Shackleton Spirit

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
Starting at: $12,660

 

Description

We'll retrace much of the route Sir Ernest Shackleton took to save his men as we enjoy the late Austral summer and all it brings. Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands enjoying some of the world's most spectacular scenery and wildlife along the way!

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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
Mar 9, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015$12,660
 
$15,200
 
$17,900
 
$19,700
 
$20,990
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a lovely tour of this scenic port town, before stepping aboard Polar Pioneer to a warm welcome, safety and introductory briefing, before setting off down the Beagle Channel.

Days 2–3

As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4–6

An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There's a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold's Hut on Snow Hill Island.

Days 7–9

So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we'll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who's leadership kept Shackleton's men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing to South Georgia, with a possible detour to the remote South Orkney Islands.

Day 10

We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton's first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.

Days 11–13

We immerse ourselves in one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We walk the final leg of Shackleton's epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visting "The Boss's" grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 14–16

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team.

Days 17–18

In Stanley, beautiful Falkland Islands capital, enjoy its excellent museum, post office, picturesque houses, welcoming shops and pubs. Sea Lion Island is home to extraordinarily diverse wildlife—from steamer ducks to magellenic and rockhopper penguins, ruddy-headed geese and cormorants, elephant seals and sea lions.

Days 19–20

Magnificent seabirds accompany us as we pass Isla de los Estados and sail up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia at dawn.

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
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship and town tour

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $1,295

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
  • Option to retrace Shackleton's overland crossing of South Georgia (alpin mountaineering experience required)
  • 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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