About Antarctic Blast for Singles

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Antarctica is a land of truly awesome grandeur. It is the highest, driest, coldest and cleanest continent on Earth. It’s surrounding oceans are unimaginably rich in bird and marine life and STI’s expedition cruise brings us up close and personal with the locals.

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Is Antarctica for solo cruisers? We think so, especially if you want to expand your horizons and do something different that very few people ever have a chance to do. STI has embarked on a new campaign to take our members to some of the world’s most
unexplored regions and to be able to offer it at single friendly rates.

Our Antarctic Expedition offers an exceptionally real experience close to spectacular landscapes and nature,
local culture and people, and amazing wildlife. December is high season, one of the warmest months of the year and the continent comes alive with new born, penguin chicks learning to swim, elephant seals, fur seals, minke whales, large flocks of sea birds and the drifting
albatross.

Watch the 80 second video for a glimpse of what adventures await you!

Inclusive Features of our Cruise:

  • Round-trip Flights from Santiago, Chile to Punta Arenas, where we begin and end our cruise.
  • Pre cruise stay at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center, including breakfast and transfer to the airport.
  • 14 Nights Inside, Port Hole (limited view) or Oceanview Accommodations Aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol, an ice class 1X ship and equipped with advanced technology, making her very well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica. Cabins are small; please look at the photos on the Price & Option tab. Come for the exploration, not the cabin.
  • Daily lectures given by the expert explorer team from various fields and backgrounds: ornithologists, mammalogists, historians, and geologists, ready to tackle all our questions in two flexible, high tech conference rooms. Guests are briefed before and after each visit/landing and while onboard to explain the wildlife, marine life, flora and fauna.
  • Glass enclosed, two-story panorama lounge with passenger bridge and 12 foot sunroof panel, the ceiling, captain’s chairs and telescopes.
  • Main restaurant and bistro with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 24-hour coffee and occasional snacks. Rumor has it that although limited in choice, some past passengers claim it’s the best cruise ship food ever.
  • 2 Bar/Lounges serving drinks with basic nightly entertainment and additional lectures;
  • Dry Sauna and heated, outdoor Jacuzzi and fitness room with treadmills & stationary bikes;
  • Map and Nautical display to follow our path.
  • Shop, library and internet cafe;
  • A specially designed tender deck and Polar Circle Boat (fiber glass, not rafts) make loading and unloading passengers for land exploration easy, safe and comfortable.
  • Cabin attendants to perform daily cabin cleaning;
  • Complimentary Explorer Jacket (Heavy Windbreaker) appropriate over layers for summer season with WARMEST temperatures in the mid to high 30s. For more on what to pack, click the FAQ tab.
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Adventure Vacation;
  • Adventures with other Single Explorers!
  • Drawing for overnight stay on land in a heated tent! Several lucky, STI members were chosen last time we went!
  • Take a swim! Yes, it’s true.

READ OUR ITINERARY AND FAQ TABS FOR MUCH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVENTURE. FOR HELP MAKING A DECISION

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Tour Begins in Santiago, Chile: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cruise Departs Punta Arenas*: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cruise Returns to Punta Arenas: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

*Note that the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas departs between 6-8:00 a.m. on December 7 which requires an overnight stay in Santiago on December 6, included in our tour cost.




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How are we planning to spend your days?

Pre cruise stay at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center on December 6 including room, tax, breakfast and airport transfer on December 7 to catch our charter flight to Punta Arenas.

Day 1: Fly to Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas (Cruising by Tucker Island and Canal Gabriel)
Day 2-4: Chilean Fjords Fjords (Garabaldi fjord, Glaciers, Puerto Williams, Cape Horn)
Day 5: At Sea/Drake Passage
Day 6-11: Antarctica alternative landings Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour, Neko Harbour, Station Brown,
Cuverville Island.
Day 12: At Sea/Drake Passage
Day 13: Cape Horn, if not on south bound
Day 13-14: Chilean fjords, Cape Horn, if not on south bound, Puerto Williams
Day 15: Punta Arenas

As much as we strive to be punctual in order to reach flights and agreements to visit eg. Scientific stations we are “polar opportunists” – this means having an open mind to changes if opportunities arise or weather dictates.

Our explorer cruises have a wide range of landing options. Every voyage is unique.
Therefore the above mentioned route is only indicative.

Pre cruise stay at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center on December 6 including room, tax, breakfast and airport transfer on December 7 to catch our charter flight to Punta Arenas.

