This 11 night Antarctica cruise combines the beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ice-choked Weddell Sea and the wildlife rich Falkland Islands. With flights in both directions to meet the ship, this voyage maximises time spent exploring Antarctica rather than spending up to five days at sea.
- Fly from Chile to the South Shetland’s and immediately begin exploring.
- Sail through the Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea home to huge tabular icebergs.
- Explore the Antarctic Peninsula both on foot and by zodiac
- Attempt a landing at Elephant Island, made famous by Shakleton
- See up to eight species of penguins, including the impressive emperors
- Sail with just 70 passengers aboard a vessel designed for over 100.
This Antarctic cruise begins with a charter flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands, a two and a half hour flight to reach Antarctica rather than the more usual two days at sea. Upon arrival board the ship which will be home for the next 11 nights, and set off on the exciting adventure.
The first few days will be spent in the South Shetland Islands visiting chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries as well as areas where the huge southern elephant seal can be found. There is also the opportunity to hike to the top of a volcanic crater, a spectacular walk and a chance to further explore the white continent. Continue the journey into the waters along the Antarctic peninsula, an area rich in marine life with its deep bays, pristine coves and small islands. Days will be spent in small groups of 10-12 going on guided walks to admire the snow and ice covered mountains and glaciers, visiting gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and cruising the icy waters by zodiac. During the trip there is the option to explore by kayak, an amazing experience to get closer to the sea and ice.
Sail around the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula and enter the Weddell Sea, it is here massive tabular icebergs and sea-ice can be seen. Time is maximised in the zodiacs and on shore, visiting the Weddell and elephant seals as well as the huge Adelie penguin rookeries. In this area it is also possible to spot the impressive emperor penguins, the largest of the penguins. Weather permitting, set foot on land and spend a night camping on the snow, a really special and memorable experience. This area also has a rich history, it was in the Weddell sea that Shackleton and his men drifted in the pack ice before abandoning their ship the Endurance. Upon leaving the Weddell Sea pass by Elephant Island, another location made famous by Shakleton, if conditions allow a landing will be made. The southern tip of the island has an impressive macaroni penguin colony as well as Antarctic fur seal and gentoo penguins.
This Antarctic cruise ends on the Falkland Islands, visiting the wildlife rich Saunders Island. It is here that gentoo, rockhopper, magellanic and king penguins can all be found. Also visit nearby West Point Island which is home to an incredible colony of black browed albatross. After 11 nights disembark the ship and fly back to Chile, again avoiding more days at sea.
This trip provides fantastic diversity in a relatively short voyage of just 12 days with an anticipated nine days of off-ship excursions on shore.
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