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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands | Ocean Albatros

19 Days
From USD 13,590

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACABFG

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

DestinationDeparture Date

23/12/2023, 29/02/2024

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

Embark on an incredible 19 day journey following the wake of the renown explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. As you cross the might Drake Passage you will explore sights of the South Shetland Islands, before exploring the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Undertake zodiac landings among vast penguin rookeries, search for sightings of unique wildlife as kayak through the icy waters and enjoy the incredible amount of activities on board your expedition vessel, The Ocean Albatros. 

ITINERARY

Arrival and Embarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, you will board your ship.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Drake Passage and King George Island - Day 2 to 3

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea - Day 4-7

Over the coming days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the Captain and the Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Drake Passage and South Georgia - Day 8 to 13

From the Weddell Sea we continue our journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in the polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. We on the other hand will reach the mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of fjords we will explorer – not least in Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. We will explorer the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

South Atlantic - Day 14 to 15

Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. Or just to relax.

Port Stanley and Falklands - Day 16 and 17

During the morning we approach Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Victory will cast anchor the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing our Zodiacs, we will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day we will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

At Sea

We are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back to Ushuaia.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After a hearty farewell to vessel and crew, we disembark in the morning after breakfast. A shuttle transfer will take you to Ushuaia city centre or airport.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the Ocean Albatros one of the latest polar expedition vessels. Featuring unique X-Bow technology and spacious suites this vessel offers an extremely comfortable expedition experience. 

  • The ultimate Antarctic expedition - combining South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and The Falkland Islands this voyage covers all the highlights of Antarctica in one unforgettable voyage. 

  • Experience a truly incredible array of wildlife including fur and Weddell seals, humpback whales, elephant seals and a wide array of curious penguin species.

Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Deploying in November 2022 the Ocean Albatros will feature the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros will be one of the most popular expedition vessels in polar waters. Featuring two restaurants, a wellness area, Nordic bar, an open deck dining facility, modern lecture lounge and a number of other state-of-the-art amenities, the Albatros will provide the ultimate expedition experience. Boasting 50% less emissions than traditional polar vessels, the Albatros provides peace of mind in regard to comfort and sustainability for our guests.  The Albatros will also come with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4m Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
189

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.

Kayaking

Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Photography

For photography enthusiasts of any skill level. You will receive expert advice on taking and producing amazing photos of Antarctica.

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Departing Ending Duration From Price
23 Dec 2023 10 Jan 2024 19 USD 13,590
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole USD 23,090
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole USD 13,590
CAT E - French Balcony Suite USD 19,390
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 15% USD 17,842
CAT B - Balcony Suite UP TO 15% OFFUSD 19,542
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite UP TO 15% OFFUSD 27,617
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite UP TO 15% OFFUSD 31,187
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite UP TO 15% OFFUSD 33,142
29 Feb 2024 18 Mar 2024 19 USD 13,590
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole USD 23,090
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole USD 13,590
CAT E - French Balcony Suite USD 19,390
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom USD 17,790
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 17,842
CAT B - Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 19,542
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 27,617
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 31,187
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 33,142

Important Info

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Complimentary use of rubber boots during course of voyage 
    All luggage handling on board ship 
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
    Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia rom airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
    Group transfer hotel to ship on embarkation day 
    Group transfer Ship to local airport/luggage facility on disembarkation day

    EXCLUSIONS 

    International flights
    Passport and Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Excess baggage fees on international flights
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landings and excursions 
    Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
    Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
    Any additional overnight accommodation 
    Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability.