Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica:  Ultimate Wildlife Expedition

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Audience with “Kings”

05 Jan - 25 Jan 2017

Ushuaia (Argentina)

Ushuaia (Argentina)

M/v Sea Spirit

21 days

Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
05 Jan - 25 Jan 2017
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
21 $ 13.995
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24 Feb - 16 Mar 2017
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Montevideo (Uruguay)
21
​1500 USD off & free kayaking*
$ 10.995
per person
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06 Nov - 25 Nov 2017
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
20
Up to 4,000 USD off!
$ 12.595
$ 11.336
per person
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03 Jan - 23 Jan 2018
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
21 $ 15.395
per person
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Rates

Cabin
category
Rate
per person
Triple Classic
$ 13.995
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Main Deck Suite
$ 16.995
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Classic Suite
$ 19.595
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Superior Suite
$ 20.295
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Deluxe Suite
$ 22.595
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Premium Suite
$ 23.995
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Owners Suite
$ 27.095
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Owners Suite
Passengers Size View
2 43 m² (463 ft²) Private deck

Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.

Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Itinerary

Day 1. Ushuaia, Argentina.
Alexandr Zheleznyak, Poseidon passenger

© Alexandr Zheleznyak, Poseidon passenger

The small city of Ushuaia combines everything to be a perfect starting point for Antarctic cruises. It locates at the southern tip of South America Continent and is regarded as the world’s southernmost city. Being the capital of Tierra del Fuego archipelago Ushuaia boasts the southernmost Tierra del Fuego National Park and beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay and Andes mountains. Not less important (and even more for someone) the local restaurants offer super delicious king crab, cooked to dozen different recipes.

Day 2. Ushuaia, embarkation.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

In the afternoon we embark the Sea Spirit and set sail down the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3. At sea.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

Escorted by seabirds and whales the Sea Spirit makes its way to the Falkland Islands.

Day 4-5. The Falklands.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

The Falkland Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. On the beaches of the islands elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling to establish territories at the start of the breeding season or even simply relaxing at the sea. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s seventeen species – king, gentoo, rockhopper, Magellanic and acaroni. What’s more, for the gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth.

The capital of the Falklands Port Stanley is the southernmost British outpost. Together with many reminders of its British heritage such as red phone boxes and English pubs the town boasts more unusual sights like a whalebone arch and many shipwrecks along the coast.

Day 6-7. At sea.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

Clear your camera’s memory as we sail towards the “capital” of Antarctic wildlife.

Day 8-11. South Georgia.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

South Georgia is an unmissable destination within Antarctica. This sub-Antarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. This long and narrow, whale bone shaped island is a home to:

  • Four seal species – southern elephant seal, Antarctic fur seal, Weddell seal, and leopard seal.
  • Several whale species – southern right whales, humpbacks, fin whales, sperm whales, killer whales orcas, and southern bottlenose whales.
  • Antarctic seabirds, about 46% of the world's breeding population of grey headed albatrosses; northern giant petrels, white chinned petrels and Antarctic prions. Most of the world's population of the South Georgia blue eyed shags live there, some 7,500 pairs.
  • Penguins – around half the world's population of macaroni penguins, along with 100,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins and about 6,000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap penguins.
  • The most attractive residents of the South Georgia are King penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The total number of King penguins is around 400,000 breeding pairs.

We spend 4 days among the alpine landscapes and penguins’ crowds. Visit to the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants is one of the highlights of South Georgia.

Day 12-13. Scotia Sea.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

Our invited experts on Antarctic wildlife, history and geology give lectures and presentations preparing us for the meeting with wild spaces of the Sixth Continent.

Day 14-18. The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands.
Brandon Harvey, Poseidon passenger

© Brandon Harvey, Poseidon passenger

Our Captain and Expedition Leader will do their best to show you all the faces of Antarctica. We hope to tick off 5 penguin /6 seal / several whale species in Antarctic check-list. While cruising along narrow Antarctic waterways we admire huge icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colours. We visit scientific stations representing several different countries and learn about Antarctic scientific researches straight from the source. Of course setting foot on the actual Antarctic Continent is also on agenda.

Day 19-20. Crossing the Drake Passage.
Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

© Tavish Campbell, Poseidon passenger

This last sea passage separates the magic world we’d discovered from the rest of the world, where we will be in several days. Use these days to refresh your memories and bid farewell to birds and whales you identify easily now.

Day 21. Disembarkation in Ushuaia.
Poseidon Expeditions

© Poseidon Expeditions

Our morning disembarkation in Ushuaia is followed by group transfer to the airport. Or you may stay at the city centre, if you plan a longer stay in Ushuaia.

Rates Include

  • 1 pre-voyage night at Arakur Resort & Spa hotel;
  • Group transfers from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia in a day prior to departure;
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia;
  • Shipboard accommodations;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions;
  • All lectures and briefings onboard;
  • All meals served aboard;
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily;
  • Welcome drink and farewell dinner onboard;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • All port fees;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log.

Rates Do Not Include

  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel;
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Adventure options

Price for Antarctic cruises 2016/17/18:

750 USD on Antarctic Peninsula voyages

850 USD on South Georgia and Falkland Islands voyages


Antarctica is a paddlers’ paradise. The White Continent boasts some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and is home to incredible marine wildlife. Sea Kayak Club members will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains.

The protected and picturesque waters of the Antarctic Peninsula offer the best sea kayaking opportunities in Antarctica. Sea Kayak Club is also offered on selected voyages to South Georgia, where members may have the rare opportunity to encounter the island’s legendary abundance of wildlife from a kayaker’s perspective, if the area’s notoriously inclement weather permits.

Sea Kayak Club

The Polar Regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. Endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights – they all present fantastic photographic opportunities – and in order to make sure that you come home with some spectacular images we offer you the chance to learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional.

Our expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.

Photography

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