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Ushuaia Rountrip - Example 21 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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An epic, 21-day adventure across the depths of the Drake Passage awaits. The destination? The awe-inspiring Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Discover just how impressive Shackleton’s journey was and become immersed in wildlife encounters along the way. Visit penguin rookeries, watch whales breach, and scout for seals along the shoreline, with a team of onboard polar experts leading Zodiac excursions through the ice-filled bays and on land. Days at sea offer comfortable living quarters and services catering for health and wellness, as well as a program of lectures and screenings to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the area, adding to what really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to discover the last frontier.
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Highlights
  • Visit the rugged Falkland Islands and the capital, Port Stanley
  • Admire the unspoiled Antarctic wilderness
  • Watch elephant seals challenge each other from up close
  • Walk among thousands of King Penguins in South Georgia
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where your representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. 

Day 2-4: Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow- capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean condor, Magellanic oystercatcher, kelp goose, austral parakeet and torrent duck.

Late this afternoon, transfer to the port of Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting to welcome you aboard. As you set sail, familiarize yourself with the layout of the Ocean Endeavour and its great amenities and enjoy a welcome dinner. This evening sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As you leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Set your eyes on the incredible terrain of the world’s most southern land. Get ready for onshore exploration over the next four days, stepping off the ship and into a Zodiac and taking your first steps on the Antarctic Peninsula. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. Enjoy Zodiac rides to get closer to marine life such as whales and seals, onshore exploration at penguin rookeries and optional activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking and camping overnight (these must be booked before departure). Wildlife encounters on the Antarctic Peninsula are likely to include Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins; and elephant seals. If the weather conditions make an excursion unsafe, the crew will arrange for alternative activities on the ship – such as wildlife presentations, documentary screenings or you can make the most of the wellness spa, heated pool and sauna, library and gym onboard.

Day 9: Elephant Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands behind as the ship charts a course for historic Elephant Island. If conditions permit, the crew will attempt to take the Zodiacs to Point Wild.

Elephant Island has its place firmly etched in polar history, as this is where Shackleton’s crew from the 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic Expedition took refuge when their ship, The Endurance, was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. They set up camp at Point Wild, a harsh and inhospitable place and waited for over four months, whilst Shackleton sailed with 5 other men in the James Laird lifeboat to South Georgia. This is one of the most incredible adventure stories and most heroic survival stories of all times.

Day 10-11: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leaving Elephant Island, chart a course northeast towards South Georgia. Learn to identify the seabirds that follow in the wake of the ship or glide alongside the vessel including albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels. Look out for whales and dolphins as you enjoy the silence of the sea.

Attend lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team as they prepare you for what lies ahead on South Georgia – from the history and geology to the incredible wildlife. Take in the panoramic views from the observation lounge and spacious decks, or make the most of the onboard facilities that include a spa, saunas, pool, gym and yoga classes.
 

Day 12-15: South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
South Georgia captivates every traveler that steps foot on its shores. Home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the planet, here penguins number in the hundreds of thousands, blanketing beaches as far as the eye can see. Aim to spend four days exploring this stunningly beautiful island, an island that is not only overrun with an incredible array of fauna but one that is steeped in history. South Georgia was an intrinsic part of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance Expedition and was once the center of the whaling industry.

South Georgia is home to over 30 million breeding birds, thousands of seals, the introduced Norwegian reindeer, nesting sites of the wandering albatross, four breeding species of penguin and the largest colony of king penguins on this planet. It is known as the ‘Galapagos of the South. If the wildlife is not enough of a drawcard - then the spectacular scenery against which it is set can only enhance your visit - emerald green bays, snow-covered peaks, and blue glacier ice.

Explore by Zodiac and kayak and on foot, with opportunities to learn more about photography from one of your expert guides. Every day provides a different experience and a different location. Stand in awe among tens of thousands of penguins, look out across beaches carpeted with elephant seals, visit the remains of abandoned whaling stations and even the grave of Shackleton himself.

Day 16-17: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Saying goodbye to the wildlife of South Georgia, head west towards the isolated and sparsely populated Falklands archipelago, where the silence is broken only by the call of birds. Attend lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team, relax and unwind in the saunas and spa, and take advantage of all the other amenities on board.

Day 18-19: Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Have your camera at the ready on your approach to the ruggedly beautiful Falklands archipelago to capture not only the abundant wildlife but also the incredible scenery. Over the next couple of days, explore the East and West Falkland Islands by Zodiac and on foot as you make daily shore landings and maybe even discover smaller inlets by kayak.

