This voyage features the clean unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Note: Departures in February/March are in reverse, Ushuaia to
Montevideo, contact us for details.
Day 1: Montevideo, Uruguay
Welcome to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The southernmost
capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is often described as a
"vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life." Upon your arrival
at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been
arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the
rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city.
Day 2: Embarkation in Montevideo
We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the
luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get
comfortable in your home away fr om home for the extraordinary
adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams
coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness
where wildlife abounds.
Day 3-5: South Atlantic Ocean
Sailing south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland
Islands, we keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and
workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard
recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly
spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of
Day 6-7: Falkland Islands
The remote and sparsely populated Falkland Islands are a birders’
paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer
islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily
accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine
mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches
while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various
whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are
dependent on weather among these windswept islands. We also intend to
visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands.
Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront
promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a
cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial,
quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
Day 8-9: Southern Ocean
From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing
the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way.
We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of
the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures
from our staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.
Day 10-14: South Georgia
South Georgia the premier destination for subantarctic wildlife
viewing in a supremely scenic wilderness environment. The islands are
said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous
species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches
such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000
elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among
innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly
macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is
sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with
birdlife. The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also
inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling
station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum
managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final
resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. This
is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and
exploration opportunities in South Georgia are dependent on the
weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and
expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as
conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best
possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us
by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every
safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place. We also hope to
offer a hiking expedition over part of the famous “Shackleton Walk”
from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned whaling station at Stromness. Our
days in South Georgia are filled with meaningful activities,
presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and
wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
Day 15-16: Southern Ocean
After a memorable time in amazing South Georgia we proceed southwest
toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the
majestic wandering albatross are common in these waters and can
readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom
windows and balconies.
Day 17-21: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most
impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays
and channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in
permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and
description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with
krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area
is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting
colonies at special places on land. Antarctic research stations of
various nationalities can also be found here. The South Shetland
Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica. This wild and
beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites rich with
wildlife, fascinating geology, and historical significance. Our first
encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men fr
om Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. We also
hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic
caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station. The
Antarctic Peninsula itself contains sheltered bays, abundant wildlife,
and fantastic vistas of mountains and glaciers. Weather and ice
permitting, we plan to spend a day in the vicinity of the peninsula
with the hope of making a landing on the continent of Antarctica.
Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable
weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and
exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition wh ere we exploit
every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing
scenery, and Zodiac excursions.
Day 22-23: Drake Passage & Beagle Channel
From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South
America, always on the lookout for marine mammals and rare seabirds.
Finally we enter the famous Beagle Channel between the Argentine and
Chilean sides of Tierra del Fuego.
Day 24: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the
southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the
airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As
you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South
Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your
next incredible adventure to the ice!