Why join CNH Tours to Antarctica?

Are you ready to book?  Click HERE to go to our booking page.  

 

In Antarctic waters, you’ll find nearly 100 ships vying for your custom.  They range from minimalist Soviet-era research vessels to glamorous, 1,000+ passenger liners. 

Being Galapagos specialists, we didn’t know where to start in finding a ship that we felt would most reflect the CNH Tours approach to travel.   The information was simply overwhelming.

To solve this puzzle, we scoured the world in search for a seasoned Antarctica expert to join our team and take charge of finding that ideal ship.  We contacted the Polar Guides Association.  We scoured our various networks – we left no stone unturned.   After all that effort, we found Jane Wilson (see her bio below).   We told her that our guests tended to be an inquisitive bunch, keen on getting the absolute most out of their trip, not afraid going the extra mile and of course, not at all averse to unmatched personalized service.   We asked her to identify what she considered a winning combination of ship and itinerary for our guests.

What we offer below are the recommendations of this long-time Antarctica traveller.     They consist of two itinerary options on a ship with a great personality – the first (Grand Tour) for those wanting to go “all the way” and the second (Peninsula Explorer) for those keen on getting a good taste of Antarctica within a more restricted time frame.  Of course, if neither of these trips fit within your timeframe or expectations, let Jane know and she’ll help you find a suitable alternative – on the same ship, or on others that may better align with your expectations.

 

 

Trip Vision

Antarctica is remote and rugged.   Conditions can be challenging – but the destination is highly rewarding.  For most, it will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience (though for some, the draw of Antarctica is only intensified after a first visit).   

Under these circumstances, it will be important to get exposed to the greatest diversity of opportunities to experience the icescapes, seascapes and landscapes.  You’ll want to be sure you will have as many opportunities as possible to go ashore and wander about, to develop your own, personal sense of the this "place beyond all places".    To make the best of your time there, you’ll want to be sure your support team, the ship’s crew and your conveyances are robust and top of the line, with the best odds that it will be a problem-free trip.

For these reasons, we’ve chosen to work with a ship owner that has a 30+ year history of operating small ships in remote locations.   Your ship, the Island Sky, carries relatively few passengers (112) compared to the average Antarctica expedition vessel – where trends are for larger and larger ships.  We have also decided to avoid the smallest ships.  While these may be a bit more intimate, at one point there is a real trade-off between size and navigability in ice-filled and possibly lively seas.    

The Island Sky also has a reputation for catering to the more adventurous spirits.  You’ll all be able to go ashore at the same time, avoiding having to wait as groups rotate in and out.   Kayaks are available (for a fee) for those wanting to get a penguin’s eye view of shorelines and icebergs.  On the Peninsula Explorer itinerary, you can even elect to spend a night camping out on Antarctic shores.

 

Your Antarctica right-hand-woman

Jane Wilson - Seasoned Antarctica veteran

 

Jane was born and raised in Australia. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Environmental Studies. 

Her interest in Antarctica was sparked when she was a teenager and her father was attending the first ‘colour slide’ shows hosted by returning Station Leaders of the Australian Antarctic National Research Expedition.  She bought a book about Antarctica then, and also found out her ancestors George Stewardson Brady (1832-1921) and Henry Bowman Brady (1835-1891) were the first true Antarctic marine scientists who described and illustrated hundreds of new zooplankton species from Antarctic waters in the 1800’s.  Today the Brady Medal is awarded annually to scientists for outstanding achievements in micropalaeontology. 

Jane started her career working for the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service for 15 years until she was bitten by the Antarctic bug. For several years Jane worked in remote field camps in Antarctica (near Davis Station and Macquarie Island – south west of Australia) as a wildlife research scientist specialising in the ecology of seabirds. This coincided with the boom in expedition cruising and Antarctic tourism in the late 1990s. 

For the last 20 years Jane has worked on expedition cruise vessels (including some Russian polar ice strengthened and icebreaker vessels) as a zodiac driver, lecturer and expedition leader in many remote corners of the world including Antarctica.  She has guided guests to many far reaches of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic including the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, the Ross Sea and New Zealand/Australian sub-Antarctic islands.  She was also lucky to visit the explorer’s huts of Scott and Shackleton fame as well as Mawson’s Hut at Commonwealth Bay. 

She concurrently continued her interest in science and has worked as Voyage Leader for the Australian Antarctic Division, being responsible for deploying support personnel, cargo and scientists to stations (Casey, Mawson, Davis and Macquarie & Heard Islands) and field camps in Antarctica on the Australian research and re- supply icebreaker Aurora Australis.

 She is a keen skier and now calls Vancouver Island in Canada home.

 

 

Itinerary Options - Overview

TWO ITINERARY OPTIONS (both aboard the Island Sky)

The “Grand Tour”; 21 days  (28 Jan – 17 Feb 2023; 19 nights on board).  From US$16,750 / person, shared accommodations (if booked prior to 30 June 2021 - see full pricing details below).

  • Departing Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) with visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fabulously abundant wildlife combined with outstanding Antarctic landscapes
  • Fascinating historical sites – whaling stations and the indomitable Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place
  • Kayaking option: Reserve your kayak for the duration of the trip ($895 – includes gear and dry suit. Spaces limited; ask us for details)

See below for full itinerary details 

 

The “Peninsula Explorer”; 13 days (18 – 30 Jan 2023; 11 nights on board).  From US$9,540 / person, shared accommodations (if booked prior to 30 June 2021 – see full pricing details below).

  • Departing Ushuaia with a singular focus on exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and associated islands
  • Antarctic land and seascapes at their best; numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales
  • Historic landing sites and active research stations.
  • Camping option: Spend one night in a tent, on the shores of the Antarctic ocean ($285 supplement, all equipment included – spaces limited; ask us for details).
  • Kayaking option: Reserve your kayak for the duration of the trip ($895 – includes gear and dry suit. Spaces limited; ask us for details)

See below for full itinerary details 

 

Dates & Prices

 (A $1,500/person deposit is required to secure your berth.  See terms and conditions below for full details) 

The “GRAND TOUR” (21 days – 18 on board the Island Sky)

 

DATES:  28 January – 17 February 2023

PRICE:  US$ - per person, shared accommodation.  There is a 15% discount on early booking prices (booked by 30 June 2021).  These are are highlighted in gold.  Contact us for solo prices.

 

 Kayaking Option:  You may reserve a kayak for your trip at a cost of $895 at time of booking (numbers limited).  This will give you access to several kayaking sorties, led by an experienced guide.  All equipment will be supplied, including dry suit.  Contact us for more information.

Trip Start Date:   28 January 2023 at Ushuaia, Argentina (you must arrange your own international travel)

Trip End Date:   17 February 2023 at Ushuaia.  For those considering flying out of Ushuaia that same day, it will be safe to book a flight that departs no earlier than 12h00 (noon). 

 

Are you ready to book?  Click HERE to go to our booking page.   

 

The “PENINSULA EXPLORER” (13 days – 10 nights on board the Island Sky)

DATES:  18 – 30 January 2023

PRICE:  US$ - per person, shared accommodation.  There is a 15% discount on early booking prices (booked by 30 June 2021).  These are are highlighted in gold.  Contact us for solo prices.



Kayaking Option:  You may reserve a kayak for your trip at a cost of $895 at time of booking (numbers limited).  This will give you access to several kayaking sorties, led by an experienced guide.  All equipment will be supplied, including dry suit.  Contact us for more information.

Camping Option:  You have the opportunity to sleep under a tent on Antarctic shores on of the nights during the trip for an cost of $295.   All gear will be provided.   Spaces are limited. Contact us for more information.

 

Trip Start Date:   18 January 2023 at Ushuaia, Argentina (you must arrange your own international travel)

Trip End Date:   30 January 2023 at Ushuaia.  For those considering flying out of Ushuaia that same day, it will be safe to book a departure no earlier than 12h00 (noon). 

 

Are you ready to book?  Click HERE to go to our booking page.  

 

What's Included? Not Included?

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

1. PRIOR TO EMBARKATION:

  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 60 days prior to departure
  • Two pre-voyage hotel nights in Ushuaia at the comfortable Arakur lodge (https://arakur.com/en/)
  • Evening meal "out on the town" for CNH Tours guests on night prior to embarkation
  • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation

 2. ON BOARD ISLAND SKY:

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All meals on board
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (some super premium brands excluded)
  • Coffee/Tea/Cocoa 24 hours a day
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • Certified emergency doctor and clinic
  • The on-board citizen science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
  • Live entertainment
  • Dedicated passenger service manager
  • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • A pair of loaner boots for use during the voyage
  • WiFi from the public computers; 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • All landing fees
  • Digital Voyage Log

