This Antarctic voyage to the Falkland Islands, Weddell Sea and sub-Antarctic South Shetland Islands offers the chance to observe all eight Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species; Emperor Penguin, King Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Macaroni Penguin, Chinstrap Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Magellanic Penguin and Rockhopper Penguin. Voyage to these remote polar shores and view amazing landscapes and wildlife on this 14-day Antarctic expedition cruise.
Day 1 : Embark in Puerto Madryn Days 2-3 : At Sea Days 4-5 : Falkland Islands Days 6-7 : At Sea Days 8-9 : Weddell Sea Day 10 : Deception Island Day 11 : South Shetland Islands Days 12-13 : At Sea Day 14 : Ushuaia / Disembark
In the afternoon, embark in Puerto Madryn and sail to the Falkland Islands.
Day 2-3 At Sea
The ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
Day 4-5 Falkland Islands
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.
Day 6-7 At Sea
Enroute to the Weddell Sea.
Day 8-9 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!
Day 10 Deception Island
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.
Day 11 South Shetland Islands
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.
Day 12-13 At Sea
On your way north be again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
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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.
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• 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.
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 strongly recommended); 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 Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.