Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

National Geographic Orion Cruise Ship
National Geographic Orion
106 Passengers

The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this South Georgia Island cruise expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive–in both senses of the word–herds of elephant seals, and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings.  It’s the impossible beauty of an Antarctica trip exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, including the Falklands and South Georgia Island cruise just makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all.
• The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel
• Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
• Three distinct regions to experience
• Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

Incomparable wildlife experience
Only the plains of the Serengeti during the migrations can compare to the wildlife spectacles offered by both South Georgia and the Falklands. On your South Georgia Island cruise you’ll see a single rookery with tens of thousands of king penguins—an astonishing sight and an indelible memory. In the Falklands, you’ll see rockhopper penguins in great number in their “hobbit shire” of the tussock grass. And, in both, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see albatross in great numbers—wandering albatross with their impressive 11-foot wing spans; and beautiful black-browed albatross—in colonies that fill the windward ledges of these southernmost islands. These, plus elephant and fur seals, pelagic birds in great numbers, and various species of whales feasting on the Southern Ocean’s seasonal bounty create unprecedented wildlife viewing experiences for you.

Add the human dimension to the ice
From the ghostly remnants of the whaling stations that once peopled South Georgia, to the warmly welcoming ranchers of Port Stanley on the Falklands, and the penguin-adapted researchers of Port Lockroy, a picturesque science station off the otherwise unpeopled Weddell Sea coast, you’ll experience the contrast between the majestic, uninhabited wildness of Antarctica, and the unique human incursions into the land of the ice.

Please note that although international airline tickets are not included in the trip cost the dates of this trip include your travel dates (based on USA/USA travel).

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Home/Fly To Santiago, Chile/Overnight
Day 3 Santiago/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship
Day 4 At Sea
Days 5 to 10 Antarctica
Days 11 & 12 At Sea
Days 13 to 17 South Georgia Island
Days 18 & 19 At Sea
Days 20 & 21 Falkland Islands
Day 22 At Sea
Days 23 & 24 Ushuaia/Disembark/Santiago/Home

Days 1 & 2 — Home/Santiago, Chile/Overnight

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago (International flight not included). Settle into the hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.

Day 3 — Santiago/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Day 4 — At Sea

Settle in to shipboard life as we sail to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship.

Days 5 to 10 — Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll spend these days on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration.

Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

As we voyage, head up to the bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.

Days 13 to 17 — South Georgia Island

This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and, conditions permitting, we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins!

Days 18 & 19 — At Sea

Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.

Days 20 & 21 — Falkland Islands

The Falklands boast albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic colonial town of Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones.

Day 22 — At Sea

On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Days 23 & 24 — Ushuaia/Disembark/Santiago/Home

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home (international flight not included).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Category 1 Stateroom
These cabins feature an oval window and two single beds, two beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed (call for details). You'll find an armchair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.
175 Sq.ft.
    Category 2 Stateroom
These roomy cabins feature an oval window and two single beds, two beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed (call for details). You'll find an armchair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.
180 Sq.ft.
  Category 3 Suite
Suite with Window #401-412, 414-41- These suites have a comfortable sofa in the sitting area with a large window and plenty of storage. They have a variety of bed configurations (call for details) plus a writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Modern bathrooms are generously sized with roomy glass-walled shower stall.
218 Sq.ft. (24 m2)
  Category 4 Deluxe Suite
Deluxe suite with Window #511, 515 - These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a two-seater sofa that looks out a large rectangular window. Beds are configurable. You'll find storage, climate controls, reading lamps, a TV. Modern bathrooms are generously sized with roomy glass-walled shower stall.
230 Sq.ft.
  Category 5 Balcony Suite
Suite with Balcony #501, 503-506, 508 - These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors that open to a private French balcony. Beds are configurable, and you'll find sitting chairs or a couch, a writing desk, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. The bathroom is spacious and has a glass-walled shower.
230 Sq.ft.
  Category 6 Owner's Suite
Owner’s suite with Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510 - These large, owner's suites feature a balcony (Cabin 509 does not have a balcony), a spacious bathroom with a large shower and separate soaking tub with a window, and a large separate living area with a couch and two bucket chairs, plus climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV.
345 Sq.ft.
  Category 1 Solo Stateroom
These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.
  Category 3 Solo Stateroom
Suite with Window #512 - This solo suite features two beds and a large window, plus a bucket chair and small table, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. The bathroom is spacious and has a glass-walled shower.