 

POST DISEMBARKATION:

  • Group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia, or central location following disembarkation.  Please note we cannot drop at Airbnb / private homes. Taxis from a central location are easily hailed.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Any travel costs to and from Ushuaia
  • Any visa fees or other fees for travel related purposes
  • Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
  • Pre- or post-voyage expenses in Ushuaia
  • Travel insurance; medical insurance; evacuation coverage
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided
  • Staff gratuities

 

Detailed Itinerary : "Grand Tour" (21 Days)

The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia are home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. With beaches absolutely covered in fur seals, elephant seals, and hundreds of thousands of penguins, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping nature scenes you will ever experience. We’ll also explore the fascinating history of the area, dating back to the grandiose times of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring the remote British outpost port of Stanley
  • Penguin rookeries with hundreds of thousands of birds on South Georgia
  • Zodiac cruising amongst colossal icebergs
  • Potential encounters with orca, humpback and minke whales
  • A visit to Grytviken, a former whaling station, and the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton

 

DAY 1:  Arrival Ushuaia.  

Please arrange to be in Ushuaia on day 1 of our adventure.  This will avoid stress over missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Day 2:  Ushuaia.   

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.   If you like, we can help arrange interesting day or ½ day trips on this day.

Day 3:   Ushuaia /embarkation / casting off  

Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 4:  Southern Ocean

As we sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held, and you won’t want to miss our experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife, history, and geology of the area.  You’ll be able to enjoy the seascapes look for seabirds and marine life.

Day 5:  West Falkland Island

We’ll be exploring some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for Black-Browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries.

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland.

Stanley is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbor. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores.

Day 7-8: Southern Ocean.

Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife identifying to do as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence[1] and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics such as the captivating history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 9-12: South Georgia.

South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as you take in tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. We’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, featuring the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13-14: Scotia Sea.

Heading farther south, we’ll continue our informative presentations and wildlife spotting as the icebergs become bigger and more plentiful.

Day 15-18: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Here we’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbors, maneuvering through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as we spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea. Falklands, S Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia – 21 Days, Page 3 of 3

Day 19-20: Drake Passage.

We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again heading across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 21: Ushuaia disembarkation.

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning.  Most flights to Buneos Aires depart in the afternoon.  Let us know if you’d like to spend more time in the region, either in Southern Argentina or Chile, or further north, and we would be happy to help you put together a wonderful itinerary.

 

[1] a curve continuously encircling Antarctica, varying in latitude seasonally, where cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the Subantarctic.  It’s a zone very high in marine productivity, especially for Antarctic krill. 

 

Detailed Itinerary: "Peninsula Explorer" (13 days)

Celebrate the best that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer – from towering icebergs and impressive glaciers to unreal wildlife encounters and fascinating historical sites. Get ready to spend your days blissfully exploring the hidden beauty of the white continent.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness the stunning landscapes and beautiful bays and channels of the Peninsula
  • Unforgettable wildlife encounters with numerous species of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds
  • Zodiac cruising amongst immense glaciers and enormous icebergs
  • Potential stops at active scientific bases and historical sites

 

DAY 1:  Arrival Ushuaia.  

Please arrange to be in Ushuaia on day 1 of our adventure.  This will avoid stress over missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Day 2:  Ushuaia.  

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.   If you like, we can help arrange interesting day or ½ day trips on this day.

Day 3:   Ushuaia /embarkation / casting off 

Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 4-5: Drake Passage.

Join our Polar Experts as they teach you about everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history; participate in our renowned Citizen Science program; or sit back and take in this fabled journey while catching exciting glimpses of wildlife. Grab your binoculars to identify the many seabirds that follow the ship as we cross the Antarctic Convergence[1] into Antarctic waters and noticeably cooler temperatures.

Day 6-7: South Shetland Islands.

The volcanic South Shetland Islands offer amazing abundance and beauty, so we’ll hop into our inflatable Zodiac boats and spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature’s glory!

Day 8-10: Antarctica.

Here we’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbors, maneuvering through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as we spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea.

Day 11-12: Drake Passage.

We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 13: Ushuaia disembarkation.

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning.  Most flights to Buneos Aires depart in the afternoon.  Let us know if you’d like to spend more time in the region, either in Southern Argentina or Chile, or further north, and we would be happy to help you put together a wonderful itinerary.