Day 1, December 7: Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas

Early breakfast at your hotel (snack in hotel lobby) and check-out. Early transfer to Santiago airport and charter flight to Punta Arenas. Luggage will be transported separately to the airport. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas transfer from the airport to the pier.

The capital of the Magellan region was the centre for trade, seafaring and culture. History is still being made here.
Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magellan region. With 130,136 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the whole region. The town was founded in the mid-1800s and grew into a centre for trade, culture and society, spreading its influence over the entire region. The town has European architecture and interesting historical places. The town centre (Plaza de Armas) is known for the government buildings, the well-kept gardens and the memorial to Ferdinand Magellan.

Day 2-4, December 8-11: Chilean Fjords/Tierra del Fuego
Before continuing through the fabled waters of Patagonia, you will sail in one of the world’s most remote, undisturbed and beautiful places.
The Magellan Strait lies right in the south of the continent of South America. The area comprises the strait itself, all the channels and fjords around the Brunswick peninsula. The Magellan Strait bears the name of the Portuguese seafarer who discovered the southern passage in 1520.

The Magellan Strait is of permanent significance for navigation between the oceans and for domestic maritime communication between Chile and Argentina. It separates the American continent from Tierra del Fuego. It is 560 kilometres long from the Dungeness Light, where is meets the southern Atlantic, to its western mouth, where it meets the Pacific. The strait is also the main gateway to the continent of Antarctica.

The Beagle Channel was named after the ship which carried Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery – HMS Beagle. Near the southern tip of Chile the southern Andes mountains plunge into the icy water and leave a region which is so wild and remote that it seems almost undisturbed. In these Chilean fjords, the ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays.

The Beagle Channel is about 240 km long and about 5 km wide at its narrowest point. To the west the Darwin Sound connects it to the Pacific Ocean. The biggest settlement on the channel is Ushuaia in Argentina followed by Puerto Williams in Chile, two of the southernmost settlements of the world.

Possible landing sites:

Puerto Williams
Puerto Williams is one of the world’s southernmost towns and lies on the little island of Navarino. The town was named Williams after the prominent Chilean admiral who founded Fort Bulnes in 1845. It is only the narrow Beagle Channel which divides it from the Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, where high, snow covered peaks create a monumental background. The town was founded as a radio station in 1953 and was later developed into a naval base. About 2,400 people live here today. After the successful rescue mission of Shackleton’s “The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition” in 1916, the ship used in the rescue mission named Yelcho has been given to streets and ships of Chile. Particularly to Puerto Williams, and it is there that the prow of the Yelcho has been preserved and is prominently displayed as a tribute to Captain Pardo’s ship, his crew

Cape Horn
This is the southernmost point of Chile and South America and lies almost 56 degrees south. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes.
If the weather permits, we will anchor off Cape Horn, where you will be able to leave the ship to explore this deserted and yet romantic piece of land at the end of the world. Going ashore at the capricious Cape Horn can be very difficult because of the sometimes extreme weather in this area. We will do all we can to enable a landing with all safety. Whether or not a landing occurs will be the sole decision of the ship’s captain.

Day 5, December 12: At Sea
The cruise toward the Antarctic Peninsula takes one day. Our fascinating presentations en route will help you prepare for the experience.

Whilst we cross the sea to Antarctica a number of presentations will be given about various topics of the Antarctic’s history and wildlife, as well as guidelines for visitors to Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area without military activity and it is the treaty, which regulates all activities in the area. Hurtigruten follows these regulations to the letter to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed. Our programme of presentations on board helps in this, since we aim to prepare you for this unique experience, so that you will derive the greatest possible benefit from your Antarctic experience.

We will be on course for the northern tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 6-11, December 13-17: Antarctica
Antarctica – isolated by ocean currents from the rest of the world. 99 percent of all ice is here, 4000 meters thick, burdening down the landmass. In winter; isolated even further by the sea ice forming off the coast – virtually “doubling the size” of the continent. In summer; a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals that for the rest of the year simply spends their time at sea. Most wildlife thrive on the cornerstone species; krill. The krill population in the Southern Ocean is, in total, representing the largest biomass from one species on Earth – including human beings.

