Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Mellany Van Der Hulst-Oceanwide Expeditions
Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
Wim Van Passel-Oceanwide Expeditions
Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Sea Lions in the arctic.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
View of the arctic.
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 19-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave when embarking on this expedition voyage voted #1 to observe all of Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands.

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Falkland Islands

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 will give 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stanley, Falkland Islands

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and 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).

Days 5-6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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 you will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Days 7-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Georgia

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Orkney Islands

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Spend today at sea and enjoy the amenities aboard the cruise ship.

Days 14-16

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Weddell Sea / Deception Island / Cuverville Island

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.

Days 17-18

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

On your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 19

  • Breakfast

Ushuaia / Disembark / Return Home

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

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- 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.

• 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.
• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.
• Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
• 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; transfers to the vessel; 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; and 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.