Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

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

On this extraordinary voyage, follow in the wake of courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica and the South Shetlands before heading via Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea to South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, we will explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search for wildlife.

Sailing onwards between Elephant Island and South Georgia offers a small glimpse into the passage made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago, when he navigated the 800 mile (1300 km) course through open seas of Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. South Georgia is one of World’s greatest natural wonders. Wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place are on our agenda.

On our last leg towards Ushuaia in Argentina, we will pay a visit to the fascinating Falklands. Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture will be our first call before venturing further west for Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches.

After leaving Falklands, the last sea days can be spent bird watching from the top deck and attending lectures, workshops and photo re-caps in Ocean Albatros’s many lounges.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Visit South Georgia
• Top wildlife destination in the world with penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses
• Icebergs and glaciated mountains with volcanoes
• Many Zodiac excursions and landings
• Small expedition ship that enables access to remote areas
• Onboard activities while at sea - lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Embarkation in Ushuaia.
Days 2 & 3 At Sea. Drake Passage, King George Island.
Days 4 to 7 Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea.
Days 8 to 13 Drake Passage and South Georgia.
Days 14 &15 South Atlantic, Approaching Falkland Islands.
Days 16 & 17 Port Stanley and Falkland Islands.
Days 18 & 19 At Sea toward South America. Ushuaia, Disembarkation.

Day 1 — Arrival and Embarkation in Ushuaia.

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea. Drake Passage, King George Island.

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 4 to 7 — Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea.

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 itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 8 to 13 — Drake Passage and South Georgia.

From the Weddell Sea we continue our journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in the polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. We on the other hand will reach the mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and 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 explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

Days 14 & 15 — South Atlantic, Approaching Falkland Islands.

Days at sea are great for participating in lectures and other activities hosted by the expedition team, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. Or just to relax.

Days 16 & 17 — Port Stanley and Falkland Islands.

During the morning we approach Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Albatros will cast anchor in the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing our Zodiacs, we will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day we will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

Days 18 & 19 — At Sea toward South America. Ushuaia, Disembarkation.

We are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back to Ushuaia.

After a hearty farewell to vessel and crew, we disembark in the morning after breakfast.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Porthole
Cat F
Triple
Porthole
French
Balcony
Suite
Cat D
Albatros
Stateroom
Cat C
Balcony
Stateroom
Cat B2
Balcony
Suite
Cat B1
Balcony
Suite
Cat A
Junior
Suite
Premium
Two-Room
Suite
Cat H
Balcony
Single
Kayak
$10,690 $5,990 $9,290 $8,990 $9,990 $10,990 $13,990 $15,990 $17,990  
Kayak
$19,490 $11,990 $16,990 $16,490 $18,490 $20,490 $24,990 $27,990 $31,990  
Kayak
$13,390 $8,490 $11,490 $10,990 $12,490 $13,590 $16,990 $18,990 $21,990  
Kayak
$13,390 $8,490 $11,490 $10,990 $12,490 $13,590 $16,990 $18,990 $21,990  
Kayak
$12,490 $7,990 $11,990 $11,490 $12,990 $13,990 $17,490 $19,990 $21,990 $13,490 
Kayak
$11,990 $7,790 $11,590 $11,290 $12,590 $13,790 $16,990 $18,990 $20,990 $12,990 
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$18,990 $17,990 $11,990 $17,490 $16,790 $18,490 $20,790 $24,990 $27,990 $29,990 
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Rates based on shared occupancy.

Dedicated Triple in Category F. Possible triple rooms in Categories C, B2 & A.; third person in the same room is at 50% off (except Cat F)

Shared accommodations are only available in Category F and Category C

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