Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring - The Falklands (2), Antarctica (4), South Georgia (4)
- This very comfortable ship’s amazing guides and state-of-the-art stabilisers really help make the difference
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included for the entirety of the voyage
- Optional kayaking (additional charge)
- Complimentary Puerto Madyn hotel stay: pre-embarkation
- Complimentary Ushuaia 5* hotel stay: post-embarkation, parka jacket & 100 mins free WiFi
Day 1 - Puerto Madryn:
Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is a popular destination for wildlife excursions: considered to be the best place in Argentina to see Southern right whales. Here, you can take a whale watching trip, look for nesting cormorants and elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds. There will be an optional evening briefing which is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.
Day 2 - Embarkation:
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing which is followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we set sail.
Days 3 & 4 - Southern Ocean:
As we sail south, albatrosses, prions, and petrels will frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will join you out on deck spotting the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Our experts will begin their onboard presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) and the Southern Ocean. You can also attend helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety in our comfortable lounge. Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in SeaBird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way.
Day 5 - West Falklands:
Remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations are the westernmost settled outposts of the Falkland Islands, where sheep graze alongside albatross colonies. You will also find rockhopper, king, and Magellanic 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 a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Day 6 - Stanley, East Falkland:
Stanley is easy to discover on foot: 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 are all worth a visit. It is also possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, with sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbour and plenty of bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.
Days 7 & 8 - Southern Ocean:
We make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and there will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we officially enter Antarctic waters. Onboard presentations will continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
Days 9 to 12 - South Georgia:
South Georgia will feature landing sites that host huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, gulls and hundreds of thousands of king penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station and the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Days 13 & 14 - Scotia Sea:
Heading farther south, we keep a regular wildlife watch, observe as the icebergs become more and more plentiful and onboard presentations will continue.
Days 15 to 18 - The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands:
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will explore using inflatable Zodiac boats and get a chance to witness nature’s glory up close. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and wildlife watching opportunities. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula, stopping at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, whale feeding areas and bird colonies, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant Seals are often found hauled resting, along with predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.
Days 19 & 20 - Drake Passage:
We leave this magical place and make our way north. Heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our onboard presentation series and wildlife spotting. We celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow as we sail back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel.
Day 21 - Disembarkation
With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning and transfer to Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel (enquire for more details). Here you can unwind at the resort, relax in the spa, or hit the streets of Ushuaia to explore more sights.
Day 22 - Ushuaia
Today, our Antarctic adventure officially comes to an end. As you continue on, homeward bound or perhaps on to another adventure, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the last wild place on earth.
Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
What our customers think
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Our Antarctica expedition was truly fabulous! It seems impossible to name just one highlight, but if I must, it would be the hour or so we spent cruising amongst a group of 200 humpback whales. They were so close you didn't know where to look first.
Elaine Green United States Of America December 2018
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The highlight was without a doubtSouth Georgia due to its magnificent scenery and wildlife. The expedition staff on board were excellent. Very experienced and knowledgeable.
Steven Goldman United States Of America January 2018
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We went knowing little about the area and were really glad we chose the longer voyage. South Georgia was stunning. We would definitely recommend this voyage and this ship.
Donna & Ralph Briskin United States Of America November 2018
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Very hard to pick a highlight as every new landing sight or Zodiac cruise brought something unexpected and awe-inspiring. The sheer numbers of king penguins and the volume of the calls of the chicks and parents at St Andrew's Bay.
Mary Carswell United Kingdom October 2018
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The diversity and the quantity of wildlife was amazing. We got great pictures.
Deepak Nanda United States Of America January 2020
About The Ship
- Highest ice-class rating available (1A Super)
- Cruising speed of 14.5 knots means less time at sea and more time exploring
- Capped at only 139 guests - plenty of space
- State-of-the-art stabilising system ensures comfort in open water
- Sauna, fitness centre and heated pool
- Dedicated laboratory for Citizen Science
- All-inclusive drinks and 2 hotel nights in Ushuaia included
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.
Twin Window Suite
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $18995
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details.
Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.
- All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on Day 1
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Daily international news service
- Post voyage digital log
- Two pre-voyage 5* hotel nights in Ushuaia
- Free public internet and 200Mb of Wi-Fi
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages and communication
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)