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A colony of king penguins on South Georgia

Epic Adventure: Antarctica and the Circle, Weddell Sea, South Georgia & Falklands

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Atlantic
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On this extraordinary 22-day voyage, visit the Peninsula and explore the South Shetlands before heading via the Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. A complete voyage with many highlights onboard Ocean Atlantic. Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, cross the mighty Drake Passage en route for the South Shetland Islands. Here you will make Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations, and fascinating lookouts. Enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. Continuing onwards, explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search of wildlife.
 
Incredible ice in the Weddell SeaMirror-like waters in protected baysAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaAdmire Antarctic fur sealsMassive flat-topped tabular icebergs in the Weddell SeaA colony of king penguins on South Georgia
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
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina | 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 Atlantic. Your journey begins as the captain navigates through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3: At Sea | Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing onward, we 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 rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, 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 you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds.

Day 4-9: South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
In the first few days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more. We explore as far south as possible towards the Antarctic Circle at c. 66 deg 33 minutes south of the Equator. Possible landfalls in this wild and seldom visited area could be Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Detaille Island. We will also visit research stations if ice conditions allow us.

Then we will continue 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. We 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 depending 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 10-15: Drake Passage | South Georgia

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
From the Weddell Sea, we continue our 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. We on the other hand will reach mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

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 we will explorer – 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 Antarctica voyage in 1922. We will explorer the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

Day 16-17: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures and other activities hosted by the expedition team, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from the top deck. Or just to relax.

Day 18-19: Port Stanley and Falkland Islands

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

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

Day 20-21: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
We are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back to Ushuaia. During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged onboard and it provides the perfect opportunity to dwell on some of the fantastic moments you have witnessed during your great voyage.

Day 22: Puerto Madryn | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
We are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading to Puerto Madryn. After a hearty farewell to vessel and crew, we disembark in the morning after breakfast.

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Size 20-23 m² Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a sofa bed that enables triple accommodation, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
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Size 35 m². These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, a large private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Notes

INCLUSIONS
  • 22-days/21 nights cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring ensuite facilities
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boot rentals
  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • Special Photo Workshop
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Port and authority fees and taxes
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 14 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
  • Kayaking $250pp/trip; Snowshoeing $150pp/trip - can only be booked onboard * if conditions allow.
Included
  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners
  • 21 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Coffee, Tea, Water and Afternoon Snacks
  • Photography Workshop
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital visual journal link after Voyage, with voyage log, gallery, species list and more
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Excursions may be booked onboard for additional cost. (Available on Certain Departures Only & Weather Dependent)

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