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The 297-ft M/V Sea Spirit is an adventure ship and mega-yacht built in Italy in 1991 and refurbished in 2010. A small, all-suite, expedition vessel with luxurious accommodations and an ice-strengthened hull, she offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. With a maximum capacity of 114 passengers, the Sea Spirit features the maneuverability, friendly informality, and active itinerary expected of an expedition-style adventure, matched with a superb level of luxury, style and comfort. She has ample indoor common space with spectacular views from every window, as well as expansive outdoor deck space giving guests plenty of room for viewing the spectacular scenery and wildlife, while still feeling small and intimate. While the interiors are certainly elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. The Sea Spirit complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations, has a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing, a Lloyds Register ice class rating of 1D, and travels at a cruising speed of 14.5 knots. 

Itinerary (Classic Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

*PLEASE NOTE: Some departures are 11 days long and some are 13 days long and alternatively spend 4 or 6 days exploring Antarctica. Please inquire for details.

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to explore the city for the rest of the day. You may choose to enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous, or opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. 

DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark

Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will meet your fellow expeditioners at a specified location to be transferred to the ship in the afternoon. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. You will then be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)

DAYS 3-4: Drake Passage

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you will wake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Your ship’s stabilizer fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)

DAYS 5-9: South Shetland Islands & Antarctica

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, and your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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 South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. 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, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
 
As you head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, At the southern end of Gerlache Strait, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs. If you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, you’ll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. There will also be time for the most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island. 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 aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season, and Orca sightings are also common. (B,L,D)

DAYS 10-11: Drake Passage

As the expedition nears its end in the Antarctica Peninsula, you’ll head back to the open sea and sail again through the Drake Passage. As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow. The presentations and workshops by the expert staff will continue, as well as the range of onboard recreation facilities, to ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for the End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Disembark Ushuaia

You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport, or to the town center is provided if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice! (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Crossing the Antarctic Circle)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
PLEASE NOTE: Some departures are 15 days long and alternatively spend an additional day in Antarctica. Please inquire for details. 

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to explore the city for the rest of the day. You may choose to enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous, or opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. 
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will meet your fellow expeditioners at a specified location to be transferred to the ship in the afternoon. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. You will then be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)
DAY 3-4: Drake Passage
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you will wake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Your ship’s stabilizer fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 5-11: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica & Polar Circle
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, and your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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 South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. 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, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
 
As you head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, At the southern end of Gerlache Strait, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs. If you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, you’ll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. There will also be time for the most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island. 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 aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season, and Orca sightings are also common.
 
On this special voyage, your ship will push on with one goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle, passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins. The landscape down here is especially desolate, the weather is particularly wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting ice. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations you’ll see anywhere in Antarctica. Few travelers have ventured this far south, but with your fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favorable sea conditions, you will be able to access many remote locations other ships just can't reach. With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. (B,L,D)
DAY 12-13: Drake Passage
As the expedition nears its end in the Antarctica Peninsula, you’ll head back to the open sea and sail again through the Drake Passage. As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow. The presentations and workshops by the expert staff will continue, as well as the range of onboard recreation facilities, to ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for the End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 14: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport, or to the town center is provided if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice! (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to explore the city for the rest of the day. You may choose to enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous, or opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. 

DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark

Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will meet your fellow expeditioners at a specified location to be transferred to the ship in the afternoon. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. You will then be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)

DAYS 3: At Sea

The day is spent at sea, settling into shipboard life, spending time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds (notably the albatross), and listening to informal discussions from the naturalist staff to prepare you for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you will head northeast toward the Falkland Islands, keeping a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. (B,L,D)  

DAYS 4-5: Falkland Islands

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. The route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands, but the goal will be to visit one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible.
 
