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Antarctica, Falkland Islands, & South Georgia - Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Example 23 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended Antarctic cruise that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This voyage provides an opportunity to explore the untold beauty of one of the most remote parts of the world. Starting in Buenos Aires, this Antarctica cruise takes you around the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Ocean. Spend 23-days exploring the rare beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring historic sites, research stations, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and incredible wildlife. This trip concludes in the exciting Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation
Days 3-4 : At Sea in the Drake Passage
Days 5-8 : Antarctic Pennisula and South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 : At Sea in Scotia Sea
Days 11-15 : South Georgia
Days 16-17 : Southern Ocean
Days 18-19 : Falkland Islands
Days 20-22 : At Sea in the Southern Ocean
Day 23 : Disembark in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Highlights

  • Join this ultimate wildlife expedition to Antarctica and the subantarctic
  • Discover some of the world's most impressive and incomparable landscapes
  • Visit the final resting place of legendary polar explorer Ernest Shackleton
  • Explore Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions Gentoo Penguin with two babies on Sea Lion Island Walrus Nearing South Georgia a rock full of shags
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Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World.”

Day 2 Embarkation

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Day 3-4 At Sea in the Drake Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team is out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also held in the comfortable lounge.

Day 5-8 Antarctic Pennisula and South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The land of superlatives: Antarctica! The Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route the ship takes highlights the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. The ship may make a stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

All the while, Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater, and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 9-10 At Sea in Scotia Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The dramatic crossing to South Georgia is sure to have you out on deck and up on the bridge, spotting for whales and drinking in the ice swept seascape.

Day 11-15 South Georgia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls and terns. Among these is one of the largest flying birds in the world—the wandering albatross. Here you have a rare opportunity to witness part of their remarkable life cycle. While most seabird chicks are already fledging, wandering albatross chicks are only now hatching in grassy nests overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.
On South Georgia’s legendary beaches, king penguins are gathered in huge colonies that stretch from sandy shorelines to the foothills of glaciated mountains. Also at this time, hundreds of thousands of macaroni penguin chicks are getting ready to head out to sea. Rare birds such as the endemic South Georgia pipit and yellow-billed pintail round out the list of 78 bird species found across the territory. The successfully completed rat eradication program has made this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.
South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of elephant seals and fur seals. At this time, thousands of fat elephant seal pups are lounging around on shore while mobs of rambunctious fur seal pups take to the water. Once hunted nearly to extinction, large whales have returned to the bountiful seas surrounding South Georgia. With the whalers long gone, the historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum. Here you will also find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, heroic polar explorer and leader of the Endurance expedition.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active 5 adventures. There are many opportunities for guided treks through this raw and untamed wilderness, including the legendary Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways. This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather in this wild and remote corner of the world. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions and circumstances at hand. You can be sure that we will take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this challenging environment.

Day 16-17 Southern Ocean

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail west toward the Falkland Islands, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Pelagic seabirds are our constant companions as we keep a vigilant watch for dolphins and whales in these productive waters. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 18-19 Falkland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On these days we intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor. We also plan to offer an excursion to Gypsy Cove, a national nature reserve where white sand beaches are frequented by numerous bird species, including the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. Here you can also see Magellanic penguins, whose chicks have fledged and are making a tentative start to their lives at sea. At this time, you may even find groups of sea lions hauled out on shore.

Continue your exploration of the Falklands in the isolated Yutlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross soar down from above while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs from below to feed their large chicks amongst the tussocks. On nearby beaches, gentoo penguin chicks are starting to fledge while adult king penguins and chicks of all ages are getting ready to brave the austral winter. Just offshore, you may see Peale’s dolphins and even killer whales patrolling the coasts. A wide range of land birds, including the endemic Cobb’s wren and inquisitive striated caracara, contribute to an abundance of wildlife that will leave nature lovers breathless.

Day 20-22 At Sea in the Southern Ocean

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ocean breezes gradually get warmer as we sail north through the South Atlantic Ocean. As we enter deeper waters, we are on constant lookout for killer whales, blue whales, sei whales and southern right whales. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow.

Day 23 Disembark in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning disembarkation gives you a day to discover Buenos Aires before an evening flight home or to settle in for a longer stay. The capital of Argentina, the birthplace of Tango, the home of Asado, the “Paris of South America”, and the largest concentration of theaters in the world, this vibrant city is rich in culture and style.
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Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings made from March 25, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit amount of 15% of the cruise fare and the final payment is due 70 days prior to departure rather than the normal 100. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to October 2020 – March 2021 departures

Save 10%
Antarctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 10% per person. Valid on Triple, Main Deck and Classic Suites. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to Feb 28, 2023 departure

Save 15%
Antarctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 15% per person. Valid on Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to Feb 28, 2023 departure

Complimentary Onboard Credit
Early Bird Savings - Confirm a booking until Dec 31, 2020 and receive onboard credit of $250 per person. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Valid on all departures from May 2022 - Feb 2023

Per person starting at
$12,596
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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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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

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

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.

Rates Include:
1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel; Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation; Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2; Shipboard accommodation; All meals on board throughout the voyage; Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily; All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions); Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team; Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise; Welcome and Farewell cocktails;

Rates Do Not Include: Airfare; Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program; Visa and passport fees (if applicable); Luggage and trip cancellation insurance; Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service); Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000; Staff gratuities; Kayaking; Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
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