Shackleton’s Final Quest

Follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest explorers of all time, Sir Ernest Shackleton, as we journey deep into Antarctica by way of the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia. We’ll explore the fascinating history of the area, dating back to the grandiose times of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as we encounter jaw-dropping scenes in nature, colossal icebergs, and incredible wildlife.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival

No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Day 2, Ushuaia

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2PM, Embarkation

Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 4-5, Drake Passage

As we sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held. You won’t want to miss our experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife and geology of the area, with special presentations by our accomplished Historians on Antarctica’s unique history and Shackleton’s saga.

Day 6-10, Antarctic Peninsula

Things really start to ramp up as there is plenty of wildlife identifying to do as we officially enter Antarctic waters. Hopping into our inflatable Zodiac boats, we’ll spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature’s glory as we set a course for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula. We’ll follow in Shackleton’s footsteps as we attempt to land at sites of historic and scientific interest, including Elephant Island and Point Wild.

Day 11-12, Scotia Sea

We continue to encounter wildlife and identify seabirds as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics like the captivating history of Shackleton’s quest and the abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 13-16, South Georgia

South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as this island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as we travel up South Georgia’s leeward coast. We’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried with his right-hand man Frank Wild beside him.

Day 17-18, Southern Ocean

Heading farther north, we’ll continue our educational presentation series and wildlife spotting as we journey towards the Falkland Islands/Malvinas.

Day 19, Stanley

Stanley, East Falklands (Malvinas) is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbor. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores.

Day 20, W Falklands/Malvinas

We’ll explore some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for black browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries.

Day 21, Southern Ocean

A relaxing day at sea as we wrap things up, enjoy lasting moments with fellow passengers and staff, and rest up before the journey home.

Day 22, Ushuaia Disembarkation

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning, letting you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Please Note...

Prices quoted are per-person based on double/triple occupancy. A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate. .The dates & prices for all of the itineraries listed include 2 hotel nights. Please contact us for more information. Have three people in your party? All ships have certain cabins which can accommodate a third guest. Rates vary by ship and deck.

Cabin Information

Ship name Cabin Name Price Sale Price Departs on Returns on
Island Sky Triple $21,325 $18,126 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023
Island Sky Porthole $25,595 $21,756 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023
Island Sky Window $28,405 $24,144 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023
Island Sky Promenade $31,525 $26,796 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023
Island Sky Deluxe $32,165 $27,340 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023
Island Sky Veranda $34,415 $29,253 Dec 29th, 2022 Jan 19th, 2023

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