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. 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 Macaroni. What’s more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth. Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. 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 shore. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands, while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
 
A visit to Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands is also planned. 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. (B,L,D)

DAYS 6-7: At Sea

From the Falkland Islands, you will head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from the expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia. (B,L,D)

DAYS 8-12: South Georgia

For the next five days, you will explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia, an unmissable destination for jaw-dropping landscapes, an astounding array of wildlife and captivating history. This sub-Antarctic island is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Long and narrow and whale bone shaped, South Georgia is jam packed with wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs. 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. 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 sprightly Macaroni penguins and stately King penguins - from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults which can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Several whale species can be spotted, including Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, Fin whales, Sperm whales, Orcas, and Southern Bottlenose whales. As your captain leisurely circumnavigates the island, the plan will be to make stops every day including the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants and whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, is buried. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, and a rich historical tapestry are all available to you as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-14: Scotia Sea

After your amazing time in South Georgia, you’ll proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. As your ship voyages south over the next three days, your onboard expert in Antarctic wildlife, history and geology will give lectures and presentations preparing you for the meeting with the White Continent. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. (B,L,D)

DAYS 15-18: South Shetland Islands & Antarctica

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, and your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. As you head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley”, and if you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, you’ll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. There will also be time for the most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island. 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 aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season, and Orca sightings are also common. (B,L,D)

DAYS 19-20: Drake Passage

As the expedition nears its end in the Antarctica Peninsula, you’ll head back to the open sea and sail again through the Drake Passage. As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow. The presentations and workshops by the expert staff will continue, as well as the range of onboard recreation facilities, to ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for the End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 21: Ushuaia - Disembark

You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport, or to the town center is provided if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice! (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands (Puerto Madryn))
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to explore the city for the rest of the day. You may choose to enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous, or opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. 
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will meet your fellow expeditioners at a specified location to be transferred to the ship in the afternoon. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. You will then be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)
Day 3-4: Drake Passage
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you will wake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Your ship’s stabilizer fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-8: South Sheltand Islands & Antarctica
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you will wake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Your ship’s stabilizer fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
DAY 9-10: Scotia Sea
After your amazing time in Antarctica, you’ll proceed northeast toward South Georgia. As your ship voyages north over the next two days, your onboard expert in Antarctic wildlife, history and geology will give lectures and presentations preparing you for your arrival in South Georgia. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. (B,L,D)
DAY 11-14: South Georgia
For the next four days, you will explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia, an unmissable destination for jaw-dropping landscapes, an astounding array of wildlife and captivating history. This sub-Antarctic island is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Long and narrow and whale bone shaped, South Georgia is jam packed with wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs. 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. 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 sprightly Macaroni penguins and stately King penguins - from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults which can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Several whale species can be spotted, including Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, Fin whales, Sperm whales, Orcas, and Southern Bottlenose whales. As your captain leisurely circumnavigates the island, the plan will be to make stops every day including the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants and whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, is buried. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, and a rich historical tapestry are all available to you as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-16: At Sea
As you sail west toward the Falkland Islands, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow, and the staff spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. The presentations and workshops by the expert staff will continue, as well as the range of onboard recreation facilities, to ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. (B,L,D)
DAY 17-19: Falkland Islands
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. The route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands, but the goal will be to visit one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible.
 
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. 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 Macaroni. What’s more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth. Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. 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 shore. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands, while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
 
