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Massive flat-topped tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Albatros
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Cross the mighty Drake Passage en route for the South Shetland Islands. Make Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts. Explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search of wildlife. In South Georgia, find wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and Shackleton’s final resting place. Sail to the Falkland Islands, and explore Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture before venturing further west for Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches. On this extraordinary 19-day voyage, follow in the wake of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica and the South Shetlands before heading via Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
 
A colony of king penguins on South GeorgiaAdmire Antarctic fur sealsMirror-like waters in protected baysAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaMassive flat-topped tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
Highlights
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage in the wake of great explorers
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Discover abundant wildlife, including penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds
  • Learn about whaling and maritime history in the Falklands and South Georgia
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

Arrive and embark 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, Ocean Albatros. Your journey begins as the captain navigates through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, rolling seas, and its nickname "The Roaring Fifties." While this passage may be challenging, rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider 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 your first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses.

Day 3: Drake Passage | King George Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Having crossed the Drake, explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and marvel at the captivating landscapes encountered along the way. Weather permitting, make your first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 4-7: Antarctic Sound | Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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 the Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. The expedition crew will aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies that have recently been observed.
 
The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Day 8-13: Drake Passage | South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
From the Weddell Sea, continue your journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than a hundred 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 the polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. 

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 you will explore – not least in Grytviken, the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica 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 will allow.

Day 14-15: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck, or just to relax.

Day 16-17: Port Stanley | Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During the morning, the ship approaches Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Albatros will cast anchor in the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing Zodiacs, land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day, make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

Day 18: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax aboard the ship on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 19: Ushuaia | Disembark

Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. 

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Ocean Albatros

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$11,990
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Category G
Single Stateroom (Porthole) 14 m2. Standard single Stateroom on board, located on deck 3.
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Category H
Single Stateroom, 26 Standard single Stateroom onboard
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Category F
Triple Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. There are four Triple Staterooms featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3.
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Category E
French Balcony Suite 16 m2. A standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a bathroom. Located on Deck 7.
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Category D
Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. All have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Category C
Balcony Stateroom 24 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Category B2
Balcony Suite 28 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. 4 suites that feature double or twin beds a seating area, bathroom, and a private balcony. Include VIP services
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Category B1
Balcony Suite 35 m2. 2 suites onboard located on deck 4. The suites feature double or twin beds a seating area, a bathroom, and a large private balcony. Include VIP services
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Category A
Junior suite 42 m2. 4 suites with a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. Featuring a double bed or twin beds, a sofa bed, a spacious bathroom, and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Include VIP services
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Premium Suite
Premium suite 45 m2. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, a private balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. Include VIP services

Notes

INCLUSIONS
  • 19-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double cabin featuring en suite facilities
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Rubber boots provided for entire voyage
  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Free photo workshop from experienced photographer onboard
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell drinks
  • Online visual journal access after your voyage with photos, species list, log and more!
  • Taxes and port fees
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 15 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under "Inclusions"
  • Required Emergency Evacuation Insurance of at least $200,000. Please let us know if you need help arranging this.

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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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