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A colony of king penguins on South Georgia

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Roundtrip Ushuaia - Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Albatros
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Join this 18-day expedition to the wonders of the Southern Ocean. Start the adventure in the picturesque city of Ushuaia, Argentina, and sail east to the Falkland Islands, where British traditions like tea time and iconic red phone boxes coexist with landscapes where penguins share the terrain with sheep on former battlefields. After the Falklands, the trip leads to South Georgia, stunning glacier-clad mountains and thriving wildlife, offering breathtaking vistas with King Penguins, elephant seals, and fur seals. Continue southward, and explore the inlets and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the renowned Gerlache Strait, a landscape of ice cliffs, peaks, icebergs, glaciers, and rugged snowfields teeming with wildlife, from penguins to birds, all against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery.
Admire Antarctic fur sealsBrown Bluff  and Speret Islands, AntarticaBrown Bluff and Speret Islands, AntarticaMassive flat-topped tabular icebergs in the Weddell SeaMirror-like waters in protected baysAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaThe pristine and remote landscape of the Falkland IslandsA colony of king penguins on South Georgia
Highlights
  • Explore the charming city of Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Sail through the inlets and bays of 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
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: Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost city. Explore this vibrant Patagonian city, or stretch your legs in the surrounding forests. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path into the raw nature of Tierra del Fuego. The island of Tierra del Fuego is a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows, and rich boggy wetlands. In the afternoon, board the vessel, waiting to welcome you in port.

After the mandatory safety drill, the expedition begins as travelers navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin's ship). This steep-sided strait divides southern Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina and has been the jumping-off point for thousands of expeditions into the unknown. Watch out for whales and dolphins as you sail off the edge of the map into the tempestuous Drake Passage.

Day 2: At Sea | Falkland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following the ocean currents of the South Atlantic, travelers head towards the rarely-visited Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). 

The waters between South Georgia and the Falklands are some of the richest in the world, with huge whale, seal and penguin populations feeding where cold Antarctic waters meet the warmer waters of the South Atlantic, so keep binoculars at the ready as you sail across the Antarctic convergence (especially around Shag Rocks). Otherwise, join your Expedition Team lecturers to hear about these islands' fascinating history, biology and unique 'Kelper' (as the locals call themselves) culture. 

Day 3-4: Falkland Islands | Port Stanley

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On your first day in the Falklands, you'll explore the remote outer islands in the West Falklands, known locally as 'Camp.' These islands, including West Point, Carcass, and Saunders, are renowned for their abundant wildlife, featuring Southern Rockhopper Penguins, Black-Browed Albatross, King Cormorants, and a variety of bird species. In the waters around these islands, you may spot commerson's dolphins and South American sea lions.

The next morning, you'll anchor at Port Stanley, a small British-flavored city with colorful buildings, Victorian houses, red phone boxes, and pubs serving traditional British fare, offering you a unique glimpse into Falkland Islands culture. Highlights include Christchurch Cathedral, local shops with quality woolen goods, welcoming cafes and pubs, and various museums. Nearby, you'll find stunning beaches with abundant penguins and golden-white sands.

Day 5-6: At Sea | South Georgia

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From the Falklands, you'll sail eastwards into the Furious Fifties, signifying the entry into Antarctic waters, and arrive at South Georgia in just two days, thanks to the vessel's robust engines and the specially-designed X-Bow. The Expedition Team will assist you in biosecuring your equipment and offer insightful lectures about South Georgia's history, biology, and wildlife. Don't forget to bundle up and join them on deck to observe a wide range of wildlife, including whales, albatrosses, penguins, and seals, in this biologically rich region where sub-Antarctic and polar species coexist.
 
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 7-9: South Georgia

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
A strip of jagged mountains pierce the brooding clouds of the Southern Ocean. Icebound peaks loom over storm-washed beaches, while glaciers peek from the head of deep fjords. First believed to have been landed on by legendary explorer Captain James Cook, even to modern explorers, South Georgia presents a forbidding aura. But peer closer, and you will see greenery among the ice; movement on the beaches; wings in the skies above. 

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 10-11: South Georgia

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Now it's time for you to cross the renowned Drake Passage, the stretch of water between Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula. This passage is notorious for its challenging conditions and strong westerly winds in the Furious Fifties and Screaming Sixties. However, you can relax comfortably aboard our purpose-built expedition vessels, equipped with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly qualified crew. Sailing through the Drake Passage is considered a significant achievement for avid sailors, and you'll complete the crossing twice!

During your days in the Drake Passage, make the most of your time by preparing for our arrival in Antarctica. Your Expedition Leader will provide a comprehensive briefing on safety measures and minimizing your impact on this pristine wilderness. They'll also share plans for exploration, along with valuable tips for wildlife observation. Our dedicated Expedition Team will assist you in securing your gear and offer specialized lectures on Antarctic exploration history, wildlife, geology, glaciology, and more!

Day 12-15: Antarctic Sound | Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
In the coming days, you'll enjoy a safe and exciting Antarctic adventure. We'll start in the South Shetland Islands, rich in wildlife with Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, and head further south to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Gerlache Strait region, known for its stunning landscapes and iconic wildlife.

The Gerlache Strait offers breathtaking experiences, including Zodiac cruises in Paradise Bay among massive icebergs, observing penguins caring for their eggs on Cuverville Island, and exploring historic huts like Damoy Point. Throughout your journey, encounter endemic wildlife and captivating history.

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 16-17: Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After leaving Antarctica, spend two days at sea, heading north across the Drake Passage back to the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. During this time, various activities for reflection, include cocktails at the Nordic Bar, lectures in the Shackleton Lounge, and watching albatross as companions. On the final evening, join the Farewell Cocktail Party with the Captain and Officers, followed by a photo and video presentation to reminisce about your Antarctic adventure. Cheers!

Day 18: Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. 

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Category G
Single Stateroom (Porthole) - 14 m2 Standard single Stateroom onboard, located on deck 3. This is a conveniently located State Room close to the Mudroom which facilitates access to the Zodiacs during embarkation and disembarkation to begin your adventures.
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Triple Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 There are four Triple Staterooms on board Ocean Albatros featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. Triple staterooms are normally with twin beds however a double bed can be accommodated.
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French Balcony Stateroom - 14 m2 The French Balcony Suite is a standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom. All French Balcony Suites are located on Deck 7.
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Category D
Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) - 13-22 m2 The standard Stateroom on Ocean Albatros is close to the Mudroom and has quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The State Rooms are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay onboard Ocean Albatros. The standard State Rooms 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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Balcony Stateroom - 18-22 m2 The most abundant type of Stateroom on Ocean Albatros located on decks 4 & 6. They have a 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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Superior Balcony Stateroom (48) app. 24 sqm, including Balcony.
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Grand Balcony Stateroom (4) app. 30 sqm, including Balcony.
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Balcony Suite approximately - 25-32 m2 Ocean Albatros has 6 Balcony Suites on board located on decks 4 & 6. The suites feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom, and a large balcony. The balcony suites can host 2 people.
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Junior suite - 39 m2 The 4 junior suites aboard Ocean Albatros have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. The suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
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Premium Suite (Freydis Suite)
Premium suite - 45 m2 – FS (Freydis Suite) The second largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.
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Family Suite (Brynhilde Suite)
Family suite - 52 m2 – BS (Brynhilde Suite) The largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. The Double-Bedroom, Family Suite is going to be located on Deck 7, featuring two interconnecting French Balcony Suites, accommodating up to 5 people on two double beds and a sofa bed. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.

Notes

Kayaking activities available on both Arctic and Antarctic voyages. 
Although kayaking opportunities are possible in most locations during each excursion in the Antarctic region, weather, sea, and ice conditions will dictate the when and where to ensure your safety and improve your experience.
In order to sign up for this activity, you need to have previous kayaking experience and attend a mandatory safety briefing by the Kayak Master. The cost is $250/person per outing and it can only be booked onboard.

Possible shared staterooms for same-gender, single travelers: Category C (Balcony Stateroom) and Category F (Triple Porthole Stateroom)
Included
  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • 17 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more.
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Parkas and Boots in assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
  • Special photo workshop
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Anything not mentioned under 'inclusions'
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance of at least $200,000 per passenger is required. Please bring a copy of your insurance onboard.

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