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Atlantic Odyssey, Excluding Antarctic Peninsula

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Discover a 25-day Atlantic Odyssey aboard the MV Plancius! Chart a course towards South Georgia, where the Antarctic Convergence heralds a transition in marine and bird life. Encounter king penguin rookeries in Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour. Explore Grytviken's abandoned whaling station and glide through Cooper Bay's pristine waters amidst macaroni penguins. Marvel at the vast king penguin colony in Moltke Harbour and traverse the remote islands of Tristan da Cunha, home to rare bird species and pristine landscapes. Delight in Tristan da Cunha's culture, historic landmarks, and snorkel among tropical fish. With flexible itineraries and exclusive landings, embark on a simplified yet extraordinary voyage of a lifetime!
Whaling station in GrytvikenLighthouse of Beagle Channel, UshuaiaAlbatross cruising the Drake Passage to AntarcticaKing Penguins at Fortuna Bay, South GeorgiaIn touch with nature in StromnessOld whaling boat in GrytvikenIncredible mountains and wildlife at the end of the world.Observe beautiful fur seals
Highlights
  • Enjoy a variety of albatrosses and petrels, along with Cape pigeons
  • See king penguin colonies, elephant seals and limitless fur seal pups
  • Discover Jamestown's local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic birds
  • Visit Longwood House, the location where Napoleon died in exile
Places Visited
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2-4: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Today, en route to South Georgia. After passing the Antarctic Convergence, which is a natural boundary formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic waters, enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, but the bird life changes, too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. 

Day 5-7: South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Your aim is to visit some of the world’s top king penguin rookeries. This time of year you have a good chance of seeing these animals nesting on eggs, with their chicks nearby. The rookeries are sometimes overflowing, with penguins traveling to and from the beach.

Possible visits in this region include:

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour- Here you can see not only the massive king penguin colony but also elephant seals and limitless fur seal pups playing in the surf.

Grytviken – You also have the opportunity to check out this abandoned whaling station, where king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do! You might also see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave here.

Cooper Bay – This is a fine place for a Zodiac cruise, and this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.

Moltke Harbour – Located in Royal Bay, this scenic spot gives you the chance to see the huge king penguin colony that lives here. 

Day 8-12: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
A pleasant tailwind often accompanies the vessel through the westerlies, and on both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, you might see large numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 13: Quest Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first approach is Gough Island for a Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay if the weather permits. Here you might see northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals. In previous years, it has been possible for us to circumnavigate most of Gough Island’s 33-mile circumference, taking in this area’s splendid scenery and abundant wildlife.

Day 14-17: Tristan da Cunha

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The remote islands of Tristan da Cunha are famed for their plentiful bird populations, which include rockhopper penguins, several species of albatross, petrels, skuas, terns, and many others. Our goal during this stage of our voyage is to visit the small settlement on the west side of the main island, but you might also land at Seal Bay on the south side of Tristan da Cunha or at Sandy Point on the east side.

In these stunning locations, you could encounter such exotic wildlife as yellow-nosed albatrosses and sub-Antarctic fur seals, all while exploring a rarely visited spot. Additionally, intending to land at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island, both of which offer great views of beautiful seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatrosses to brown noddies.

Two days are reserved at Tristan da Cunha in case of bad weather, but please remember that nature determines our itineraries here: Since the beginning of the Atlantic Odyssey cruise in 1998, adverse weather led to the cancellation of 35% of Tristan da Cunha landings. If there's a need to divert for safety reasons, good alternatives will be found.

Day 18-21: At Sea

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Seabirds and dolphins indigenous to this region often follow the vessel.

Day 22-23: Jamestown, St. Helena

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After landing at Jamestown, you have many opportunities to enjoy the local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic birds of this remote island. One such activity is a visit to Longwood House, where Napoleon died in exile. You also have the chance to explore the island on your own – and snorkel the shallows, seeing multitudes of tropical and subtropical fish. 

Day 24: St. Helena | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, disembark after breakfast and begin your journey home.

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MV Plancius

MV Plancius
MV Plancius

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9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
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26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
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2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
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10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
Included
  • 23 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 23 Dinners
  • 23 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  •  Luggage Transfer from Pick-up Point to the Vessel on the Day of Embarkation in Ushuaia
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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