A visit to Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands is also planned. 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 20-21: Southern Ocean
From the Falkland Islands you’ll proceed north toward Puerto Madryn. As you embark on the final sea passage separating the magic world we’ve just explored from the rest of the world and the expedition nears its end, you’ll refresh your memories of your incredible journey through a photo exchange with newfound friends, and bid farewell to seabirds and whales that you can now more easily identify. This is also the time for the End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 22: Puerto Madryn, Argentina - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Puerto Madryn and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Puerto Madryn for more sights and adventure. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice! (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Falkland Islands & South Georgia (Puerto Madryn))
DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, the starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city for the rest of the day. You may choose to take advantage of sandy beaches and the restaurant-lined promenade on Golfo Nuevo with views of wild Península Valdés. Please contact us for your extension options in Puerto Madryn. 
DAY 2: Puerto Madryn - Embark
Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will meet your fellow expeditioners at a specified location to be transferred to the ship in the afternoon. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. As the ship slips its moorings and sails toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds, you’ll savor the anticipation of your dreams coming true. You will then be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. As you sail through Golfo Nuevo on your first evening, you’ll have your first chance to see whales, particularly southern right whales. (B, D)
DAY 3-4: At Sea
From Golfo Nuevo, you’ll sail south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. As you settle into shipboard life, you will spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds (notably the albatross), keeping a lookout for whales and dolphins, and listening to informal discussions from the naturalist staff to prepare you for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. (B,L,D)  
DAY 5: Falkland Islands
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. The route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands, but the goal will be to visit some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. 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 Macaroni. What’s more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth. Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. 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 shore. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands, while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.  (B,L,D)
DAY 6-7: At Sea
From the Falkland Islands, you will head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from the expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia. (B,L,D)
DAY 8-13: South Georgia
For the next six days, you will explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia, an unmissable destination for jaw-dropping landscapes, an astounding array of wildlife and captivating history. This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. This sub-Antarctic island is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Long and narrow and whale bone shaped, South Georgia is jam packed with wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs. 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. The route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions you will encounter, but rest assured your experienced captain and expedition leader will actively create an itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant in order to maximize your adventure.
 
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 sprightly Macaroni penguins and stately King penguins - from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults which can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Several whale species can be spotted, including Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, Fin whales, Sperm whales, Orcas, and Southern Bottlenose whales. As your captain leisurely circumnavigates the island, the plan will be to make stops every day including the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants and whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, is buried. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, and a rich historical tapestry are all available to you as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 14-15: At Sea
After your amazing time in South Georgia, you’ll proceed west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. (B,L,D)
DAY 16-17: Falkland Islands
The next two days are spent continuing your exploration of the Falkland Islands. The route and exploration opportunities will again be dependent on weather conditions among these windswept islands. A visit to Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands is planned. 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 18: Beagle Channel
From the Falkland Islands, you will sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 19: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and disembark the vessel after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport, or to the town center is provided if you wish to spend more time here. You may choose to enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous, or opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice! Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Weather

When to Visit
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Antarctica is known as the “coldest, highest, driest, windiest place on earth”. However, please keep in mind that you will not be venturing into the interior of the continent and you will be visiting during the Southern Hemisphere summer (November through March). That said, weather in Antarctica can vary dramatically from day to day, even from moment to moment. With summer temperatures ranging from 20-40° F, you may experience snow, rain, high winds, and bright warm sun all in the same day. It is best to approach an Antarctica expedition with a sense of adventure, as the climate is unpredictable. Weather may be a bit cooler early in the season (November) and late in the season (March), but there will not be a dramatic difference in temperatures throughout the tourism season. If you are used to winter in places like the northern United States, Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia, you will be more than prepared for summer temperatures at teh Antarctic Peninsula.


You may also wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you are likely to observe at different points during the season, details below:
 
o    Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later on in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited occasionally by ice-strengthened expedition ships on special itineraries).

Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
o    December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
o    February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.

Maps

Classic Antarctica

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner's
1111/26/1812/6/18$6,495$7,295$8,195$8,595$9,195$9,895$12,795
          
1212/5/1812/16/18$8,595$11,595$12,495$12,695$14,195$15,195$20,395
          
1312/15/1812/27/18$9,895$3,295$14,195$14,395$16,295$17,495$23,295
          
1212/26/181/6/19$9,395$12,595$13,495$13,695$15,395$16,495$21,995
          
122/6/192/17/19$9,395$12,595$13,495$13,695$15,395$16,495$21,995
          
122/16/192/27/19$9,395$12,595$13,495$13,695$15,395$16,495$21,995
          
1111/29/1912/9/19$7,395$9,795$10,495$10,695$11,895$12,795$16,195
          
1212/8/1912/19/19$7,895$10,495$11,195$11,495$12,795$13,695$17,395
          
1212/18/1912/29/19$9,795$12,995$13,895$14,195$15,795$16,995$21,495
          
1212/28/191/8/20$9,795$12,995$13,895$14,195$15,795$16,995$21,495
          
121/26/202/6/20$9,795$12,995$13,895$14,195$15,795$16,995$21,495
          
122/5/202/16/20$9,795$12,995$13,895$14,195$15,795$16,995$21,495
          
122/15/202/26/20$7,895$10,495$11,195$11,495$12,795$13,695$17,395

-A Pre-Embarkation hotel night is included within the listed rates.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Camping, Kayaking, Photography and Hiking.

-All prices are PER PERSON.

-A single supplement applies to a solo traveler in a private cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Photography Program
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner's
151/24/192/7/19$11,295$15,295$16,495$16,795$18,695$19,995$26,895

-A Pre-Embarkation hotel night is included within the listed rates.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Camping, Kayaking, Photography and Hiking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.
-A single supplement applies to a solo traveler in a private cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Photography Program
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner's
2111/7/1811/27/18$13,395$17,995$19,195$19,595$21,895$23,495$31,495
          
211/5/191/25/19$15,995$21,495$22,995$23,395$25,995$27,995$37,595
          
211/7/201/27/20$16,695$21,995$23,695$24,095$26,895$28,795$36,595

-A Pre-Embarkation hotel night is included within the listed rates.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Hiking, Photography and Kayaking.

-All prices are PER PERSON.

-A single supplement applies to a solo traveler in a private cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Photography Program
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands (Puerto Madryn)

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner's
222/26/193/19/19$13,395$17,995$19,195$19,595$21,895$23,495$31,495
          
232/25/203/18/20$14,695$19,395$20,795$21,195$23,695$25,395$32,195

-A Pre-Embarkation hotel night is included within the listed rates.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Kayaking, Photography and Hiking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.
-A single supplement applies to a solo traveler in a private cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Photography Program
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Falkland Islands & South Georgia (Puerto Madryn)

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxePremiumOwner's
1910/21/1811/8/18$9,995$13,295$13,995$14,295$15,795$16,995$22,495
          
2310/20/1911/11/19$12,995$16,595$17,895$18,195$20,295$21,795$27,595

-A Pre-Embarkation hotel night is included within the listed rates.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Kayaking, Photography and Hiking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.
-A single supplement applies to a solo traveler in a private cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Photography Program
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Classic Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Monday, November 26, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018 to Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019 to Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019 to Monday, December 9, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019 to Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Sunday, January 26, 2020 to Thursday, February 6, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 to Sunday, February 16, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 to Thursday, February 7, 2019

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Saturday, January 5, 2019 to Friday, January 25, 2019
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Thursday, February 27, 2020

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands (Puerto Madryn)

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Falkland Islands & South Georgia (Puerto Madryn)

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 to Thursday, November 8, 2018
Sunday, October 20, 2019 to Monday, November 11, 2019
Cabins


The M/V Sea Spirit accommodates 114 passengers in 54 deluxe and spacious suites. All cabins have windows and/or a private teak balconies accessed via a sliding door, a sitting area and luxurious amenities. Several suites can be configured as triples.

 

  • Triple Suite (8): two twin beds or king and a sofa bed w/picture window, two wardrobes, private facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (23 sq. meters/250 sq. ft.)
  • Main Deck Suite (6): two twin beds or king bed, w/minimum of two portholes, private facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (20 sq. meters/215 sq. ft.)
  • Classic Suite (10): two twin beds or king bed w/picture window, two wardrobes, private facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (23 sq. meters/250 sq. ft.)
  • Superior Suite (15): two twin beds or a king bed w/ picture window overlooking the Club Deck walkway, walk-in closet or wardrobe, private facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (22 sq. meters/235 sq. ft.)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (8): two twin beds or king bed, sliding glass doors leading to private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, private facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (26 sq. meters/277 sq. ft.)
  • Premium Suite with Balcony (6): two twin beds or king bed, sliding glass doors leading to private balcony, private facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (33 sq. meters/353 sq. ft.)
  • Owner’s Suite with Balcony (1): king bed, sliding glass doors leading to private balcony, jetted bathtub, separate living room with game and meeting area, BOSE stereo system, HD plasma TV with video player, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, individual temperature control, and hair dryer (40 sq. meters/437 sq. ft.)





 

 

Boat Details

Ship Amenities

  • The M/V Sea Spirit offers ample indoor common space with spectacular views from every window, luxury amenities, superb international cuisine, and exquisite service. She has expansive outdoor deck space giving guests plenty of room for viewing the spectacular scenery and wildlife, while still feeling small and intimate. While the interiors are certainly elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. Her spacious open decks, comfortable observation lounges and public spaces include a multi-purpose presentation room for lectures and presentations, Library/Game Room, a wraparound sun deck with Hot Tub, seating area and Bistro, Lounge/Bar, Gymnasium, Elevator, Internet access, Polar Boutique, small infirmary, and an open bridge accessible to travelers throughout the voyage. The ship's two dining options, serving superb international cuisine, include the main dining room and the outdoor Bistro and either is capable of seating all passengers in one sitting. 
  • The vessel is equipped with an onboard fleet of 10 Zodiacs, and a Zodiac platform to facilitate shore excursions.

Ship Services

  • The M/V Sea Spirit is manned by an experienced crew of 72 plus an onboard expedition crew of 14 (an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, a guides/naturalists/Zodiac drivers and a doctor).


 

antarctica travelMarisa, we've been back a week and I'm writing to say how wonderful our trip was. Thanks you for all your guidance and planning. Buenos Aires was so interesting. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was top notch-- and very funny. The hotel was in a good location and the all-day tour in Ushuaia was memorable. The ship was well-run and the food was both interesting and plentiful. The crew was professional. The expedition leaders were kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  I can't give you credit for the fantastic weather and incredible scenery but it was an amazing trip. Thank you. - Susan Ogden/Rose Marie Wilson (Akademik Ioffe) 


The trip was fantastic of course! South Georgia is an amazing place! After docking at Ushuaia, the driver was waiting there on the pier and coordinated well with the ship and the port officials, provided me with useful materials and delivered me to the Alto Andino. I liked the Alto Andino. It was quiet, clean and has a nice secure luggage store, which I used when I arrived, as it was too early to check in. They did let me check in early, shortly after lunch, when a room became available. And, when I came back to the hotel after dinner with friends, there was a message from my driver about the pickup time for departing to the airport. The transfer at BA went without a hitch, nice driver and nice car, and being Saturday, light traffic as well! Anyway, thank you! Your planning and support is greatly appreciate and I will be sure to let my friends know about your great company! - Philip H. Walters (South Georgia In Depth onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

Carrie and Jonathan, we arrived back from Antarctica over the weekend.   I just wanted to thank both of you for arranging such an outstanding trip!  The guides, hotels, and logistics were all excellent—and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Fortunately, despite my foot injury, I was able to fully partake in all the sightseeing and activities and didn’t feel that I had to curtail anything I wanted to do.  We’ll be sure to contact you for future trips in South America.  - Nancy Voye (Antarctic Peninsula onboard NG Explorer)

Carrie and Justin, I just wanted to send the two of you a message to thank you for all your help putting together our trip to the Antarctic.  The trip was absolutely fantastic – definitely the best trip we have ever taken! I would strongly recommend the Akademik Ioffe team to anyone that asks. The places we visited and the excursions we were able to participate in were definitely first-rate, and I would credit the staff for making this happen.  They selected great places to visit, and really made each zodiac or on-shore excursion a special experience. The Antarctic is just mind-blowing.  We did get south of the Circle – which sounds like it was a bit of an accomplishment – and had really great weather for the entire trip.  So again, thanks for making a totally fabulous trip a reality for us. -Ron & Bonnie Milzer (Antarctic Circle Voyage onboard Akademik Ioffe)
Antarctica - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime, offering abundant wildlife and unique landscapes. Travelling to the end of the world is an unparalleled experience. It’s hard to go wrong with any option but for those with specific interests we recommend reviewing our guide to Antarctica Cruises found here or contacting an Adventure Travel Coordinator.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Antarctica cruise itineraries are set and cannot be changed, but you can certainly add pre/post cruise services (hotels, tours, transfers, flights, etc.) in Argentina and Chile. Southern Explorations is happy to assist with any additional services you require.
Q: When is the best time to go to Antarctica?
A: Travel to Antarctica occurs during the Austral Summer with cruise expeditions departing from late October through March. You may wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you’d like to observe, or any specific adventure activities you would like to do, such as snowshoeing, skiing, mountaineering, whale watching, and more, which are only offered on certain departures.
Q: When is the most affordable time of year to travel to Antarctica? What’s the best way to get a deal on an Antarctica cruise?
A: It is a popular misconception that the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to wait until the last possible moment to book. While this works out sometimes, this scenario is rarer and rarer as Antarctica’s popularity as a tourist destination increases. A few years ago, operators had trouble filling their boats with paying passengers, so last-minute deals were common. Now, most Antarctica cruise departures sell out far in advance, so there is no reason for operators to offer last-minute deals. Currently the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to book early, as many operators offer early booking discounts.
 
Generally, it is a good idea to confirm your cruise at least eight months to one year in advance. The time period around the holidays (Christmas/New Year's) tends to sell out further in advance. Fly cruises, during which you fly over the Drake Passage rather than crossing it onboard the vessel, also tend to sell out early, so it is a good idea to book more than one year in advance if you choose this type of cruise.
 
Prices are higher for travel in late December, January, and early February, as this is high season. Prices are lower early season (November/early December) and late season (late February/March).
Q: What can I expect to see at different points during the season?
A:
  • Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited via helicopter on special Emperor penguin voyages).

    Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
  • December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up, which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
  • February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.
Q: What is the weather like in Antarctica?
A: Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, coldest place on earth, but keep in mind that all tourism trips occur during Austral summer. The average summer temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area is around 25 to 32°F (-4 to 0°C), although sometimes it will feel substantially colder due to the wind chill factor and water splashing up while riding in zodiacs. You can expect to encounter varied conditions including rain, snow, high winds, bright sun, and fog.
Q: What is a typical day like in Antarctica? 
A: All three meals are eaten on board the ship. After breakfast, you will head out for your morning excursion for 2 to 5 hours, then get back on board to eat lunch while the ship navigates to the next landing site. Here you will once again disembark on land for 2 to 5 hours before dinner.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Antarctica? 
A: You do not need to be extremely physically fit to travel to Antarctica, but should be comfortable walking short distances over uneven terrain, including snow, ice, and rock. Most ships also have a steep metal gangway that you must descend and ascend to embark/disembark the small zodiac boats that ferry passengers to shore. Your guides will always be there to assist you.
Q: While in Antarctica, will I get to get off the ship and walk around on land?
A: Yes! You will make landings every day you are in Antarctica, and the cruise staff will ensure you spend as much time on land as possible. This is true of every Antarctica cruise we offer. There is no cruise during which you stay onboard the ship the entire time.
Q: How much time do I need to visit Antarctica?
A: Standard Antarctic Peninsula cruise itineraries are 10 to 12 days long. The shortest Antarctica voyage we offer is 6 days long, with our longest being 32 days. Please inquire for details about specific voyages.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: All Antarctica cruises have different deposit policies, with the deposit amount typically ranging from $1500 per person to 25% of the total trip costs. Final payment is usually due between 100 days and 120 days prior to travel.
 
