South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Luxury Explorer
Looking for an Antarctic adventure without compromising on comfort and service? This stylish 139-passenger ship, with its cavernous suites, fine dining and compelling itinerary, offers a very polished Southern Ocean adventure, at a fair price. Looking for an Antarctic adventure without compromising on comfort and service? This stylish 139-passenger ship, with its cavernous suites, fine dining and compelling itinerary, offers a very polished Southern Ocean adventure, at a fair price.
Trip Summary —
- 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring - The Falklands (2), South Georgia (4), Antarctica (4)
- The perfect amount of time spent at each destination
- This very comfortable ship’s state-of-the-art stabilisers and amazing guides really help make the difference
- Optional kayaking (additional charge)
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included for the entirety of the voyage
- Complimentary Ushuaia 5* hotel stay, parka jacket and 100 mins free WiFi
Day 1: Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today. Enjoy a complimentary stay at Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel (please enquire for more details). Explore the trails, take a spa, head into town, or relax and soak in the surroundings. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning.
Day 2: Embarkation
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Day 3: Southern Ocean
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the 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. You're likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you're lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.
Day 4: West Falklands
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni 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 cakes and a cup of tea.
Day 5: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Chosen for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centred 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 will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbour or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.
Days 6-7: Southern Ocean
There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
Days 8-11: South Georgia
South Georgia's unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.
Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Macaroni penguins, Albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to grown adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Days 12-13: Scotia Sea
Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.
Days 14-17: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will approach the Antarctic Peninsula from the east to cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea, where a large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands.
Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Our route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas 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 out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.
Days 18-19: Drake Passage
We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. Sailing through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 20.
Day 20: Ushuaia, Disembarkation
Morning disembarkation allows you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
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
from Swoop customers
who've been on this trip
Would definitely recommend this trip, we were so well looked after. The expedition crew led by Nate Small were very knowledgable, passing on that knowledge with good humour. They were able to change schedules to suit conditions; keeping everyone informed all the time.February 2019
The expedition team were first classs and ensured everyone got on and off the zodiacs safely. Each landing was unique and special in its own way and combined gave an incredible experience.December 2018
Merridith & Robert McCarthy
EVERYTHING was better than expected. It is impossible to pick a "highlight" because it was ALL over the top amazing. The penguins were, of course, wonderful and especially so because we got to see so many different species in different habitats. But if I had to pick a favourite, it would be the ice.November 2018
Scott & Nereida Paris
Quick departures from the ship to the shore. The tour guides anticipated weather changes, so we were able to enjoy two excursions per day. The pace was comfortable and the time on board was relaxing, enjoyable, and very educational.December 2018
It was WAY beyond my expectations! The expedition staff were a brilliant and multi-talented team - highly experienced and knowledgeable in their respective fields, very committed to protecting the treasure that is Antarctica, wonderful people with a real passion for what they do. They made us feel very safe, well looked after, and kept us highly interested and entertained while we learned a huge lot.December 2018
The expedition crew was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. They were obviously enjoying the trip and landscapes and wildlife as much as we were. The other passengers were also friendly and personable. 100 (+/- 10) total passengers made it possible to meet almost everyone.December 2018
The expedition staff were all very experienced and highly educated in a variety of areas. The lectures, movies and impromptu discussions led by them were a real treat.December 2018
Roger & Marina
Highlights included the albatross colony on West Point, Falklands, king penguins at Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain, and gentoo 'highways' on the slopes of Damoc Island.February 2018
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
- 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)
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.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your Antarctic experience by choosing from these extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime add-on activities. All gear is provided for you. Limited places per activity.
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