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Antarctic Wildlife Adventure : Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Falkand Islands to Ushuaia - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Begin your journey in Stanley, known as the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Sail east toward South Georgia, passing remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Observe marine mammals like penguins, fur seals, and elephant seals on its sandy beaches. Spot an increasing number of whales in the bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia. Discover icebergs of every size and description as you sail towards one of most beautiful regions on the entire continent, Antarctic Peninsula. Witness its dramatic scenery and most diverse mixture of wildlife throughout this region.
A war memorial in the Falkland IslandsA group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of AntarcticaA group of penguins in the Falkland IslandsAn ocean of icebergs.South Georgia landscape.
Highlights
  • Observe a multitude of southern seabirds and marine mammals
  • Explore South Georgia, a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise
  • Tour the scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs & penguins
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark

Welcome to Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with an impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor. We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.

Day 2: The Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands on the south of the archipelago which are particularly important for their colonies of cormorants and different breeding birds that have been recorded there, including Magellanic, southern rockhopper, macaroni and gentoo penguin. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

Day 3-4: Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 5-8: South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditins we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivaled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 9-10: Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies

Day 11-14: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery.

Day 15-16: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Antarctica, we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 17: Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Travelers board a Zodiac to get a closer look at the terrain and wildlife
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Outdoor Bistro at the Jacuzzi area of the Sea Spirit

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Notes

Please note: 
Itinerary, landings, and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.


Included in your cruise fare:
  • Group transfer from the airport to the ship for embarkation on Day 1;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • Wi-Fi onboard;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;

Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls;
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking;
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during, or after the cruise;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
Included
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Group Transfer to the Ship on Embarkation Day 
  • Group Transfer to Airport or Central Location Upon Disembarkation
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages Other Than Those for Special Events and Celebrations

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