Spirit of Shackleton

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
134 Passengers
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Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. This 20-day voyage illuminates Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place—the wildlife rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Day 2Ushuaia/Beagle Channel
Day 3Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 4 & 5Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean
Days 6 & 7Southern Ocean/South Georgia
Days 8 to 11South Georgia/Scotia Sea
Days12 & 13Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península
Days 14 to 18Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage
Days 19 & 20Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Day 21Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Arrival transfer is included.

Tonight, the adventure begins. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2 — Ushuaia/Beagle Channel

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping or explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 — Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

On the passage east, visit the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall and meet the guides, ship’s crew and lecturers.

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The M/S Expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Days 4 & 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean

The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colorful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.

Catch our first glimpses of penguins, including the Magellanic, rockhopper, gentoo, and King penguins. With a little luck, spot elephant seals, sea lions, king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras and of course sheep.

Stop at Port Stanley for an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants. The town is the capital of the Falkland Islands, most locals head to Stanley to do their shopping, visit the post office, or go golfing. The bomb disposal unit from the Falklands War in 1982 is also in the town as well as several war museums.

Days 6 & 7 — Southern Ocean/South Georgia

Sailing east, set course for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Watch for the many whales that inhabit these waters.

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia/Scotia Sea

South Georgia Island is home to many marvels including Shackleton’s grave, former whaling stations, incredible scenery and prolific wildlife. Spend 3-4 full days exploring South Georgia Island. Observe a large colony of King penguins, the second largest species of penguin that stand almost 3 ft (100cm) tall. Nearby islands are the nesting grounds for Wandering albatross, a species of albatross that only stays on land to breed and eat. Hopefully in the three days in the area the group will get a chance to spot one of these majestic sea birds during the small amount of time it spends on land.

Days 12 & 13 — Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península

Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

These waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredient that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals, and seabirds.

Days 14 to 18 — Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history.

Finally a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days, the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Take a chance to visit scientists working in modern research bases, with plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, opt to learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Days 19 & 20 – Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful lookout for a last chance to spot whales.

Heading north across the Drake Passage, spend two days enjoying the beauty of the sea while sailing for Ushuaia. In between bird watching, whale watching, and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions, and Whales!

Day 21 — Ushuaia

Our adventure comes to a close. Have a final breakfast on the expedition ship say your goodbyes and disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

Note: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Camping Excursion - $299 per person. Kayaking Excursion - $899 per person.  Restricted to participants 18 and older.  Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.  Camping is limited to 60 people, kayaking to 20.

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Single Supplement is 1.6 times the regular price. Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Camping Excursion - $349 per person. Kayaking Excursion - $999 per person. Restricted to participants 18 and older. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience. Camping is limited to 60 people, kayaking to 20.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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