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Antarctic Cruise to Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

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Up to 25% off select cabins!   Days: 19-20

A cruise to Antarctica is a cruise to an inspiring and otherworldly place, where wildlife viewing opportunities abound. These voyages include the historic Falkland Islands and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula itself. A cruise on the M/V Ortelius or M/V Plancius is excellent for wildlife viewing, as both ice-strenghtened ships feature plenty of protected viewing spaces, open deck space and zodiacs for shore expeditions and exploration.

For the traveler looking for an Antarctic cruise on a comfortable expedition class ship staffed by one of the world's most knowledgable polar nautical crews, this voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica is an excellent choice. 


 

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Itinerary:

Antarctic trip itineraries are always dependent on local ice and weather conditions.  Below you will find a typical 19 day itinerary to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.  Trips that are 20 days will spend an extra day in South Georgia or the Peninsula.  Our program may vary depending on the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility will ensure the very best Antarctic experience on this expedition cruise! 

Day 1: Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. We'll sail through this scenic waterway during the evening. (Note: Some departures embark in Puerto Madryn.)

Day 2: at sea

At sea, in the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3: Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the west side of the islands. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl. On Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins - Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper as well as Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and the small but extremely interesting museum.

Days 5 & 6: at sea

At sea, on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Days 7 – 10: South Georgia

In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays. At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we'll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we'll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

Day 11: at sea

At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12: South Orkney Islands

We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13: At sea

Days 14 – 16: Antarctic Peninsula

We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent.

Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and second-in-command of the expedition. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs. We see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and occasional kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. From the slope above Portal Point, and at its highest point, there are excellent views of Charlotte Bay. In Wilhelmina Bay we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula.

Weather permitting, at Deception Island, we will try to land at Baily Head, which is home to a colony of ten thousand Chinstrap penguins. Hikers may choose to hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the natural harbor of the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Days 17 - 18 at sea

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 19: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Date & Rates:

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia Island on Ortelius

 
Dates
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Disembark
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Quad
Triple
Twin
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Jan 22- Feb 9, 2016

Ushuaia/Ushuaia 

18/19 $14,250 by request $17,000 $18,000 $19,000 $20,800
OTL21-16 Oct 30 - Nov 18, 2016

Puerto Madryn/Ushuaia

19/20 *$12,150 *$13,250 *$14,550 $15,350 $16,200 $17,950
PLA23-16 Nov 29 - Dec 17, 2016 Ushuaia/Ushuaia 18/19 $12,400 $13,550 $14,900 $15,650 on request $18,150
OTL25-17 Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2017 Ushuaia/Ushuaia 18/19 $13,200 $14,600 $15,950 $16,950 $17,800 $19,400
PLA27-17 Jan 18 - Feb 5, 2017 Ushuaia/Ushuaia 18/19 on request $15,650 on request $17,900 on request $20,800
PLA29-17 Feb 15 - Mar 6, 2017 Ushuaia/Ushuaia 19/20 $14,250 $15,650 $16,900 $17,900 $18,900 $20,800

Rates based on occupancy of cabin booked.

Single supplement: is 1.7 times share price.

Registration: To confirm your space on these tours, please contact our office. 1.800.808.4492 or 206.463.1943

Deposit: 30% of trip cost.

Fuel surcharge: If world fuel prices reach or exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure then the boat operator reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of $25 USD per night per passenger to be paid prior to travel.

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is non-refundable. 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. Trip cancellation insurance is required with evacuation of a minimum of $100,000 per person. An application form will be sent to you upon deposit, or you may purchase it on your own.  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:

Antarctica adventure voyages are offered on two ships

Click for details:  M/V Plancius

Plancius in the ice

Click for details:  M/V Ortelius

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