Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $14,300
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.Contact us about this trip Share
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Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley, before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Return to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as we head north across the Drake Passage.
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.
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.