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Falkland Islands, South Georgia, & Antarctic Islands: Montevideo to Ushuaia

Example 23 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended 23-day 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 Montevideo and ending in Ushuaia, this Antarctica cruise takes you around the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Ocean and the rare beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring historic sites, research stations, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and incredible wildlife.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 2 : Embark | Montevideo
Days 3-5 : South Atlantic Ocean
Days 6-7 : Falkland Islands
Days 8-9 : Southern Ocean | At Sea
Days 10-14 : South Georgia
Days 15-16 : Southern Ocean | At Sea
Days 17-20 : South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 21-22 : Drake Passage & Beagle Channel | At Sea
Day 23 : Disembark | Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Observe a multitude of southern seabirds and marine mammals
  • Explore South Georgia, a scenic wilderness and an unrivaled paradise
  • Tour the scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs & penguins

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A war memorial in the Falkland Islands Colony of penguins at Gold Harbor Rockhopper penguins The port town of Ushuaia Plaza Independencia in Montevideo

Day 1 Montevideo, Uruguay

Welcome to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is often described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life."

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be provided a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city.

Day 2 Embark | Montevideo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer to the pier and be welcomed 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. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as you sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5 South Atlantic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Sailing south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands, keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as the range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Day 6-7 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The remote and sparsely populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. Anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. 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. Your route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

You can also anticipate a visit 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 impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 8-9 Southern Ocean | At Sea

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

Day 10-14 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
South Georgia the premier destination for subantarctic wildlife viewing in a supremely scenic wilderness environment. 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.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. The 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. We also hope to offer a hiking expedition over part of the famous “Shackleton Walk” from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned whaling station at Stromness.

Your days in South Georgia are filled with meaningful activities, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 15-16 Southern Ocean | At Sea

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

Day 17-20 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays and 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. Antarctic research stations of various nationalities can also be found here.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites rich with wildlife, fascinating geology, and historical significance. Your first encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. You can also hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station.

Farther south, the Antarctic Peninsula itself contains sheltered bays, abundant wildlife, and fantastic vistas of mountains and glaciers. Weather and ice permitting, plan to spend a day in the vicinity of the peninsula with the hope of making a landing on the continent of Antarctica.

Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition where you can take advantage of every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and Zodiac excursions.

Day 21-22 Drake Passage & Beagle Channel | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Antarctica, head north through the Drake Passage toward South America, always on the lookout for marine mammals and rare seabirds. Finally enter the famous Beagle Channel between the Argentine and Chilean sides of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 23 Disembark | Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. 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 the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. The insurance IS included in the Arctic travel package and is NOT included in the Antarctic travel package. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

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:
  • 1 pre-voyage night at Arakur Resort & Spa hotel
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board 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 onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$200,000
  • Staff gratuities
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

Included

  • 22 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 21 Dinners
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