This expedition voyage features the clean unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. The October 2013 departure features a night in Buenos Aires, the Tango capital of the world, and the February 2014 departure includes a night in Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city. Expect incredible close-up encounters with colonies of penguins, some numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Zodiac excursions will get you ashore, or take you amidst passing pods of whales. Giant icebergs loom in the distance. See adorable fur seal pups or bellowing adult elephant seals. Countless seabirds will follow you on your epic voyage.
Cruise Package Start Dates:
2014: Oct 28 (Buenos Aires - Ushuaia)
2015: Feb 23 (Ushuaia - Buenos Aires)
Enjoy a private airport (International) transfer with professional driver and English speaking Guide.
Please note, exact pre-departure hotel has not yet been assigned by the cruise line. Here is a sample property, to be confirmed /updated near time of travel.Loi Suites Recoleta is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. A tropical Winter Garden with swimming pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere anyone would wish for in an upscale hotel. International cuisine is also served in La Fuente restaurant, intimate and warm.
Board a shared transfer from your hotel this afternoon to port, where your ship awaits.
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you sail seaward.
Note: cruise itinerary is to be used as a guideline only. Actual daily stops and activities are determined by the captain, in accordance with conditions, and weather permitting.
The five-star Sea Explorer is an all-suite mega-yacht accommodating up to 112 guests. Sea Explorer has established itself as one of the finest expedition cruise ships in Antarctica, with spectacular views from every window, superb international cuisine, and luxury amenities including a full library, restaurant and bar area. This 'hotel' navigates remote Antarctic locations offering the guests whale watching, penguin observations, Zodiac cruises, and visits to scientific research stations – all those are highlighted by talks of the onboard international experts on everything from scenic exploration to polar wildlife. All guests are accommodated in 55 outside-facing suites. Sea Explorer is ice-strengthened for cruises into Antarctic waters, and is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for landings.
A full day at sea, sailing south toward the Falkland Islands. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship.
Full day spent at sea.The Expedition Team will be out on deck, constantly looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Expect to be alerted if there are any sightings of note.
Your final day at sea prior to arrival at the Falkland Islands. The experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside Albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Macaroni Penguin rookeries while Striated Caracaras patrol overhead and Upland Geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.
Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including Sea Lions and Peale's and Commerson's Dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.
Day at Sea.There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters.
Day at Sea.Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes South Georgia, a 3,755 square kilometer island, home to tens of millions of breeding Penguins, Seals, and Seabirds.
Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to you today as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.
Landing sites feature huge Elephant Seals, aggressive Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, Albatross, Petrels, Skuas, and Gulls. King Penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands.
You'll visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Day at sea.Heading farther south, the experts continue the informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.
Full day at sea. Tomorrow you arrive to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.
You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
The Expedition Team will continue the lecture series and wildlife spotting as you sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.
Final day at sea, with arrival to Ushuaia in the early morning tomorrow.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise ship and bid farewell to your fellow expeditioners.
A group transfer will take you to to the airport for your homeward flight.
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