Human beings often become very humbled in their meeting with Antarctica. Imagination alone is not a sufficient tool to “get the picture” – a saying amongst Antarctic travellers is: “If you can describe Antarctica with words – you have probably never been there:”

What is so intimidating with Antarctica are also the things that makes every travel to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are thrown at you. Even Hurtigrutens MS Midnatsol, one of the most comfortable expedition platforms existing needs to be pragmatic; change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often great conditions – spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking alpine mountains, traversing glaciers or simply cruise amongst groups of whales as numerous as steams of herring other places on Earth.

Be warned – you might as well witness the brutalities of nature on an Antarctic expedition; the Leopard Seals feeding from helpless penguins, Killer Whales playing the death game with seals just for fun – in order for the younger individuals in the family honing their hunting technique.

Antarctica is an outlier with regards to how the continent is administrated. Through the Antarctic Treaty this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. None of these activities is supposed to alter the perfect natural balance – we are visiting a place that has evolved through milleniums without human interference. Therefore we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints in the snow and take nothing but pictures.

While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites, some of them described below as examples. On land, our expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing nature and wildlife. When conditions allow hikes or other activities on land and sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.

Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and our schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the ship’s captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. During our voyage we will attempt to land at some of the places below, among others:

South Shetland Islands
The British merchant William Smith rounded Cape Horn in February 1819 in his brig ”Williams”. A powerful storm drove the ship southwards and brought about the discovery of the South Shetland Islands. On an expedition together with the British naval officer Edward Bransfield, Smith was later credited with the discovery of Antarctica. According to historians, the German Thaddeus von Bellingshausen was the real discoverer of Antarctica whilst on assignment from the Russian military – just three days before Smith.

Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
A small 2 km (1.2 mi) long island in the shadow of picturesque Livingston Island, Half Moon is a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. The serrated and crevassed cliffs are home to a colony of Chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctic terns, Kelp gulls, Snowy sheathbills, Wilson’s storm petrels, and several species of seals are regular visitors. There is a derelict wooden boat decaying on the beach and farther along the western end is Teniente Camara Station with its huge Argentine flags emblazoned on the orange buildings. Half Moon presents many photographic opportunities with its wildlife posed against scenic backgrounds and Antarctic highlights. Weather and conditions permitting we may offer a hike passing the Teniente Camara Station and on to a view point that is a popular place to look for whales in the bay facing towards the Bransfield Strait.

Yankee Harbour, South Shetland Islands
Early sealers to the area used Yankee Harbour on Greenwich Island as frequent base of operations because it has a remarkable natural haven created by a spit nearly one kilometre long (0.6 mi). The spit is a favoured haul out for tired weddell, crabeater, fur, and elephant seals now that the hunters are gone. Remnants from the sealing era can still be found including an old trypot on the beach. The main attraction for many visitors however is Yankee’s terraced Gentoo penguin colony with an estimated 4,000 breeding pairs. Predatory skuas also nest here and travelers are often witness to the struggle between a penguin protecting its young and a skua trying to feed theirs. Yankee Harbour offers views across the McFarlane Strait to Livingston Island and out into the Bransfield Strait, a common feeding area for whales.

Cuverville Island
The Errera Channel – the waterway between Rongé Island and the Arctowsky Peninsula on the mainland – is narrow and beautiful. It was discovered by the Belgian professor Léo Errera. Here lie the islands of Danco and Cuverville, the latter being home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins. The shallow water between the islands often causes icebergs to become stuck here, offering a fantastic spectacle when it occurs.
Early in the season the snow makes it difficult for the penguins to reach their nesting sites. The penguins are not put off by this and they carve out their own “penguin motorways”, visible as intricate networks in the snow.

Neko Harbour
Andvord Bay stretches far into the Antarctic Peninsula. From here it is just 50 kilometres to the Weddell Sea. The bay is surrounded by the mountains and alpine glaciers of the peninsula and its wildlife makes it a perfect arena for beautiful impressions. Neko Harbour is attractively located in the innermost part of the bay and takes its name from a whaler which was anchored here in the early 1900s.

Neko is one of the very few places on the Antarctic Peninsula where one can come ashore on the Antarctic mainland. On land there is a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Paradise Harbour
This place got its descriptive name from the whalers of history. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. On the northern tip, right across from Lemaire Island, lies the well known Waterboat Point. This was known as a base for daring expeditions in former times and is today the base for the Chilean station Gonzàlez Videla.

