Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
Starting at: $11,395

 

Description

On this voyage you get Antarctica—and a whole lot more. In addition to making multiple landings on the Antarctic Peninsula, we'll spend several days at both South Georgia and the Falkland Island—like Antarctica, are both extraordinary wildlife-rich destinations.

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Ship

Sea Explorer Sea Explorer
Luxury Expeditions Ships
Capacity: 114

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

Triple SuitesPorthole SuitesWindow SuitesSuperior SuitesDeluxe SuitesVeranda SuitesPenthouse Suites
Oct 28, 2014 - Nov 18, 2014$11,395
 
$12,995
 
$14,595
 
$15,595
 
$17,195
 
$19,295
 
$21,695
 
Feb 23, 2015 - Mar 16, 2015$13,795
 
$16,395
 
$17,995
 
$18,895
 
$20,195
 
$21,995
 
$24,595
 
 

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary shown below is for the October 31, 2013 voyage which embarks in Buenos Aires and disembarks in Ushuaia. The February 19, 2014 voyage operates in reverse—embarking in Ushuaia and disembarking in Buenos Aires.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina, the birthplace of Tango, the home of Asado, the "Paris of South America", and the largest concentration of theatres in the world; Buenos Aires. The city is rich in culture and style and a vibrant gateway for our voyage.

Day 2: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.

Days 3–5: Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall.

Day 6: West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside Albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Macaroni Penguin rookeries while Striated Caracaras patrol overhead and Upland Geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 7: Stanley, East Falkland

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including Sea Lions and Peale's and Commerson's Dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Days 8–9: Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Ship board presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Days 10–13: South Georgia

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding Penguins, Seals, and Seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge Elephant Seals, aggressive Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, Albatross, Petrels, Skuas, and Gulls. King Penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 14–15: Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Days 16–19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland's Arctowksi or Ukraine's Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.'s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Days 20–21: Drake Passage

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 22.

Day 22: Ushuaia disembarkation

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Included

  • One pre-voyage hotel night in designated embarkation city
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled shore landings
  • All meals onboard
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and espresso available 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktail parties
  • House wine with dinner
  • A pair of boots for use during the voyage
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • In Ushuaia, transport from central location to ship for embarkation
  • One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
  • Digital Voyage Log

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $695

Highlights

  • Visit three diverse and spectacular biomes including the temperate Falkland Islands, 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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