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All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
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Feb 20, 2024 - 
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All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 25, 2024 - 
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Mar 16, 2024 - 
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Mar 21, 2024 - 
Apr 01, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to  dive in the iceberg-heavy waters....
Mar 28, 2024 - 
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Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctica

A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

You embark from Puerto Madryn in the afternoon, your prow aimed for the Falkland Islands. Golfo Nuevo is renowned for its visiting southern right whales, so you have a good chance of spotting one as you sail toward the open ocean.

Day 2 – 3

Though you’re now at sea, there’s rarely a lonesome moment here. Several species of bird follow the vessel southeast, such as albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.

Day 4

The Falkland Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

During this segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:

Steeple Jason – Home to the world’s largest black-browed albatross colony (roughly 113,000), Steeple Jason is a wild and rarely visited island buffeted by wind and waves. Weather and swell conditions dictate the journey here.

Carcass Island – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife and many endemic species. Anything from breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.

Saunders Island – On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos are also found here. 

Day 5

The capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley has some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War. Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Admission to the museum is included. 

Day 6 – 7

En route to South Georgia, you now cross the Antarctic Convergence. The temperature cools considerably within the space of a few hours, and nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water columns. This phenomenon attracts a multitude of seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Day 8 – 11

Today you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the program. 

Sites you might visit include:

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – These sites not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they’re also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals. Only during this time of year do they peak in their breeding cycle. Watch the four-ton bulls keep a constant vigil (and occasionally fight) over territories where dozens of females have just given birth or are about to deliver. You can also see a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals here during the breeding season (December – January).

Fortuna Bay – A beautiful outwash plain from Fortuna Glacier is home to a large number of king penguins and seals. Here you may also have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts across the mountain pass beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall, and as the terrain is partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small streams.

Grytviken – In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

In the afternoon of day 11 and depending on the conditions, we will start sailing southwards in the direction of the South Orkney Islands.

Day 12

There may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel south.

Day 13

Depending on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago. The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit isn’t possible, you may instead land at Signy Island’s Shingle Cove.

Day 14 - 15

Enormous icebergs and a fair chance of fin whale sightings ensure there’s never a dull moment on this last sea voyage south. Also, your best chance to spot Antarctic petrels is here. Depending on conditions, we aim to begin activities the afternoon of day 15.

Day 16 – 18

If the ice conditions permit, you now sail into the Weddell Sea. Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself. 

If conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between the South Shetland Island's and the Antarctic Peninsula. 

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they nonetheless offer many subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels) live here.

 

On Half Moon Island, Chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station.

On Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you can find an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels. A number of kelp gulls, brown skuas, south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns can be spotted too. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. As an alternative, you can take part in activities near Telefon Bay, further inside the caldera.

This extended voyage gives you the chance to sail even farther down the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula. There are several opportunities for great landings where you might set foot on the Antarctic Continent, surrounded by an epic landscape of alpine peaks and mammoth glaciers calving at sea level. Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, and minke whales are often seen here.

 

The breathtaking scenery continues in the Bransfield Straight and, if conditions allow further South in the Gerlache Strait. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 19 – 20

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 21

You arrive and disembark in Ushuaia, commonly held to be the world’s most southern city. It is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, nicknamed the “End of the World.” But despite this stopping point, the wealth of memories you’ve made on your Antarctic expedition will travel with you wherever your next adventure lies.

Please Note...

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for our vessel is 10.5 knots.

Cabin Information

Ship name Cabin Name Price Sale Price Departs on Returns on
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $13,550 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $16,500 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $16,500 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $17,250 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $18,350 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $19,650 NA Dec 6th, 2024 Dec 25th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $14,600 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $16,350 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $17,900 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $18,600 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $19,900 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $21,300 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $22,500 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $25,800 NA Dec 17th, 2024 Jan 4th, 2025
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $7,850 $15,750 Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $17,850 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $9,500 $19,000 Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Window $19,900 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $21,100 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Superior $22,750 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $24,200 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $26,300 NA Feb 1st, 2024 Feb 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $15,750 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $17,850 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $19,000 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $19,900 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $21,100 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $22,700 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $24,200 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $26,300 NA Feb 1st, 2025 Feb 20th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Quadruple Porthole $7,850 $15,750 Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Ortelius Triple Porthole $8,675 $17,375 Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Porthole $9,500 $19,000 Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Window $9,950 $19,900 Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Deluxe $10,550 $21,100 Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Ortelius Superior $22,700 NA Feb 2nd, 2024 Feb 21st, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $15,750 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $17,850 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $19,000 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $19,900 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $21,100 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $22,700 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $24,200 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $26,300 NA Jan 4th, 2025 Jan 22nd, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $15,750 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $19,100 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $19,100 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Window $19,950 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $21,100 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Superior $22,600 NA Jan 16th, 2025 Feb 3rd, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $13,350 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $16,300 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $16,300 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $16,950 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $18,000 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $19,300 NA Oct 18th, 2024 Nov 7th, 2024

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