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St Andrew, South Georgia

The Falklands and South Georgia

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Magellan Explorer
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A journey like no other awaits as you embark on your ship in Port Stanley for this 15-day cruise aboard the Magellan Explorer. Explore the Falkland islands, making stops at Saunders Island, Carcass Island, New Island, Weddell Island, and Bleaker Island before sailing southeast toward South Georgia. The region is known for its prolific birdlife, you will see multiple penguin, albatross, and petrel species as well as varied marine life that call these sub-Antarctic waters home. Learn the history of the early expeditions to the region and visit Ernest Shackleton’s grave. You will bring home indelible memories, and tales of your journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.
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  • Explore Saunders Island and admire its unique wildlife
  • Visit the West Falklands known for the massive penguin colonies and albatross sightings
  • Discover Bleaker Island, identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area
  • See king penguins at Fortuna Bay
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Day 1: Port Stanley | Embark

You will be picked up at the airport in Port Stanley and transferred into town for a tour before embarkation.

Day 2: Saunders Island | Carcass Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Saunders Island, where you can enjoy the long white-sand beach. The main attractions here are the rockhopper penguins, nesting black-browed albatross, and the sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, visit Carcass Island. There is an option for an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.

Day 3: New Island, Weddell Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience, with albatross & penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the afternoon visit Weddell Island.

Day 4: Bleaker Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, land at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve is a famous bird area and is home to over 49 species. In the afternoon, begin sailing to South Georgia.

Day 5-6: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail toward South Georgia, attend engaging programs of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales

Day 7: Elsehul Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depending on sea conditions, plan to arrive in South Georgia sometime this afternoon. Upon receiving approval from the South Georgia Government, go for an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.

Day 8: Grytviken, Fortuna Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first landing is at Grytviken. Clear Customs and then visit the historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the afternoon, land at Fortuna Bay and Stromness to see king penguins. Here you will learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk”.

Day 9: Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning land at Gold Harbour. This is a spectacular location with king penguins, elephant seals, and hanging glaciers. There are also sooty albatross here. In the afternoon, visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.

Day 10: St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning excursion will take you to St Andrews Bay where you will see the largest king penguin colony and elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise and land at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are a shipwreck and abandoned remnants of the whaling industry

Day 11: Prion Island, Salisbury Plain

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross. In the afternoon, head to Salisbury Plain for more king penguins and stunning landscapes.

Day 12-14: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As the ship makes its way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) the program of lectures and presentations continues onboard.

Day 15: Port Stanley | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Upon arrival at Port Stanley, disembark and transfer to the airport.


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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • IAATO passenger fee 
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard.
  • 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
  • Beverages purchased at the bar 
  • 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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