Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic via Ushuaia Cruise

Polar Latitudes
Beachside sunset
Black Browed Albatross
Kayak Antarctica
Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise
Traveling taking pictures of king penguin chicks.
Polar Latitudes
LIfe on the Sea Explorer
Polar Latitudes
LIfe on the Sea Explorer
This 20-day polar voyage features the unspoiled scenery, exhilarating wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Day 1

    Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive in Ushuaia. Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World.”

    Day 2

      Embark

      Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you are greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

      Day 3

        Southern Ocean

        Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team is sure to be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. On board experts begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also held in the ship's comfortable lounge.

        Day 4

          West Falklands

          The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

          Day 5

            Stanley, East Falkland

            Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs are all available. It is also possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

            Days 6-7

              Southern Ocean

              There is plenty of wildlife spotting as the ship makes its way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enters Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

              Days 8-11

                South Georgia

                South Georgia holds a unique positions inside the Antarctic Convergence, yet it remains outside the limit of the yearly sea ice - this makes the island an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen by the hundreds of thousands! Plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sire Ernest Shackleton is buried.

                Days 12-13

                  Scotia Sea

                  Moving further south, informative presentations and wildlife viewing continue as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

                  Days 14-17

                    Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

                    The land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east, cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea; this large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into your ship's path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of wales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides.

                    The route here aims to highlight the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may also make a stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

                    Days 18-19

                      Drake Passage

                      Your onboard lecture series continues, as well as wildlife spotting, as your ship sails back North to Ushuaia. Reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.

                      Day 20

                        Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                        Following breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with time to catch a flight home or to stay and explore the city at the end of the world.
                         Triple SuitePorthole SuiteWindow SuiteSuperior SuiteDeluxe SuiteVeranda SuitePenthouse Suite
                        2016-Jan-30$14,595$16,995$18,595$19,495$20,995$22,995$24,995
                        Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.

                        Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.
                        Included in your cruise fare:
                        - One pre voyage hotel night in embarkation city
                        - Shipboard accommodations
                        - All scheduled Landings / excursions
                        - All meals onboard
                        - Waterproof Jacket
                        - Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
                        - Welcome/Farewell cocktail
                        - One glass of house wine with dinner
                        - A pair of boots for use during the voyage
                        - Daily international news service
                        - All port fees
                        - Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
                        - One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation
                        - Digital Voyage Log

                        Excluded in cruise fare:
                        - Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival
                        - Pre or post voyage expenses
                        - Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
                        - Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except glass of house wine / beer / soft drink with dinner)
                        - Onboard communication charges
                        - Staff gratuities

                        Fuel Surcharge:
                        There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard the Sea Explorer if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$700 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to to cover only the increase in fuel costs.

                        Please note that October departures embark in Puerto Madryn and disembark in Ushuaia, while voyages departing in February operate in reverse.