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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Example 21 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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This 21-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius showcases the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands. Enjoy excursions on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and South Orkney Islands before heading to the Antarctic Peninsula. The wildlife watching during this expedition is unparalled with opportunities to observe at least six species of penguin, seals, whales, and a wide range of seabird species. The dramatic vistas of these icy landscapes is sure to astound every traveler and history buffs enjoy the visits to Shackleton's grave and other historic sites. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Puerto Madryn | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Falkland Islands
Day 5 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Days 8-11 : South Georgia
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : South Orkney Islands
Day 14 : At Sea
Days 15-18 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 19-20 : At Sea
Day 21 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Observe southern right whales as you sail towards the Falkland Islands
  • Discover FalklandĀ“s culture, colorful houses, gardens & English style pubs
  • View a multitude of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions & skuas
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of glaciers

Ship

MV Plancius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Macaroni penguin close up The sun sets over polar mountains A contemplative Chinstrap penguin A humpback whale lifts its fluke Lemaire channel reflection

Day 1 Puerto Madryn | Embark

In the afternoon, embark in Puerto Madryn and sail towards the Falkland Islands. Have a chance to see whales in Golfo Nuevo, world renowned for their visiting southern right whales, as you head towards open ocean.

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
At sea,  the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.

Day 4 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island offers views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with numerous waders and passerine birds. In addition, on Saunders observe the majestic black-browed albatross, breeding imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, king penguins and gentoo penguins.

Day 5 Stanley, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm, colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs. In Stanley and the surrounding area see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own - a visit to the local church and museum is recommended (admission fees not included).

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Cross the Antarctic Convergence on your way to South Georgia. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Day 8-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
In the early afternoon of day 8 arrive in South Georgia. Visit Prion Island (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov – 07 January) where the previous summer’s fully-grown chicks of the huge wandering albatross colony are almost ready to fledge and adults are returning to seek their old partner after a year and a half at sea. Take the opportunity to explore Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour Islands, who do not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia but are also three of the largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals in the world. Only at this time of the year they peak in their breeding cycle. Watch the incredible spectacle of large 4-ton bulls keep a constant vigil and occasionally fight over territories of dozens of females who have just given birth or are just about to deliver. The beaches are packed with elephant seals!

At Fortuna Bay, try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken see an abandoned whaling village, where king penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken visit the Whaling History Museum as well as Shackleton´s grave nearby.

Day 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day at sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point you might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where you might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick skua and snow petrel.

Day 13 South Orkney Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel provide a tour of their facilities, and you can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your way to Antarctica Peninsula pass large icebergs and have a good chance of seeing fin whales on the way south. This day offers the best chances on the trip to see Antarctic petrels around the ship.

Day 15-18 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
If the ice permits sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs announce the ship's arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to visit Paulet Island with a huge number of Adélie penguins and Brown Bluff, where you may set foot on the continent. In good sailing conditions the expedition may extend its time in the Weddell Sea.

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, and southern giant petrels. On Half Moon Island, find chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals hauled out on the beach near the Argentinean station Camara.

In Deception Island the ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a subducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whaler's Bay.

The 20 night’s voyage opens the opportunity to sail further down the western Antarctic Peninsula. In Neko Harbour or Paradise Bay you have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks and have good chances to see humpback whales and minke whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, get the chance to visit the old British research station, now living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. If ice conditions allow, venture as far south as the Lemaire Channel to explore the opportunities for landings. In the early hours of your last landing day, land at Cuverville Island with the several thousand gentoo penguins in the largest gentoo rookery of the Antarctic Peninsula. Around noon of day 18 depart for the Drake Passage through the Melchior Islands.

Day 19-20 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 21 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

MV Plancius

Per person starting at
$12,150
Plancius' Quadruple Cabin.
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Quadruple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
The quadruple porthole cabin
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Triple Porthole
2 cabins with private facilities, 1 bunk bed and 1 lower berth. (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Porthole Cabin.
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Twin with Porthole
9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Window Cabin.
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Twin with Window
26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Deluxe Cabin.
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Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Superior Cabin.
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Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed (ca. 21 m2)

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Fares include:
- Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots 
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post land arrangements
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Please Note: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night.

Included

  • 20 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 20 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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