Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
120 Passengers

Albatross and Rock Hopper Penguins in the Falklands, the amazing South Georgia Wildlife, Sir Earnest Shackleton's Grave plus all the icebergs and wildlife of the Antarctica Peninsula.

Day 1: Puerto Madryn

In the afternoon, we embark in Puerto Madryn and sail to the Falkland Islands. 

Day 2 & 3: At Sea

At sea, the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 4: Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 5: Stanley, Falkland Islands

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own.

We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included). 

Days 6 & 7: At Sea

On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Days 8 - 11: South Georgia

In the afternoon of day 8 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays.

At Fortuna Bay, we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 11. 

Day 12: At Sea

The ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua, Snow Petrel and Snow Petrel.

Day 13: South Orkney Islands

We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Days 15 - 17: Antarctic Peninsula

We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and second-in-command of the expedition. The topography of the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs, and in November mostly ice clogged. If we manage to sail here we see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and occasionally, kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins.

In Wilhelmina Bay (which could also be ice clogged in November)  we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula. At Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.  Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Days 18 - 19: At Sea

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 20: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Embark Puerto Madryn, Disembark Ushuaia

Limited remaining berths up to 35% Discount (Prices in Red)
$11,850
$7,703
$13,150
$10,520
$14,250
$9,263
$14,850
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$15,600
Full
$17,550
Full
 
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Three days reserved to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters!

Discounts: Superior - 20%, Twin Window - 20%, Twin Porthole (shared) - 32%
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Twin Porthole (single) = $10,600 (Savings of $11,925!)
$9,050
 
$9,950
 
$13,250
$8,950
$13,550
$10,840
$14,250
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$15,700
Full
 
$11,300
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
 
$13,550
 
$14,250
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$15,700
 
 
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Bluff, New Zealand
$19,150
 
$21,400
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$26,000
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$27,050
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$28,700
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$30,400
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$5,800
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Embark Bluff, New Zealand
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

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$21,400
 
$26,000
 
$27,050
 
$28,700
 
$30,400
 
$5,800
 
Kayak
$7,800
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$8,650
 
$9,300
 
$9,800
 
$10,200
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$11,300
 
 
Photography
$10,490
 
$11,670
 
$12,500
 
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$13,500
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$810
 
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$1,000
 
$1,050
 
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$1,140
 
 
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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single Supplement for twin cabins is 1.7 times the twin rate. Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

Helicopter cost is Mandatory on the Ross Sea trips.

There is always a possibility of an added fuel surcharge if marine oil prices raise significantly.

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$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
 
$11,550
 
$12,800
 
$13,550
 
$14,150
 
$14,800
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$16,150
Full
 
$13,200
 
$14,600
 
$15,950
 
$16,950
 
$17,800
 
$19,400
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
 
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$8,950
 
$9,650
 
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$11,850
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
 
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All activities are free of charge for Basecamp Ortelius voyages (Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop).
On other voyages:
  Kayaking - $465
  Camping - $180

Weddell Sea voyages include helicopters.

There is always a possibility of an added fuel surcharge if marine oil prices raise significantly.


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