Weddell Sea and South Sandwich Islands

Le Commandant Charcot
Le Commandant Charcot
250 Passengers
Starting 2021-22 Season — Icebreaker

From Patagonia, to the Antarctic peninsula, via South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, this all-new itinerary will take you into the heart of the Scotia Arc.

This volcanic archipelago at the junction of the Andes cordillera and the Antarctandes will be revealed to you in all its riches and splendor. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals mingle on the beautiful dark sand beaches. At sea, orcas, humpback whales and other cetaceans will escort you along your navigation through frozen waters.

This cruise will also be an opportunity to discover four very different ecosystems, from the wooded heights of the Tierra del Fuego and the table top icebergs of the Weddell Sea to the glacier-covered mountains of the South Sandwich Islands and the snow-capped summits of South Georgia.

Highlights
• Discover an all-new itinerary along the Scotia Arc, between the Atlantic and Southern Oceans.
• Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables.
• Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.
• Landscapes: volcanic mountains on the South Sandwich Islands, table top icebergs in the Weddell, glaciers, ice floes.
• Wildlife: king penguins, Adelie penguins, fur seals, elephant seals, whales, sea birds.
• Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, participative science, polar diving, outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiles.

Includes pre-departure overnight in Santiago, Chile and flight from Santiago to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 & 3 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 4 South Shetland Islands
Day 5 North Antarctic Peninsula
Days 6 & 7 The Weddell Sea
Day 8 Southern Thule & Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands
Day 9 Saunders Island, South Sandwich Islands
Day 10 Zavodovski Island, South Sandwich Islands
Day 11 At Sea
Days 12 & 13 South Georgia
Days 14 to 17 At Sea
Day 18 Montevideo, Uruguay

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evokes journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Days 2 & 3 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarize yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 5 — North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

Days 6 & 7 — The Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floes and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognize him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Day 8 — Southern Thule & Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands

The southernmost island in the Sandwich Islands is a volcano that rises to an altitude of 2,300 feet. For a long time, this former military base was the source of conflicts between the British and the Argentinians, who finally took possession of the island in 1982 after the Falklands War. While you are there, you may get the chance to observe impressive elephant seals and Adelie or chinstrap penguins.

Cook Island, an uninhabited volcano buried under a thick white coat, seems to float on the surface of the ocean. There is a striking contrast between the imposing and peaceful mass of glistening ice and the brown sheer cliffs that loom over its shores. Its highest peak, Mount Harmer, rises to an altitude of 3,650 ft. This island, the largest in the Southern Thule island group, was discovered by James Cook in 1775, the first explorer to have crossed the Antarctic Circle in search of a new continent. In 1819, the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen christened it as a tribute to this illustrious explorer.

Day 9 — Saunders Island, South Sandwich Islands

The brown volcanic silhouette of Saunders Island, overlooked by Mount Michael, which rises to an altitude of more than 3,000 ft, will then come into view on the horizon. The island’s frozen and rugged shores are considered very difficult to access. If you have the good fortune of being able to land in this lunar landscape, you will be able to meet chinstrap and Adelie penguins or attempt to observe the Cape petrels nesting in crevices along the cliff faces. It is one of only eight volcanoes in the world whose summit crater, with a diameter of 2,300 ft, contains a persistent lava lake. Its most recent eruption was in 2005.

Day 10 — Zavodovski Island, South Sandwich Islands

Lying in the north of this archipelago, this majestic volcanic island is often ice-free year round, unlike the islands further south. Different species can be found on either side of this bio-geographic border: Subantarctic species in the north and Antarctic species in the south. Enveloped in the warmth of the volcanic fumeroles, one of the world’s largest colonies of chinstrap penguins (over two million individuals) thrives in this ideal environment. This volcanic island was discovered in 1819 by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named it in honor of his ship’s captain.

Day 11 — At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with our specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research  and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.

Days 12 & 13 — South Georgia

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbor and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognize by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Day 18 — Montevideo, Uruguay

Disembark.

Perched on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is a white city, and one of the loveliest capital cities of South America. Come and admire the beautiful historical remains dating from Spanish rule; you’ll find the most interesting within the Cuidad Vieja, formerly fortified, its old town dates from the 18th century. The best preserved are the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. In the crook of a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

Important note: We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each cruise a unique experience. The captain and the expedition leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2021-22
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 6
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 7
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 8
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 6
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 7
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 8
Prestige
Suite
Deck 7
Prestige
Suite
Deck 8
Privilege
Suite
Duplex
Suite
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $96,190
$25,370Full$25,830 $26,280 $31,040 $32,170 $33,310 $42,380Full$43,510 $45,780Limited$63,930 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $58,850
$15,120 $15,370 $15,630 $18,320 $18,960 $19,600 $24,730 $25,360 $26,650 $36,890 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $119,090
$40,060Full$40,810 $41,560 $49,470 $51,350 $53,230 $68,280 $70,160 $73,930 $104,030 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $77,200
$18,990 $19,330 $19,670 $23,250 $24,110 $24,960 $31,780 $32,640 $34,340 $47,990 
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Prices are per person based on Double occupancy.
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   Owner's Suite
Deck 8 • Area: 1230ft² / 114m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
2000ft²/186m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Duplex Suite
Decks: 6 & 7 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
280ft²/12.5 m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Suite
Decks: 6 & 8 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
135ft²/12.5m² private balcony • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Suite
Decks: 7 & 8 • Area: 430ft² / 40m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
Composed of two interconnected Prestige Staterooms as indicated by double arrow on Deck Plan ⟷
110ft²/10m² private balcony • 2 Showers • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Stateroom
Decks 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 300ft² / 28m² • Capacity: up to 3 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Stateroom
Decks: 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 215ft² / 20m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.