This incredible adventure cruise retraces Shackleton's infamous voyage, visiting Elephant Island before continuing south to the awe-inspiring icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. Days are filled with opportunities to see humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, along with a host of historic sites and scientific stations.
Day 1: Fly to Stanley and embark ship. Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile to Stanley, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.
Days 2-3: At sea. Between the Falklands and South Georgia you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow in the ship’s wake. The expedition team present safety and environmental guidelines and then you are free to keep watch for Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea.
Days 4-8: Explore the South Georgia archipelago. Arriving in South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast you have ample time to explore the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Those participating in the optional Kayak excursions revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Days 9-10: Scotia Sea. Leaving South Georgia, head across the Scotia Sea in a south-westerly direction. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures.
Day 11: Elephant Island. Elephant Island is where Ernest Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats on their historic expedition. With luck and weather permitting, you will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Days 12-15: The Antarctic Peninsula. Upon arrival in the calmer waters of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, you will aim to make landings or Zodiac excursions two to three times a day. Time will be spent cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface and landing on the continent and it’s off shore islands, visiting penguin rookies and seal haul outs, as well as a few of the crews’ favourite spots on the Peninsula.
Days 16-17: The Drake Passage. Returning to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as you head north across the Drake Passage.
Day 18: Disembark in Ushuaia. Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina, where your expedition ends.
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