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St Andrew, South Georgia

South Georgia Through the Camera Lens

Stanley Roundtrip - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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The Sea Spirit will take you to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers. Spend 15 days exploring the stunning South Georgia, which includes historic sites like the Falkland Islands as well as amazing wildlife. This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels. This program begins and ends in Santiago, Chile, where a flight will take passengers directly to Stanley, Falkland Islands for embarkation and disembarkation. Minimal days at sea means more days for photography with World Photo Travels guides Mike Reyfman, Dimitry Arkhipov, Marco Grassi, Svein Wik and Jens Wikström.
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Highlights
  • Explore the amazing city of Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
  • Capture photos while you pass seabird-covered pinnacles called Shag Rocks
  • Visit the Falkland Islands Museum, the Governor’s house, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor
  • Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Stanley | Embark

Your expedition begins early in the morning at the Santiago de Chile airport, where you take a transfer flight to the Falkland Islands. Welcome to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and the starting point of your cruise. Embarking in the Falklands minimizes your days at sea, allowing for more time for landings and photography! In the afternoon, we transfer you to the pier, where we warmly welcome you aboard our expedition ship, M/V Sea Spirit. Get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure ahead.

Day 2-3: At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail east towards South Georgia, you will be able to witness incredible wildlife. Will also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.

Don’t lose your time aboard! Attend the most interesting briefings and lectures from expert staff and prepare yourself for the arrival in South Georgia.
This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels, so use this chance to make new friends, exchange your photo experience and attend the photography master classes. Discussing ISO and exposure is always better in the cozy bar, restaurant, or lounge.

Day 4-12: Exploring South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers. Sea spirit will take you to great locations for the best light. The archipelago is the home to hundreds of thousands of king penguins, which makes South Georgia the best spot to photograph these wonderful creatures. The plan is to visit the most picturesque sights such as Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord and other great places. For example, the beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, where over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

However, the route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions encountered. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. Sea spirit take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place and take the best wildlife photos.

Day 13-14: Back to the Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
It is time to head back towards the Falkland Islands. However, adventures are not over yet. Sea spirit will pass the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way (get your cameras ready!) There is also time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slide show. You will share impressions, review all the great photos you’ve taken and enjoy good company of new friends.

Day 15: Stanley | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The adventure finishes in Port Stanley. Disembark after breakfast and provide transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight to Santiago. Sea spirit recommend you to explore the wonderful capital of Chile and spend more time here. Now when the first emotions have subsided you will have time to look back to your unforgettable Subantarctic experience and maybe to make plans for your next polar adventure?

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Travelers board a Zodiac to get a closer look at the terrain and wildlife
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Outdoor Bistro at the Jacuzzi area of the Sea Spirit

Dates & Prices

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Per person starting at
$11,595
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
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Single Suite
Averaging 21 square meters/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window (it may be covered during rough sea crossings), two wardrobes, and a king-size bed.
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Roundtrip Santiago de Chile - Stanley flights on embarkation and disembarkation days
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Airport tax in Stanley airport
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport after disembarkation
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Kayaking
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses
  • One pre-voyage hotel night on Day 0 in Santiago de Chile

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