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Spirit of Shackleton

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From $11,999   Days: 22

This classic voyage will provide you with an excellent in-depth Antarctic cruise experience. You will see huge penguin rookeries and seal colonies as well as numerous bird species on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. You'll follow in the footsteps of many polar explorers, including those of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose final resting place is on South Georgia Island.

  • Itinerary
  • Date & Rates
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Itinerary:

Sample itinerary for Falklands, South Georgia amd the Antarctic Peninsula.

Contact our office for exact itinerary for each trip. 

Day 1: Arrive in Montevideo or Ushuaia

Day 2: Embark the MS Expedition in the afternoon.

Day 3-5: At sea. As we sail southeast, you will have opportunities to become acquainted with the ship, taking advantage of lectures and information sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region begin.

Day 6-7: Falkland Islands.  Here, you will have a rare opportunity to experience the diversity and beauty of these remote southern islands. You will see penguins and albatross are abundant here.  In fact, the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world is found here. In Stanley, you will meet locals whose colorful houses and cheery dispositions brighten the long, cold, dark winters.

Day 8-9: At sea. As we sail east, we set course for South Georgia. Our days include lectures to prepare us for landings. We are likely to see whales on this part of the expedition.

Day 10-13: South Georgia. This island is the site of many interesting places, including the grave of famouse explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.  South Georgia also has several former whaling stations and is a plethora of wildlife. One highlight of the trip is seeing a large colony of king penguins. Weather permitting, we will have four days to explore this island.

Day 14-15: At sea.  We head south for two days, retracing Shackleton's route in reverse as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 16-19: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.  Experience some of the most unique wildlife and stupendous scenery in the world as we sail along the South Shetland Islands just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather allowing, we will attempt two shore landings each day. We are likely to see gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in these frigid Antarctic waters in this remote corner of the world.

Day 20-21: Drake Passage. A trip to Antarctica would not be possible without crossing the legendary Drake.  We'll have a final chance to hear some lectures as we sail back to Ushuaia, and we should have more chances for spotting whales, too.

Day 22: Depart Ushuaia. We disembark in the morning and head home.

 

Date & Rates:

Explore Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Tour Code

 Tour

Dates

D/N

Cat 1 Quad

Cat 1 Triple

Cat 2 Twin

Cat 3 Twin

Cat 4 Twin

Cat 5 Double

Kayaking

XVGFSX Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Montevideo to Ushuaia Oct 23 - Nov 13, 2016 22/21 $11,999 $13,999 $14,899 $15,999 $16,999 $18,799 $999
XVSHSX Spirit of Shackleton Ushuaia to Ushuaia Nov 23 - Dec 13, 2016 21/20 $11,899 $12,999 $16,299 $18,999 $21,799 $25,099 $999
XVSHSX Spirit of Shackleton Ushuaia to Ushuaia Jan 11 - Jan 31, 2017 21/20 $15,399 $16,499 $19,799 $22,499 $25,299 $28,599 $999
XVGFSX Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Montevideo to Ushuaia Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 2017 22/21 $11,999 $13,199 $14,999

$15,999

$16,999

$18,999

$1,499
XVSHSX Spirit of Shackleton Ushuaia to Ushuaia Nov. 23-Dec. 13, 2017 21/20 $12,999 $13,999 $16,999

$18,499

$21,499

$24,999

$1,499
XVSHSX Spirit of Shackleton Ushuaia to Ushuaia Jan. 11-31, 2018 21/20 $15,999 $16,999 $19,999 $22,4999 $25,4999 $28,999 $1,499

 Included:

  • All meals while on ship (excluding drinks)
  • Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • 10:1 Expedition staff and naturalists ratio
  • Spacious accomodations on M/S Expdition
  • FREE rubber boots on board

 Added activities (must be booked prior to departure. Space limited):

  • Kayaking: from $999
  • Camping: $349

Deposit: $750 per person 

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is non-refundable but you never loose your deposit on the Expedition. We will forward to the next cruise. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is non-refundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% non-refundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. An application form will be sent to you upon request, or you may purchase it on your own. Because of the remote location, emergency medical evacuation insurance is required with a $200,000 evacuation minimum. Please check your personal insurance coverage and make sure it is applicable in foreign countries. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is a component of the insurance program IWA offers.

 

 

Vessel:

The M/S Expedition

The M/S Expedition is a comfortable ice-strengthened vessel that has just been completely refitted.

The brand new top-of-the-line cabins provide a variety of affordable doubles and triples, higher end double cabins and luxurious suites. Singles are also available in all cabin categories. All rooms provide outside cabins with views (window or porthole) and full private en-suite bathrooms.

The ship holds 120 passenger plus crew.

For photos of ship cabins and amenities, please go to our Spitsbergen Gallery.

Amenities

Unlike many expedition ships, where public space is at a premium, the M/S Expedition has multiple large public areas to enjoy during sea crossings and in between land excursions.

Amenities include:

  • Polar Bear Pub
  • Expedition Lounge / Albatross Bar
  • A barbecue deck
  • Top 360° view observation deck
  • Fitness center/sauna
  • A fine dining room serving international cuisine and large enough to accommodate all passengers in one sitting

Tech Specs:

  • Built: Helsingor Skibsvaerft, Denmark 1972
  • Ice class: Swedish/ Finnish 1B
  • Length: 105.23 metres (345 feet)
  • Breadth: 18.63 meters
  • Max Draft: 4.71 metres
  • Gross Tonnage: 6336 grt
  • Cruising Speed: 16 knots
  • Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG
  • Passenger Capacity: 120 passengers max
  • Current Life saving & Rescue equipment: Covered motor lifeboats 4 pcs capacity of 192 people. Life rafts total capacity 260 people

M/S Expedition's Deck Plan

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Map:

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Map

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Spirit of Shackleton Map

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