UshuaiaBoard the Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your new shipmates. Afterward, the ship sails towards the Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas).
At SeaThe open bridge policy on the Ushuaia welcomes the opportunity to meet the ship's officers, who point out exciting marine life and sea birds, explain navigation tactics and join in enjoying beautiful views of the open ocean. An interesting set of lectures is provided to prepare passengers for the first excursion to the Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas).
Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas)Depending on weather conditions, explore West Point Island and Carcass Island, both located in the Western Falkland Islands and rich in wildlife. West Point Island presents Devil's Nose, which offers beautiful views of Cliff Mountain and opportunities to visit with Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosse. Carcass Island is home to a vast and large population of small birds, as well as Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins. Peale and Commerson dolphins also visit guests on the shoreline of the island. After viewing the wildlife, enjoy a cup of tea with the locals in the beautiful gardens on Carcass. In the evening, board the Ushuaia and sail around the northern archipelago towards the capital, Stanley.
Eastern Falkland Islands (Malvinas) / At SeaSpend the morning exploring the museum, park, shops, and pubs in the quaint capital of Stanley. Also, enjoy opportunities to see Southern Giant Petrels, Falkland Steamer Ducks, Kelp Gulls, Upland Geese and Dolphin Gulls. Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-backed Hawks and Peregrine Falcon may also be spotted around the island. In the afternoon, board the Ushuaia and head towards South Georgia.
At SeaThese two days at sea involve an extensive lecture series with expert naturalists to share their knowledge of the wildlife and unique ecosystems throughout the entire voyage.
At Sea / South GeorgiaSouth Georgia comes into sight today! Enjoy breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth that is home to more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet. The scenery is incredible, ranging from high mountains and mighty glaciers to deep fjords and low-lying grasslands.
The exact itinerary for South Georgia depends on local land and sea conditions, but the following destinations are among the possible options to explore:
Salisbury Plain is sometimes called the “Serengeti of the South” and is a wildlife site without parallel. Several large glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop for the tens of thousands of King Penguins that nest in the tussock grass of this remarkable ecosystem. The wide beach makes for excellent walking as you visit the colony, where you are literally surrounded and delightfully outnumbered by throngs of curious, gentle penguins. Elephant and fur seals are also abound, as well as Southern Giant Petrels and the occasional wandering Gentoo Penguin. Prepare for an awe-inspiring experience.
On the tussock-grass covered islet, visit a breeding colony of Wandering Albatross. Ascend to the summit on a wooden board walk, offering comfortable viewing platforms.
Once a thriving whaling station, the ruins of Grytviken stand as a reminder of an era of exploitation that grows more distant by the day. In Grytviken, visit the interesting Museum of Natural History and Whaling, as well as the last resting site of Sir Ernest Shackleton at the nearby graveyard in King Edward cove. Join the MV Ushuaia's team for a graveside toast honoring this remarkable explorer and venerated mariner.
Visit Gentoo Penguins on the tussac plateau, then Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosse while exploring the natural cliff amphitheater that encircles the harbor. Discover fascinating relics from the whaling era, as well as the impressive collection of whale and elephant seal bones scattered along the beach.
Take a stroll down the fine dark sand beaches of St.Andrew's Bay,which are bounded in the interior by the Cook, Buxton and Heaney Glaciers and covered with penguins and seals. St.Andrew's Bay is home to the largest colony of King Penguins on South Georgia, as well as Elephant Seals, Leopard Seals and a wide variety of voracious scavengers such as Sheathbills and Cape Petrels. There are also opportunities to see White-chinned Petrels, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Brown Skuas and Antarctic Terns, all who nest on the Bay.
Another highlight could be a visit in Cooper Bay at the southeast extremity of South Georgia. There is a wealth of wildlife at this site, in a spectacular setting. Chinstrap, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins dot the tussock slopes and there are plenty of fur seals on the beaches. Fascinating volcanic rocks tower over small fiords, providing a stunning backdrop for a thrilling wildlife watching zodiac cruise on the waterfront.
Although Drygalski Fjord´s glaciers have retreated significantly in recent decades, they remain one of the most striking features of this coastline, particularly the Risting and Jenkins Glaciers. With a little luck, you might see the glaciers calve and witness the birth of a new iceberg.
At SeaBegin crossing the waters to the South Shetland Islands while enjoying time on deck, catching up on your reading and reflecting on the amazing experience in South Georgia of the past few days. Lectures and activities are offered throughout these two days.
Elephant Island, South Shetland IslandsSir Ernest Shackleton admirers need no introduction to this historic isle. In 1916 Shackleton was forced to leave 22 of his men stranded on these shores, while he and five others embarked on an unbelievable last-ditch rescue attempt. What followed is one of the greatest rescue stories of all time. Attempt your own zodiac cruise off this historic site and return with a greater knowledge of this gripping tale of adventure in a truly remarkable part of the world.
At SeaSpend the day preparing for the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands with the expedition team.
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland IslandsThe South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable.
At SeaWhile heading North across the Drake Passage, join the ship's lecturers and naturalists to watch for seabirds and whales.
UshuaiaIn the morning, enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking.