Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Embark Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia this evening. Enjoy a warm welcome before your photography Antarctic cruise sets sail down the Beagle Channel.
Day 2 At Sea
At sea, albatross, plunging dolphins and flighty petrels will mesmerize you, your photography program begins and special briefings prepare you for landings.
Day 3 Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands’ Camp life gives way to elephant seals, penguins, sea lions and an astounding mix of water-birds. Your Zodiacs offer plenty of room for camera gear.
Day 4 Stanley, Falkland Islands
Stanley, the Falklands undeniably British capital, features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs.
Day 5-6 Scotia Sea
Cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by your expert naturalists and historians, review photographs and prepare for shooting in South Georgia.
Day 7-11 South Georgia
Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and you will have ample time to explore and photograph the island’s spectacular northern coast. Visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.
Day 12-13 At Sea
Cross the Scotia Sea, watch seabirds, your first iceberg and great whales including blues, fin and sei. Have time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of your polar adventure.
Day 14 Cape Wild, Elephant Island
Conditions permitting, approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If sea state allows, Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived four months here.
Day 15-17 Antarctica
Hope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait and awaken to the drama of Antarctica – a photographer’s paradise! Encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building, visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.
Day 18-19 Crossing the Drake Passage
Return to the realm of the albatross – the Drake Passage. Celebrate, recap your many experiences and learn to manage your abundant collection of new photos.
Day 20 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Dawn greets you in the Beagle Channel. Bid farewell and continue onward travel, or stop in Ushuaia.