 

[1] a curve continuously encircling Antarctica, varying in latitude seasonally, where cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the Subantarctic.  It’s a zone very high in marine productivity, especially for Antarctic krill. 

 

Your Ship: The Island Sky

With spacious, well-appointed suites, stylish common areas, an ice-strengthened hull, and redundant core technology (providing back-up systems in case of malfunctions), the Island Sky will be a very comfortable home in Antarctica.  It’s  also one of the few ships in its class that boasts 3 decks of suites with sliding-glass doors, offering you immediate access to Antarctica from the privacy of your suite.  An internal elevator allows for comfortable movement between decks.  As an added bonus, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included for the entirety of the voyage. 

Ship and cabin images will be uploaded shortly.  

Deck Plan:

 

Specifications:

  • Passengers: 118 (though limited to 112 for our trips)                   
  • Crew: 75 (includes expedition staff)
  • Built in: 1992
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Length: 90,6 m
  • Width: 15,3 m
  • Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
  • Class: B.V. Ice Class 1D
  • Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology

 

 

Terms & Conditions & Insurance

RATES

Published voyage rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and are based on passengers sharing a cabin. Rates for voyages are based on anticipated fuel costs at the time of departure multiplied by a maximum daily usage. There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages if the price of fuel, delivered locally, does not exceed US$1100 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge, to cover only the increase in fuel costs, may apply. In this case agents will be notified immediately, and passengers will have the right to cancel their reservations within 14 days of notice of increase without penalty.

RESERVATIONS

To confirm a booking a deposit of $1500 per person is required. Final payment is due in full 120 days prior to departure. Within 120 days of departure, full payment is required to confirm a booking.

CANCELLATIONS / PAYMENTS

All cancellations must be received in writing. Reservations cancelled 181 days or more prior to departure are subject to a $1000 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations 180 days to 121 days prior to departure are subject to a $1500 per person cancellation fee.  Reservations cancelled 120 days or less prior to departure are subject to full fare forfeiture. In cases where payment is late, we reserve the right to treat the booking as canceled by you.  All payments may be made via cheque or wire transfer.

ELIGIBILITY

In general there are no specific physical requirements for travel in Antarctica. However, we are traveling to the most remote region of the world and we are traveling on a ship which, at times, may be in rough seas and which has limited facilities. Passengers with unstable medical/health issues may not be appropriate for this type of expedition and are advised to exercise appropriate caution.

CHILDREN

In general, our policy is that children must be at least 12 years old to join a voyage. However, we may on a case-by-case basis accept children between the ages of 7-11 with additional screening and prior approval before booking, and the completion of our Child waiver by the parents/guardians.

PASSENGER MEDICAL INFORMATION

We require all passengers to submit basic medical information prior to departure. Upon receipt of that basic medical information, significant disabilities or unstable medical conditions may necessitate additional documentation from a passenger’s physician certifying fitness to travel on a voyage to Antarctica. If additional medical confirmation is requested, boarding will not be allowed absent receipt of that confirmation. PLEASE NOTE: please review our medical form at time of booking, and if there is any question regarding your eligibility contact your agent immediately to begin a dialog with us. While we cannot dispense medical advice, we reserve the right to deny passage to any passenger whose individual situation is deemed to be a safety risk, or who has not disclosed accurate information as to their physical or mental condition. In such a case CNH Tours cannot be responsible for any expenses incurred. This includes non-refundable cruise fees, airfare or any other miscellaneous expenses. If you have any questions, please contact us for further clarification.

CNH Tours places the highest value on the safety of our guests.  As such we maintain strict health and safety protocols prior to boarding and throughout our operation. All passengers will be required to comply with all of our safety protocols as well as with all local, national, international and industry laws, rules, regulations and protocols, and to provide proof of same prior to embarkation.  Additionally, we may require passengers to undergo health screenings or other precautions prior to embarkation, and/or enhanced safety protocols onboard. Should a passenger fail, refuse, be unwilling or unable to comply, we must deny boarding, or if a passenger has already boarded, we must insist the passenger disembark, and as circumstances dictate, we may invoke standard cancellation terms.

CNH Tours has a pregnancy policy that women who will be in the 13th through 22nd weeks of pregnancy during the entire voyage are welcome with explicit doctor’s permission and having signed a specific waiver. Pregnancy policies of carriers (airlines, bus companies, hotels, etc.) may also apply. Please note that medical information will, of necessity, be available to designated ship staff.

Please note that regardless of general eligibility there may be instances where environmental conditions require a level of fitness/mobility. In these cases, individual participation in the landing(s) in question may be restricted by the Captain, Expedition Leader, or ship’s doctor.

INSURANCE

All passengers must carry a Travel Insurance Plan. This Plan must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses, and pre-existing medical conditions. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000, we recommend that no policy carry less than this amount of coverage. CNH Tours will require information as to carrier, policy number, and a 24-hour contact number. Additionally, passengers are strongly advised to carry a Comprehensive Travel Insurance Plan which should also include coverage for cancellation, curtailment, trip interruption, and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to or otherwise involving a passenger. Please also 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 matters the Master of the vessel has full authority to make decisions that can affect itineraries and trip length. In such a case, CNH Tours cannot be responsible for situations outside its control, and in the event of financial losses, your travel insurance may be your only recourse for recovery of funds. Should you elect to travel without comprehensive insurance you are accepting this risk.

ITINERARIES

The ship’s captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However, itineraries in polar regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated. Itinerary changes are not subject to passenger approval/consent, and in the event of such a change no refunds or price adjustments are possible. Placement of a booking with CNH Tours amounts to an acknowledgement that itinerary changes are possible.

VOYAGE CANCELLATION

In the unlikely event that an expedition is cancelled by the ship operator prior to sailing, passengers will be offered preferential booking on alternative voyages of similar itinerary based on availability. Please note that CNH Tours will not be responsible for travel arrangements or other expenses outside the voyage cost.

ACTIVITIES

All activities, whether on board or ashore, conducted during a voyage are permitted by authorities and must comply with strict guidelines and regulations. As such, no one may conduct unauthorized activities during a voyage. The use of personal recreation equipment or technologies without clear pre-voyage consent is not allowed. The ship operator is currently permitted for the commercial use of UAVs (drones) by trained members of our staff. Please note that individual permits are not possible, and personal drones are strictly prohibited.

ON-BOARD LANGUAGE

All voyages are conducted in English as the principal language. Our on-board staff will do their best to make the voyage as enjoyable as possible for our non-English speaking guests. However, if safety is an issue, guests not fully understanding briefings may be excluded from an activity at the discretion of the Expedition Leader or Captain.

ON-BOARD AUTHORITY

All passengers are subject to instructions or regulations given by the Captain or the Expedition team.

PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO

The ship operator reserves the right to use photographs and/or videos taken during the operation of the voyage for promotional purposes for the company and/or its sales agents. Passengers who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to the ship representative prior to embarkation.

SMOKING

Our ships offer a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the ship (including the balcony areas). The Expedition Leader will discuss this policy with anyone known or suspected to be smoking in a non-designated area so that there is no misunderstanding as to the proper location and protocol for smoking. Repeated non-compliance will result in a $1,000 penalty to be added to your shipboard account. The Expedition Leader and Captain also reserve the right to disallow participation in off ship activities.

ALCOHOL

The ship operator reserves the right to refuse alcohol to anyone deemed to be intoxicated.

ON-BOARD PAYMENTS

All payments are in US dollars. Passengers may run a tab which must be paid prior to disembarkation. Payments can be made in cash or with a credit card.

RESPONSIBILITY

The ship operator is a qualified tour operator that organizes and administers its polar voyages. It will provide services in conjunction with local operators and air and sea operators. The designated operator(s), in turn, acts only as an agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with these tours (“other providers”), and the other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances. 

CNH Tours, the ship operator and its designated service providers shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against CNH Tours or its service providers for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. 

By accepting passage on a CNH Tours voyage, the participant acknowledges these terms and conditions and certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. CNH Tours and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant from a voyage.  The ship operator reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. The Captain and Expedition Leader have the right to restrict the activities of any passenger who repeatedly violates onboard or on shore protocols. 

Neither CNH Tours, nor its service providers shall be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non – refundable ticket to or from the participant’s departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

 

Updated December, 2020.  Terms and Conditions subject to change.

 

Booking

  Are you ready to book?  Click HERE to go to our booking page.  

You will be invoiced for a deposit (US$1,500/person, payable by cheque or wire transfer).  Your space will only be confirmed upon reception of the deposit.  The balance will be due 120 days prior to the trip start date.