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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise

  • Silver Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 144 Capacity
  • 19 Days
  • 2019, 2020 View Departure>
    • 2019
    • Dec 17 Tue Offer
    • 2020
    • Feb 3 Mon Offer
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  • $25,400
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Summary : A frosted wilderness of glistening white—enhanced by blue ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art—awaits you. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch for elusive leopard seals and lounging crabeater seals perfectly at ease in their natural environment, and feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale cresting the ocean's surface. Visit Stanley, the quaint village of the Falkland Islands, and marvel at the king penuins of South Georgia with their regal orange plummage. Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while taking full advantage of the luxurious all-inclusive lifestyle aboard Silver Explorer, including spacious suites and comfortable common areas.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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  • Free pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires
  • Free post-cruise day-room only hotel
  • Free transfers between airport/hotel/ship
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  • One-category suite upgrade + $1,000 onboard credit per suite

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the ship to embark the vessel. As you sail away, enjoy the mountain-lined shoreline of the Beagle Channel while you leave Ushuaia and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the Land at the End of the World.

Day 2
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3 – 4
Falkland Islands

The Falklands are more than a gateway to South Georgia and Antarctica, as this remote collection of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean is home to remarkable bird life and marine mammals as well as stunning landscapes. You may hike to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, spot Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters, or watch penguins in the surf as they prepare to come ashore on an expansive sandy beach.

In Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands and the center of its culture, you’ll be treated to a charming mix of colorful Victorian-era homes, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.

Day 5
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7 – 9
South Georgia

Often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, South Georgia is one of the planet’s most significant biological hotspots. Imagine tens of thousands of King penguins—stretching as far as the eye can see from the ocean to the base of alpine peaks—and going ashore at pivotal historic sites from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is simply spectacular and not to be missed.

Landing sites on South Georgia are varied and are largely determined by the weather and sea conditions on your voyage. Whatever sites you visit—such as Grytviken, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Fortuna Bay, and Stromness—you’ll have wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

Day 10 – 11
At Sea

Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendor of the vast sea and sky. During the cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula you might see some of the giant tabular icebergs coming from the Weddell Sea.

Day 12
Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island—so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several chinstrap penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and macaroni penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’.

Day 13 – 16
Antarctic Sound / Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands

As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.

Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.

Day 17 – 18
Drake Passage

The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.

Day 19
Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the vessel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Included:
Transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; parka; backpack; one voyage highlights DVD per cabin; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; self-serve laundrette; select wines, champagnes, spirits, and soft drinks onboard ship; gratuities (except spa) onboard ship. Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; boot rental; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry, premium alcohol, spa options, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos: © Creative Services of Silversea Cruises, © Bruno Cazarini (king penguins, hike), © Richard Sidey (waterfall, albatross, ice, seal)

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