Wilhelmina Bay
The mountains and high glacier walls of the Antarctic Peninsula around Wilhelmina Bay convey a mighty impression of ice and water. Everything from calving glacier fronts to floating ice, the magnificent contrasts of the interplay of the elements.

The bay provides plenty of nourishment for wildlife, so it was also an attractive hunting arena for whalers. There are opportunities here to see whales, Crabeater seals, Leopard seals, Weddell seals and giant starfish.

After exploring this indescribably great and endless continent, we leave Antarctica and set course for Cape Horn.

Day 12, December 18: At Sea
With our bow pointed north and unforgettable images and experiences in our souls, we are invited to a new understanding of the Antarctic and Chile.

During the voyage we will summarize the Antarctic themes and begin on the Chilean program. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America is about 800 kilometers – about 40 hours sailing in good weather. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have the chance to experience.

Day 13-14, December 19-20: Chilean Fjords

Possible Landings Cape Horn and Puerto Williams

Day 15, December 21: Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

The capital of the Magellan region was the centre for trade, seafaring and culture. History is still being made here.
Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magellan region. With 130,136 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the whole region. The town was founded in the mid-1800s and grew into a centre for trade, culture and society, spreading its influence over the entire region. The town has European architecture and interesting historical places. The town centre (Plaza de Armas) is known for the government buildings, the well-kept gardens and the memorial to Ferdinand Magellan

Disembarkation and included transfer from the pier to the airport. Time allowing an orientation tour Punta Arenas. Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile.


Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Hurtigruten without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

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PASSPORT
A passport is required for travel to Chile. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure (June 30, 2017). If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit http://www.travel.state.gov/. We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

VISA
No visa required for US or Canadian members. As of March 24, 2016, the Argentine Government has suspended the collection of a reciprocity fee from US passport holders who visit the country for less than 90 days for tourist or business purposes.

Most North Americans may visit Chile without a visa for up to 90 days. A tourist card is issued at the international port of entry. Some nationalities are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Chile. Rates depend on nationality and period of stay in Chile. These fees must be paid in cash.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
Each member is required to complete 3 forms. Submit the Guest Information and Liability forms within 7 days of your booking. DO NOT SEND THEM TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE FORM. Upload to our secure
folder once completed.

UPON COMPLETION OF EACH FORM, CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD TO OUR SECURE FOLDER.

Guest Information Form & Medical Form

STI Liability/Insurance Waiver

The 3rd, Medical Form, must be signed by your doctor no more than 3 months prior to the sailing. If it is more than 3 months prior, the information may be outdated and will not be accepted.

Please note that in addition to submitting the medical form to us (upload to secure folder) in advance, your Medical Form is to be with you upon arrival and given to the Ms. MIDNATSOL doctor on board.

No inoculations are required for travel from Chile or Antarctica. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician can access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

The tour begins in Santiago, Chile, December 6, 2016. The cruise departs from Punta Arenas, Chile (round-trip flights from Santiago included in price) on December 7, 2016 and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile on December 21, 2016. Therefore the cruise is 14 nights/15 days.

However, when departing the US, you must depart on December 5 in order to arrive on December 6. Please schedule your flight to arrive prior to 3 p.m. to qualify for the transfer. Your return flight arrives in the US on the same day you depart Santiago.

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A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 31, 2016. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged.

Cruises to Antarctica sell out 9-12 months in advance, but should space be available and you make a reservation after September 7, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

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Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $100.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between June 8, 2016 and September 6, 2016 – your deposit is non refundable.

*After September 6, 2016, – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

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In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. However, the round-trip flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas are included in our price.

BOOK EARLY – ANTARCTICA SELLS OUT 9-12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

Please schedule your flight to depart the US on December 5 to arrive in Santiago any time on December 6 and depart after 8:00 p.m. from Santiago on December 21.

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Of course. We offer pre and post cruise packages. Discuss your plans with our vacation specialist at time of booking.

On 6 December, 2016 (from 10:00 to 16:00) we will provide a Hurtigruten Hospitality Desk at Hotel Cumbres Vitacura and the Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center with a local English-/German-speaking guide who will assist you with any questions, last minute excursion bookings, and transfer/dining/shopping/sightseeing information. Please pay attention to the information about your latest pick-up details for the airport transfer on day of embarkation – December 7, 2016.

