South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Ultramarine Premium Expedition Cruise Ship
Ultramarine
200 Passengers
Starting 2021-22 Season

The Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions offer so many extraordinary things to see and do for adventurous travelers. The South Georgia and Antarctica: Penguin Safari itinerary is the fastest way to get to the rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. As we set sail, photograph massive albatross and beautiful pintado petrels as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we’ll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its soaring peaks and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike to overlooks of glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
• See South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and four penguin species
• Follow in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages to South Georgia and pause for a moment at his grave site
• Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and foot
• Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with our onboard lecturers
• Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic, with an optional paddling excursion

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia & Embark
Days 3 to 6 At Sea
Days 7 & 8 South Georgia
Days 9 & 10 At Sea
Days 11 to 13 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14 & 15 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 16 Disembarkation in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 1 ― Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Day 2 ― Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

Days 3 to 6 ― At Sea

There are many activities available to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your expedition team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica. If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocky spires rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Days 7 & 8 ― South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its numerous beaches to find a bay for your first excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins and seals. It won’t take you long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your expedition team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is the site of the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Days 9 & 10 ― At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by your expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

Days 11 to 13 ― Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear. Your expedition team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the Polar Plunge!

Your expedition team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed.

Days 14 & 15 ― Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 16 ― Disembarkation in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a little taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Kayaking (all departures) - $995
Paddling (all departures) - $295
Standup Paddleboarding (all departures except Oct 31st) - $295
Camping (all departures Oct 31st to Nov 20th + Jan 9th) - $295
Flightseeing (all departures) - included
Heli-Landing (Nov 20th + all departures Jan 9th to Mar 15th) - $395
Heli-Hiking (Nov 20th + all departures Jan 9th to Mar 3rd) - $495

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Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost in Explorer Categories and 2x the cost in all other Suite categories. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin, note that shared cabins are only available in the Explorer category.

Adventure Options:
*Kayaking (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR Paddling (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking spaces are limited and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Kayaking (all departures) - $995
Paddling (all departures) - $295
Standup Paddleboarding (all departures except Oct 31st) - $295
Camping (all departures Oct 31st to Nov 20th + Jan 9th) - $295
Flightseeing (all departures) - included
Heli-Landing (all departures except Penguin Safari) - $395
Heli-Hiking (all departures except Penguin Safari & Chilean Fjords) - $495

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    Ultra Suite
Located on Deck 6, this suite is perfect for guests who want to travel without compromise. Our largest and most luxurious suite features the most sleeping, entertainment and storage space onboard the ship. It is perfect for families or travelers who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.
Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

563 sq ft / 52.3 m² + 46 sq ft / 4.3 m² Balcony
    Owner's Suite
Located on Deck 6, this suite is perfect for guests who want it all. A large, luxurious suite featuring a private bedroom, full bathroom, powder room, and two separate living spaces. This suite is perfect for families or couples who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.
Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

446 sq ft / 41.4 m² + 46 sq ft / 4.3 m² Balcony
  Penthouse Suite
The only suite category to be located on Deck 7, these suites are perfect for guests wanting to wake up to unobstructed polar views from the warmth and comfort of their bed onboard the ship. These suites offer the best of everything—views, spacious interiors, full bathrooms and generous balcony sizes—as well as easy access to the wellness center.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

369 sq ft / 34.3 m² + 67 sq ft / 6.2 m² Balcony
  Terrace Suite
Located on Deck 6, these suites are perfect for guests wanting generous interiors with a wide layout and the largest balconies on the ship. Centrally located, guests will enjoy minimal movement and motion from the comfort of these suites.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private extra-wide balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

350 sq ft / 32.5 m² + 100 sq ft / 9.3 m² Balcony
  Deluxe Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, these suites are perfect for guests wanting a larger living space, full bathroom, and a substantial balcony. Deluxe Balcony Suites are the first suite type to offer additional privacy in the bathroom with an enclosed toilet, a full bath and shower to make it easier for guests to get ready together in the morning.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

299 sq ft / 27.8 m² + 70 sq ft / 6.5 m² Balcony
  Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, these entry-level balcony suites are one of the largest available on a ship of this class. These suites are perfect for guests who are looking for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. There are four connecting suites in this category, making this an excellent option for families or groups wanting to stay connected to each other during their expedition.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

226 sq ft / 21 m² + 52 sq ft / 4.8 m² Balcony
  Explorer Suite
Located on Deck 3, these suites are perfect for people traveling together or solo guests looking to share with like-minded individuals. These suites maximizes interior living space while still offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors. Our entry-level twin suites are the largest available on a ship of this class.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

285 sq ft / 26.5 m²
  Explorer Triple
Located on Deck 3, these suite are perfect for guests traveling solo who want to share their experience with other like-minded travelers of the same gender, or for groups of three traveling together. Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.
Features: three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

285 sq ft / 26.5 m²
  Solo Panorama
Located on Deck 6, these suites are perfect for solo guests who appreciate privacy and want to wake up to sweeping views from the comfort of their bed. These are the only solo suites with floor-to-ceiling windows available onboard any ship in its class.
Features: single bed, floor-to-ceiling window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

132 sq ft / 12.3 m²