Supplement: Travel Dynamics International reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $85 per barrel. This supplement may be charged even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.

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

 

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