SANTIAGO DE CHILE – PUNTA ARENAS DECEMBER 7, 2016 (DAY OF EMBARKATION)
Due to the early departure time a light breakfast will be offered at your hotel lobby. We also recommend checking out of your room the night before! Transfer to Santiago de Chile airport for your charter flight to Punta Arenas.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION
Hotel porters will collect your luggage during the night of December 6/7, 2016 at 20:30; therefore, all luggage has to have a name tag. It will be transported for your flight to Punta Arenas separately. At the airport, please identify your luggage and check it in for your flight to Punta Arenas. We recommend packing a small hand luggage bag including your personal belongings, passport, medical form, and medicine for the night in Santiago de Chile and for the next day in Punta Arenas.

Your friendly STI Concierge will meet you on arrival at our hotel in Santiago. She will have all of your instructions for onward travel as well as a cozy, local place for dinner that evening. Meeting details will be provided in your final vacation details document, available 14 days prior to departure.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” at hotels or onboard will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI.

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You are responsible for airport transfers in Santiago, beverages (except in suites which have a stocked bar), shopping, optional gratuities to ship staff (80 NOK or $12 USD) per person, per day is suggested and to our STI Concierge, if applicable ($10-$15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise.

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Yes. All exploration and off ship activities are included in our price!

There are a few optional excursions that may be added in advance or once onboard.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DECEMBER 21 – 22, 2016 *
December 21, 2016 – Chilean Folk Show & Dinner (CENSCL02)
Guests who have pre-booked the Chilean Folk Show & Dinner excursion will be picked up from the Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center at 20:00. Please kindly meet 10 minutes before the tour start time at the hotel lobby/reception. Excursion ends at your hotel at around midnight.

December 22, 2016 Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting (CENSCL03)
Guests with the pre-booked excursion Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting will be picked up from Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center on the next morning at 09:00. Please kindly meet 10 minutes before the tour start time at the hotel lobby/reception. Excursion ends at your hotel at around 13:00.
Guests who leave Santiago de Chile later in the afternoon and who have pre-booked transfers with us will be transferred to the airport afterwards. Transfer pick-up time from the hotel will be communicated at the hospitality desk. Please check out of your room before going to excursion. Luggage can be stored at the hotel.

POST PROGRAM ATACAMA DESERT DECEMBER 21 – 25, 2016 / CAN ONLY BE PRE-BOOKED
Guests who have booked our Atacama Desert post-voyage program, starting from your hotel, please see the extra information sheet that was enclosed with your travel documents.

*We recommend to book the optional excursions before the start of your voyage. See our price and options page to add the tours. You may also book these excursions on board the ship or at the hospitality desk at your hotel on December 7, 2016, based on availability.

Absolutely and this is a big deal for Antarctica as price is a hurdle for many singles who may never have dreamed it possible to go. STI guarantees to find you a roommate or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be under deposit by September 7, 2016. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Hurtigruten. Even after the cut-off date, we may likely get members seeking a roommate, so please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible. We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked guests have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other guests on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

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Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

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Transportation in Santiago is not included in the price. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you at an additional rate of approximately $65 each way. Add transfers on our Price & Options tab.

Boarding is at approximately 12 noon with the following agenda.

Early breakfast at our hotel on December 7 (snack in hotel lobby) and check-out followed by a transfer to Santiago airport and charter flight to Punta Arenas. Luggage will be transported separately to the airport. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas transfer from the airport to the pier.

There will be two different flight departures with LAN AIRLINES from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas. You will receive the information about your flight time at the Hurtigruten Hospitality Desk the day before! Departure time is very early; anticipate a 6:00 a.m. departure.

FLIGHT SANTIAGO DE CHILE – PUNTA ARENAS Flight time: Approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes and a light snack will be served.

Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the pier of MS Midnatsol for a 12 noon embarkation.

CHECK IN ON BOARD
Please present your passport and medical form for embarkation. It’s recommended to keep a copy of the document together with your personal valuables. Your passport will be collected by the ship in order to clear immigration and customs. It may be kept throughout the voyage and may only be returned at the end of the trip. After our Expedition team has welcomed you and first information has been given, all passengers will be instructed in the ships safety procedures, which will be conducted before departure in accordance with regulations.

Lunch on board before cabins are available at approximately 4 p.m.

Safety is always the first priority and the sailing schedule will be decided by the ship’s captain during the voyage. The final itinerary will be introduced during daily briefings on board.

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MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and a modern design. The interior’s bright, colorful décor is inspired by the warm, sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. She was also featured in the award-winning documentary “Hurtigruten 365”, made by Norwegian TV.

