The Great Austral Loop Cruise

Adventure Life
Looking across the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia
Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Greg Michaels
Gentoos on "The Neck", Saunders Island
Peyton McCollum
Abandoned ship in Grytviken
Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
On this 15-day voyage, discover the undulating hills and verdant moors of the Falkland Islands. Cruise to South Georgia, home to imposing glaciers that tilt towards the sea and thousands of King Penguins at home on the island's black sandy beaches. Continue South to discover the Northern Antarctic Peninsula in all its unique beauty. Keep your eyes out for iridescent icebergs, floating ice fields, and extraordinary marine mammals.

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires / Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Arrive in Buenos Aires and join your included charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Transfer to the port or join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, including lunch. Board your ship, L'Austral this evening between 5 and 6 PM.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

As your ship sails the open oceans, settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew - this is your new home for the next two weeks.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

New Island / Saunders, Falklands

New Island is your first stop on this lengthy Antarctic voyage. Once used as a base for whaling and sheep farming, New Island is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful among the Falklands. Continue on to Saunders, the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands. With an area of just over 50 square miles, the island runs as a sheep farm today.

Days 4-5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Leaving the Falklands, your ship sets out for your next stop on this Austral loop. As you cruise the open water, keep your eyes out for marine mammals or seabirds who play alongside the vessel.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Salisbury Plain / Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

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.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grytviken / Baie de St Andrew, South Georgia

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 the Baie de St Andrew 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gold Harbor, South Georgia

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 some Sooty Albatrosses flying overhead, as these infamous birds also breed in the harbor.

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Rest up for the last leg of your voyage as your ship sails further south. Try to contain your excitement as you approach the great White Continent.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Weddell Sea, Antarctica

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, and 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.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Deception Island / Half Moon Island , Antarctica

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 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 our 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.

Days 13-14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea in the Drake Passage

Spend your last days on board the L'Austral 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 15

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Following breakfast on board, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

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

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• English speaking lecturer
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rosé offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• Water sports activities using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected area

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• 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, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable