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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Explorer

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Sea Explorer
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This polar voyage features the clean unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation
Days 3-5 : Southern Ocean
Day 6 : West Falklands
Day 7 : Stanley, East Falkland
Days 8-9 : Southern Ocean
Days 10-13 : South Georgia
Days 14-15 : Scotia Sea
Days 16-19 : Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
Days 20-21 : Drake Passage
Day 22 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Ship

Sea Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital of Argentina, the birthplace of Tango, the home of Asado, the “Paris of South America”, and the largest concentration of theaters in the world - Buenos Aires. The city is rich in culture and style and a vibrant gateway for your voyage.

Day 2 Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you sail seaward.

Day 3-5 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall.

Day 6 West Falklands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside abatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 7 Stanley, East Falkland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor.

Day 8-9 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Ship board presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 10-13 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, seabirds, and even reindeer. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults, can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Visit the historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station and the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 14-15 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heading farther south, continue your education series as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 16-19 Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The course will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include the Gerlache Strait area including Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay, and Neumayer Channel. Depending on ice, you may also be able to visit the beautiful Antarctic Sound including Brown Bluff, Hope Bay, and Paulet Island. Active scientific bases such as Poland's Arctowksi or Ukraine's Vernadskiy and historic bases such as U.K.'s Port Lockroy or Wordie House may also be visited.

Adelie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins abound with rare opportunities to see the elusive emperor. Weddell, crabeater, and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with the predatory leopard seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors and orca sightings are also common.

Day 20-21 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your lecture series and wildlife spotting as you sail back to Ushuaia. Depending on sea conditions, you may have an opportunity to sail past the legendary Cape Horn. Arrive at the pier in Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 22.

Day 22 Disembark in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Deck 3 triple suite with window and sitting area. 225 sq ft
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Porthole Suite
Deck 2 porthole suite with sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Window Suite
Deck 3 and 4 window suites with window and sitting area. 220-225 sq ft
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Deluxe Suite
Deck 4 deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Veranda Suite
Veranda deck - veranda suites with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq ft including a 40 sq ft balcony
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Penthouse Suite
Penthouse deck - penthouse suites with private balcony and sitting area. 325 sq ft, including an 80 sq ft balcony

Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.

Included in your cruise fare:
- One pre voyage hotel night in embarkation city
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled Landings/excursions
- Waterproof jacket
- All meals onboard
- Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
- Welcome/Farewell cocktail
- One glass of house wine with dinner
- A pair of boots for use during the voyage
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
- One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation
- Digital Voyage Log

Excluded in cruise fare:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival
- Pre or post voyage expenses
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except glass of house wine / beer / soft drink with dinner)
- Onboard communication charges
- Staff gratuities

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard the Sea Explorer if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$700 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to to cover only the increase in fuel costs.

Please note that October departures embark in Buenos Aires and disembark in Ushuaia, while voyages departing in February operate in reverse.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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