On deck 9 you find the sun deck and a hot tub. Outstanding features of the MS Midnatsol include the large, two-story panorama lounge above the bow, and the large glass expanses that allow natural light to enter while providing extraordinary views.

MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1C ship and equipped with advanced technology, making her very well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica. In 2016 she will begin to take explorers on adventures to Patagonia and Antarctica.

Click here to read more: https://www.hurtigruten.us/our-ships/ms-midnatsol/

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 23 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day.

From the moment you board the ship, our STI Travel Concierge is waiting to meet you (minimum 20 required). Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard get together followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “All Ages” vacations cater to 45+ and our average age range is 45 to 65. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

All meals take place in the main restaurant at the rear of the ship on Deck 4 Picture windows line three side of the bi-level room, offering sweeping sea views, especially when you’re facing aft. Seating is at rectangular tables for four and round ones for six or eight and our concierge or ambassador will do everything possible to seat our members together.

Breakfast and lunch are open-seating buffets. The serving area is located smack in the center of the room in a square formation. It is seldom overly crowded, perhaps because meals are spread out over two to two and a half hours and is self-service. Breakfast consists of the usual cereal, eggs to order and pancakes off the menu plus the more typical northern European fare of smoked fish, cold cuts and cheeses, multi-grain bread and berry jams.

Lunch offers more cold fish, cold meats and excellent cheeses, not to mention caviar (yellow and red), a minimal salad bar, several veggies, and a couple of hot dishes such as chicken with rice, duck breast or pasta. If you love chilled fish and seafood, you’ll be in heaven. Desserts are ice cream, cakes and pies. The only free drinks are water, tea and coffee.

Traveling with STI is even more valuable at meal time since most guests are not English speaking. Dinner is served at two sittings (usually 6 and 8:15 pm) at assigned tables. A four-course menu with appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert is served. The only choice is an option for the main dish. If you don’t like reindeer or cod, for example, you’re out of luck (though the quality of the food is excellent). What’s lacking is variety, especially if you compare it with American cruise ships. There’s no noshing around the clock here. Aside from the restaurant, the only food outlet is the small, self-service bistro located behind reception offering tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and cakes. Tea and cookies are also available in the Qilak lounge. As to bar nibbles, there’s nary a pretzel or peanut in sight. There is also no room service.

Drink prices are ranges from 140 NOK ($24) for a bottle of Spanish white or red wine to 440 NOK ($76) for a Chateau Batailly Pauillac. By the glass, the price is 38 NOK ($6.55). Cocktails at the bar are approximately $9.
A cappuccino or espresso is $2.

STI Tip: Tell the head waiter ahead of time if you want the day’s optional dish.

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110 (1 outlet) and 230 volts, with 110 as the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

STI Tip: Beware of the key card in the slot system for getting electricity. We discovered the hard way that the 110-volt plug in the bathroom also turned off when you leave the room, right along with the charger our camera battery. The 230-volt plug at the desk, however, stays active all the time and you will require a converter.

It is best to plan your Antarctic tour during the summer months (November to March). In the summer the sea ice has retreats allowing access to the shores of the continent itself. At this time, wildlife is plentiful and active and the daily temperature is usually about 5F to 40F (0C to 5C). In December, you may get a chance to view the penguins hatching and there will be plenty of action around the colonies with penguin chicks emerging and skus hovering nearby waiting to take unlucky young penguins.

Have you ever been anywhere when the sun never sets? December means 24-hour sun!

The Drake Passage is the stretch of water between the most southerly tip of South America and the most northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It must be navigated to reach the Antarctic Peninsula and is often choppy due to high winds. Be the first of your friends to traverse the “Circumpolar Current” (in the safety of the purpose built MS Midnatsol) as it squeezes through its narrowest gap.

Currently, most international airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Although there is no baggage limit onboard ship or in Santiago, there is a weight limit for the charter plane that will take the group to Punta Arenas.

YOUR DOMESTIC FLIGHT (PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO DE CHILE AND V.V.)/LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
There is a strict luggage limit of 1 PC (23 kg/50 lbs) per person plus one piece of hand luggage (max. 8 kg). Lan Airlines (LATAM) will refuse to transport any luggage heavier than 1PC (23 kg/50 lbs) (due to limited weight capacity on the aircraft) and it is not possible to book or pay for any excess luggage. Hurtigruten is not responsible if Lan Airlines (LATAM) refuses to transport any luggage due to weight limitation and will not cover any extra costs. Transportation of luggage as freight will be charged to the passenger.

