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Photographer's First Light - South Georgia & Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Starting from $14,300

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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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Starting from $14,300

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

Nov 27, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017$14,300


Day 1

Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and tour the Falkland Islands’ very British capital, Stanley, before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.

Day 2-3

Bound for South Georgia, escorted by albatrosses, giant petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels, our photography program begins. Our naturalist and historian enliven the crossing with informative talks and the rest of the team prepares us for our first landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

Day 4-8

Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore and photograph the island’s spectacular northern coast. We photograph 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 sea state allows, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived four 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 – a photographer’s paradise! We encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building, visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.

Days 16-17
Return to the realm of the albatross – Drake Passage. We celebrate, recap our many experiences and learn to manage our abundant collection of new photos.

Day 18
Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We disembark for a tour of Puerto Williams before boarding our flight to Punta Arenas.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

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  • 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


  • 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: $1,325
  • Photography: Free

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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