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South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula

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On this extraordinary 15-day voyage, follow in the wake of courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica and the South Shetlands before sailing to South Georgia via Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea, and Elephant Island. Explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search for Adelie and Emperor penguins. Sailing between South Georgia and Elephant Island offers a small glimpse into the journey made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago when he navigated through the open seas of the Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. Visit active research stations, former whaling stations and Shackleton’s final resting place.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea | Drake Passage | King George Island
Days 4-6 : Antarctic Sound | Weddell Sea
Days 7-8 : Drake Passage
Days 9-11 : South Georgia
Days 12-15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover South Georgia's king penguins, seals and seabirds
  • Look out for wondrous wildlife breeding cycles at their peak
  • Visit Shackleton’s grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken
  • Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures on the Antarctic Peninsula

Ship

Ocean Atlantic

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguins on the shores of Antarctica Orca coming up for air Ushuaia Beauty Sea lions in Beagle Channel Ushuaia by night The End of the World Observe beautiful fur seals King Penguins at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, board your ship, the Ocean Atlantic.

The journey begins as the ships navigate through the calms of the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3 At Sea | Drake Passage | King George Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing onward, cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds and rolling seas, which combine to create the infamous "Drake shake." While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself!
 
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with the first sightings of seals, penguins, and albatrosses.
Having crossed the Drake, you can explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes to encounter along the way. Weather permitting, make the first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 4-6 Antarctic Sound | Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Over the coming days, begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the Captain – and you – keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. Aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies which have recently been observed.
 
The itinerary and activities over the next few days will depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings are determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Day 7-8 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From the Weddell Sea, continue the journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did 103 years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men during two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of his stranded crew on Elephant Island. Passing Elephant Island at close distance, on the other hand, reach mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!
 

Day 9-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of the fjords explored – not least in Grytviken, the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton after he died on yet another Antarctic voyage in 1922. Explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea allows. 

Day 12-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions, and recaps, reading books in the ship's library, or just to relax and watch the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from the top deck. 

Day 16 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After having entered the Beagle Channel between Tierra del Fuego and Isla Navarino during the night, Ocean Atlantic goes alongside in the port of Ushuaia. Disembarkation after breakfast.

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Notes

INCLUSIONS:
19-day cruise with accommodation 
Transfer to the ship in Ushuaia on embarkation
All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
Expedition Parka
Rubber boot rentals
Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
English-speaking expedition team
Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
Transfer to the airport in Ushuaia on disembarkation
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EXCLUSIONS:
Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
Meals not on board the ship
Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.5 per person per day)
Personal expenses
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