Antarctica & the Falkland Islands Cruise

Peyton McCollum
Elephant Seals and King Penguins in Gold Harbour
Greg Michaels
Gentoos on "The Neck", Saunders Island
Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Jonathan Brunger
Zodiacs during Antarctic tour in Paradise Bay
Jayne Hope
Penguins
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Embark your luxurious ship, L'Austral this afternoon for your upcoming polar cruise.

    Days 2-3

      At Sea, Drake Passage

      To reach the mythical White Continent you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

      Day 4

        Antarctic Strait - Neko / Paradise Bay

        Neko Bay is without doubt one of most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula! It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Gerlache, during his Antarctic expedition from 1897-99. Mountains, snow, ice and nature in the wild combine to offer a unique landscape. The wildlife here is as abundant as it is exceptional, with gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as sea mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Zodiac excursions bring you into the closest contact with the icebergs, or take you into the heart of the penguin colonies, or to observe a sea elephant lounging on the shore as the Antarctic terns wheel about overhead.

        Day 5

          Charcot Port / Lockroy Port

          This place is home to a colony of gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and cormorants. Observe Wedell seals and Leopard seals.

          Day 6

            Enterprise Island in Wilhelmina Bay

            A spectacular panorama, consisting of ice and water between high mountains and parts of ice. Enterprise Island in Wilhelmina Bay is home to the wreck of the whaling Guvernøren. The bay is a place where the whales feed, be among the lucky ones to see one.

            Day 7

              Deception Island / Half Moon

              Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard your Zodiac dinghies will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.

              Day 8

                Cruising the Weddell Sea

                A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice.

                Days 9-10

                  At Sea - Drake Passage

                  Again cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578.

                  Day 11

                    Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

                    The Museum of Fakland Islands, the Governor's Mansion, the southernmost cathedral in the worldknown for its whalebone arch, totem, shipwrecks ... many sights that will amaze you at this stop. Port Stanley is also known for its Magellanic penguins.

                    Day 12

                      Saunders / Grave Cove, Falkland Islands

                      Port details pending.

                      Days 13-15

                        At Sea

                        Day 16

                          Montevideo, Uruguay

                          Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.
                          Please note:
                          Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

                          Children welcome:
                          - Flexible, or connecting staterooms
                          - Baby-sitting service on request
                          - Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
                          - Special kids' rates


                          Fares include:
                          • Port and safety charges
                          • Open bar
                          • Gratuities
                          • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
                          • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
                          • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
                          • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
                          • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
                          • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
                          • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

                          Fares do not include:
                          • Flights and airport taxes
                          • Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
                          • Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
                          • Insurances
                          • Personal expenses
                          • Other drinks not included in open bar