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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Visit all the sub-Antarctic highlights on this 19-day voyage aboard the M/V Plancius, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. This voyage also includes four days on beautiful South Georgia. Be prepared for ten thousands of king penguins and their chicks, sea lions on the beaches, elephant seals, wandering albatrosses, and gentoo penguins. In addition, explore great historical sites including the trails of British Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Falkland Islands
Day 4 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Days 7-10 : South Georgia
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : South Orkney Islands
Day 13 : At Sea
Days 14-16 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17-18 : At Sea
Day 19 : Ushuaia | Disembark


  • Hike along the shore of Carcass Island & view Magellanic & gentoo penguins
  • See multitudes of southern seabirds while crossing the Antarctic Convergence
  • Visit the historic Grytviken where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried
  • Enjoy wonderful glacier views on the South Orkney Islands
  • Zodiac cruise through a world of giant icebergs, humpback whales, and seals


MV Plancius

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Hiking through the Falkland Islands. Southern Rockhopper Penguin. The sun sets over polar mountains Sea Lions in the arctic. View of the arctic.

Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While at sea in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.

Day 3 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island provides views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with waterfowl and night herons. In addition, on Saunders observe rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses, and king cormorants.

Day 4 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. In Stanley and the surrounding area you can 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 5-6 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 7-10 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
In South Georgia visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then take course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay, and Drygalski Fjord with good opportunities to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, such as the introduced reindeer, elephant seals, and king and macaroni penguins. One of the highlights might be your visit to Prion Island, where you may witness the breeding efforts of the huge wandering albatross and enjoy watching their displays.

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 11 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 12 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 may enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today at sea and enjoy the amenities aboard the cruise ship.

Day 14-16 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to visit Paulet Island, with a million pairs of Adelie penguins and the remains of the Nordenskiöld expedition. At Brown Bluff you can put your feet on the continent. Potential landings include:

Deception Island
In Deception Island the ship braves 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 pigeons 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 Whalers Bay.

Half Moon Island
The ship may land at Half Moon Island, where you can observe elephant, Weddell and fur seals as well as chinstrap penguins, blue-eyed shags, Wilson’s storm petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheatbills, Antarctic terns, and Antarctic brown skuas. The usually non-occupied Argentinean Camara station is located here as well.

Cuverville Island
On your way south, sail to Cuverville Island in the Errera Channel, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula. It contains a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. Time and conditions allowing hope to be able to sail further south to Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay.

Trinity Island
The ship may visit Cierva Cove, a world of icebergs well suited for an exploratory Zodiac cruise in search of fantastic photo opportunities. Crabeater seals and leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of chinstraps are found on a small island in the bay. The landscape is typical Antarctica with huge glaciated mountains all around. Mikkelson Harbour on the southern side of Trinity Island was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on shore. Remains of the early 20th-century whaling period and an Argentinean refuge hut are found here as well.

Sail through the Shetland Islands or Melchior Islands to the open sea for Ushuaia.

Day 17-18 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 19 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

MV Plancius

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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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10 twin superior cabins. Lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed (ca. 21 m2)


- 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 and snowshoes 
- 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.


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