Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- A total of 7.5 days exploring - 6 days in Antarctica & 1.5 days in The Falklands
- Includes copious wildlife, large icebergs & historic Elephant Island
- A Photographer-in-residence compliments this ship's already strong expedition team
- Complimentary camping, hiking & photo workshops. Kayaking (additional cost)
- We like this voyage as it offers the loan of a parka jacket, boots + trousers (the only one to include all three)
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Our journey commences in Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile, where we board our two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Upon arrival at the King George Island in Antarctica, we embark our ship via Zodiac inflatable crafts.
Days 2 - 4: Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island
Overnight we would have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and we'll awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditions allow, we'll cruise through the Lemaire Channel.
Planned visits might include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour, or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. We chart a course towards Antarctic Sound - the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island.
Days 5 - 7 Weddell Sea
Navigating into the Weddell Sea, we see the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap for the first time and will find ourselves increasingly surrounded by tabular icebergs. These gargantuan icebergs break from the ice shelves and drift north on the currents. This always makes for exciting navigation and stunning photographic opportunities. If weather conditions co-operate we'll spend the night camping in Antarctica.
Day 8: Elephant Island
Point Lookout, on the southern tip of Elephant Island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species we have yet to encounter to date. If conditions permit we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. It is here that Shackleton and his men were encamped under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. Landings at this location are tricky due to the currents and surf on the beach.
Days 9 - 10: Southern Ocean
Sailing north to the Falkland Islands, the spectacular seabirds are our constant companions soaring above the ship. Our onboard educational program continues and we enjoy interactive presentations and lively discussions.
Day 11: Falkland Islands
Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore West Point or neighbouring Carcass Island. These locations are best known for rockhopper penguins and nesting black browed albatross colonies. One final highlight awaits -Saunders Island, where we hope to encounter four penguin species living in close quarters, including the mighty king penguin. Charting a course for the port of Stanley tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 12 Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile
This morning we navigate through the narrows and into the port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile.
What our customers think
I have visited 89 countries and islands and Antarctica was my final continent. Without doubt, the Antarctica and Falkland Islands trip was the best experience, holiday and adventure I have ever had.
Nick, UK February 2017
Loved it and yes, it exceeded our expectations. Every day brought a new highlight - tagging the Minke whale, seeing a baby king penguin creep out from under his mom, watching other penguin chicks being fed, seeing an iceberg calve...so much.
Fran & Jack, New York February 2018
All my expectations were met and passed, and proved to be the correct choice for me, and I would most certainly recommend to anyone interested in this active type of holiday. The staff were fun always and very careful to ensure our safety at all times, they managed to come across as excited as we were.
Angela, UK February 2018
I would recommend this trip to anyone. We both enjoyed the type of cruise especially the small numbers of passengers which I think allowed us lots of flexibility without feeling over crowded.
Jane, Australia February 2017
No surprises - except a relatively quiet Drake Passage. Trip met all expectations in terms of wildlife, scenery and history. Staff and guides excellent. Would not have wanted to be on a bigger boat so the choice was excellent. Highly recommend the fly in and boat out via the Falklands setup of our trip.
Alan, UK February 2018
About The Ship
- A 4* expedition ship for only 92 guests
- Everyone can go ashore together
- 1A ice class rating + superior stability
- Camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, photo workshops
- Hot tub & sauna
- Boots, jacket & trousers are provided on loan
Built as solid as a tank, you can feel this ship’s superior stability as soon as you embark.
John Newby Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $12095
Please note that the 2019/20 season date is provisional and won’t be fully confirmed until June 2018.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.
Camping (complimentary) - all departures. Equipment provided
Kayaking ($795) - all departures, basic competency required.
Photography workshops (complimentary) - all departures, workshops with professional photographer
Single Supplement and Child Policy
For those travelling solo and wanting their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off for those aged 18 - 21. Please contact us for details
- Flights P. Arenas/Antarctica & Falklands/P. Arenas
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Activities including camping, photo workshops & yoga
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants & parka jacket
- Loan of rucksack and binoculars
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
- Free access to multimedia room & download stations
- Any flights to/ from voyage start & end points
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)