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Antarctica, Falkland Islands, & South Georgia: Ushuaia Roundtrip

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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended Antarctic cruise that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This voyage gives you an opportunity to explore the untold beauty of one of the most remote parts of the world. Starting in Ushuaia, this Antarctica cruise takes you around the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Ocean. Spend 20 days exploring the rare beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring historic sites, research stations, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and incredible wildlife.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation in Ushuaia
Day 3 : South Atlantic Ocean
Days 4-5 : The Falkland Islands
Days 6-7 : Southern Ocean
Days 8-11 : South Georgia Island
Days 12-13 : Southern Ocean
Days 14-18 : South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 19-20 : Drake Passage
Day 21 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Observe a multitude of southern seabirds and marine mammals
  • Explore South Georgia, a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise
  • Tour the scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs & penguins

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

South Georgia landscape. A war memorial in the Falkland Islands A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands An ocean of icebergs.

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Visit the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World.”

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, your Expedition Team and ship's officers greet you and present 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 South Atlantic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At sea in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. Observe them from the bridge or decks as you sail southward.

Day 4-5 The Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. Visit one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Your route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

Visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 6-7 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the way to South Georgia, the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature drops as much as 10°C within only a few hours. Near the Convergence, see a multitude of southern seabirds including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Day 8-11 South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. Your days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Please note: The 2018 itinerary includes 5 days in South Georgia Island (days 8-12) and 4 days in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula (days 15-18).

Day 12-13 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your amazing time in South Georgia proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 14-18 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route you take highlights 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 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 stops. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater, elephant seals, and the predatory leopard seal are often found in this region. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors and orca sightings are also common.

Day 19-20 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your way north continue to look for the great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage. Take time to reflect on your adventure in this spectacular corner of the world as you make your way northward again.

Day 21 Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airport for homeward flights.

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Port of Ushuaia

Per person starting at
$13,995
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
250 square feet; 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
Main Deck accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
215 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; minimum 2 portholes; private facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
250 square feet; 2twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
235 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooking outside walkway; private facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
277 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
353 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
437 square feet; separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed; private deck; jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Please note: The 2018 itinerary includes 5 days in South Georgia Island (days 8-12) and 4 days in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula (days 15-18).

Included in your cruise fare:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation 
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
  • Staff gratuities
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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