South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $13,660

 

Description

Visit two extraodinary destinations for wildlife and scenery—the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia!

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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
Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
Jan 3, 2015 - Jan 20, 2015$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
Jan 6, 2016 - Jan 23, 2016$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
Jan 23, 2016 - Feb 9, 2016$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
 

Itinerary

*Please Note:  This itinerary is for December 17, 2014 and January 23, 2016.  Cruises January 20, 2015 and January 6, 2016 are reversed with the 2016 cruise departing from Ushuaia.

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.

Days 2–3

Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4–6

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing.

Day 7

Elephant Island, where Shackleton's men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Day 8–10

Following in Shackleton's wake, we cross the Scotia Sea, possibly detouring to visit the remote South Orkney Islands if ice conditions allow.

Days 11–14

We have ample time to explore South Georgia's spectacular northern coast, including the world's largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline's nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.

Days 15–17

Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.

Day 18

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

In addition to the inclusions listed on the right-hand side of this page, the following items are included in the cruise fees based on the departure date you choose:

 

Additional Inclusions for Dec 17, 2014 and Jan 23, 2016 departures
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship and town tour
• Transfer from ship to Stanley airport and town tour
• Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago

Additional Inclusions for Jan 3–20, 2015 departure
• Flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Stanley airport to ship and town tour
• Transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport and town tour
• Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas or Santiago

Included

  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes and charges

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $1,250 per person (2014/2015)  - $1,295 per person (2016)

Highlights

  • Visit the two diverse and spectacular biomes of sub-Antarctic South Georgia and the frozen Antarctic continent
  • Encounter hundreds of thousands of stately king penguins on the beaches of incomparable South Georgia
  • Experience abundant wildlife including seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • The ship's "open bridge policy" allows observation of its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert lecturers and naturalist guides

 

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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