Antarctica cruise cancelation policies vary widely from ship to ship. The cancelation penalty from the time of booking up until 90 or 120 days prior to departure can be as little as $500 per person or as much as $5000+ per person. Generally, all cruises will have a 100% cancelation penalty within 90 days of departure. Please inquire for details about cancelation penalties for specific ships. 
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: Accommodations and amenities on board Antarctica cruises vary from simple 3-star to luxury 5-star. Please inquire for details.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: Most Antarctica cruises do not include any airfare, though some include roundtrip flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and “fly cruises” include flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica or to the Falkland Islands. Southern Explorations is happy to arrange any flights you require within Argentina or Chile. Please inquire about airfare inclusions for specific cruises.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: The Antarctica cruise ships we offer range in size from a capacity of 54 to 200 passengers. “Mega ships” with thousands of passengers on board are not allowed to make landings in Antarctica, so all vessels are relatively small. 
Q: Do I need travel insurance, what all do I need, and how much does it cost?
A: All Antarctica cruises require that passengers purchase travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. The cost of medical evacuation transport from Antarctica is high, and as it is the responsibility of the traveler, this coverage is imperative. Though trip cancellation insurance is not required, it is highly recommended. The cost of travel insurance varies from individual to individual and depends on many factors, such as cost of trip covered, age of traveler, where you live, etc. We recommend contacting Berkshire Hathaway or Travel Guard, or click here to compare other trip insurance companies.
Q: Where do Antarctica cruises begin and end?
A: Most Antarctica cruises begin/end in either Ushuaia, Argentina or Punta Arenas, Chile. Occasionally cruises depart directly from Buenos Aires, Montevideo, or other port cities, but this is rare. When departing from Ushuaia, you board the cruise at the pier in town and cross the Drake Passage onboard the vessel. Trips departing from Punta Arenas are "fly/cruise" programs that fly you (one-way or both-ways) by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula to embark your expedition ship there. There are also some cruises that start with a flight from Punta Arenas to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Please check your itinerary for any inclusions, or needed additions, such as pre- or post-trip hotel nights and domestic flights to your embarkation cities. Southern Explorations can book any needed pre- or post-trip hotels, domestic flights, tours and transfers, and include them within your trip costs.
Q: What can I expect while crossing the Drake Passage? Will I get seasick?
A: The Drake Passage is the body of water between Cape Horn (the southernmost tip of South America) and the Antarctic Peninsula. On most Antarctica cruise ships it will take a full two days to cross the Drake Passage.  This passage has some of the roughest recorded sea conditions in the world (the “Drake Shake”), but it can also be pristinely calm (the “Drake Lake”). Conditions in this waterway can vary at any time of year depending on weather, and it is impossible to predict how rough it will be in advance. Some passengers experience seasickness, and others do not. It is advisable to come prepared by packing motion sickness remedies. All ships also have doctors onboard, and these medical professionals are extremely adept at assisting passengers with any seasickness concerns. Once in Antarctica, sheltered waters are normally encountered with little problem for rough seas. NOTE: There are also options to do what is called a "fly/cruise" program where you fly by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula and then join up with your expedition cruise ship there, thus avoiding crossing the Drake Passage onboard the vessel.
Q: Can I bring my photographic drone to Antarctica?
A: The governing body of Antarctic tourism is called the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Southern Explorations is a member of this organization. IAATO members have agreed that they will not allow the recreational use of UAVs (drones) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica. Through the unique global partnership that is the Antarctic Treaty system, the entire continent is formally designated as a 'natural reserve, devoted to peace and science'. Antarctica is regarded as the last great wilderness on our planet, still pristine with wildlife and landscapes that show little evidence of direct human activity. Visiting and operating in an environment like this comes with a responsibility to do so carefully and with minimal impact. UAVs are a relatively new phenomenon and IAATO Is therefore taking a cautionary approach, as it is possible they could have a negative impact on the environment. Also, as you can imagine, many drones flying over a penguin colony would not only be potentially detrimental to the birds (adult penguins are distracted by drones, which allows a Skua to swoop in and eat their eggs or swipe one of their chicks), but will also greatly diminish the experience of other passengers seeking to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the Seventh Continent. So, please, leave the drones at home!
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking, you will receive a link to our online trip portal which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary. This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.