Antarctica and South Georgia, Fly-Fly

Antarctic Premium Expedition Cruise Ship
Ocean Albatros
189 Passengers
Starting 2022-23 Season

South Georgia Island, remotely located in the far south of the Atlantic Ocean, is the dream destination of any wildlife enthusiast. Usually it takes a 3-weeks voyage to visit Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands. But on this unique Ocean Albatros expedition, your adventure commences with a comfortable 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica. This way you can visit all three destinations in less than 2 weeks!

After arriving by air to the Chilean Frey Station we will make Zodiac landings on the Antarctic continent before following in the wild wakes of Ernest Shackleton from Elephant Island and onwards to South Georgia. We will make several Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries and elephant seals’ haul-outs below spectacular mountain landscapes.

This lifetime expedition voyage “in a nutshell” comes to an end in Port Stanley of Falkland Islands after just 12 action-packed days.

Any voyage to Antarctica is an adventure, but this cruise offers a unique experience for the few. Shore landings, excursions, lectures, and whale safaris are easily accommodated to help you enjoy a matchless expedition experience. The vessel’s unique and compact construction ensures unmatched stability in rough sea.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Punta Arenas
Day 2 Flying the Drake: Flight To King George Island, Embarkation
Days 3 & 4 Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea and Elephant Island
Days 5 & 6 At Sea between Antarctica and South Georgia
Days 7 to 10 Wildlife Wonder of South Georgia
Days 11 & 12 At Sea towards Falkland Islands
Day 13 Port Stanley, Disembarkation, City Tour, Transfer to Airport for Home Flight

Day 1 — Arrival Punta Arenas

Arrive and check in at our hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile – the capital of Chile’s southernmost region. The historic city with rolling hills surrounding it and the Strait of Magellan in front. Its past is rich in exciting events, from being a penal colony to becoming a sheep and gold rush colony with many European settlers. The present-day city remains home to a major port; and with the Andes mountains and a multitude of national parks close by, it is a favored staging point for many wonderful adventures.

Our 4-star hotel is centrally located, which allows you to make full use of your time outside of the scheduled events. If you plan to arrive early, you can even take your time to explore the historical city.

Our “journey” begins with briefings on our upcoming expedition cruise and trans-Drake flight and concludes with a welcome dinner, where you can enjoy a typical Chilean meal.

Day 2 — Flying the Drake: Flight To King George Island, Embarkation

We are packed-up, excited and ready-to-go from the very early morning, as we await information on the landing conditions on King George Island. Normally the flights take off early, but we are ready to wait in case the flights are postponed.

We keep ourselves close to the hotel and the Punta Arenas land team, and drive to the airport as soon as our chartered airline gives us the green light. The expectation of exploring the 7th Continent builds, as we have donned our parkas, warm clothes and boots.

Once the fasten your seatbelts sign lights up, it’s time to fly across the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. We substitute 2 days of sailing with 2 hours of flying.

Our landing is smooth as the planes are built for these types of landings and runways. While our luggage is transported to the ship we enjoy a 2 kilometer walk along the Chilean Eduardo Frei base and the neighboring Bellingshausen Russian research station. King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands and home to no less than 10 research stations, 2 churches and of course the Antarctic peninsula's only airstrip in use for commercially chartered flights. The expedition team is awaiting us with Zodiacs on the Fildes Bay beach and will ferry us to our ship.

Once onboard, the exciting Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. In other words, it’s time to explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain.

Days 3 & 4 — Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea and Elephant Island

Over the coming days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the captain and the expedition team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

The Weddell Sea takes its name from the early British explorer James Weddell, who by hunting seals through a break in the ice in 1823 got to the southernmost point at his time. As we enter the Weddell Sea of today, we grow accustomed to giant floating icebergs and witness the sheer quantity of sea ice in these waters. Apart from penguins, the wildlife here includes Weddell and elephant seals and seabirds. Humpbacks feed in the nutrient-rich waters (caused by the upwell of cold water from the ocean depths), so there are opportunities to see whales, as well as the Antarctic’s largest predator, the solitary leopard seal.

Landfalls could include: Brown Bluff; with abundances of wildlife living on the beaches under the basalt cliffsides and Esperanza Base with its year-round Argentinian research station; Danger and Paulet Islands, where we would experience a large colony of Adélie penguins.

