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We’re Spending our #Honeymoon on a 16-Day #Antarctica Expedition Cruise! @HurtigrutenUK @Hurtigruten

By Kach Umandap December 1st, 2016 Posted in Cruising, South America & Antarctica Travel Blog, Travel Blog 12 Comments

Most of our readers and especially those who have been with us since the beginning of our journey will know that it has long been our ultimate travel dream to take an Antarctica cruise. Finally, after more than two years of hard work travel blogging, that dream is coming true. We are going to spend 16 days of our 365-day honeymoon in Antarctica!

Kach and Jonathan UK WeddingOur wedding in July 2016 – Two Monkeys Travel – Honeymoon Antarctica Cruise – © Two Monkeys Travel

For our trip to Antarctica, we have been invited by Hurtigruten, one of the world leaders in Arctic and Antarctic Cruises, to join them on a 16-day expedition Antarctica cruise.

On December 7th, Kach and I will be setting sail for an Antarctica cruise with Hurtigruten, which will take us on one of their Antarctic expedition ships, MS Midnatsol, from Punta Arenas in the majestic Chilean Patagonia, through the magnificent Chilean fjords, then 500 miles across the Drake Passage to the great white continent itself!

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Why are we so excited to join the Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise with Hurtigruten?

There are many reasons why we want to travel to Antarctica, so here are just a few of them:

  • One is that it is one of the few remaining refuges of pristine and unspoilt nature on the planet. There is no another place like Antarctica in the world, with its great towers of ice protruding from dark crystal waters and the inhospitable beauty that only a select few have the qualities and skills to survive in, none of them human!

Two Monkeys Travel - Antarctica Cruise - HurtigrutenTwo Monkeys Travel – Honeymoon Antarctica Cruise – © Hurtigruten – Marsel Van Oosten

  • It is also incredibly difficult to get to, which makes it all the more alluring! The exact same reasons that explorers over more than one hundred years have made it their life’s work to get there are the same reasons we are attracted there today.
  • The wildlife that lives in Antarctica is something that both Kach and I have dreamt of seeing in real life, having grown up addicted to watching wildlife documentaries! While the variety of wildlife in Antarctica is limited to species that can survive the extreme conditions, we’ll likely see several different types of penguins, albatrosses, different types of seals, and even the chance to see whales breaching the surface for air!

Two Monkeys Travel – Honeymoon Antarctica Cruise – © Hurtigruten

  • Finally, Antarctica is the 7th continent of the world, so this incredible opportunity to join the Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise with Hurtigruten will be a massive step forward in Kach’s dream to set foot on all seven continents!

What will we experience during the Antarctica Cruise with Hurtigruten?

Of course, as with any sailing voyage, the weather and other conditions day to day will determine our final route and schedule, but here is the planned itinerary so far.

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Monkey Dividers16 Day Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise – Provisional Itinerary

7th December – 15:00 – Setting Sail!

We’ll be getting up extra early for our early morning charter flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas. As soon as we have checked in and been welcomed aboard by the expedition team, we’ll be instructed in the ship’s safety procedures, followed by lunch on board the ship and finally settling into our cabins from around 16:00.

From the 7th to the 9th of December we’ll be sailing from Punta Arenas out through the Canal Gabriel, leading us into the Chilean fjords. The Chilean fjords offer some of the most incredible and breathtaking scenery on the planet. We saw a glimpse of the Chilean Fjords a couple of years ago as we travelled through Chilean Patagonia from Puerto Montt to Vila O’Higgins along the Carretera Austral, but what we did not get to see was the view of the southernmost Chilean fjords from the ocean, which we know is going to be spectacular. A true highlight of our Antarctica cruise at the very beginning of the voyage! On the way through the fjords, we’ll be sailing through the Garibaldi Fjord and passing the Garibaldi Glaciers!

Two Monkeys Travel - Antarctica Cruise - HurtigrutenTwo Monkeys Travel – Honeymoon Antarctica Cruise – © Erik Anestad

10th December – Cape Horn and (hopefully) our first landing!

Our first chance to make a landing in one of Hurtigruten’s specially designed and purposed inflatable Antarctic ribs will be the infamous and beautifully deadly Cape Horn, is conditions allow for it.

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11th December – Full Day at Sea

We will spend the whole day at sea as we cross the Drake Passage, the 500-mile wide body of water between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, which will mark our arrival at Antarctica! We won’t just be spending all day staring out at the open ocean though (although I quite happily could!), as the MS Midnatsol will be showing movies all day, as well as scientific lectures on Antarctica and Antarctic Exploration. Of course, if we decide to take a break from all that awesomeness, there’s always a Jacuzzi outside on the deck!

Two Monkeys Travel - Antarctica Cruise - HurtigrutenTwo Monkeys Travel – Honeymoon Antarctica Cruise – © Hurtigruten – Orjan Bertelsen

12th December to 17th December – Antarctic exploration, landings, adventure and wildlife!

As soon as we arrive at the South Shetland Islands, the most exciting part of our Antarctica cruise will begin, with different landings planned for each day in Antarctica. The planned landings so far are; Half Moon Island; Deception Island; Neko Harbour; Almirante Brown; Cuvreville; Mikkelsen Harbour; and some alternatives depending on sea and weather conditions. We’ll tell you more about all of these places in another article very soon!

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18th December to 21st December – Begin the Journey Home

Having spent 12 incredible days at sea with our Hurtigruten Antarctica Cruise, we will begin the final leg of our voyage back to South America. After another full day at sea crossing the Drake Passage in the opposite direction, we will again pass Cape Horn, maybe landing there if it was not possible on the outward journey.

On the way back to the Beagle Channel and the Chilean fjords we may have a chance to land at Puerto Williams, a small town facing the ocean with snow-capped mountains at its back.

On the final full day of sailing on our Antarctica Cruise, we will sail once again through the enchanting Chilean fjords, stop somewhere on the way to land and admire the magnificent natural surroundings.  This will also be where still full of the excitement and wonder of the experiences we have had; we will say goodbye to this beautiful landscape.

The following morning we will dock early at Punta Arenas, say goodbye to our new friends and crew, then leave the MS Midnatsol ready for the next stage of our journey.

How can you go on this 16 day Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise?

Our particular Antarctica Cruise is the 16 Day Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise, with prices starting from $7041 USD (5192 €) per person. Don’t forget to plan well ahead, as the seasons for Antarctica cruises only run from December to March.

Hurtigruten offer many different types of Antarctica cruises on three different ships, the MS Midnatsol which we will be sailing on, the Fram and the Roald Amundsen. We’ll be talking a lot more about these three Antarctica cruise expedition ships in another article. For now though, click on this link to see all of the Antarctica cruises Hurtigruten has to offer for 2016/17 and 2017/18 – Antarctica Cruises with Hurtigruten

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12 thoughts on “We’re Spending our #Honeymoon on a 16-Day #Antarctica Expedition Cruise! @HurtigrutenUK @Hurtigruten

  1. Oh my goodness! What a vacation! This is just a dream vacation for me. Would love to experience exactly the same thing.

  2. What an absolutely amazing experience to be able to share with your husband on your honeymoon! I am torn about whether I would like to go on a cruise like this as I do not want to disrupt the natural beauty of a place like this with too much tourism. I am also addicted to wildlife documentaries though and it would be an absolute dream to be able to see penguins and seals in real life!

  3. It is so great. You are very lucky to have this opportunity. Antarctica is definitely a must visit and I am completely sold. Wish I could be a part of this cruise. All the best and have fun.

  4. Reading this makes me extremely jealous BUT all the more inspired to work hard. Huhu. And as a follower of your blog since ever, huhu love you Kach and Jonathan!! So happy for both of you. You’ll forever be me and my boyfriend’s goals 🙂

  5. How incredibly exciting! This voyage sounds incredible. You are right in that one of the most enticing parts of Antarctica is that it is so difficult to get to. A friend of mine did a cruise last year and her photos were amazing. Especially the Penguins! Can’t wait to follow your travels ?

  6. WOW. Let me say it again. WOW! There is no place on earth that is more fascinating and intriguing than Antarctica, I think. Even if one has the resources, it is not like you could just drop in. I believe there is a window for that. I am sure you will be posting a lot more about your trip and I look forward to reading all about them. WOW!

  7. So beautiful!!! But it is a little too costly for me now. As I’m earning Malaysian ringgit, and having a low pay. I love that you can see the ice and the sceneries. Have a lovely honeymoon, I guess it is not over yet your honey moon. Happy 1 year anniversary for the both of you.

  8. Shucks. Honeymoon looks awesome right from the start. Antartica I think is a place that a lot of people do not get to see and you saw it with someone you love. Amazing! I love the photos. It makes me feel like I was there myself.

  9. Wow! We wish you success in your travel and of course, safety. I could truly feel the excitement. Traveling or cruising is a very different experience plus the weather to the places your going is quite exciting as well. I can’t wait for the blog post of your cruise.

  10. you definitely reaped what you sow, enjoy your honeymoon Mr&MrsHowe! God bless you and more of your adventures 🙂

  11. wow! what a honeymoon, and what a life! Take care white and brown monkeys, you two deserve, this lifestyle, because you worked hard to fulfill your dream. you’re an inspiration

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.