Learn about the intriguing and controversial history of the Falkland Islands as we explore the quaint capital of Port Stanley, with its British outpost feel. Near the town, you may see Southern Giant Petrels, the endemic Falkland Steamer Ducks, Kelp Gulls, and Dolphin Gulls. There are also Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-backed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Turkey Vultures.

As you explore the islands, look out for the five species of penguins found here, large populations of Black-browed Albatross, elephant and fur seals, Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins, orcas, and a myriad of bird species including the Falkland’s Flightless Steamer Duck, Imperial Shags, and Cobb’s Wrens.

Day 20: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise towards Ushuaia with time to reflect on the spectacular scenery and the multitude of wildlife you've encountered during the voyage, as well as on the endeavors of legendary explorers like Shackleton.

Day 21: Ushuaia | Disembark

You are scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia early this morning and disembark after a final breakfast on board the Ocean Endeavour.

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Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 - Single Interior
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Single Interior - Cat. 1
95 to 105 sq.ft (9-10 sq. m) - Interior location, Private bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobe, Single bed, Television, Located on Deck 5
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 - Triple Interior
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Triple Interior - Cat. 2
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) - Three lower berths, One or two private bathrooms with hairdryer and bathrobes, Television, Interior location, Located on Deck 4
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Interior Twin - Cat. 3
Approximately 95-105sq.ft (9 - 10 sq. m) - Two lower berths, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Interior location, Television, Located on Deck 4
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 4 - Twin Porthole
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Twin Porthole - Cat. 4
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m) - Two single beds, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Television, Porthole window* or picture window, Located on Deck 4 or Deck 5 *Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 4A - Single Porthole
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Single Porthole - Cat. 4A
Approx. 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m) - Two lower berths, *One porthole window, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Television, Located on Deck 4 *Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 5A - Single Window
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Twin Window - Cat. 5
Approx. 140 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) - Picture Window (partially or fully obstructed), Two single or one double bed, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 7 and Deck 8
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 5A - Single Window
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Single Window - Cat. 5A
Approx. 155 sq. ft. (14.5 sq. m) - Picture Window (partially or fully obstructed), Double bed only Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 8
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 6 - Twin Comfort
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Comfort Twin - Cat. 6
Approx. 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m) - Two single beds, Some cabins have a separate living area with pull-out sofa bed, Portholes, Private bathroom (some cabins have 2 bathrooms) with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television Located on Deck 4
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 7 - Select Twin
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Select Twin - Cat. 7
Approx. 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m) - Two single beds, Separate living area with a pull-out sofa and refrigerator, Picture window, Private bathroom (some cabins have two bathrooms) with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 5
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 8 - Superior
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Superior - Cat. 8
Deck 5-Approx. 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m), two lower berths, pull out sofa bed, large window Deck 7-Approx. 182 sq. ft. (17 sq. m), one double bed, a sofa, a large window Two single or one double bed, Large picture window (some double cabins have partially obstructed views), Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television Located on Deck 5 or Deck 7
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 9 - Junior Suite
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Junior Suite - Cat. 9
Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. Bow or port-facing picture window, Double bed Sitting room, Televison, Private bathroom with shower (3 cabins), bathtub (1 cabin), hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Located on Deck 5 or Deck 7
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 10 - Owner's Suite
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Owner's Suite - Cat. 10
Approx. 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) - Two large bow-facing windows, Double Bed, Sitting Room Television, Private bathroom with bathtub, hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Located on Deck 7

Notes

INCLUSIONS

• All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
• Onboard lecture program from Expedition Team and Naturalists
• All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
• Use of rubber boots on land and waterproof outer shell jacket
• Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of your Antarctic cruise
• Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer from hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
• Transfers to Ushuaia airport on return to port
• All port taxes
• Use of gym, sauna, pool and onboard jacuzzi and onboard yoga


EXCLUSIONS
• International or internal flights unless specified
• Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
• Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
• Visa and passport fees
• Travel insurance
• Optional activities and all personal expenses
• Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
• Miscellaneous extras
• Laundry and communication charges
• Medical care
• Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket, and boots for minors under 16 years of age at the time of travel
• Gratuities for crew and expedition staff
• Waterproof outer shell jacket and insulated inner jacket for guests who require sizing larger than 3XL
• Boots for guests who require sizing larger than men’s size 14 boots
• Optional gratuities for Expedition Team and crew
 

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