Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 6 full days exploring: Antarctica (3) and South Georgia (3)
- Begins in Ushuaia, Argentina and finishes in Montevideo, Uruguay (November departure operates in reverse order)
- Capable of cruising comfortably at 15 knots, this 5* all-inclusive ship cuts down sailing time dramatically
- Complimentary domestic flights, parka jacket & open bar
Day 1: Ushuaia
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (included). Direct transfer to the ship OR transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Reserve, where you can enjoy a complimentary excursion with an English-speaking guide. Spend time in the city, take advantage of the included onboard lunch or join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embarkation begins in the afternoon.
Days 2-3: At sea towards Antarctica
If there is one place, one sea, one passage that visitors, scientists and other sailors fear in the Antarctic, it is Drake Passage. Lying at the latitude where the famous Furious Fifties are prevalent, it is the shortest way to reach the Antarctic. Seasoned travellers will tell you that you have to earn the right to see the White Continent, and the "Antarctic Convergence" zone, where the northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the warmer equatorial waters, is home to a rich variety of marine wildlife. As the ice caps and peaks of the Antarctic Peninsula emerge on the horizon, the colours of the midnight sun will make this cruise magical and you'll know immediately why you came.
Day 4: Neko Bay and Paradise Bay, Antarctica
The Neko Bay is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in the Antarctic peninsula. It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-99 Antarctic expedition. Mountains, snow, ice and unspoiled nature combine to offer a unique landscape. Wildlife is abundant as it is exceptional: penguin rookeries, as well as marine mammals like seals and whales including Orcas as well as birds such as gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants.
Day 5: Port Lockroy, Antarctica
During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!
Day 6: Deception Island, Antarctica
Nestling in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island rewards the traveller's gaze with volcanic beaches and the vestiges of its abandoned huts. This was an important whaling port for a long time and in the early 19th century, it became a refuge where sailors could wait for storms or icebergs to pass. The island is home to one of the largest colonies of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula, but also to Elephant and Fur Seals.
Days 7-8: At sea towards South Georgia
From the Antarctic Peninsula and its panoramas of ice in iridescent colours, set off in the wake of the great explorers towards South Georgia, a land of adventure where the imposing landscapes are home to teeming wildlife.
Day 9: Cooper Bay and Gold Harbour, South Georgia
Majestic glaciers with blue-tinged reflections, waterfalls that sparkle in the sunlight, beaches with volcanic sand in darkest black...that is how one might describe the magic of Gold Harbour's landscapes. This wonder of nature is draped in the luminous green of the tussock grass and boasts a chain of mountains with snow-covered peaks. And let's not forget the wildlife that swarms the beach here during the nightless days... Fur seals, Elephant seals and colonies of King Penguins are like minuscule dark specks covering the area. In this kaleidoscope of colours and emotions, Man is welcome as a special guest only - and tolerated witness to the wildlife here in these Southern lands.
Day 10: Grytviken, South Georgia
As we celebrate the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition, our stop in Grytviken will take you back in time to discover the Norwegian whaling industry in the early 20th century. A calming desolation reigns here, both in the landscape and in the vestiges of this former station where ochre is the dominating colour. Take the time to visit the museum devoted to the history of South Georgia, or the charming church that watches over the calm setting.
Day 11: Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Fortuna Bay sits at the foot of the abrupt heights of the Breakwind Ridge Mountains and its beauty is bewitching: here, the many cliffs plunge into the frozen sea and the surrounding vast plains are covered in grassland dotted with tussock. As for the bay, its curve extends as far as the sea to form a perfect arc cut by a stream. When we drop anchor here, we invite you to retrace the steps of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who landed here during the final part of his famous Antarctic odyssey in 1916, and meet the 50,000 couples of Kind Penguins that have taken up residence on the island, and whose tightly packed body formed a silver patch scattered with areas of brown and bright orange.
Days 12-15: At sea towards Montevideo
Contemplate on your South Georgia experiences as we sail towards Montevideo. Enjoy the the 5-star comfort of the ship, delicious onboard cuisine and take advantage from the rich onboard programme and facilities.
Day 16: Montevideo, Uruguay
Disembark the ship in the morning.
- The 3-Nov-2018 departure voyages operate in reverse: it departs from Montevideo and finishes in Ushuaia.
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.
About The Ship
- A modern luxury ship for 200 guests
- 5* experience without the high price tag
- 95% of the suites have a private balcony
- 1C ice class + advanced stabilizing system
- Only zodiac landings & excursions
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
Modern, custom-built, beautifully appointed and capped to just 200 people, this ship is a classy act.
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.
Prestige Deck 4
Prestige Deck 5
Prestige Deck 6
Deck 5 Suite
Deck 6 Suite
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €8610
The 3-Nov-2018 departures operates in reverse, departing from Montevideo (Uruguay) and finishing in Ushuaia (Argentina).
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children are very much welcome. In terms of concessions, one child, aged between 3-11 years, sharing his parent's cabin travels free of charge. A teenager, aged between 12-17 years, receives a 50% discount. However, please note that not every cabin category can accommodate 3 people. Please contact us for details.
- Flights Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia
- Open Bar for duration of voyage
- 24 hour room service
- Pre and post voyage transfers
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board basis
- 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
- Complimentary waterproof parka jacket
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- 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 - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)