Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark ShipIn the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.
At SeaAt sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
Falkland IslandsIn the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with waterfowl and night herons. In addition, on Saunders observe rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses and king cormorants.
Stanley, Falkland IslandsIn Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. A visit to the local church and museum are recommended.
At SeaAt sea, on your way to South Georgia cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence you will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.
In the afternoon of day 7 arrive at your first landing site in South Georgia. You might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced reindeer, elephant seals, fur seals, king and macaroni penguins. One of the highlights might be your visit to Prion Island, where you will witness the breeding efforts of the huge wandering albatross and enjoy watching their displays.
At Fortuna Bay try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken you’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where king penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken visit the Whaling History Museum as well as Shackleton´s grave near by. Depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.
At SeaSpend the day at sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point you might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where you might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick skua and snow petrel.
South Orkney IslandsVisit Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show you their facilities and you can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound as huge tabular icebergs announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to visit Brown Bluff where you may set foot on the continent. Next, the ship aims at Half Moon Island, in the Shetland Islands, to visit a chinstrap penguin rookery and possibly see Weddell seals.
Then, venture to Deception Island through Neptune's Bellows. Here, find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many Dominican gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.
On the last day before venturing into the Drake Passage, sail towards the northern parts of Gerlache Strait. You may visit Charlotte Bay on the West coast of Graham Land, where the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Keep an eye out for seals and occasional kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. In Cierva Cove admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Davis Coast and Mikkelsen Harbour.
At SeaOn your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Ushuaia / Disembark / Return HomeArrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airport for flights home.