Antarctica, Falkland Islands, & South Georgia - Ushuaia Roundtrip Cruise

A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands
Steven Dolberg
South Georgia landscape.
Adventure Life
A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica
Adventure Life
A war memorial in the Falkland Islands
Visit the home of arctic wildlife
The library and lounge aboard the comfortable Sea Spirit
Learn in comfort in the Sea Spirit Lecture Room
Join the Sea Spirit for an extended Antarctic cruise that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This voyage gives you an opportunity to explore the untold beauty of one of the most remote parts of the world. Starting in Ushuaia, your Antarctica cruise takes you around the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Ocean. Spend 20 days exploring the rare beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring historic sites, research stations, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and incredible wildlife.

Day 1

    Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. You can visit 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


    Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, your Expedition Team and ship's officers greet you and present a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you sail seaward.

    Days 3-4

    At Sea

    At sea in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. Observe them from the bridge or decks as you sail southward.

    Days 5-6

    The Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

    Plan to visit both West and East Falklands. It is possible to experience the islands' abundance of wildlife from the town of Stanley. Look out for sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

    On the Western island, keep your eyes out for magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as an encounter with water fowl and night herons. In addition, on Saunders you may be able to observe rockhopper, macaroni and king penguins, black-browed albatrosses and king cormorants.

    Days 7-8

    At Sea

    On the way to South Georgia, your ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature drops as much as 10°C within only a few hours. Near the Convergence, you can see a multitude of southern seabirds including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

    Days 9-12

    South Georgia

    Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all on display as you travel down South Georgia’s leeward coast.

    In South Georgia visit the bay of Elsehul, home to an active fur seal breeding beach. From there, head to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay. These locations offer good opportunities to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced elephant seals, king and macaroni penguins. At Fortuna Bay, you can also follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stomness Bay.

    Days 13-14

    At Sea

    Heading farther south trough Scotia Sea, watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful. Your ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds.

    Days 15-17

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route you take highlights 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 the Gerlache Strait area including Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay, and Neumayer Channel. Depending on ice, you may also visit the beautiful Antarctic Sound including Brown Bluff, Hope Bay, and Paulet Island.

    Active scientific bases such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy and historic bases such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House may also be stops. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and weddell, crabeater, elephant seals and the predatory leopard seal are often found in this region. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors and orca sightings are also common.

    Days 18-19

    At Sea

    On your way north continue to look for the great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage. Take time to reflect on your adventure in this spectacular corner of the world as you make your way northward again.

    Day 20

    • Breakfast

    Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to airport for homeward flights.
     Triple ClassicMain Deck SuiteClassic SuiteSuperior SuiteDeluxe SuitePremium SuiteOwner
    Kayaking Option:$750
    NOTE: In case fuel prices significantly increase, a fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.
    Travel Insurance:
    All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of 100,000 EURO which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

    Solo Travelers:
    All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Solo travelers can obtain the Twin Standard Cabin for 1.7 the posted rate. All additional categories can be reserved at twice the posted fare.

    Included in your cruise fare:
    - 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
    - Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
    - Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
    - Shipboard accommodations
    - All scheduled landings/excursions
    - All lectures and briefings onboard
    - All meals
    - Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
    - Welcome and farewell cocktails
    - A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
    - Expeditions jacket (yours to keep)
    - All port fees
    - Pre-departure materials
    - Digital Voyage Log

    Excluded in cruise fare:
    - Airfare
    - Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
    - Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
    - Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
    - Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel
    - Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
    - Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
    - Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses