Antarctica 2014 Cruise

Adventure Life
An old iceberg on the beaches of Deception Island
Andrew Stewart
A beautiful iceberg in Antarctica.
Crusing the zodiac looking for wildlife
Dennis Minty
A seal and her cub sleep on the beach.
A huge colony of king penguins.
Enjoy a book in the Sea Adventurer's library.
Relax in the Sea Adventurer's main lounge.
The timing is perfect to voyage to Antarctica. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famed Endurance Expedition. Retrace the routes and landings of this epic adventure. From the tip of Tierra del Fuego, to the Falkland Islands, the South OrKneys, South Georgia, the ice shelves and the Antarctic continent itself, this is a trip like no other. Explore untouched islands, beaches, mountains and ice throughout the polar South. Hike portions of Shackleton’s fabled trek over South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at his grave in the former whaling station of Grytviken. Encounter whale, seal and bird populations in a pristine environment: albatross, sea elephants, fur and leopard seals, whales galore, and literally millions of penguins! Learn from Antarctic field scientists about environmental changes affecting the region and its wildlife. Photograph extraordinary landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and the century-old remnants of polar expeditions on the trip of a lifetime. Savor Antarctic history, birding, botany and geology in this remote, fascinating part of the world, where legends live on on this unforgettable Antarctic cruise!

Day 1

    Puerto Madryn, Argentina

    Arrive at your expedition hotel at the end of the world in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Tonight, meet the team and enjoy your outstanding Explorer Dinner to launch your Antarctic expedition. Relax and savor Argentina’s delicious food and wines as you watch the sunset over the surrounding mountains. Hotel and Dinner included.

    Day 2

      Embark the South Atlantic, Argentina

      After a brilliant morning investigating the town of Puerto Madryn, board your highly acclaimed ice ship, the Sea Adventurer, destined to explore the planet’s most remote and majestic wilderness regions. Depart in the afternoon bound for the amazing Falkland Islands which are bursting with wildlife at this time of year. Breakfast and dinner, included.

      Days 3-4

        At Sea

        Today, the expedition lecture team begins their comprehensive education series covering the fascinating history, flora and fauna of the remote Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Up on deck and from the bridge, wildlife watches identify local dolphins, seabirds and whales as you steam ever south.

        Day 5

          Falklands - Carcass and Steeple Jason Islands

          At the tiny outposts of Carcass Island, visit rolling, wind-swept settlements that support sheep, seabird colonies and a number of charismatic “Islanders”. Here see magellanic, gentoo and rock-hopper penguins and an abundance of shore birds. Enjoy tea with island owners. The island of Steeple Jason is a wonder of the world with the largest black-browed albatross rookery on earth, astounding scenery and gentoo penguins. The scenery is unbeatable. One of the crew's favorite landings and a great way to kick-off your Antarctic cruise.

          Day 6

            Falklands - Port Stanley

            Port Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and residents are recognized for their warm hospitality and British traditions. Spend the day visiting the local museum, post office, shops and pubs in this town reminiscent of a small hamlet in England. Expedition guides will spin tales of the region, its fascinating history and hearty settlers.

            Day 7

              At Sea - Scotia Arc, Scotia Sea

              As your ship sails towards South Georgia Island, the “Galapagos of the South”, begin your special Shackleton Centenary program celebrating 100 years since the famed Endurance Expedition. Exploration history comes alive as you enter the realm of the great explorers. Wildlife watches are on the lookout for the largest resident whales - blue, fin, sei and right whales - as you cross the Scotia Sea. Your ship crosses into the Antarctic Ocean and the first icebergs begin to appear.

              Day 8

                At sea - King Haakon Bay, Shackleton Gap, Pegotty Bluff and Cape Rosa

                Arrival to this most amazing island of South Georgia, jewel of the Southern Ocean. Make an historic arrival on South Georgia at King Haakon Bay, the site of Shackleton’s landfall almost 100 years ago. This rarely seen side of the island features untouched beaches, headlands, mountains & glaciers. If conditions permit, retrace Shackleton’s route onto Shackleton Gap to view the island’s rugged interior. Enjoy an outing to see famed Pegotty Bluff, where Shackleton and his men stayed under their lifeboat after crossing from Antarctica. Nesting Wandering Albatross are sometimes seen here. Stop at Cape Rosa, the first landfall for Shackleton, on the way out of the bay. Killer whales are also possible to see here.

                Day 9

                  Bay of Isles, South Georgia

                  South Georgia’s northern beaches have more biomass of wildlife per square meter than any other place on earth. At the Bay of Isles, visit a colony of endangered wandering albatrosses - seabirds with a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters (11 feet)! To see these creatures on the nest is a true rarity and a spectacle to behold. In the afternoon, hope to stop at Salisbury Plain, a vast field of wildlife and tussock grass. Here observe mating and pupping Elephant seals, over 100,000 king penguins and two beautiful landings featuring king and macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals, and grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses. The sheer volume of wildlife is astounding with a back-drop of towering jagged peaks.

                  Day 10

                    North Eastern South Georgia

                    Two incredible stops on the North Eastern side of South Georgia. Elsehul introduces you to the most beautiful Grey-headed Albatross at an accessible rookery on the hillside. A short walk from the beach takes you to the other side of South Georgia where you can look out over a dramatic view from above. Fur seals and leopard seals are common sights. Optional, longer hikes will be on offer and Zodiac cruises will take guests to see Rock-hopper Penguins and the sealer caves. Black-browed alnatross circle above the hillsides gliding on the Ocean winds. At Hercules Bay, experience a wonder of the world – thousands of Elephant Seals come here in October to breed and give birth to their pups. Walking on the beach, witness to incredible sights and experiences as king penguins, mingle with south giant petrels, skuas, elephant and leopard seals and more. An enormous waterfall provides the perfect complement to the scene.

