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Antarctica, Falkland Islands, & South Georgia: Ushuaia to Montevideo

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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended Antarctic cruise that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Besides the ethereal icescapes and abundant wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, you have a chance to visit with the "Kings of the Antarctic" - the rare and most beautiful king penguins of South Georgia. Abandoned whaling stations in Grytviken; rockhopper and Magellanic penguins in the Falklands/Malvinas; and landing on the Antarctic Continent itself are among the other highlights of this expedition cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation
Days 3-4 : At Sea-Drake Passage
Days 5-7 : Antarctic Continent & South Shetland Islands
Days 8-9 : Scotia Sea
Days 10-13 : South Georgia
Days 14-15 : At Sea
Days 16-17 : The Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Days 18-20 : Southern Ocean
Day 21 : Disembark in Montevideo, Uruguay


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Trip Snapshots

An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Gentoo Penguin with two babies on Sea Lion Island A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands South Georgia landscape.

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

The small city of Ushuaia is the perfect starting point for your expedition cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Located near the southern tip of South America, it boasts beautiful views of the Andres Mountains and the Beagle Channel. Stroll the lively main street of cafes, shops and outfitters, perhaps picking up a last-minute item for your voyage, or enjoying a typical Argentine grill entrée at one of the many casual restaurants. If you arrive early, visit beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Day 2 Embarkation

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  • 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 down the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4 At Sea-Drake Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Through presentations and informal conversations, your team of experts on Antarctic wildlife, history and geology enlighten you about what to expect to see in the days ahead. Keep a sharp eye out as you cross the Antarctic Convergence, where ocean dynamics create a unique zone of marine life and activity. In the early evening of the fourth day, weather and sea conditions permitting, plan to have your first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Day 5-7 Antarctic Continent & South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the region of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, get a great variety of opportunities to actively explore the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery. With nearly 200 recognized sites here, the Expedition Team uses all of its experience to offer you the best places and ways to explore the enchanting world of the Sixth Continent. A flexible planning is a key to successful expedition.

Your Captain and Expedition Leader do their best to show you all the faces of Antarctica. Hope to tick off 5 penguin, 6 seal, and several whale species in the Antarctic check-list. While cruising along narrow Antarctic waterways admire huge icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colors. Visit scientific stations representing several different countries and learn about Antarctic scientific research straight from the source. Setting foot on the actual Antarctic Continent is also on the agenda.

Day 8-9 Scotia Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the way to South Georgia, the ship crosses the Scotia Sea. Attend informative presentations, or watch for a multitude of southern seabirds including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Day 10-13 South Georgia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For many, South Georgia is a not-to-be-missed destination within the Antarctic region. These sub-Antarctic islands are mountain peaks emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the White Continent. Shaped like a long and narrow whalebone, the islands are home to:

∙ Four seal species – southern elephant seal, Antarctic fur seal, Weddell seal, and leopard seal.
∙ Several whale species – southern right whales, humpbacks, fin whales, sperm whales, killer whales (orcas), and southern bottlenose whales.
∙ Antarctic seabirds, about 46% of the world's breeding population of grey headed albatrosses; northern giant petrels, white chinned petrels and Antarctic prions. Most of the world's population of the South Georgia blue eyed shags live there - some 7,500 pairs.
∙ Penguins – around half the world's population of macaroni penguins, along with 100,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins and about 6,000 breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins.
∙ The most attractive residents of South Georgia are king penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The total number of king penguins is around 400,000 breeding pairs.

Spend three days among the alpine landscapes and penguin colonies. Also visit the historic settlement of Grytviken. With its whaling-era remnants and Earnest Shackleton’s gravesite, the one-time whaling town is one of the highlights of South Georgia.

Day 14-15 At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
More informative presentations are in store these next few days, as the ship heads to the Falkland Islands.

Day 16-17 The Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Falkland Islands offer an unforgettable vista of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. On the beaches, elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling among themselves to establish territories or just simply relaxing. Sea lions and fur seals are also common sights. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s seventeen species – king, Gentoo, rockhopper, Magellanic and macaroni. The Falklands are home to the largest population of Gentoo penguins on Earth. Look for black-browed albatrosses nesting on grassy hillsides overlooking the sea.

The capital of the Falklands, Port Stanley, is the southernmost British outpost in the world. With many reminders of its British heritage, such as red phone booths and English pubs, the town boasts other unusual sights like a whalebone arch and shipwrecks along the coast.

Day 18-20 Southern Ocean

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reality begins to set in during this final sea passage separating the magic world you’ve just explored from the rest of the world you'll soon be rejoining. Refresh your memories through a photo exchange with new found friends, and bid farewell to seabirds and whales that you can identify more easily now.

Day 21 Disembark in Montevideo, Uruguay

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning in Montevideo and disembark.

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Port of Ushuaia

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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.


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.

Important note: Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Included in your cruise fare:
- 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
- Group transfer from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia on the day prior to departure
- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
- All meals on board
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
- A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
- Expeditions jacket (yours to keep)
- 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, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel
- Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses


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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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