What to Expect
- This trip is only for physically fit and healthy travelers, travels to remote destinations with no medical facilities, and is not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. This is an expedition and not a typical tour, and demands more of travelers than other Grand Circle Cruise Line itineraries. You must have a strong sense of balance, possess good agility, and be able to hike 3 miles unassisted on rough terrain if you choose to get off the ship to participate in the "wet" Zodiac landings during shore excursions. This trip involves cruising for 4 days across the Drake Passage on days 6, 7, 12, and 13, where rough seas and constant motion of the ship are very likely. It is imperative that you have a good sense of balance and are not subject to motion sickness in order to be able to move safely aboard the steadily rocking ship.
- We reserve the right for our Program Directors to modify participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home if their condition would adversely affect the health, safety, or enjoyment of themselves or of their fellow travelers.
- The ship's physician reserves the right to deny boarding to any traveler deemed unfit for the itinerary, or if he or she determines that a traveler has a medical condition that cannot be safely managed onboard.
- Due to the varied geography of the regions we visit on this program you will experience a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. We recommend that you bring a rain jacket and sun-block regardless of the time of year you travel. In Antarctica, we travel during the Austral summer—from November to February—when daylight lasts up to 18 hours and temperatures average 32 degrees.
U.S. citizens will need a visa (or visas) for this trip. In addition, there may be other entry requirements that also need to be met. For your convenience, we’ve included a quick reference list, organized by country:
- Antarctica: No visa required.
- Argentina (main trip/optional extensions): No visa required. Note: Argentina charges a reciprocity (entry) fee.
- Brazil (optional Iguassu Falls extension): Visa required. (Necessary to visit the Brazilian side of the falls.)
Travelers who are booked on this adventure will be sent a complete Visa Packet— with instructions, applications, and a list of visa fees—approximately 100 days prior to their departure. (Because many countries limit the validity of their visa from the date it is issued, or have a specific time window for when you can apply, we do not recommend applying too early.)
If you are not a U.S. citizen, do not travel with a U.S. passport, or will be traveling independently before/after this trip, then your entry requirements may be different. Please check with the appropriate embassy or a visa servicing company. To contact our recommended visa servicing company, PVS International, call toll-free at 1-800-556-9990.
For a detailed and up-to-date list of vaccinations that are recommended for this trip, please visit the CDC’s “Traveler’s Health” website.