- Night Sailing Under The Stars and Observing the Milky Way: there’s no place more unique to spend the night under the stars than in Antarctica.
- Kayaking surrounded by stunning scenery
- Visit A Science Research Station: One of the most famous is the Vernadsky Research Station. This Ukrainian base has a long and colourful history dating back to 1947. It is here where they discovered the hole in the ozone layer. The scientists happily open their doors to visitors, and you can have a tour of the base led by one of the scientists.
- Take The Polar Plunge: this quick dip in one of the planet’s most extreme destinations. And warming up in a sauna on board of your M/Y Hanse Explorer
- Crossing The Drake Passage: the Drake Passage, has the reputation for having some of the most dangerous seas in the world. Despite the bad rap, the Drake Passage isn’t as dangerous as it used to be, thanks to much better ship-building techniques and satellite weather monitoring. Still, the journey is an experience, and the bragging rights of crossing the Drake Passage is well worth the adventure.
- Learn About The History Of Whaling And Science At Deception Island: one of the most interesting things to do in Antarctica is learning about the human history that has developed in the harsh conditions. Deception Island is a giant cauldron as the caldera of an active volcano.
- Escape the Arctic cold with a dip into one of the multiple natural hot springs, each of which is surrounded by glaciers
- Scuba Diving In Antarctic: You must be an open water advanced diver with your dry-suit certification wand over 20 logged dry-suit dives before you can apply to join a diving expedition in Antarctica.
- Hang Out With Penguins (There are 6 types of penguins in Antarctica!)
135,000 – 155 000 EUR for 1 week + 35% deposit for expenses
For Antarctic charters that start or finish at King George Island, a Delivery Fee of Euro 9,000 may apply.
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Flexible 1-week experience ( possible to extend) within the following dates:
- From 1st December 2020 – to 14th December 2020
- From 17th of January – to 1st of March 2021
(last up-dated 22.01.2020)
The Yacht: HANSE EXPLORER
Length: 47.76m (156′ 8″)
Year Built: 2006
Volume: 885 Gross Tons
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Fuel consumption: 200 Litres/Hr
Cabins configuration: 4 Double, 3 Twin
Beds configuration: 4 Queen, 6 Single
Number of guests: 12
Annual refit periods are conducted in addition to the ongoing upkeep and preventative maintenance carried out by Hanse Explorer’s professional crew
Ice Class: Germanischer Lloyd E3 (equivalent to Finnish Ice Class A1)
Hoppe tank anti rolling system
14 crew members
Captain (1): Jens Koethen, German
At the age of 17, he joined his first cargo ship, which gave him the rare opportunity to pass the Iron Curtain and discover the world. After graduating from Maritime University in Bremen, he started his career at sea as Navigation & Safety Officer for a German tanker company where he later became Chief Mate. His work on the luxury cruise ship Europa and on the expedition ship Hanseatic gave him considerable experience sailing in locations such as South Africa, Madagascar, French Polynesia, Greenland, Spitzbergen and Antarctica. His passion for expedition cruising brought him to Hanse Explorer in 2009 where he became Captain. Jens enjoys the challenge and privilege of navigating in the remote Polar Regions and guiding others into untouched areas of the world.
Captain (2): Andriy Bratash, Ukraine
Andriy started his career at sea in 2007 as a deckhand on a container ship. He then joined the HANSE EXPLORER as a deck cadet in 2007 while studying at the Maritime College in Odessa. His further development onboard HANSE EXPLORER is quite exceptional. With great dedication to the vessel and its onboard procedures, its crew and guests, he has climbed up the nautical ranks ever since. After graduating from nautical school, he re-joined our team in 2010 as a Nautical Officer. Three years later Andriy was promoted to Chief Officer and is now Captain.
Head Chef: Luis Galego Pião, Portugal
He started his professional career as a cook in 1994 in the 5-star Hotel Penha Longa in Sintra. After that, he worked in several typical Portuguese restaurants such as “O Baptista”, “Garfo” and in a steakhouse “Portugalia”. His knowledge was gained from experienced Portuguese Chefs. What gives him the great know-how of cooking was the period of 6 years when he worked in a publisher for Impala where he was a food stylist for 4 gastronomic magazines. His passion for exploring brought him to HANSE EXPLORER.
Chief Stewardess: Michelle Serruier, South African
Michelle started her hospitality career shortly after she left school. She went on to manage a 40 bedroomed hotel as General Manager. Looking for a change in career, she studied a complementary health technique and ran her own Body Stress Release Practice for 6 years in Plettenberg Bay. An enthusiastic environmentalist, she held the post of Chairperson of the local Wildlife and Environment Society for 4 years in Plett. A new opportunity raised its head in her life and she used this chance to combine her love of the sea with her experience in hospitality and set off to the Med to sign on as a luxury yacht stewardess.
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