Scotia Sea Springtime: South Georgia and Antarctica

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $14,300

 

Description

Visit Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, after flying from Punta Arenas, Chile. Cruise to South Georgia with a variety of seabirds following, and pay respects to Shackelton there. Be overwhelmed by the multitudes of King penguins as far as the eye can see, and be entertained by elephant and fur seals and their pups. From old whaling stations, move out to hopefully see whales. Enjoy the magnificent coastline and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, and step foot on the continent.

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Ship

Polar Pioneer Polar Pioneer
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 54

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

TRIPLE SHAREDTWIN SHAREDTWIN PRIVATEMINI SUITESUITE
Nov 21, 2015 - Dec 8, 2015$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley, before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.

Days 2-3
At sea, albatrosses, giant petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels escort us, bound for South Georgia. Our naturalist and historian enliven the crossing with informative talks and we keep a watchful eye out for seabird-peppered Shag rocks.

Days 4-8
Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore the island’s spectacular northern coast. We visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, we hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.

Days 9-10
We cross the Scotia Sea, watch seabirds, our first iceberg and great whales including blues, fin and sei. We have time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of our adventure.

Day 11
Conditions permitting, we approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If conditions allow, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived 4 months here.

Days 12-15
We hope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait and awaken to the drama of Antarctica. We’ll encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. We’ll visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.

Days 16-17
Return to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as we head north across the Drake Passage.

Day 18
Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We dock in Puerto Williams before a tour of the town and board our flight to Punta Arenas.
 

Included

  • Flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley (no reduced fare for starting in Punta Arenas)
  • Transfer from Stanley airport to Polar Pioneer, including tour of Stanley
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Puerto Williams airport, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
  • Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas
     

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:  $1295 per person (book at registration)

Highlights

  • Keep a watch for huge elephant seals, feisty fur seals, whales and seabirds
  • Watch an elaborate Albatross courtship
  • Visit Shackleton's grave in South Georgia
  • Land on the Antarctica continent and enjoy daily excursions
  • Experience the world's largest king penguin rookeries alive with courtship
  • Enjoy a magnificent flight to Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas
  • Take a tour of Puerto Williams & flight to Punta Arenas
     

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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