Spirit of Shackleton

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
134 Passengers
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Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place — the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Ushuaia/Beagle Channel
Day 3 Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 4 & 5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean
Days 6 & 7 Southern Ocean/South Georgia
Days 8 to 11 South Georgia/Scotia Sea
Days12 & 13 Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península
Days 14 to 18 Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage
Days 19 & 20 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Day 21 Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Day 2 — Ushuaia/Beagle Channel

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 — Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

As the Expedition makes passage east, become acquainted with the ship. Begin lectures and information sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

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 4 & 5 — 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 6 & 7 — 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 8 to 11 — 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.

Days 12 & 13 — Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península

Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

These 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 14 to 18 — Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. 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 peninsula also has a remarkable human history.

Finally a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days, the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Take a chance to visit scientists working in modern research bases, with plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, opt to learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Days 19 & 20 – 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 21 — Ushuaia

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: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of 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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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).
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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