Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
134 Passengers
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Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land that entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, and gentoo varieties) and learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 2 Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean
Days 3 to 5 South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6 & 7 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean
Days 8 & 9 Southern Ocean/South Georgia
Days 10 to 13 South Georgia/Scotia Sea
Days 14 & 15 South Shetland Islands/Antarctica
Days 16 to 19 South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage
Days 20 & 21 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Day 22 Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 — Montevideo, Uruguay

Arrive in Montevideo at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Uruguay's capital city.

Day 2 — Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean

Embarkation on the Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo.

The morning is free, take the chance to explore one of Montevideo's colorful neighborhoods. The evening is spent onboard the ship sailing southwards towards the Falkland Islands.

Days 3 to 5 — South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

With course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Spend time on deck to spot wildlife including albatross and possibly whales and dolphins. Relax in the library, grab a drink in the Polar Bear Pub, or make some new friends in the Discovery Lounge.

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The 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 6 & 7 — 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 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.

Witness the biological diversity and spectacular scenery of the southern islands on a stop at the Falkland Islands. With any luck, catch a glimpse of penguins like the Magellanic, Rockhopper and Gentoo species. Keep a look out for some of the island’s other wildlife like sea lions, king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras, and sheep.

Stop at Port Stanley for an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colorful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. 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 8 & 9 — Southern Ocean/South Georgia

With course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with historical and biological lectures to prepare for landings. Look out for the many whales that inhabit these waters.

Our lecture series resumes to prepare us for South Georgia, spend plenty of time on deck to identify the abundant sea birds of the South Ocean.

Days 10 to 13 — South Georgia/Scotia Sea

Home to many interesting sites (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visit a huge colony of king penguins, a major highlight of this part of the journey. South Georgia is also the home over half of the world's enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups.

Days 14 & 15 — South Shetland Islands/Antarctica

Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days to the legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. The 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 16 to 19 — South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. 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 ship will attempt to reach the Antarctic Peninsula for a landing, weather and ice-permitting.

The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Hop into one of the Expedition 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

Days 20 & 21 — Drake Passage/Ushuaia

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

Turning north, embark upon the 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

At some point on the first day, cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling create an ocean very high in marine productivity.

Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey towards the South American continent.

Day 22 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Our adventure comes to a close. Have a final breakfast onboard Expedition before saying our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

Note: Please note while it is our intention to 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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Per Person USD
Rates Antarctica 2020-21
Cat 1a Quad
Cat 1 Triple
Cat 2
Cat 3
Cat 4
Cat 5
Kayak
$12,2991 Berth$13,499 $15,799Limited$16,399 $17,399Limited$19,399Limited
Camp, Kayak
$7,799 $8,7991 Berth$9,9991 Berth$10,699 $12,199 $13,699Limited
Camp, Kayak
$6,9991 Berth$7,9991 Berth$8,999Full$9,599 $10,999 $12,299Limited
Camp, Kayak
$7,9991 Berth$8,999Full$10,3991 Berth$11,299 $12,999 $14,499Limited
Camp, Kayak
$7,299Full$8,199Full$9,799Full$10,299 $11,799 $12,999 
Camp, Kayak
$10,6991 Berth$11,699Full$13,799Limited$14,599 $15,5991 Berth$17,199Limited
Camp, Kayak
$8,3991 Berth$9,1991 Berth$10,999Full$11,999 $12,999 $14,599Limited
Camp, Kayak
$16,5991 Berth$17,599 $21,1991 Berth$23,399 $26,599 $29,999 
Camp, Kayak
$10,1991 Berth$11,2991 Berth$13,499Full$14,299 $15,299Full$16,999Full
Camp, Kayak
$15,9991 Berth$16,999 $20,599Limited$22,499 $25,499 $28,999Limited
Kayak
$9,699 $10,799 $12,499Full$13,299 $14,299 $15,999Limited
Kayak
$6,799Full$7,399Full$9,199Full$9,599 $10,699Limited$12,199Full
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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the regular price.

Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Camping Excursion - $349 per person.
Kayaking Excursion - $999 per person (Antarctica Classic); $1,299 (Antarctica Classic in Depth & Quest for the Antarctic Circle); $1,499 (Spirit of Shackleton & Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica).
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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Per Person USD
Rates Antarctica 2021-22
Cat 1a Quad
Cat 1 Triple
Cat 2
Cat 3
Cat 4
Cat 5
Kayak
$11,699 $13,199 $15,199 $16,399 $18,299 $19,699Limited
Camp, Kayak
$7,3991 Berth$8,399 $9,699 $10,399 $11,599 $13,199 
Camp, Kayak
$7,399Full$8,399 $9,599 $10,199 $11,399 $12,899 
Camp, Kayak
$8,299 $9,099 $10,799 $11,599Limited$12,899 $14,499Full
Camp, Kayak
$7,599Full$8,599 $9,799 $10,499 $11,699 $13,499 
Camp, Kayak
$10,799 $11,699 $13,799 $14,899 $16,599 $17,899 
Camp, Kayak
$8,599 $9,399 $11,099 $11,999 $13,399 $14,599 
Camp, Kayak
$16,999 $18,699 $22,199 $23,899 $26,599 $30,399 
Camp, Kayak
$8,399 $9,199 $10,899 $11,699 $12,999 $14,099 
Camp, Kayak
$10,299 $11,399 $13,499 $14,499 $16,099 $17,399 
Camp, Kayak
$9,799 $10,899 $12,899 $13,799 $15,299 $16,599 
Kayak
$7,099 $7,799 $9,199 $9,899 $10,999 $12,099 
Kayak
$6,899 $7,599 $8,999 $9,699 $10,799 $11,999 
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Single Supplement is 1.7 - 1.75 times the regular price.

Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Camping Excursion - $379 per person.
Kayaking Excursion - $999 per person (Antarctica Classic); $1,299 (Antarctica Classic in Depth, Quest for the Antarctic Circle, & Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica); $1,499 (Spirit of Shackleton).
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.

DeckPlan_Expedition

   Category 1A Quad
2 upper, 2 lower berths › Full en suite bathroom › Porthole view
Deck 2
    Category 1 Triple
1 upper, 2 lower berths › Full en suite bathroom › Porthole view
Deck 2
  Category 2 Twin
2 lower berths › Full en suite bathroom › Porthole view
Deck 2
  Category 3 Twin
2 lower berths › Full en suite bathroom › Window view
Deck 3
  Category 4 Twin
2 lower berths › Full en suite bathroom › Large window views
Deck 4
  Category 5 Suite
Queen bed, lounge area › Full en suite bathroom › Large window views
Deck 4