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Christmas and New Year in Southern Lands

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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On this 17-day expedition cruise aboard Le Soleal, celebrate Christmas and the New Year by exploring the world's southernmost territories. The undulating hills and verdant moors of the Falkland Islands mark the beginning of the Antarctic adventure. Cruise to South Georgia, where imposing glaciers meet the sea and thousands of king penguins populate the island's black sandy beaches. Watch for whales, seals, and other impressive marine life as Le Soleal explores the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy the expertise of Le Soleal's crew and guides as you marvel at the otherwordly beauty of Antarctica's iridescent icebergs and floating ice fields. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : New Island | Saunders, Falkland Islands
Days 4-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Salisbury Plain | Fortuna Bay | Stromness, South Georgia
Day 7 : Grytviken | St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Day 8 : Gold Harbour | Cooper Bay, South Georgia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Weddell Sea | Brown Bluff
Day 12 : Neko Bay | Paradise, Antarctica
Day 13 : Pleneau | Port Charcot | Wilhelmina Bay
Day 14 : Deception Island
Day 15 : Drake Passage
Day 16 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 17 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Spend Christmas and the New Year on the fringes of the 'White Continent'
  • Enjoy the region's diverse scenery from lush moors to glaciers and icebergs
  • Behold thousands of penguins, sea birds, and other magnificent marine life
  • Explore the region up close with the help of expert naturalist guides

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Zodiac excursion in Paradise Bay Elephant seal on the coast Touring the icy water of Antarctica on an expedition cruise Whaling station in Grytviken Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia. Transfer directly to board Le Soleal or, before embarking, transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve. Enjoy time at leisure, lunch on site, and choose to join an optional excursion to see the remarkable Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark your ship between 4:30 and 5:30 this evening and settle in to your cabin.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As Le Soleal cruises these southern waters, familiarize yourself with her amenities and crew.

Day 3 New Island | Saunders, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your Antarctic voyage visiting New Island, a location once used as a base for whaling and sheep farming, and considered by some to be one of the most beautiful among the Falklands. Then stop at Saunders Island, the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands. Saunders hosts a small colony of elephant seals as well as many sea and endemic land birds.

Day 4-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leaving the Falklands, your ship sets out for South Georgia. As you cruise the open water, keep your eyes out for marine mammals or seabirds who play alongside the vessel.

Day 6 Salisbury Plain | Fortuna Bay | Stromness, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Found on the north coast of South Georgia, Salisbury Plain is best known as a breeding site for king penguins. At times there are as many as 500,000 penguins making their home here. Elephant seals and fur seals also come to visit this broad coastal plain. Another excellent area to spot penguins and seals in the thousands is Fortuna Bay. Coupled with a breathtaking view of mountains and glaciers reaching for the ocean, Fortuna Bay does not disappoint. Finish your day visiting the ruins of the Stromness whaling station, on the northern coast of South Georgia.

Day 7 Grytviken | St Andrews Bay, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to the world's most southerly territorial capital. Named by a Swedish surveyor in 1902, Grytviken translates as "Pot Bay" for the pots found on site once used to render seal oil.

Landing at St Andrews Bay brings you up close and personal with Mount Skittle. Here you also may encounter more king penguins who gather in colonies of up to 100,000.

Day 8 Gold Harbour | Cooper Bay, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the eastern end of South Georgia, Gold Harbour is named for the angle of morning and evening sunlight that illuminates the cliffs with a bright yellow light. The area is a breeding ground for king and gentoo penguins, as well as elephant seals. You may also see sooty albatrosses flying overhead, as these infamous birds also breed in the harbor. Cooper Bay offers the most accessible macaroni penguin colonies for viewing.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Rest up for the next leg of your voyage as your ship sails further south. Feel the excitement build as you approach the great White Continent.

Day 11 Weddell Sea | Brown Bluff

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea allows you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, and unrivalled calm. 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.

Located in the Antarctic Sound, Brown Bluff boasts some of the continent's most stunning landscapes. Formed by an ancient, extinct englacial volcano whose lava gave the bluff a perfectly flat top, this site offers a grandiose setting of long beaches and glaciers, overlooked by a remarkable, fawn-colored volcanic tuff cliff. At the foot of this impressive wall, 20,000 pairs of gentoo and Adelie penguins nest. Don't miss your chance to observe their clumsy waddling as they leave their nest and head for the beach in search of food. 

Day 12 Neko Bay | Paradise, Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Deep in Andvord Bay, find this little corner of paradise, Neko Bay, at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape petrels, and cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard Zodiac dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore, or watch the Antarctic terns flying overhead.

Day 13 Pleneau | Port Charcot | Wilhelmina Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula as you venture to Pleneau Island and Port Charcot. Named in honor of the talented photographer who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for myriad gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals, and it deploys an entire army of icy giants near its shores. In the heart of the island, Port Charcot comes into view. This great bay served as Captain Charcot's first winter quarters during an expedition aboard his famous "Pourquoi Pas?" and it still bears traces of that fabulous adventure. In the afternoon visit Wilhelmina Bay, a location known for its large number of humpback whales and spectacular scenery. Steep cliffs full of snow and glaciers surround the bay, and an almost perfect pyramid-shaped peak towers over the sea.

Day 14 Deception Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognize 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 there. On the beaches of the easternmost extremity of the island, known as Baily Head, the largest colony of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Possible excursions aboard your Zodiac dinghies 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 15 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your last days on board Le Soleal reflecting on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Share memories and photos with your fellow travelers or simply relax and take advantage of your ship's amenities before returning home.

Day 16 Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a hole day exploring Ushuaia, the capital of Tierrra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Tourist attractions include Tierra del Fuego National Park, Lapataia Bay, and the city museum of Yamana, English, and Argentine settlement. You can also visit the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Ushuaia's wildlife includes local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas.

Day 17 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

Le Soleal

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The Deluxe Stateroom has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 4 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Deluxe Suite has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Suite on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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The Prestige Suite on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6 with a capacity up to 2 passengers per cabin. With a king-sized bed, it has been decorated by French interior designers and provides you with a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner, featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne
• “Open Bar” (Pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands. List available upon request.)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24-hour room service (special selection)
• Ladurée macarons served aboard
• English-speaking lecturer on selected sailings 
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Port and safety taxes
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economy class
• Meet and Greet by representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance
• Choice between one full day in Arakur Resort located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve, time at leisure, lunch and/or optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/suites will not be accessible before 5pm)
• On disembarkation days in Ushuaia: direct transfer from the ship to the airport
• Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
• Complimentary polar parka for you to keep (no children sizes available, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka is provided)

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request. 
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Luggage handling
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may also force the Captain to change course at the last minute. Zodiac® landings or outings accompanied by your expedition team offer plenty of opportunities to discover and experience what Antarctica and/or South Georgia have to offer at close range. These will of course depend on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.

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  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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