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Penguins on the shores of Antarctica

Exploration of Antarctica, Patagonia, and the Falklands - Southbound

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Combine five days in Antarctica with three days in the Falkland Islands, as well as time spent in Montevideo and in Patagonia’s Puerto Madryn. October is also the mating season for seals.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Montevideo
Day 2 : Montevideo | Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Puerto Madryn
Day 6 : At Sea
Days 7-9 : Falkland Islands
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Days 12-16 : Antarctica
Days 17-18 : Drake Passage
Day 19 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Meet the famous Gentoo Penguins in Cuverville Island, Antarctica
  • Admire the birdlife and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands
  • Visit during the season for seals and nest-building time for penguins
  • Discover Puerto Madryn to spot sea lions and join a range of excursions

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Plaza Independencia in Montevideo An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Midnight sun over the flat-topped icebergs of the Weddell Sea Penguins on the shores of Antarctica The End of the World
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Day 1 Montevideo

Unescorted overnight in Montevideo. Guests can explore the capital of Uruguay with its unique mixture of Colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles.
 

Day 2 Montevideo | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The bus will take guests on a city tour of Montevideo’s many highlights as we transfer from the hotel to the port where the ship awaits. 
 
Some of the possible attractions include the central Plaza de la Independencia which in turn leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes, and landmarks, including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical Solís Theatre. If time allows, guests can also tour Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses.
 
Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.

Day 3-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center. 

Day 5 Puerto Madryn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded by Welsh settlers, Puerto Madryn is the city gateway to nearby Valdes Peninsula which is famous for its many sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, and Southern right whales. Guests have a range of optional excursions to bring them closer to the wildlife found here.
 
Included activity:
Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout (5 hrs 30)
Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in the late 19th century so it is fitting to enjoy some Welsh tea even though we are in Argentina. Actually, you find a number of tea houses around town. Puerto Madryn is also a great place to observe sea lions after you've enjoyed your tea.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center. 

Day 7-9 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white-sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons.

May also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich birdlife such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens. Visiting in late October means guests may see Magellanic penguins nest building and seals in their mating season. 
 
Included:
 
·  Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Included activity:
Stanley self-guided walk (1 - 2 h)
Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center. 

Day 12-16 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics 
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snowfields
·  In-depth photography lessons

Day 17-18 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to and from Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 

Day 19 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
It’s time to return to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Montevideo - Hotels

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Cabin (RS)
183 sq ft, Cabins on middle decks with queen bed
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (RR)
205–248 sq ft, Larger cabins on middle decks with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed. Most are 215 sq ft.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TY)(TT)
258–291 sq ft, Large cabins without balcony. On middle decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)(XTD)(XY)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee
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Corner Suite (MF)
237 sq ft, Corner suite with large windows, without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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Suite with Balcony (ME)
215–301 sq ft, Suites with a private balcony on high decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker
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Large Suite with Balcony (MD)
377 sq ft, Large corner suite with a private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
215–323 sq ft, Aft corner suites with a private balcony and hot tub, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite (MB)
474 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites without a balcony. Aft corner suites with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite with Balcony (MA)
495–517 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites with a private balcony. The ship’s most spacious cabins, with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition
Flight
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the voyage
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Montevideo before the voyage, including breakfast 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Montevideo to the ship before the voyage
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the voyage
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen in a cabin of your choice 
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi onboard
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in one of 22 possible destinations while in Antarctica 
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands 
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition
•      Travel insurance
•      International flight package to Montevideo and from Buenos Aires
•      Luggage handling
•      Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center
•      Additional landing activities such as:
        o   Kayaking
        o   Glacier hikes
        o   Snowshoeing
        o   Camping
        o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Post-program
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