Because of the considerable sea ice and enormous bergs in the Weddell Sea, navigation through this remote nature is at the edge of what is possible; your captain and expedition leader are well aware that shifting ice means that no individual part of this area can be guaranteed as accessible at any time, so they will work together to find the most magnificent opportunities.  This is part of the wonder of this part of the world, and you will be visiting an area few humans have ever seen.

We plan to finalize our Weddell Sea/Antarctic Sound adventure by navigating to Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, maybe even along the same route as Shackleton’s daring lifeboat escape (this route is only possible if conditions allow it!). While a landing is unlikely, we hope to see where the Shackleton and his five commenced their historic voyage across 620 miles (1,000 km) of open sea to call for help. A route which we are about to follow for the next days.

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea between Antarctica and South Georgia

En-route for South Georgia, we will make a diagonal crossing of Drake Passage and the ‘Roaring Fifties’. But Ocean Albatros’ unique design, reclined bow, and automatic stabilizers, ensures a more stable ride as well as far less fuel consumption than many other expedition vessels.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition team on board, visit our shop or relax at leisure on our ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time.

Days 7 to 10 — Wildlife Wonder of South Georgia

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and elephant seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of fjords we will explorer – not least in Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922.

We will explorer the fjords of the north coast for three to four days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

Days 11 & 12 — At Sea towards Falkland Islands

While we make our way towards the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) you can participate in the many activities offered on board, for example about wildlife and the history of the Falkland Islands, or you can join our wildlife experts on top deck looking for sea birds and mammals.

Day 13 — Port Stanley, Disembarkation, City Tour, Transfer to Airport for Home Flight

During the morning we approach Falkland Islands and Ocean Albatros go alongside in the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), a remote South Atlantic archipelago.

After breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell to vessel and crew. Busses are ready for a city tour of Port Stanley. The capital of the islands is a charming little town with wooden houses, small well-kept gardens, pubs, a real English cathedral, and an excellent little museum. The tour stops at a quaint restaurant for some lunch refreshments before the busses take us to the airport for the return flight back to the South American continent after a compact but still adventure-filled polar voyage.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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10% off on second room for family booking; only for two rooms with connecting doors (Category B and C only)

Single supplement 75%

VIP service included for Categories B1, B2, A and Premium Suites: unlimited access to the specialty restaurant, Julius Meinl coffee machine, upgraded hair and lotion products, stocked minibar, wine and fruit in-room at commencement of cruise, free laundry.

Kayaking: $250. Snowshoeing: $150.

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   Premium Two-Room Suite
The largest of all the cabins on board, this 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a private observation deck and spacious bathroom. Located on deck. 4.
Approximately 485 sq ft/45 m²
   Category A - Junior Suite
These suites have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. The suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and private observation deck. The cabin can accommodate up to 3 people.
Approximately 450 sq ft/42 m²
   Balcony Suite B1
These two suites on deck 4 feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom and an extra-large private observation deck.
Approximately 375 sq ft/35 m²
  Balcony Suite B2
These four suites on decks 4 & 6 feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom and an extra-large private observation deck.
Approximately 300 sq ft/28 m²
   Category C - Balcony Stateroom
The most abundant type of cabin, the Balcony Staterooms are located in decks 4 & 6. They have a private observation deck, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. Connecting staterooms are available in this category.
Approximately 260 sq ft/24 m²
   Category D - Albatros Stateroom
These staterooms are close to the Mudroom and have quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The cabins are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay. All have 2 single beds and a bathroom. One of the cabins is located on deck 4, and the rest on deck 3.
Approximately 240 sq ft/22 m²
   Category E French Balcony Suite
These standard cabins feature a french balcony, a double bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom. All are located on Deck 7.
Approximately 175 sq ft/16 m²
  Category F - Triple Porthole
These cabins feature portholes with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they’re close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
Approximately 240 sq ft/22 m²
  Category G - Single Porthole
These deck 3 cabins are conveniently located close to the Mudroom which facilitates access to the Zodiacs for off-ship excursions. Perfect for solo travelers.
Approximately 195 sq ft/18 m²
  Category H - Balcony Single
A portion of the Balcony Staterooms on deck 4 are sold as dedicated Singles on select (Fly) departures. They have a private observation deck, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa. Connecting staterooms are available in this category.
Approximately 260 sq ft/24 m²