Subantarctic Safari

Sylvia Earle Premium Antarctic Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle
132 Passengers
Starting 2022-23 Season

Steeped in history, the Falklands~Malvinas is also a beacon for bird-lovers. Discover an incredible diversity of charismatic penguin species including king, macaroni, rockhopper, Magellanic and gentoo. Watch as black-browed albatross wheel overhead, with 85% of their global population returning to precipitous, craggy bluffs in the Falklands~Malvinas to breed. In South Georgia, jagged peaks and glaciers create a breathtaking backdrop for beaches crowded with elephant and fur seals, and countless penguins. Photographers and adventurers will be thrilled at the rare opportunity to spend extended time ashore in the Falklands~Malvinas and South Georgia.

Highlights
• Photograph the exceptional bird life in the Falklands~Malvinas. We may visit the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world at Steeple Jason Island
• From the ship, from the Zodiacs or walking on shore, the sheer concentration of wildlife on South Georgia is unsurpassed
• Trace the history of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous journey across South Georgia, and, if conditions allow, follow in his footsteps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness
• Learn about the local history and culture

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Overnight in Santiago, Chile
Days 2 & 3 Embarkation Day and Falklands Islands
Days 4 to 6 Falklands~Malvinas
Days 7 & 8 At Sea
Days 9 to 13 South Georgia
Days 14 to 16 At Sea
Day 17 Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 — Arrival and Overnight in Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, where you will be met by a representative and transferred the hotel (preferred flights only).

Days 2 & 3 — Embarkation Day and Falklands Islands

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Stanley, capital of the Falklands~Malvinas.

Stanley is a charming town with a distinctly British character, something you'll discover on a panoramic tour. The town features terraced town houses, pioneer cottages and even an iconic red telephone box! Colorful buildings house cosy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard Museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and links to Antarctica. The tour ends at the pier, where you will board the vessel.

After embarkation, you'll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we'll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Stanley town.

Days 4 to 6 — Falklands~Malvinas

The Falklands~Malvinas comprises two large islands (East and West Falkland), with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. All but seven of these are uninhabited, with windswept coastlines, white sand beaches and crystal clear water. These beautifully barren islands are true wildlife havens, sheltering an impressive diversity of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. The cold, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands make this a prime location for spotting marine life.

There are many beautiful areas to explore across the Falklands~Malvinas, each offering a unique perspective on this magnificent archipelago. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing winds, weather and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day into rocky coves or along sea cliffs, keeping watch for seals, sea lions, dolphins and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you may be able to visit albatross colonies, penguin rookeries and perhaps even have a traditional English ‘tea and scones’ at a local cottage.

We also aim to land in historic Stanley, the capital of the Falklands~Malvinas. This charming town has a distinctly British character, with terraced town houses, pioneer cottages and even an iconic red telephone box! Colorful buildings house cosy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard Museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and links to Antarctica.

Days 7 & 8 — At Sea

Between the Falklands~Malvinas and South Georgia, you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow our wake, skillfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. On this leg, we are usually traveling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our precise arrival time in South Georgia. Our lecture program will continue highlighting all of the incredible sights we have witnessed over the past few days. You will have ample time to enjoy observing the sea birds, whale-watching from the observation areas, or simply relaxing with a book.

If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.

Days 9 to 13 — South Georgia

As you near the rugged island of South Georgia, spare a thought for Captain James Cook, who arrived here in 1775 and believed it to be the northern tip of a great southern continent! In fact, it is a small island only 110 mi (176 km) long, but with a 9,850 ft (3,000 m) snow-capped mountain range, some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife and a truly fascinating human history, South Georgia is an island of incredible riches.

On approach, jagged mountain peaks rise steeply, while seabirds are often spotted soaring around the ship. You’ll sail down the east coast, taking in the spectacular glaciated scenery and enjoying a little shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. This enchanting coastline is yours to explore!

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their local knowledge to plan your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea state and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Join Zodiac cruises around craggy coves and along the rocky coastline in search of nesting penguins, seal haul-outs and bird cliffs. Remember to keep an eye out for South Georgia’s kelp forests as well - these remarkable underwater ecosystems are quite mesmerizing as their fronds sway back and forth on the water’s surface.

Zodiacs will also transport you from ship to shore, where you can visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth, take a guided walk among fur seals and elephant seals and wander along pebbled streams and grassy glacial outwash plains. We also hope to visit the remnants of South Georgia’s thriving whaling stations and pay our respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose incredible voyage of survival is synonymous with this island. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow.

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise through fjords with towering cliffs of ancient stone, or into deeply indented bays towards dramatic glacier fronts. This is a great time to find a comfy spot in the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge to enjoy uninterrupted views of South Georgia’s majestic coast.

Days 14 to 16 — At Sea

If time permits, we may enjoy a morning landing in South Georgina before commencing our return sailing to Ushuaia, you may choose to spend your time editing photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or listening to an informative lecture.

Day 17 — Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

During the early morning, we sail along the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia. Farewell your expedition team and fellow travelers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to either downtown Ushuaia or to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

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International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single occupancy cabin pricing surcharges arw an additional 50%. Twin share, with no supplement, is available in Aurora Stateroom and Balcony Stateroom categories.

Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking $1,260 (trips < 17-days) $1,560 (trips > 16-days). Photography Free. Snowshoeing $350 (trips < 17-days) $420 (trips > 16-days). Snorkeling $640 (trips < 17-days) $800 (trips > 16-days). Camping $150. South Georgia Alpine Crossing by foot $2,220 (Nov 4th 2022).

A $15 per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your account. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Cabin Descriptions

         Captain's Suite *
480 Sq Ft / 44.5 m² including balcony
Deck 4
The largest of all our rooms, the singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.
Twin or king bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • Separate lounge area • 42" flat-screen TV
         Junior Suite *
450-470 Sq Ft / 42-43.5 m² including balcony
Deck 7
The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Twin or king bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV • Separate lounge area
         Superior Balcony Stateroom
300-405 Sq Ft / 28-37.7 m² including balcony
Decks 4 and 6
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. The Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Twin or double bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
         Balcony Stateroom-A, Balcony Stateroom-B, Balcony Stateroom-C
225-270 Sq Ft / 21-24.8 m² including balcony
Decks 4 & 6
Our 23 Balcony Stateroom–A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions which provide easy access between decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
Our 17 Balcony Stateroom–B Cabins are our standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups.
Our 11 Balcony Stateroom–C cabins are our most economical, fitted with all the necessities, and comfortable for up to 2 people.
Twin or double bed • Private En-suite • Floor to ceiling window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
      Superior Stateroom
215-240 Sq Ft / 20-22.3 m²
Deck 7
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. The Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.
Twin or double bed (Three twin beds in Triple) • Private En-suite • Porthole window • Desk area • Closet space • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
         Aurora Stateroom  Twin & Triple (on select voyages)
215 Sq Ft / 20 m²
Deck 3
There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin / Triple cabins each featuring portholes and private en-suites. They're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. NOTE: There are only 2 possible triple cabins — availability is very limited.
Twin or double bed (Three twin beds in Triple) • Private En-suite • Porthole window • Desk area • Closet space • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV

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      Suite benefits include:
• One free pair of binoculars per suite
• 1-hour spa treatment (per person)
• Free stocked mini bar (Balcony & Junior stocked once, Captain’s replenished as needed)
• Gratuities/tips for crew included to the value of $15 per person per day
• 1 free bottle of champagne per suite