CARRY ON BAGGAGE SECURITY INFORMATION
The following restrictions apply to liquids including creams, pastes, gels and aerosols carried in your hand luggage:

Liquids may only be carried in containers that hold 100 ml (3,38 fl. Oz.) or less and must fit in a closed, transparent, resealable 20 x 20cm (7 x 7 inch) plastic bag, which are available at the airport (charges may apply).

Please bring a medical certificate with you if you need to carry higher amounts of liquid prescription medicine with you. Special dietary meals and baby milk may also be carried on board; security staff may ask you to sample it at the airport.

No sharp or pointed objects are allowed in your hand luggage. If you are taking needles for medical reasons you need to bring a doctors` certificate with you to show at the security check at the airport.

DELAYED OR DAMAGED BAGGAGE
Please immediately report any missing or damaged baggage to the airline’s handling agent’s desk. These desks are located close to the baggage carousel. Reports must be made before proceeding through Customs. Please note that airlines do not normally compensate for minor damage to your baggage which may occur while your luggage travels on the airport’s conveyor belts.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LUGGAGE
Please label your luggage. In case your luggage goes astray we recommend that you also label the inside of your luggage with your address and phone number. Please do not pack any valuables, perishable item, keys, travel documents or medicine in your checked baggage. These items must be packed in your hand luggage.

Think warm, layers and waterproof!
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
* A good, comfortable pair of broken-in hiking boots;
* Waterproof rubber boots (Wal-Mart actually sells a good pair);
(On board you may rent a pair of high quality boots for a low cost to wear during landings and hikes. These boots will be kept on the ships tender deck, and you will have your private pair during the whole voyage.
We also offer walking sticks and a small selection of warm thermo suits for rent at a low cost.)
* Waterproof rain jacket;
* Waterproof pants (worn over other pants or long underwear and needed for almost every landing);
* Waterproof backpack;
* 1-2 sets of thermal underwear;
* Two sets of gloves (they will get wet);
* Sunscreen, sun block and 1-2 pairs of sturdy sunglasses (the sun reflecting off the ice is incredibly bright — and warming!);
* 2 pairs of binoculars, one mini-binocular to carry with you at all times;
* Eye shade for sleeping if in an oceanview cabin. Summer means 24-hour sun!
* Bathing suit (for that heated, outdoor hot tub!);
* Plastic bags for added protection;
* Toiletries: all your daily essentials;
* Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one 110 outlet;
* Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
* Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss;
* Lip balm and over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication;
* Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin;
* Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
* Travel journal/notepad and reading material;
* Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
* Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. We recommend digital so running out of film isn’t an issue, lots of batteries or charger and you should bring extra memory chips.
* Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

On board you may rent a pair of high quality boots for a low cost to wear during landings and hikes. These boots will be kept on the ships tender deck, and you will have your private pair during the whole voyage.

Hurtigruten also offers walking sticks and a small selection of warm thermo suits for rent at a low cost.

Although insurance is optional, Singles Travel International STRONGLY recommends Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance to protect your vacation investment. During our 14 years escorting singles tours, we have experienced so many mishaps with our guests. From a simple ear infection to broken limbs, if you are forced to cancel or need emergency assistance in a foreign country, you’ll be at ease knowing you are protected.
Travel Insurance covers a variety of situations including cancellation or interruption (having to return home in an emergency) due to unforeseen circumstances. In addition, our policy includes coverage medical and dental assistance while traveling, $1 million emergency air lift, damage, loss, delay, or theft of baggage, missed connections, travel delays and 24 hour emergency assistance anywhere in the world. If you opt to purchase insurance within 14 days of deposit, you are covered for pre existing conditions and may upgrade to cancel for any reason; a must for busy executives or members with ailing family members. Call us directly for a quotation or click on the link in your confirmation email.

The currency used throughout our cruise is the Norwegian Krone (NOK) and in Chile, the Chilean Peso. Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the MS Midnatsol as well as in major shops and restaurants in Santiago. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, which can be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info Documents will be available here on FAQ (question #1), 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

You may also be able to use your own phone plan in Santiago, generally .99-1.99 per minute (check with your carrier before departure). Mobile phone service in Antarctica is not an option.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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