Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings Cruise

Eric Lindberg
Cruising the polar waters in a zodiac
Claudio Suter
Visit remote outstations on your polar cruise
Claudio Suter
Sea Kayaking
Kayak with massive icebergs
Eric Lindberg
Cruise Antarctica aboard the Sea Spirit
Ken Kaminesky
Relax in the lounge aboard the Sea Spirit.
Ken Kaminesky
Relax and enjoy a book in the library.

Day 1

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Arrive early and enjoy some tango and empanadas in Argentina’s capital. After exploring this vibrant city of South America on your own, an evening meeting with your ship representative will get you ready for the expedition ahead.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      Today you will trade your land legs for sea legs, meet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Your journey ahead is a blank slate, full of possibilities. The Expedition Team will ensure your comfort and safety, while also planning out a daily schedule that will optimize your wildlife viewing and shore landings for the days ahead.

      Days 3-5

        At Sea

        You can spend time on deck identifying seabirds, taking in lectures by your Expedition Team or chatting with your new ship friends. Days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire, during these first few days the Expedition Team will inform you on procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

        Days 6-7

          Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

          Upon arrival in the Falklands you’ll be greeted by abundant wildlife and a feeling of rugged remoteness. The Falkland archipelago is great for exploring by Zodiac excursions and daily landings so you will get to it right away.

          One landing that will surely stick out in your memory is at Port Stanley. This unique British outpost has a ramshackle charm to it with plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the local pub.

          If you’re itching for some wildlife photography opportunities then how do Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins sound? Or, perhaps you’ll even spot some king penguins here as well. Other impressive birds you can expect to see here include black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

          With such a smattering of interesting flora and fauna in the Falklands, your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on your surroundings and answer any questions about the sights and species you’ve seen.

          Days 8-9

            At Sea

            Sailing south, you’ll enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica – the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and microscopic marine life that attracts whales and other species to this part of the world. Ship staff will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible, yet important line.

            Days 10-13

              South Georgia

              With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. You’ll learn that the original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and fur and elephant seals to perilously low levels, but thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. You will also see many remnants of these days gone by; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

              Perhaps the most historic and famous site on the island is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to a museum, small gift shop, church and an active scientific research station.

              After that history lesson, you’ll surely be ready for some wildlife encounters. South Georgia is sometimes called the Galapagos of the Poles as it is home to a captivating number of inquisitive and curious creatures. Indeed, the number of animals you’ll see here will rival that of all the other days of your voyage combined.

              Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife; one day may be a beach filled with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins, the next may present some close encounters with massive elephant seals or the smaller fur seals. Different penguin and bird species utilize the island landscape differently here, making it a fascinating destination teeming with wildlife from the shoreline to the top of the highest grassy hills.

              Days 14-15

                At Sea

                Say goodbye to the king penguins, as the next stop is Antarctica! Your days at sea are enjoyed out on deck or taking in presentations by the Expedition Team. With a bit of luck, arrive in the South Orkney Islands in time for a landing, which are officially part of Antarctica.

                Days 16-19

                  South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

                  Spellbound, shocked and awe-inspired are common reactions to arriving in Antarctica. The indescribable feeling of stepping foot on this untouched, unique environment is something you’ll remember forever. Antarctica is a land of extremes; at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the sea or a penguin unwittingly provides comic relief as it waddles by.

                  Your camera will constantly be fixated on Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Minke and humpback whales are also commonly sighted in the clear Antarctic waters.

                  When it comes time for an animal break, the Expedition Team will take you on guided hikes to glaciers, research stations and snowy mountains, to help you appreciate the landscape and what it takes to live in such an extreme environment.

                  Days 20-21

                    The Drake Passage

                    Homeward bound, your journey across the Drake Passage is a time for reflecting on all of the places you’ve been and sights you’ve seen. It is always a bittersweet moment to turn the ship away from the penguins and icebergs and towards Ushuaia.

                    As the magical silence of Antarctica fades away, enjoy some final chats with your new friends on the ship and celebrate your successful journey to a land like no other.

                    Day 22

                      Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                      After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. You will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

                      - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin 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.
                      -Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
                      -Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.

                      Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

                      Rates include:
                      - One night pre expedition accommodation with included breakfast in Buenos Aires.
                      - Private arrival transfers from the airport to the group hotel. Please note that the included arrival transfer is only available on arrival day, November 2, 2013.
                      - Group transfers from the group hotel to the port for embarkation.
                      - Buenos Aires package including a city tour and evening tango show with dinner.
                      - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
                      - All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
                      - Fine dining and an “open bar” offering unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
                      - A 10MB card providing internet access via the ship’s wireless connection.
                      - All shore landings per the daily program.
                      - Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
                      - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
                      - Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
                      - Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
                      - A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
                      - An official parka to keep.
                      - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
                      - Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
                      - Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
                      - A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
                      - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                      - All luggage handling aboard ship.
                      - Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.