Atlantic Odyssey: South Georgia to Ascension Island

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
116 Passengers
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Important Note:
The flights from Ascension have been cancelled.
Passengers must therefore book the follow-on voyage from Ascension to Cape Verdes in order to catch an outbound flight.
In compensation, The follow-on voyage is offered at 20% discount.

The Atlantic Odyssey offers a unique possibility to visit several of the remotest islands in the world. Besides South Georgia, the Atlantic Odyssey visits Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension Island. Beautiful and often rare species live on these islands, many of them not found anywhere else in the world. Isolated local communities can also be visited.

Notes:
Atlantic Oddyssey may be combined with the previous departure, Antarctic Peninsula - 10 Day (Mar 19 - Mar 28, 2018), for a combined 10% rate reduction on both departures.
A follow-on trip, Atlantic Odyssey Part 2: Ascension to Cape Verdes (Apr 24 - 30 2018), is also availabile that extends Atlantic Oddyssey to Praia. NOTE: Due to cancelled flights from Ascension, this follow-on voyage is required and offered at 20% discount.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 to 5 At Sea
Days 6 to 8 South Georgia
Days 9 t0 13 At Sea
Day 14 Gough Island
Days 15 to 17 Tristan da Cunha
Days 18 to 21 At Sea
Days 22 to 24 St. Helena
Days 25 & 26 At Sea
Days 27 & 28 Ascension Island

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 to 5 — At Sea

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Days 6 to 8 — South Georgia

We aim to visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the world. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. Salisbury Plain offers this scenario in mind-boggling quantity. We will see the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles we can see breeding Wandering Albatrosses. We will also find time to visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and second in command Frank Wild. We will attempt to land at Gold Harbor and St Andrews Bay with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none. King penguins are truly Kings here!

Days 9 to 13 — At Sea

In the Westerlies we have often have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 14 — Gough Island

Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for Zodiac cruising in Quest Bay. As always, weather permitting. Here we can see the Northern Rockhopper Penguins and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough Island and in particular, to see it at such close quarters. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you.

Days 15 to 17 — Tristan da Cunha

In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather. Please note that we will try and approach for landings, however due to the weather conditions this is not always possible. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey's (1998) we failed during 35% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather.

Days 18 to 21 — At Sea

We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Days 22 to 24 — St. Helena

St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. On this island, we will have opportunity to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the island on your own and for snorkeling in the shallow surf where we can find a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

Days 25 & 26 — At Sea

At sea along the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Days 27 & 28 — Ascension Island

(April 23 & 24) – Here we encounter a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to make a trip to the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a visit the Wide-awake colony. In the evening we hope to go ashore to see the egg laying Green turtles on the beach. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Kayaking - $465 per trip, max 14 people
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