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Penguins at Christmas

White Christmas in Antarctica

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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En route to Antarctica, reach the Falkland Islands, with its seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white-sand beaches, and rich wildlife, and where penguins walk by you like you are no stranger at all. Then sail into the open sea, where interesting and informative lectures await you on your way to South Georgia, where you arrive in time for Christmas Eve. Next on the route are the South Orkney Islands, every photographer's dream, with their majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs, and endless wilderness. This is the last stop before you head to Antarctica, the most remote place on earth. Hike the distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera of Deception Island; visit Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape; and navigate through the 30-mile Antarctic Sound.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-4 : Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Days 7-8 : South Georgia
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : South Orkneys
Day 11 : At Sea
Days 12-16 : Antarctica
Days 17-18 : Drake Passage
Day 19 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Stanley, the Falkland Islands' capital, and see its rich wildlife
  • Celebrate Christmas Eve in the breathtaking scenery of South Georgia
  • Explore the South Orkney Islands for a day
  • Hike on an active volcano in Antarctica
  • Observe the penguin populations on Brown Bluff

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguins at Christmas Seals in Antarctica with zodiac in background Port Lockroy, Antarctica Camp on the seventh continent as you sail on the MS Fram Stop to admire the penguins as they hop about the Antarctic peninsula

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

Your voyage starts in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town, where MS Fram awaits you. In the evening set a course for the Southern Ocean and the Christmas adventure that awaits you.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head across the open sea. Enjoy lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from the deck.

Day 3-4 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. Penguins come close to you, stop and take a glance before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities! Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions offered in the area. The town is easy enough to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. 

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days cruising southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history. The Expedition Team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of the sooty albatross and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ill-fated ship 'Endurance' and the amazing feats of bravery and seamanship that saved them all.

Day 7-8 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
South Georgia is a superb place to celebrate Christmas Eve! There is nowhere, in any latitude, quite like South Georgia. It offers magnificent mountain scenery with majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. While you are in South Georgia, explore abandoned whaling stations, the whaling museum, a Norwegian whaler’s church, and the tiny graveyard in Grytviken where you can pay your respects to one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you continue to Antarctica, learn more about the wonders of the great white continent, focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. 

Day 10 South Orkneys

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The deserted South Orkney Islands are every photographer's dream, with majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs, and an endless wilderness. Spend one day exploring these islands. 

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.

Day 12-16 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Among the highlights of your days in Antarctica is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands, a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where you can take your backpack and hike. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. It can be difficult to navigate through the 30-mile Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that you can see on your voyage. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, and Cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise over 2,400 feet out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season. When opportunities arise, launch your kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 17-18 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After some magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram heads north and makes her way back to the South American continent. During the two days spent sailing in a northbound direction, recap your experiences.

Day 19 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your voyage ends in Ushuaia, where you may want to extend your adventure and join an optional excursion. 

MS Fram

Per person starting at
$12,985
Cabin I MS Fram
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I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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FJ
172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin U MS Fram
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U
118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin M MS Fram
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M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine your schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage.

Voyage price includes:
  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
Not included:
  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $160 for US citizens

Included

  • 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners
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