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Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula

Example 24 Day Cruise aboard MV Hondius
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Board the MV Hondius for a unique opportunity to visit several of the most remote islands in the world on this 24-day polar voyage. Sail through South Georgia, Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha, and St. Helena while you meet beautiful and often rare species like albatrosses, petrels, penguins, and seals. isolated local communities can also be visited along this unique Atlantic cruise.
Birds of Ascension IslandThe dramatic landscape of Ascension IslandLeaving Ushuaia behind A group of penguins check out the cameraA settlement on the island of Saint Helena.Whaling station in GrytvikenAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaGold Harbour, S. Georgia IslandGroup of King PenguinsGold Harbour, South Georgia
Highlights
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence and see four species of albatrosses
  • Visit a huge king penguin colony along with elephant seals and their pups
  • Discover the local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic birds in Jamestown
  • Sail through Tristan da Cuhna archipelago & observe millions of seabirds
  • Enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, endemic plants & birds on St. Helena
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

The voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening., Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Set sail through the Beagle Channel and enjoy the evening on board.

Day 2-4: Sea route to South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Today you are en route to South Georgia. After passing the Antarctic Convergence, which is a natural boundary formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic waters, you enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the bird life changes, too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Day 5-7: South Georgia

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Aim to visit some of the world’s top king penguin rookeries. This time of year, have a good chance of seeing these animals nesting on eggs with their chicks close by. The rookeries are overflowing, with waddling rush-hour traffic to and from the beach.

Possible visits include:

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – Here you can see not only the massive king penguin colony, but also elephant seals and limitless fur seal pups playing in the surf.

Grytviken – You also have the opportunity to check out this abandoned whaling station, where king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do! You might also see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave here.

Cooper Bay – This is a fine place for a Zodiac cruise, and this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.

Moltke Harbour – Located in Royal Bay, this scenic spot gives you the chance to see the huge king penguin colony that lives here. 

Day 8-12: At Sea

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
A pleasant tailwind often accompanies the vessel through the westerlies, and on both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, you might see large numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 13: Quest Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the plan is to approach Gough Island for a Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay, if the weather permits. Here you might see northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals. In previous years, it has been possible to circumnavigate most of Gough Island’s 33-mile circumference, taking in this area’s splendid scenery and abundant wildlife.

Day 14-17: Tristan da Cunha

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
These islands are famed for their bird population, which includes rockhopper penguins, several species of albatross, petrels, skuas, terns and many others. The aim is to visit the settlement on the west side of this archipelago’s main island but the planned four days here may also allow you to land in Seal Bay on the south side or possibly at Sandy Point on the east side of Tristan da Cunha.

Here, possibly encounter wildlife such as Yellow-nosed albatrosses and Sub-Antarctic fur seals and otherwise explore a very rarely visited spot. Aim to land at Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands, with views of seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatrosses to brown noddies.

Two days are reserved in case of bad weather, but please remember that nature determines the itinerary here: Since beginning the Atlantic Odyssey cruise in 1998, adverse weather led to the cancellation of 35% of Tristan da Cunha landings. It is not impossible, but it is difficult.

Day 18-21: At Sea

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Seabirds and dolphins indigenous to this region often follow the vessel.

Day 22-23: Jamestown

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After you land at Jamestown on Saint Helena Island, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the area’s local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic bird life. You can pay a visit to Longwood House, where Napoleon died in exile; walk the 699-step Jacob’s Ladder, if you’re feeling ambitious; or snorkel the shallows offshore, seeing multitudes of tropical and subtropical fish. 
 

Day 24: St. Helena | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, disembark after breakfast and begin the journey home.

Please note: You have the option to disembark and fly home from Jamestown if flights are available. In the evening, you'll depart for Ascension Island and Praia, Cape Verde, where you can also disembark. 

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Quadruple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 upper & lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Triple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Window
Located on deck 4. Approximately 129 to 151 sq. ft. 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin deluxe
Located on deck 6. Approximately 205 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Superior
Located on deck 6. Approximately 215 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Junior Suite
Located on deck 7. Approximately 205 to 215 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Grand Suite with balcony
Located on deck 7. Approximately 291 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private balcony, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.

Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.
Child discount: Children aged 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
Included
  • 23 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 23 Dinners
  • 23 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  •  Luggage Transfer from Pick-up Point to the Vessel on the Day of Embarkation in Ushuaia
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.

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