The Great Austral Loop Cruise

Jonathan Brunger
Chinstrap Penguins during wildlife tour
Jonathan Brunger
Travelers among penguins during Antarctica tour
Jonathan Brunger
Iceberg Flow during Trip to the Antarctic Peninsula
Jonathan Brunger
Sunset and icebergs during Antarctica cruise
Jenny Fiebig
Touring the icy water of Antarctica on an expedition cruise
Restaurant aboard the Le Soleal.
Bar and lounge with a view.
On this 16-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 Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

    Arrive in Ushuaia. Choose to embark Le Soleal or partake in an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park with an included lunch. Your ship departs South America this evening.

    Day 2

      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

        New Island / Saunders, Falklands

        New Island is your first stop on this lengthy Antarctic voyage. Once used as abase 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

          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 along side the vessel.

          Day 6

            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

              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

                Gold Harbour, 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 harbour.

                Days 9-10

                  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

                    Weddell Sea, Antarctica

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

                      Neko / Paradise Island, Antarctica

                      Deep in Andvord Bay, you 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: 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 / 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 14-15

                          Crossing the Drake Passage

                          Spend your last days on board the 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

                            Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                            Following breakfast on board, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport to continue your travels.
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                            • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
                            • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
                            • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
                            • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
                            • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
                            • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
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                            • Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
                            • Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
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                            • Other drinks not included in open bar

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                            Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

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