Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands

  1. 2018
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Saturday, November 24, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    22 days
    Tour Price:
     $14,295 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    112
Highlights

• Cross the mighty southern continent off your bucket list

• Walk in Shackleton’s footsteps

• Visit a pub in the Falkland Islands

• See scientists at work at an Antarctic research base

• Walk with king penguins in South Georgia

• Experience the teeming wildlife of the islands of the Southern Ocean

• See the Antarctic ice first-hand with our expert Zodiac drivers

• Enjoy views of tabular icebergs of epic scale

• Zodiac cruise spectacular bays looking for orca, minke, and humpback whales

 

Overview

Join us as we explore the some of the routes and landings of Shackleton’s epic adventure. From the tip of Tierra del Fuego, to the Falkland Islands, the South Orkneys, South Georgia, and the Antarctic continent, this is a trip like no other. We'll revisit portions of Shackleton's South Georgia Island trek, and pay our respects at his grave in Grytviken. Wildlife on these islands is almost beyond belief. We'll encounter albatross, elephant, fur and leopard seals, whales galore, and literally millions of penguins. For the truly adventurous traveller, Antarctica is the ultimate destination. In October and November, the pack ice begins to break up, and the landscape is pristine with plenty of fresh snow. It’s mating season for the penguins and other birds. Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins and other seabirds return to their breeding sites. You’re likely to witness courtship displays, nest building and egg tending. In South Georgia, elephant seals and fur seals are mating, and king penguins are laying their eggs. Parents can be seen “carrying” eggs on their feet so that one parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the great southern continent!

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Day 1: Puerto Madryn
Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is one of Argentina's fastest growing cities and the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés. Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions - visit a sea lion colony or take a whale watching trip to view the Southern Right whales, watch for nesting cormorants and magnificent Elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds. 

Day 2: Embarkation
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.

Day 3 – 4: Southern Ocean
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south, are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Our experts will begin their presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in our comfortable lounge.

Day 5: West Falklands
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland
Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Day 7 – 8: Southern Ocean
There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 9 – 12: South Georgia
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice, makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13 – 14: Scotia Sea
Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 15 – 19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.  We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal

Day 20 – 21: Drake Passage
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Day 22: Ushuaia Disembarkation
Morning disembarkation in Ushuaia lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Ship Info

In the spring of 2016 the Hebridean Sky, underwent a ten-million-dollar refit, making her one of the safest and most comfortable ships in her class. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, she has always been known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service, and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. The Hebridean Sky continues that tradition today, while adding a host of new amenities—as well as state-of-the-art stabilization systems, fuel efficiency protocols, and communications systems. All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.

The Hebridean Sky will be used exclusively for our Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica expedition.

Deck Plan

Hebridean Sky deck plan

Pricing

2018 Fares are per person in US Dollars: 

Category 1 (Triple Suites: $14,295

Category 2 (Porthole Suite): $16,595   

Category 3 (Window Suite): $18,495

Category 4 (Promenade Suite): $18,995

Category 5 (Deluxe Suite): $19,395

Category 6 (Veranda Suite): $21,595

Category 7 (Penthouse Suite): $24,295

Category 8 (Owner Suite): $27,295 

Early booking incentive - save $1500 per person on categories 3 and above if you book by Dec. 31st