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Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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On this 16-day voyage, sail from South Georgia, a land of adventure whose grandiose landscapes are home to abundant wildlife. Journey in the footsteps of the great explorers as far as the Antarctic Peninsula, with its icy panoramas of iridescent colors. Discover a wide variety of animal species including the penguin, whale, sea lions, albatross, or whales.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay | Embark
Days 2-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Salisbury | Fortuna | Stromness, South Shetland Islands & South Georgia
Day 7 : St Andrews | Grytviken
Day 8 : Cooper Bay | Gold Harbour
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Brown Bluff | Weddell Sea
Day 12 : Paradise Island | Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Day 13 : Deception Island
Days 14-15 : At Sea in the Drake Passage
Day 16 : Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Marvel at the region's abundant wildlife including penguins, seals and more
  • Visit abandoned former whaling stations and historic centers
  • Discover the myriad of landscapes from mountains to pastures to icebergs
  • Explore the region up close with adventures in Zodiac dinghies

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise Touring the icy water of Antarctica on an expedition cruise Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica Sunset and icebergs during Antarctica cruise Iceberg Flow during Trip to the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 1 Arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay | Embark

Arrive in Montevideo and embark Le Lyrial in the afternoon.

Day 2-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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 6 Salisbury | Fortuna | Stromness, South Shetland Islands & South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Georgia is an unmissable destination within Antarctica. This Subantarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter huge colonies of king penguins, many elephant seals basking on the black sandy beaches, large populations of fur seals, and macaroni penguins in South Georgia. Keep an eye out for the elegant albatross in the Falklands.

Day 7 St Andrews | Grytviken

  • 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 the Bay of 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 Cooper Bay | Gold Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather and ice conditions permitting, enjoy an outing in a Zodiac dinghy at Cooper Bay.

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.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Relax and enjoy as your ship sails to the White Continent.

Day 11 Brown Bluff | Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drifting icebergs and sea ice welcome Le Lyrial to Antarctica.

Day 12 Paradise Island | Neko Harbour, Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Deep in Andvord Bay, find this little corner of paradise 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: encounter 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 Deception Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard 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 14-15 At Sea in the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your last days on board the Le Lyrial 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

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Per person starting at
$11,580
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq. ft. located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. balcony located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
35 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
37 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
1 cabin, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Suite
3 cabins on Deck 6, 290 sq. ft. + 54 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, sofa, armchair and pedestal table, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
11 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Privilege Suite
8 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
1 cabin, 484 sq. ft. + 96 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Grand Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Grand Privilege Suite
7 cabins, 398 sq. ft. + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, desk, minibar, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Owner's Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Owner Suite
On Deck 6, 592 sq. ft. + 129 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, sofa, table with 4 chairs, armchair and table, 2 televisions, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.

Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines 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
• 24h room service (special selection)
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) 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 areas

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

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.

Included

  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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