Join National Geographic photographer Michael Melford for this intimate private-charter photographic expedition aboard S/V Ocean Tramp, a 20-meter motor-sail yacht (specifically, a ketch). In an era when Antarctic expedition vessels are getting larger and larger, Ocean Tramp offers a wonderful way to explore Antarctica with a very small group of just six guests, on a comfortable vessel that can access shallower waters and get into locations that bigger ships can’t reach (including the more sheltered anchorages).
This is a fly-in/fly-out expedition, with round trip flights across the Drake Passage - from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, South Shetland Islands - which will allow almost two weeks on location at Antarctica, rather than wasting precious days rockin’ and rollin' on the Drake Passage crossing.
Throughout this workshop you will have the opportunity to photograph the wildlife, ice and landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, south to Lemaire Channel and Vernadsky Research Base. As master of the boat, Michael will work with Captain David Roberts (UK) to choose the best route to maximize the photographic opportunities at destinations along the way, responding to local conditions of weather and ice. Captain Roberts and Ocean Tramp’s experienced first mate and cook have an excellent track record of delivering exceptional Antarctic experiences for their guests.
Ocean Tramp normally sleeps eight guests in four cabins, but we are limiting the group size to six for more space onboard, in the Zodiac and at landing sites. The boat’s Shackleton Suite features an en-suite private bathroom, while the other three cabins share two bathrooms.
Pricing for this expedition starts at $19,500 USD but depends on the cabin type selected and single or double occupancy registration. Please visit our website for more information on cabins and pricing.
Exclusive use of S/V Ocean Tramp and its Zodiac, as well as the services of the experienced crew; specially arranged round-trip flights on DAP Antarctic Airways from Punta Arenas to King George Island; three hotel nights in Punta Arenas (Jan 15, 16 and 29); breakfast on January 16 and all meals from dinner on Jan 16 to breakfast on Jan 29 (including wine/beer with dinners); all necessary transfers from arrival to departure in Punta Arenas, Chile; attentive and personalized photographic instruction throughout by Michael Melford.
All international air travel and domestic transportation any other travel services required to arrive at the tour commencement location in Punta Arenas, along with all associated taxes, levies and insurances. Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable. Gratuities for ship’s crew and expedition staff. Personal items including gifts or other purchases, any paid communications, hotel room service or minibar charges, travel insurance, emergency medical and evacuation insurance (required), etc. Any activities not explicitly listed as included in the itinerary.
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