2013/14 Standard Itinerary
- 20 Breakfasts
- 19 Dinners
- 18 Lunches
- 1 night Standard Hotel
- 19 nights Comfortable Cruise Boat
M/S Expedition, plus Zodiacs for shore excursions.
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Ship crew plus specialist expedition staff, ratio approx 1 expedition staff per 10 passengers.
Comprehensive Polar Cruise To The Falklands, South Georgia And Antarctica
The Falkland Islands
From Ushuaia we head northeast to the Falkland Islands. This archipelago of over 400 islands is an important breeding ground for penguins, elephant seals and sea lions and an abundance of seabirds along the endless beaches, including the black-browed albatross. We spend time in Stanley, the most isolated capital in the world, and learn about the island's heritage.
South Georgia 'The Alps in mid-ocean'
Often described as the gem of the Southern Ocean, the splendour of South Georgia is hard to describe - stunning snow capped mountain landscapes, deep fjords, tousled tussock grasses and wild beaches all combine to provide superb stunning photo opportunities. Here is the most important colony of king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals and it is estimated that over 10 million sea birds visit South Georgia each year. During the spring months the hillsides are carpeted with wild flowers. The islands are steeped in the history of Antarctic exploration and here we find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, possibly the most accomplished and courageous of all polar explorers.
To the ends of the earth
We push further south and on to Antarctica. En route we hope to visit a wealth of evocative locations, such as the British research station of Port Lockroy in the silent Neumayer Channel, the sunken caldera of Deception Island, the rookeries of Chinstrap, see Adélie, Macaroni and Gentoo penguins on bluffs, points and bays along the way, and perhaps even swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove.
At a nimble 105 metres (345 ft) in length, with a capacity to hold 132 passengers, M/S Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply polar waters. She is large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, but small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas and get you close to the action. Ship stabilisers ensure a smooth ride in rough waters, such as the infamous Drake Passage, allowing you to enjoy more of your time at sea. A fleet of ten zodiacs allows passengers to get out and actively explore the remote shores of our destinations. M/S Expedition is a speedy vessel: a top speed of 16 knots means you'll spend less time getting from A to B, and more time exploring your surroundings.
Prices are based on the use of outward facing, category one cabins on the lower deck. Category one cabins are triple or quad share. They are comfortable with a private toilet and shower, and porthole. The MS Expedition has a number of different cabin categories, all outside facing and with two beds (apart from suites which have queen size beds). Some have larger windows. We can also offer single occupancy, subject to availability. Call us for details on the cabin choice to fit your requirements.
- An epic Antarctic adventure, in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton
- View large colonies of iconic king penguins on South Georgia
- Stand amid magellanic, macaroni and rockhopper penguins of the Falkland Islands
- Be accompanied by sea birds as you travel between the islands
- Visit the research station of Port Lockroy and have your passport stamped at the most southerly post office in the world
Itinerary [+] Detailed Itinerary
Join in Ushuaia
Set sail from Ushuaia
4 to 5
The Falkland Islands
6 to 7
The Great Southern Ocean
8 to 11
12 to 13
The Scotia Sea
14 to 18
Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
19 to 20
Cruise ends Ushuaia