Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia: Epic Antarctica

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
199 Passengers
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On this diverse expedition, you’ll experience the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) before immersing yourself in the unique history and exquisite, rare wildlife of South Georgia.

Whether you’re visiting Antarctic research stations, witnessing a sudden minke whale breach from your Zodiac, sharing a magical moment with king penguins or celebrating crossing the Antarctic Circle with like-minded travelers and crew, you’ll know this experience will live on in you forever.

Expedition in Brief
• Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife from our expert team of lecturers
• See the incredible wildlife—more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of penguin—of South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles
• Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages to South Georgia and visit his gravesite
• Explore the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
• Cross the Antarctic Circle
• Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of your journey

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Day 3 At Sea
Days 4 & 5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6 & 7 At Sea
Days 8 to 11 South Georgia
Days 12 & 13 At Sea
Days 14 to 16 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17 & 18 Antarctic Circle
Days 19 & 20 Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 21 & 22 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 23 Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

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Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina, and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3 — At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we’re at sea. You can take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, chat with your shipmates at the bar, or spend time out on deck, admiring the sea. Your expedition team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarize yourself with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Days 4 & 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore thanks to Zodiac excursions and daily landings. These rugged islands have a frontier feel to them. This is especially true of the largest settlement, Stanley, an interesting British outpost–type place, where you could just as easily wander into a pub as you could a church or museum.

Have your camera handy, as your wildlife sightings in the Falklands (Malvinas) should include at least three species of penguins, plus two endemic bird species—Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you have the most memorable time.

Days 6 & 7 — At Sea

En route to South Georgia, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica. This meeting of oceans is what creates the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts large cetaceans, such as humpback whales, to the area.

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia

Evidence of the old whaling and sealing heyday is still found throughout the island. You’ll be surprised to learn that whale and seal populations were once decimated here. Today, their populations are strong, with massive rookeries to be seen.

One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Your visit to his gravesite at the Grytviken settlement, also home to an old whaling station and a research station, is a day for reflecting on what it must have been like to be one of the first explorers of this unforgiving yet beautiful environment.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the wildlife that you and your shipmates will likely find most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, South Georgia contains an exceptional quantity of wildlife. Each landing you make on the island will open your eyes to a new wonder: one day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach; the next day you may visit another beach dotted with thousands of fur or elephant seals.

The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different bird and animal species. Your expedition team will be happy to share their knowledge of how these vulnerable relationships all play out on the island.

Days 12 & 13 — At Sea

Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by your expedition team, who will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Days 14 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The experience is hard to put into words, but the most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, and the next moment you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Glacier hikes, visits to research bases and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling every day. Perhaps you’ll catch sight of the fearless penguin eater, the leopard seal, or maybe you’ll come eye to eye with a curious minke whale while you are cruising in a Zodiac. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps you’ll treat yourself by booking a kayaking adventure option (reserve in advance when booking your trip); if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a Polar Plunge might be what you need!

Days 17 & 18 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south.

If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, we'll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass of champagne and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, where there is the potential for fantastic iceberg sightings.

Days 19 & 20 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Your expedition team will always be on the lookout for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Days 21 & 22 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 23 — Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast.

After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Required Flight and Hotel Package - $950 (1 Night in Buenos Aires including breakfast, Group Transfer from Hotel to airport for charter flight to Ushuaia, Group Transfer to Ship. Combined Airport Transfer and express Bus Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation, Charter Flight to Buenos Aires.)

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy except triple (per person shared occupancy) and single (per person single occupancy).

Single supplement is available 1.7 times the standard rate for all standard cabins and 2x the rate for Superior Twin and above. Twin Portholes and windows can be shared. Superior Twin and above can not be booked as a shared berth cabin. 

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $995 (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $225 (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage), Camping - $295, X Country Ski - $575, Mountaineering - $575. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16, Mountaineering 10 and Skiing to 15 individuals. Some activities require experience.

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    Triple
Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath.
Cabin 4100 has 4 lower single beds and a private bathroom with separate shower room.

Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 m²)
    Twin Porthole
Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
  Twin Porthole Upper/Lower
Same as Twin Porthole but features one lower and one upper berth.
    Twin Porthole Suite (2)
Twin Porthole Suite (2) on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Porthole Suite
Same as Twin Porthole Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    Twin Window
Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
    Twin Window Suite (2)
Twin Window Suite (2) on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Window Suite
Same as Twin Window Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    Inside Single
Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
    Upper Deck Twin
Upper Deck Twin on Deck 7 features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²)
  Upper Deck Double
Same as Upper Deck Twin but on Deck 8 & features one double bed.
    Superior Twin
Superior Twin on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower beds, a pull-out sofa bed and a private bath.
Approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 m²)
  Superior Double
Same as Superior Twin but on Deck 7 & features one double bed & sofa.
Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.
    Top Deck Double
Top Deck Twin on Deck 8 features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bath.
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 m²)
    Junior Suite
Junior Suite on Decks 5 and 7 features a picture window, one double bed and private bath.
Cabin 7002 has a bathtub; other Junior Suites have showers.

Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)
    Owner's Suite
Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)