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Covid Health and Safety 

Traveling to Antarctica safely in the time of Covid-19

We’ve been cooped up for too long.  It’s time to get back out there and explore the world…safely!

We know you have questions, and to be honest, we do too. The reality is, we don’t know what travel will look like when we sail in November, what countries will have access to vaccines, what mandates will be in place from the airlines or governments, or what restrictions will be imposed from regulatory agencies.

What we do know is that many of these questions will likely have been answered long before our first departure, and we will do everything in our power to make your experience as safe and rewarding as we can, from rigorous pre-screening and testing procedures to frequent and thorough cleaning on board the ships.

We may not have all the answers yet – but here are some of the answers we’ve developed based on what we know today. Many of these may remain the same in November, but others may change based on new conditions on the ground, or new scientific studies currently underway.

KEEPING OUR GUESTS SAFE

» Pre-screening and Testing

» Fewer Guests = More Space

» Dedicated Air Flow for Each Cabin

» Thorough and Frequent Cleaning

» Sanitizer stations on all Decks

» One-Way Paths in Common Areas

Please note that information and procedures are subject to change as circumstances and regulations require. We will continue to update this page and inform all booked guests as new information arises.

Covid Policies and Procedures
  • Book Flexible Air Tickets
    If you’re booking flights early, we strongly recommend choosing flexible ticket options where possible. While we do not anticipate any significant travel restrictions to be in place in November of 2021, changeable tickets give you greater peace of mind should anything unexpected happen before you travel. We recommend that you allow extra time in Buenos Aires between flights, in the event testing on arrival is mandated; and that you schedule a flight which arrives in Ushuaia or Trelew (for Puerto Madryn embarkation) no later than 3pm, to allow for any screening required on arrival there.
  • Get Vaccinated!
    In countries where it is available, we strongly recommend that you receive the prescribed number of doses of an approved COVID vaccine before travel. We understand that you may have questions regarding COVID vaccines. For the most up-to-date factual information, we recommend consulting your medical provider.  Additionally, both the CDC and WHO have extensive vaccine facts and resources.

    To minimize confusion in consideration of COVID issues, we also recommend that you receive an influenza vaccination (flu vaccine) before you leave.

  • Stay Informed
    Keep your eye on any government or airline recommendations or mandates that may impact your trip. We will do our best to inform booked guests of any Argentine or major airline mandates that will be in place at time of travel, but monitoring the status of travel in your own country is always recommended.
  • Self-Assess 2 Weeks Prior to Travel
    We recommend that you undertake a self assessment screening two weeks before your travels begin. We will provide you with a screening questionnaire as part of your final documents package.

Unfortunately we don’t have a clear answer to that question yet.  We are closely monitoring government, airline, and regulatory agency recommendations and requirements to determine what mandates, if any, will apply to our passengers and staff. In countries where the vaccine is available, we strongly recommend that you receive two doses prior to travel.

This answer will be updated as we get more information.

We expect to conduct COVID-19 testing on all passengers and staff prior to embarkation in the city of departure (Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn). We also anticipate that we may do random testing during the course of your voyage.

Be aware that there may be testing requirements imposed by your local government, airline, or regulatory agency prior to leaving your home country, or by Argentina upon your arrival. Please be sure to fully understand and comply with all testing mandates.

If you are unable to join your voyage due to government restrictions, virus-related medical reasons, or restrictions placed upon us by ship owners, we will re-accommodate you on a future Antarctic voyage within the next twenty-four months.

If we are forced to postpone any voyage for similar COVID-related reasons, we will issue a full credit at 120% of the value of funds received for any voyage to be booked within 24 months. Any credit issued is fully transferable.

We anticipate having a rigorous pre-screening and testing procedure that will eliminate your need to quarantine in Argentina.  However, we are closely monitoring government guidelines and will follow any mandates imposed by the Argentine government.

Yes, we expect to still be able to transfer you from the airport to the hotel, on bigger vehicles with reduced capacity. Passengers may be required to wear masks in the van.

Yes. Currently masks are required in all shops, restaurants, and other public spaces in Ushuaia. We do not know what the situation will be at time of travel, but we will continue to provide updates as they come.

We expect to be operating at some level of reduced capacity to allow for more spacing throughout the ships, although we do not yet know what that level will be. We are closely monitoring the appropriate regulatory agencies for their guidelines, and will follow the recommendations of our Medical Director.

Seaventure has an upgraded ventilation system that brings fresh, pre-heated air from the outdoors into all cabins and public spaces.  It is designed so that each cabin has its own individual air flow and there is NO air circulated between cabins. All filters within the system will be changed every 10-14 days.

At this time, yes, we expect to be able to accommodate single shares. We are closely monitoring the vaccine situation world-wide, and are also formulating pre-screening and testing procedures prior to boarding the ship to limit the risk of COVID transmission.

As of now, we anticipate the use of masks in certain indoor common areas. Where possible, we will create one-way paths for guests to follow to reduce crowding, and place social distancing stickers in walkways and hallways to encouraging proper spacing. Guests will not be required to wear a mask while dining or on the outdoor decks, unless when loading and unloading Zodiacs. This may change as guidelines and regulations dictate.

We are looking at all available science with regards to Zodiac policies and will update when we have sufficient information, and following the recommendations of our Medical Director.

Be aware that any research bases we may be allowed to enter will likely require masks to be worn while inside. If you’re already wearing a neck gaiter or other type of scarf to stave off the chill, then you’re all set!

Yes. Our ships will be fully stocked with Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, in the event that they are needed by any passengers, crew, or staff. For your own comfort, we encourage you to bring an ample supply of the masks that work best for you.

For now, the current science says yes.  However, this may change over the months prior to scheduled departure, and we are constantly monitoring guidelines. All decisions will be made with the recommendation of our Medical Director.

While we certainly hope that all of our staff and crew will have access to the vaccine before they get on board, we know that not all countries will be at the same point in their rollout, and not all individuals will be eligible for vaccination. Any staff or crew member who is not vaccinated will be sufficiently quarantined and tested prior to boarding the ship.

All cabins and common areas are thoroughly cleaned daily. Tables and chairs are wiped down in between each seating in the presentation lounge and dining room. Handrails in hallways are also wiped down frequently. In addition, there are ample hand-sanitizing stations throughout all decks of the ships, and all guests are required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the dining room.

Dining procedures will look a little different this season – most notably, we will no longer have any buffet style dining. All dining will be table service and servers will wear masks. With multiple dining locations on both ships, including outdoor dining when weather permits, there should be plenty of space for appropriately distanced tables, and diners will be asked to sit with their family/travel group. We are looking into various ordering procedures to reduce contact with menus, from QR code downloads to laminated menus that get wiped down between use.

Yes. We expect to be able to allow use of the fitness center, sauna, and pool with strict protocols in place, including advanced reservations, and limited to one family/travel group at a time.

While we are taking every precaution to ensure this never happens, we are also committed to being prepared in the very unlikely event that it does. Our ships will have dedicated isolation cabins and our medical clinic will be stocked with readily available PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), all currently available testing and treatment materials, and adequate oxygen supplies, including a simple ventilator.

COVID-positive individuals and anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and treated as necessary by our Emergency-certified medical staff, and remaining guests will be kept separated until full-ship rapid testing can be done. In every situation we are committed to the health and safety of everyone on board and will follow the recommendations of our medical personnel.

Pre-Departure Preparations
  • Book Flexible Air Tickets
    If you’re booking flights early, we strongly recommend choosing flexible ticket options where possible. While we do not anticipate any significant travel restrictions to be in place in November of 2021, changeable tickets give you greater peace of mind should anything unexpected happen before you travel. We recommend that you allow extra time in Buenos Aires between flights, in the event testing on arrival is mandated; and that you schedule a flight which arrives in Ushuaia or Trelew (for Puerto Madryn embarkation) no later than 3pm, to allow for any screening required on arrival there.
  • Get Vaccinated!
    In countries where it is available, we strongly recommend that you receive the prescribed number of doses of an approved COVID vaccine before travel. We understand that you may have questions regarding COVID vaccines. For the most up-to-date factual information, we recommend consulting your medical provider.  Additionally, both the CDC and WHO have extensive vaccine facts and resources.

    To minimize confusion in consideration of COVID issues, we also recommend that you receive an influenza vaccination (flu vaccine) before you leave.

  • Stay Informed
    Keep your eye on any government or airline recommendations or mandates that may impact your trip. We will do our best to inform booked guests of any Argentine or major airline mandates that will be in place at time of travel, but monitoring the status of travel in your own country is always recommended.
  • Self-Assess 2 Weeks Prior to Travel
    We recommend that you undertake a self assessment screening two weeks before your travels begin. We will provide you with a screening questionnaire as part of your final documents package.

Unfortunately we don’t have a clear answer to that question yet.  We are closely monitoring government, airline, and regulatory agency recommendations and requirements to determine what mandates, if any, will apply to our passengers and staff. In countries where the vaccine is available, we strongly recommend that you receive two doses prior to travel.

This answer will be updated as we get more information.

We expect to conduct COVID-19 testing on all passengers and staff prior to embarkation in the city of departure (Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn). We also anticipate that we may do random testing during the course of your voyage.

Be aware that there may be testing requirements imposed by your local government, airline, or regulatory agency prior to leaving your home country, or by Argentina upon your arrival. Please be sure to fully understand and comply with all testing mandates.

If you are unable to join your voyage due to government restrictions, virus-related medical reasons, or restrictions placed upon us by ship owners, we will re-accommodate you on a future Antarctic voyage within the next twenty-four months.

If we are forced to postpone any voyage for similar COVID-related reasons, we will issue a full credit at 120% of the value of funds received for any voyage to be booked within 24 months. Any credit issued is fully transferable.

In Argentina

We anticipate having a rigorous pre-screening and testing procedure that will eliminate your need to quarantine in Argentina.  However, we are closely monitoring government guidelines and will follow any mandates imposed by the Argentine government.

Yes, we expect to still be able to transfer you from the airport to the hotel, on bigger vehicles with reduced capacity. Passengers may be required to wear masks in the van.

Yes. Currently masks are required in all shops, restaurants, and other public spaces in Ushuaia. We do not know what the situation will be at time of travel, but we will continue to provide updates as they come.

On Board the Ships

We expect to be operating at some level of reduced capacity to allow for more spacing throughout the ships, although we do not yet know what that level will be. We are closely monitoring the appropriate regulatory agencies for their guidelines, and will follow the recommendations of our Medical Director.

Seaventure has an upgraded ventilation system that brings fresh, pre-heated air from the outdoors into all cabins and public spaces.  It is designed so that each cabin has its own individual air flow and there is NO air circulated between cabins. All filters within the system will be changed every 10-14 days.

At this time, yes, we expect to be able to accommodate single shares. We are closely monitoring the vaccine situation world-wide, and are also formulating pre-screening and testing procedures prior to boarding the ship to limit the risk of COVID transmission.

As of now, we anticipate the use of masks in certain indoor common areas. Where possible, we will create one-way paths for guests to follow to reduce crowding, and place social distancing stickers in walkways and hallways to encouraging proper spacing. Guests will not be required to wear a mask while dining or on the outdoor decks, unless when loading and unloading Zodiacs. This may change as guidelines and regulations dictate.

We are looking at all available science with regards to Zodiac policies and will update when we have sufficient information, and following the recommendations of our Medical Director.

Be aware that any research bases we may be allowed to enter will likely require masks to be worn while inside. If you’re already wearing a neck gaiter or other type of scarf to stave off the chill, then you’re all set!

Yes. Our ships will be fully stocked with Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, in the event that they are needed by any passengers, crew, or staff. For your own comfort, we encourage you to bring an ample supply of the masks that work best for you.

For now, the current science says yes.  However, this may change over the months prior to scheduled departure, and we are constantly monitoring guidelines. All decisions will be made with the recommendation of our Medical Director.

While we certainly hope that all of our staff and crew will have access to the vaccine before they get on board, we know that not all countries will be at the same point in their rollout, and not all individuals will be eligible for vaccination. Any staff or crew member who is not vaccinated will be sufficiently quarantined and tested prior to boarding the ship.

All cabins and common areas are thoroughly cleaned daily. Tables and chairs are wiped down in between each seating in the presentation lounge and dining room. Handrails in hallways are also wiped down frequently. In addition, there are ample hand-sanitizing stations throughout all decks of the ships, and all guests are required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the dining room.

Dining procedures will look a little different this season – most notably, we will no longer have any buffet style dining. All dining will be table service and servers will wear masks. With multiple dining locations on both ships, including outdoor dining when weather permits, there should be plenty of space for appropriately distanced tables, and diners will be asked to sit with their family/travel group. We are looking into various ordering procedures to reduce contact with menus, from QR code downloads to laminated menus that get wiped down between use.

Yes. We expect to be able to allow use of the fitness center, sauna, and pool with strict protocols in place, including advanced reservations, and limited to one family/travel group at a time.

While we are taking every precaution to ensure this never happens, we are also committed to being prepared in the very unlikely event that it does. Our ships will have dedicated isolation cabins and our medical clinic will be stocked with readily available PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), all currently available testing and treatment materials, and adequate oxygen supplies, including a simple ventilator.

COVID-positive individuals and anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and treated as necessary by our Emergency-certified medical staff, and remaining guests will be kept separated until full-ship rapid testing can be done. In every situation we are committed to the health and safety of everyone on board and will follow the recommendations of our medical personnel.

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