In the afternoon, embark in Puerto Madryn and sail to the Falkland Islands.
The ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
In the Falklands (Malvinas) plan to stay two days on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. On Saunders be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give you views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passarines. Weather and conditions depending, instead of Carcass, a landing at Steeple Jason to visit the largest black browed albatross colony in the world (113.000). Visit New Island, a beautiful place where you will observe Rockhopper penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and Black-browed Albatrosses.
Enroute to the Weddell Sea.
Visit Brown Bluff in order to make a continental landing at the Northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent further sailing, you might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Plan to visit Paulet Island with a million pairs of Adelie Penguins and to see the remains of the Nordenskiöld expedition. Between Snow Hill Island and James Ross Island there are chances to observe Emperor Penguins on the ice-edge making their way to open water. You are on the search!
Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican 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. On your first landing you may visit Macaroni Point, searching for Macaroni Penguins. Conditions allowing you may also land at Baily Head home to a colony of ten thousands Chinstrap Penguins (please note this landing is not always guaranteed and is only possible in good weather conditions). Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while your ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.
In the morning plan to land at Half Moon Island at the South Shetland Islands, where you can observe Elephant, Weddell and Fur Seals as well as Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Kelp Gulls, Snowy Sheathbills, Antarctic Terns and Antarctic Brown Skuas. Thereafter continue your way to the Weddell Sea.
On your way north be again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.