Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot, as you embark on this comprehensive expedition of extremes. You can’t find a more complete Antarctic experience than this! You'll voyage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula where you'll take in incredible glaciers, icebergs, and dazzling wildlife. Then venture to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, and the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Diversity and discovery are the hallmarks of this voyage, which offers unprecedented pristine landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities. Conclude in the metropolis Buenos Aires, tango capital of the world.
Cruise Package Start Dates (2015):
Tucked into an idyllic hillside above Ushuaia, Las Hayas Resort Hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the downtown area. The 93 guest rooms are large, and decorated with a flurry of colour. Enjoy a spectacular view from your room. The hotel has 2 restaurants, with Le Martial in high demand for its succulent meat cuts and fresh seafood. Take a walk into the city or check out the area's mountains, the Beagle Channel, and the forests.
You'll receive a group transfer to the port for embarkation of your expedition vessel.
Welcome aboard!This is a day for introductions and getting acquainted with your ship. Meet your fellow shipmates and be introduced to your Expedition Team.
This Sea Adventurer ship was built in 1975, undergoing a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite. Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining.
Crossing the Drake Passage is considered your unofficial rite of passage, launching your Antarctic adventure.
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations to help you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions.
Complete silence in the middle of the day is something we’re unaccustomed to in our busy lives, so Antarctica puts many people into a contemplative mood. But not for too long, as a calving glacier may break the silence or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.
Arriving in Antarctica is often a surprisingly emotional moment. Who knows how you’ll react, but the general reaction is a sense of reverence and awe. No other place on earth is like Antarctica, which is a land of extremes.
Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get close to these majestic animals. Every journey is full of surprises, even for the experienced Expedition Team, which means your journey will be unlike any before, or after it. This is untamed, unscripted nature at its best!
Trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or going on a Zodiac cruise amongst massive icebergs will become daily activities. It won’t take you long to tell the difference between Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals either, which are all found in this part of Antarctica.
Say goodbye to the king penguins and elephant seals, as your next destination is Antarctica! Today is a day spent relaxingly at sea.
In between presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, you can spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, your expedition may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
Penguins abound here as well, with four different species to be on the lookout for. Some are a bit elusive, but the king penguins are impossible to miss, as their rookeries here number into the hundreds of thousands!
Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, South Georgia contains an exceptional quantity of wildlife. Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife, including the odd elephant seal.
One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, museum and a small gift shop, church and scientific research station.
Reaching the Antarctic Convergence is your first taste of what makes polar travel special. Here, the cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, creating the abundance of marine life that attracts whales and other species to this part of the world.
Expedition staff will be sure to keep you posted when your ship is crossing the invisible, yet important Antarctic Convergence line. Seminars on board will keep you abreast of your next destination, South Georgia.
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you’re at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend illustrated presentations by your Expedition Team.
Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of the Falklands. The archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which you will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.
Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle charm. You’ll be free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit numerous churches and museums.
In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.
Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.
It is always a bittersweet moment to turn the ship away from the penguins and icebergs and towards Buenos Aires. As the magical silence of Antarctica fades away, enjoy some final chats with your new friends on the ship and celebrate your successful journey to a land like no other.
Full day at sea.
Arriving back to South America this morning, you'll bid farwell to your expedition team and disembark from your ship.
Join your shared transfer to the airport with your fellow cruisemates.
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