Expedition cruise to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.
Duration: 18, 19 or 20 nights
Disembarkation: Stanley, Punta Arenas or Santiago de Chile
Language: English speaking voyage
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
You’ll embark your voyage in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, before we set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon. All Greg Mortimer voyages include one night accommodation in Ushuaia prior to embarkation.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
The Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Our expedition team presents safety and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast is ours to explore. We rely on our experienced expedition team, many who’ve been here over dozens of summers, to create the best daily itinerary that prevailing weather and ice conditions allow. A sense of excitement abounds as we use every moment of daylight to enjoy the best that Antarctica has to offer. This could mean two to three excursions in a day, whether it be to penguin colonies, historic huts, a working scientific station or a Zodiac cruise through a sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. Note - Weather and ice conditions permitting, Greg Mortimer voyages will attempt to explore the ice-choked Weddell Sea region before moving onto the western side of the Peninsula.
Day 8 – Elephant Island
Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men wintered over beneath their upturned boats. If weather and seas permit, Zodiacs will carry us close to Point Wild to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Days 9 to 10 – Scotia Sea
We follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, watching for great whales and big icebergs riding up from the Weddell Sea. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far, and our naturalist and historian start their talks on South Georgia’s wildlife and history.
Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia
With ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular north coast, we visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the nesting grounds of majestic wandering albatross and if weather allows, follow Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Kayakers revel in paddling waters alive with king penguins and playful seals. Against a backdrop of 3000-metre peaks, photograph basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins cluttering kelp-strewn beaches.
Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
Day 18 – Falkland Islands to Santiago (or Punta Arenas)
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where you can either enjoy more time exploring the Falkland Islands, or continue on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile on your included flight (Polar Pioneer voyages only). Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your stay in the Falkland Islands. Refunds are not available for unused flight sectors for passengers wishing to disembark flight in Punta Arenas. Please note: ASG72 & ASG76 operates in reverse to the above itinerary, starting with a flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and finishing in Ushuaia.
Days 19-20/21 – Ushuaia (Greg Mortimer only)
For guest aboard the Greg Mortimer, we spend an extra day exploring either the Weddell Sea or the South Orkney Islands. We will round the Falkland Islands, making a landing or two before continuing onward to Ushuaia, where our journey ends.
-Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
-Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
-Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
-Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
17 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
-All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
-All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
-Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
-Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
-A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
-Free gumboot hire during the voyage
-Comprehensive pre-departure information
-Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
-Port and landing fees and charges
-International or domestic flights to and from the ship, unless specified
-Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
-Airport arrival or departure taxes
-Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
-Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
-Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
-Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
-All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
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THE POLAR TRAVEL COMPANY LLC
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Miami - Dade, Florida
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