Reasons to go

    • An unparalleled wildlife hotspot - the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean - home to some of the world’s greatest concentrations of wildlife
    • Experience some of the most majestic, unspoiled and least visited scenery on earth
    • mecca for photographers, both amateur and professional alike
    • A rich history of fascinating characters including sealers, whalers and early explorers from The Heroic Era, including Shackleton
    • Vast king penguin colonies numbering over 200,000 individual birds, alongside countless albatross, elephant and fur seals

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    Wildlife

    At the height of the breeding season, there is said to be more wildlife here per square foot than any other place on the planet. South Georgia’s prodigious wildlife includes penguins, birds, whales and seals, and the numbers are absolutely staggering. Their lack of fear of humans also makes them incredibly curious, this is one of the best places in the world to be approached by an inquisitive penguin, or lolloping seal.

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    Landing sites

    The diversity of landing sites on this small island make it one of the more spectacular places to visit in Antarctica. From a colony of 300,000 king penguins at St Andrews Bay, to Gold Harbour where the sun's rays bathe hanging glaciers in to make them glow in yellows and oranges, the scale of opportunities for wildlife spotting and taking in the scenery is unmatched.

    This is also one of the richest places for history - the sleepy village of Grytviken protects the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and you can even hike in the man himself's footsteps on the Shackleton Walk, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness where he raised the alarm in 1916.

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    When to go

    The visitor season is limited to late October through to March. During these months the weather is at its more benign, though still highly unpredictable! As a rule, November and March are chillier, but the softer light is favourable for photographers. More important are the nuances among the wildlife:

    • November - Battling bull elephant seals at this time make for great drama and photo opportunities
    • December - Utter density of animals can make certain landings a real challenge
    • January - Prion Island, a favourite for birders due to the albatross, becomes accessible from 7th Jan
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    Tips on choosing the right voyage

    As part of a longer cruise, most trips will also visit the Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula, however, a select few voyages focus solely on South Georgia. On a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this, finding the right voyage is crucial, so to help you get started, here are a few tips on key areas you should be considering:

    • The itinerary: There’s surprising variation between trips of the time actually spent in South Georgia, between 3 - 6 days . Some voyages pass by quickly on their way to the Peninsular or the Falklands, others take advantage of the wealth of landing sites and stay for longer
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    • Ship size & stability: Given the amount of time you’ll be spending on board ship on the Southern Ocean, carefully choosing the right ship pays real dividends
    • Cabin size: For the length of trip it's definitely worth considering a little extra room where you can have some privacy when booking your cabin
    • Calibre of staff: If top-notch guides are important to you, there are significant variations between ships in the calibre and staff-to-passenger ratio.
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    Authentic expedition

    Functional vessels with heaps of character, trips aboard these ships feel truly expeditionary. Here, it is all about the quality of the landings, and expertise of the brilliant expedition leaders.

    Comfort & adventure

    Daily landings and adventurous activities abound, but with the option of coming back to a more luxurious cabin, or your own private balcony.

    Luxury & fine dining

    The ultimate Antarctic cruises. Bright, spacious cabins, exquisite food, and the highest standard of service throughout.

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    For a more intimate understanding of South Georgia's wealth of landing sites, these trips take the time to thoroughly explore the island.

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    South Georgia Cruises: FAQs

    • How long can I spend in South Georgia?

      This will very much depend on which voyage you choose, most voyages spend between 3- 5 days exploring South Georgia, while the maximum is 8 days.

    • How much luggage am I allowed?

      A crucial question for photographers in particular. As ship’s don’t suffer from the same weight limitations as airlines, there are no restrictions once on board the vessel. However, you need to check weight limits on the domestic flights, which are typically only 15-20kg for hold luggage.

    • Can my food requirements be catered?

      The answer is ‘Yes’. The kitchens on all ships are very experienced at catering for all food requirements, whether you are vegetarian, gluten free, lactose intolerant, or just prefer to avoid certain foods.

    • When should I start to plan my trip?

      The short answer is as soon as possible. There are far fewer of these longer voyages than the regular trip to the Antarctic Peninsula only. Because they're so spectacular, they're also in very high demand.

      To be confident of securing your preferred choice you should start planning as early as possible, and then ideally booking 12 - 18 months in advance. Early booking discounts are sometimes available.

      Voyage dates are typically released by the different boat operators between 15 - 20 months in advance.

    • How much does a cruise to South Georgia cost?

      Prices start from around $8,500 per person, but vary markedly depending on the trip, ship, timing of travel and cabin category you choose. 

      While discounts are rare, those people booking early can take advantage of early booking incentives of up to USD $1,500 per person offered on select trips.

      It's a substantial investment, but in well over a decade of helping people experience South Georgia, nobody has ever been remotely disappointed.

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