                    Day 11

                      Grytviken & Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

                      On this trip, have the honor to sail with the South Georgia Museum curators, Tim and Pauline Carr. They know virtually everything about the island and will share brilliant tales as you investigate their award-winning museum and the whaling station ruins and church. The island maintains a significant whaling history from the early 1900’s. Later, travel to Fortuna Bay to walk and hike the final leg of Shackleton’s famed crossing into Stromness Whaling Station making you true explorers. Other optional outings include Zodiac cruises to the abundant waterfalls in Fortuna Bay.

                      Day 12

                        St. Andrew's Bay & Gold Harbor, South Georgia

                        Today reach Gold Harbor and St. Andrew’s Bay on South Georgia’s east side. These magnificent landings are alive with over 100,000 pairs of king penguins which blanket the valley floor. Battling elephant seals, nesting light-mantled sooty albatrosses, and a multitude of seabirds also inhabit these shores. Photography, exploration and hiking activities will venture into the majestic South Georgia wilderness while guides tell of the island’s natural history. A day here is unforgettable.

                        Day 13

                          At Sea - Antarctic Ocean

                          Sail further south as the temperature declines and huge tabular icebergs appear. Sea Adventurer navigates towards the South Orkney Islands, a tiny archipelago that lies in Antarctica. Lecturer/guides continue with presentations on oceanography, science, history and photography. All things Antarctic are covered to prepare us for the experiences to follow. Whales and seabirds, including wandering albatrosses, are common sights.

                          Day 14

                            Laurie Island, South Orkney Islands

                            Welcome to Antarctica! Hope to visit Orcada Science Base on this isolated outpost. Orcadas is one of the oldest operating bases in the Southern Ocean and while ashore, visit the remains of the stone wintering over hut and a tiny museum from Scottish explorer, William Bruce’s expedition. Guides will lead a walk to the explorer’s cemetery at Jessie Bay while interpreting local wildlife.

                            Day 15

                              Elephant Island

                              The crown jewel of Antarctic landings is rugged and exposed Point Wild, Elephant Island. The unparalleled history of the Endurance Crew, the enormous chinstrap rookery and the towering spire rock formations combine to create an unforgettable introduction to Antarctica. This island is truly wild and the scenery is jaw-dropping. Southern Right Whales have been spotted here. A special presentation by your leaders on the making of the Shackleton IMAX will enhance your experience.

                              Day 16

                                Danger Islands & Paulet Island, Antarctica

                                This area features colossal city-block sized icebergs from the recent collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf. A morning landing at the spectacular Danger Islands introduces you to an estimated one million Adelie penguins. High point views of the ice-filled Weddell Sea are breath-taking. Continuing in the wake of explorers, your afternoon adventure is at historic Paulet Island, home to half a million penguins and hut remnants from the 1901 Swedish Nordenskjold Expedition. For the active, enjoy a hike to the top of this Antarctic volcano with lecturer and Antarctic explorer, David Hahn. Zodiac cruises and photography workshops complement the shore experience as your guides showcase the many wonders.

                                Day 17

                                  Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

                                  Today visit the heart of THE ICE and set foot on the Antarctic Continent. Hemmed in by hanging glaciers and incredible ice cliffs, make several landings at Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and Spigot Peak. Within this majestic ice-covered world, you are fortunate to partake in once-in-a-lifetime “explore” outings and up close encounters with whales from Zodiacs all surrounded by stunning scenery.

                                  Day 18

                                    Deception Island & Hannah Point, Antarctica

                                    Awaken as your ship enters the caldera of geologically famed Deception Island. Here choose between walks and hikes, an Antarctic swim in geothermic waters, Zodiac cruises or exploring the abandoned whaling station and, if weather permits, a visit to the 200,000 - strong chinstrap penguin rookery at Bailey Head. During lunch, sail to Hannah Point, a common feeding ground for whales as well as voracious penguin-eating leopard seals. “Nature’s Zoo”, this landing features three species of penguins, five species of seabirds, three species of seals, ancient fossils and towering cliffs.

                                    Day 19

                                      At Sea - Drake Passage

                                      As you sail the Drake Passage, be entertained with presentations on the Antarctic Treaty, environment and expeditions to the South Pole and beyond. Your team of experts recaps this grand journey as you celebrate the unparalleled experience of having retraced the footsteps of Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition. Birding opportunities abound as you cross the Antarctic Convergence.

                                      Day 20

                                        At Sea - Cliffs of Cape Horn

                                        Amid reeling flocks of black-browed albatrosses, petrels and prions, your ship approaches historic Cape Horn. This dramatic Cape is famed for the challenge it posed to sailors making their way to the Far East. Cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean just offshore of this famous landmark. With evening approaching, enter the Beagle Channel and enjoy a special Explorers’s Farewell Dinner.

                                        Day 21

                                          Ushuaia, Argentina

                                          In the early morning, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the local airport for flights to Buenos Aires or join an optional three-day/four night extension to discover the secrets of Tierra del Fuego, its history, people, wildlife and tremendous scenery.

                                          - 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 1.6 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

                                          What's Included:
                                          - Pre-departure materials
                                          - All entry and park fees
                                          - Team of resource specialists
                                          - Applicable taxes
                                          - Educational program
                                          - All Shipboard Meals
                                          - All Zodiac excursions
                                          - Port fees

                                          What's Not Included:
                                          - $250 Discovery fee
                                          - Commercial & Charter flights
                                          - Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger, per day)
                                          - Personal expenses
                                          - Mandatory medical evacuation Insurance
                                          - Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
                                          - Possible fuel surcharges
                                          - Pre & post hotel accommodation
                                          - Optional excursions