Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands« All Sea Adventurer (ZE) cruise options
- Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
- Day 2 Ushuaia / Board Clipper Adventurer
- Day 3 At Sea
- Day 4 Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands
- Days 5-6 Cruising the South Scotia Sea
- Days 7-9 South Georgia
- Day 10 South Scotia Sea
- Day 11 South Orkney Islands
- Day 12 Elephant Island
- Days 13-17 Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 18-19 Drake Passage
- Day 20 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Cat 1||Cat 2||Cat 3||Cat 4||Cat 5||Cat 6||Suite||Owner||Single Cat 2||Single Cat 4|
|Jan 6 '14
-Cabins are available for single occupancy between 1.6-1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive to the southernmost city via your independent flight to Ushuaia. The rest of the day is at leisure, with a welcome reception, dinner, and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 Ushuaia / Board Clipper Adventurer
Enjoy a relaxing morning with lunch at a local restaurant. Join a tour of Ushuaia before boarding the Sea Adventurer this afternoon. Set sail for the Falkland Islands this evening.
Day 3 At Sea
Unpack and get acquainted with your expedition ship during a day at sea. Lecturers introduce you to the natural and historical highlights ahead.
Day 4 Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands
Step ashore on lovely, windswept Bleaker Island to discover nesting Magellanic penguins, a cliffside rockhopper penguin rookery, and an imperial shag colony. Birders have a good chance of spotting the endemic Falkland steamer duck and Cobb’s wren.
Days 5-6 Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Your lecturers recap your experiences on the Falklands and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists to search for the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.
Days 7-9 South Georgia
Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of your leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, you may want to make a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you can see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places plan to visit on South Georgia. Some of them are pending final government approval.
Elsehul Bay - This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo throughout the bay.
Salisbury Plain - Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and we are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.
Stromness Bay - Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and the glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.
Grytviken - Go ashore and explore here, discovering the old ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Walking along the coast, spy seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals.
Gold Harbour - At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and perhaps even some light-mantled albatross.
Day 10 South Scotia Sea
Your lecture series continues as you venture south. Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.
Day 11 South Orkney Islands
These mountainous islands were once known as “The Inaccessible Islands.” In winter a solid sheet of fast ice joins this island group to the Antarctic Peninsula, some 450 miles away. A scene of unparalleled beauty awaits, with penguins everywhere, including Adelie, chinstrap, gentoo, and the occasional macaroni penguin.
Day 12 Elephant Island
This morning arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and have an opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.
Days 13-17 Antarctic Peninsula
As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, the daily schedule of landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of your voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops; in the past your ship has visited the locations below. This list serves only as a guideline of the places you may experience.
Brown Bluff - Located on the Antarctic continent, the volcanic promontory of Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with huge and bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.
Deception Island - As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for your ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Your anchorage is inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.
Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island - Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lie in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.
Petermann Island - Discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74 and named after geographer August Petermann, the island is home to the world’s southernmost colony of gentoo penguins. Snow-capped and small at just a mile long by half a mile wide, it offers close-up, picture-perfect scenes of penguins—both gentoo and Adelie—as well as skuas and blue-eyed shags.
Days 18-19 Drake Passage
During your Drake crossing, have opportunities to see and photograph wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Keep a lookout for whales often seen in these waters.
Day 20 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.
Itinerary NotesIncluded in cruise fare:
Accommodations in hotels and on board Sea Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; group transfers; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance; all gratuities. Pre-extension includes all of the above.
Not included in cruise fare:
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/ cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 30% cruise cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|120 days or more||$950 per person|
|119-60 days||55% cruise cost|
|59-0 days||100% cruise cost|
Sea Adventurer (ZE)
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 110
Sea Adventurer is a handsome expedition vessel reminiscent of the days of the great ocean liners, with lots of varnished wood and brass. Formerly known as the Clipper Adventurer, she sails on a wide variety of cruises — in Europe, the Canadian Arctic, the U.S., South America, and Antarctica.
Built in 1975 as the Alla Tarasova in the former Yugoslavia, the 122-passenger Sea Adventurer underwent a $13-million conversion in Scandinavia. Features include: 61 comfortable, all-outside cabins, with lower beds, private bathroom facilities, and individual temperature controls to offer the most comfortable tours possible. The window-lined dining room seats all passengers at leisurely single seatings, where superb American and Continental cuisine is served by the friendly staff. There are two lounges — the Main Lounge and Bar on Promenade Deck, seating 130 passengers; and the Clipper Club, also on Promenade Deck, seating 45 passengers. There’s also a library/card room, a small workout room, a gift shop, and a hair salon.
Unique to the Sea Adventurer is a spacious, covered promenade with a beautiful wooden deck (varnished Oregon pine) where passengers can view the seascapes during their small ship cruises. There’s also plenty of open deck space on the Boat Deck and Sun Deck, while an observation platform located forward below the Bridge is ideal for wildlife viewing.
The Sea Adventurer is an oceangoing vessel equipped with an ice-strengthened hull (A-1 ice class) ideally suited for cruises in remote environments and is supremely comfortable anywhere she sails. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft provides access to areas where no infrastructure exists. The vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment including telephone, fax, and e-mail.
The Captain and his officers maintain an open bridge to give passengers an opportunity to observe and ask questions. An experienced cruise staff, physician, and on board lecturers accompany all voyages to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the places visited.
Two lower berths, shower, porthole window, 120 sq. ft
Two lower berths, shower, porthole window, 120-150 sq. ft.
Shower, two lower berths, double window, 125 sq. ft.
Two lower berths, shower, porthole or double window, 125- 155 sq. ft.
Two lower berths, shower, double window, 130 sq.ft.
Two lower berths, bath or shower, sitting area, triple window, 160 sq. ft.
Suite, two lower beds, bath with shower, two double windows, mini-refrigerator, sitting area, 215 sq. ft.
Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower/ bathtub, two double windows, mini-refrigerator and microwave, 268 sq ft.
|Single Cat 2|
Two lower berths, shower, porthole window, 125 sq. ft.
|Single Cat 4|
Two lower berths, shower, porthole or picture window, 125- 155 sq. ft.