DEPOSIT ONLY: ASU Law & T-Birds on Ice




This page is for the non-refundable deposit for the trip.  $5000.00 deposit per person. Outstanding balance will be due in JULY 2020

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Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, huge icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities every day. In the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula,
we spend our days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat, making shore landings in the company of our expert guides. By breaking into small special-interest groups, we discover Antarctica and its remarkable wildlife through photography, Zodiac excursions, hiking onshore, and for the more adventurous, camping and sea kayaking. Visits to historic sites and active scientific research locations add another dimension to the voyage.

This classic 10-night expedition features a long list of highlights including a visit to Elephant Island – a location forever connected to the remarkable story of survival by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his
men more than a century ago, a day spent exploring the icy Weddell Sea and many of the well known landing sites along the length of the Antarctic Peninsula. Add a few of the lesser-known hidden gems – and this has all the makings of an exceptional and unique journey. A final highlight of the voyage will be a visit to the enchanting South Shetland Islands. Here, we hope to visit Deception Island and other nearby locations such as the Aitcho Islands. This carefully-designed itinerary provides incredible diversity of both sights and experiences and showcases all of our favorite locations, discovered over more than two decades spent exploring the region.

One Ocean Expeditions voyages deliver an incredible educational program presented by world leading specialists in their noted fields of expertise (history, marine biology, geology, photography; to name a few. Guided excursions and personal conversations throughout the expedition provide guests with an even richer experience and deeper understanding of the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica, as well as the fascinating history of early polar explorers.

Monday December 28, 2020 until Friday January 8, 2021 the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Thunderbird School of Global Management are teaming up to provide a once in a life time educational travel adventure. We are gathering a team of global experts in law, business, entrepreneurship and biology to provide an educational experience that compliments a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend New Years Eve in Antarctica.

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Pricing for the entire trip is as follows.
Triple Share $15,295 Per person – 18 Tickets available
Twin Private $16,195  Per person – 48 tickets available 
Superior $17,395 Per person –  20 tickets available
Superior Plus $17,895 Per Person – 44 tickets available
Shackleton Suite $18,795  Per person – 16 tickets available – 8 suites available must purchase in groups of 2.
One Ocean Suite $21,095 per person – 8 tickets available – 4 Suites available must purchase in groups of 2.

About the Trip

Today, ASU Law and Thunderbird offers its community the chance for the ultimate exploration, a journey to Antarctica, for many the elusive destination in a lifetime of exceptional journeys.  We would like you to join us as we blaze a trail in the frozen tundra of the Elephant Island and make passage through the Weddell Sea. What better way to end 2020 and start 2021, than to do the “polar bear plunge” into the icy waters of the Gerlache Strait, to listen to icebergs snap, crackle and pop, come face to face with a penguin or elephant seal, and explore the highly contested Falkland Island (Islas Malvinas). Ten days of experiences and education that will never be repeated. This is your time to be a part of history.

ASU Law is one of the nation’s preeminent law schools, currently ranked #27 by U.S. News & World Report.  It continues to grow nationally with additional programs in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, while simultaneously producing lawyers who “think locally” and serve the diverse communities around them.  The law school’s community consciousness is consistent with the university’s Charter in which it assumes a “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” In addition to the many shipboard programs offered, opportunities for learning and facilitated discussion will also be a daily part of our program. ASU Law will provide 15 hours of education that focuses on all aspects of Antarctica from the legal founding, international laws and treaties that govern Antarctica, with lectures led by ASU Law faculty including Dean Douglas Sylvester.

As the world’s #1 ranked School of Global Management, Thunderbird’s 45,000 alumni in over 170 countries represent leaders across the spectrum of business, government and international development. Thunderbird alumni have been called the paratroopers of global business, a unique community of global explorers. A small group of Thunderbird alumni and family will travel together to explore this amazing frozen continent and do what T-birds do best, network with each other and our shipmates, colleagues from ASU Law.

As Thunderbird launches its Center for Global Family Business and Entrepreneurship, we intend to focus much of our content on this area, making this journey the ideal opportunity for families across generations to travel together, spending time with each other to learn and discuss topical issues around succession, family constitutions, how to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the rising generation, as well as conversation and discussion across families around opportunities for investment and collaboration and shared learning. Thunderbird Global Family Business and Entrepreneurship faculty will also join our trip as facilitators and conveners, including Thunderbird’s Dean & Director General, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, a family business leader himself and a globally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and the family enterprise.

Event Details

We leave from the Falkland Islands on December 28, 2020 and return on January 7, 2021.

Start date: December 28, 2020

End date: January 07, 2021