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Birds of Ascension Island

Atlantic Odyssey: Ushuaia to Ascension Island

Example 24 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Board the MV Plancius for a unique opportunity to visit several of the most remote islands in the world on this 24-day polar voyage. Sail trough South Georgia, Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha, and St. Helena while you meet beautiful and often rare species like albatrosses, petrels, penguins and seals. lsolated local communities can also be visited along this unique Atlantic cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-5 : Drake Passage
Days 6-8 : South Georgia
Days 9-13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Gough Island
Days 15-17 : Tristan da Cunha
Days 18-21 : At Sea
Days 22-23 : St. Helena
Day 24 : St. Helena | Disembark


  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence and see four species of albatrosses
  • Visit a huge king penguin colony along with elephant seals and their pups
  • Approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising in Quest Bay
  • Sail through Tristan da Cuhna archipelago & observe millions of seabirds
  • Enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, endemic plants & birds on St. Helena


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Trip Snapshots

Birds of Ascension Island The dramatic landscape of Ascension Island Leaving Ushuaia behind A group of penguins check out the camera A settlement on the island of Saint Helena.

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Set sail through the Beagle Channel and enjoy the evening on board.

Day 2-5 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Sail across the Drake Passage and view wandering albatrosses, grey headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels.

Day 6-8 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Arrive in South Georgia and aim to visit some of the major king penguin rookeries in the world. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the king penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year, and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. At Salisbury Plain, view elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles, search for breeding wandering albatross, then sail for the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where penguins now walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small but highly informative museum and offers a chance to visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who is buried alongside his trusted friend and companion Frank Wild. Attempt to land at Gold Harbor and St Andrews Bay to view king penguins, with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none.

Day 9-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds as you sail for Gough Island.

Day 14 Gough Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approach Gough Island for a zodiac cruise around Quest Bay, weather permitting. Gough Island is a strictly-protected nature reserve and landings are not allowed, but Zodiac cruises in the area have proven to offer spectacular scenery and a great abundance of wildlife not easily seen elsewhere in the world. Hope to circumnavigate the entire 33-mile island by ship and see the northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals.

Day 15-17 Tristan da Cunha

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. Landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island are attempted to view millions of seabirds including yellow-nosed albatrosses and brown noddies. An extra day is built in to allow for possible bad weather, as 35% of previous sailings have been unable to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha for this reason.

Day 18-21 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Enter sub-tropical waters which feature their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Day 22-23 St. Helena

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. Enjoy the local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds, then visit Longwood House, where Napoleon lived and died in exile. Take the opportunity to explore the island on your own and snorkel in its clear waters. Or, stroll by the shallow surf and spot a variety of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

Day 24 St. Helena | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in St. Helena in the morning and transfer to the newly-built airport.

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2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
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10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites, and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. 

Fares include:
- Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee, and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes 
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post land arrangements
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Please note:
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $400 per passenger.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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