January 17 – 29, 2023

The Trip

During the long days of Antarctica’s austral summer, you will enjoy superb observation and photographic opportunities of abundant seals, whales, and sea birds, including hillsides teeming with penguins. Admire blue Antarctic waters and the dramatic play of light on icebergs, glaciers, and towering mountains.

During this extraordinary journey to the bottom of the world, retrace sea lanes navigated by storied explorers Amundsen, Scott, and Shackleton, not to mention former Carleton President Laurence M. Gould, who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first Byrd Antarctic Expedition (1928-30). Enjoy the affable company and fascinating insights of Carleton geologist Mary Savina ’72. She will be joined by other guest lecturers plus a seasoned team of expedition leaders and naturalists who will share their firsthand knowledge of Antarctica.

Under construction in Finland and launching in October 2022, Vega is designed specifically for polar exploration. Enjoy the luxurious amenities of this new, state-of-the-art expedition ship with just 76 staterooms and suites for 152 guests. The ship’s size; limited guest capacity; superb accommodations and public spaces, facilities, and services; advanced technical and mechanical systems; and a complement of experienced officers and crew make Vega the ship of choice for exploring Antarctica in safety and comfort. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft will bring you into intimate contact with this incredible continent.

We hope you will join us on this once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure to the “Seventh Continent.” This program is co-sponsored by other organizations, so I encourage you to contact Alumni Adventures today to reserve your
preferred cabin type.

Faculty Leader

Prof Mary SavinaMary Savina ’72 is Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology, Emerita, at Carleton College, where she earned undergraduate degrees in history and geology. Her specialties—geoarchaeology, landscape history, and environmental geology—combine these interests nicely. Mary received the 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor award, presented by the Geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. She accompanied
Carleton alumni on an Antarctica cruise in 2017, and she has also taken Carleton students and/or alums to Greece, New Zealand, Australia,
Iceland, Alaska, and the deserts of the American Southwest. In her spare time, Mary sings in a choir and loves opera.

 Program Rates (per person)

Alumni Adventure aboard the 76-cabin Vega

Cabins starting at $12,990 Double occupancy
A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy at no additional charge.
Additional single cabins are available at 40% of the per person double occupancy rate, instead of the normal 70% supplement.

(Availability is limited, contact us for details – 800-811-7244 or carleton@studytours.org)

Download the detailed brochure for complete pricing and information


Tuesday, January 17, 2023: DEPART THE US
Wednesday, January 18: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Friday, January 20: AT SEA
Saturday, January 21 to Thursday, January 26: EXPLORING ANTARCTICA
Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28: AT SEA

Additional Information

To make a reservation or for more information please call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton Alumni Adventures.

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