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Epic Antarctica & South Georgia Adventure | Ocean Albatros

Offer available on this departure only in selected cabin categories. 
Applicable to F, G, C & D cabin categories. Subject to availability.      
Further conditions apply, please contact us for more information

18 Days
Save Up To 44%

WAS From USD 11,590   Now From USD 6,490

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACABEAA

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Montevideo, Uruguay

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia

DestinationDeparture Date

18/03/2024

TransportTransport

Group transfers to the ship from Ushuaia downtown 

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily Antarctica Excursions, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 

OVERVIEW

EPIC LAST MINUTE SAVINGS*


On this epic 18-day voyage, we explore the South Shetlands and the Antarctic continent before heading via the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea for an extended South Georgia visit. The adventure ends in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. 

 

UPGRADE to a Premium Deck Category C Cabin (Deck 6) - Book a Category C Cabin on an Antarctica voyage & pay an extra Upgrade Fee to enjoy the benefits of the Premium Category C Cabin on Deck 6. Along with the benefits of a higher deck cabin with an enclosed balcony, you will also be eligible for priority boarding & suite amenities (like daily replenished mini-bar, welcome fruit basket & sparkling wine). Subject to availability & upgrade must be booked at time of booking. Please contact us for more details and full Terms and Conditions.
 
** EPIC LAST MINUTE SPECIAL SAVINGS- Offer only available on this departure. Applicable to F, G, C & D cabin categories. This offer applies only to new bookings and cannot be combined with any other promotions, discounts, or group deals. The sale ends until Sold Out or departure has sailed. Pricing and availability is subject to change and offer and may be withdrawn or varied at any time.


*Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change based on availability, currency exchange and other factors.  Please contact us for live availability and prices.

ITINERARY

Arrive Ushuaia & Embark

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 we embark the ship Ocean Abatros, our home for the coming days.

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

Cross the Drake Passage - Days 2 & 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, 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!

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands - Days 4 & 5

The next couple of days, we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain as well as the Antarctic peninsula.

Landfalls could include: Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. 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 guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Antarctic Sound and Elephant Island Days 6 & 7

In the upcoming days, we'll venture into the remarkable region at the tip of the continent, starting with the Antarctic Sound. Named after the Swedish vessel Antarctic in 1902, this area is notably colder than the rest of the Peninsula due to southerly winds and currents from the Weddell Sea, resulting in freezing temperatures, sea ice, and massive tabular icebergs formed by the vast ice shelves. Despite its remoteness, this region offers spectacular sights, from Adelie Penguin colonies to historic sites and dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Moving south into the Weddell Sea, we'll encounter city-sized tabular icebergs and the ever-present sea ice, a crucial habitat for Antarctic krill and the predators that follow. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot Weddell, leopard, and elephant seals, numerous seabirds, and often humpback whales. Navigating through the dense ice requires skill, and our experienced Captain and Expedition Leader will adapt to explore this remote and unpredictable terrain.

Our Antarctic journey will conclude by passing by Elephant Island, famous for Shackleton's legendary lifeboat escape. While landing here is extremely challenging, we'll strive to catch a glimpse of Point Wild, where Shackleton's party awaited rescue—a fitting finale to our Antarctic expedition.

At Sea Towards South Georgia - Days 8 & 9

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. From photography workshops to lectures on the regions we visit by our knowledgeable expedition team and guest lecturers. Additionally, a raffle or auction onboard usually takes place during this time, to raise funds for charitable organizations focused on global issues and local environmental solutions. In this case, for example, South Georgia Heritage Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and more. Take this opportunity to give back to the world while educating yourself on the subjects that these organizations support in a fun and enjoyable time.

South Georgia - Days 10 to 13

South Georgia has a dramatic setting with glacier-clad rugged mountains. Lying in the Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic convergence, the cold sea is booming with life. The island, often referred to as “The Galapagos of the Poles”, can only be reached by ship. There is no permanent human settlement, but seabirds and seals breed in the millions. The difficulty of getting there and the restrictions to protect the environment, makes South Georgia one of the least-visited tourist destinations in the world. Today the island has been largely left to recover from human over-exploration, resulting in dramatic increases in the number of whales, seals as well as penguin and seabird populations. The itinerary and activities over the next days are largely dependent on the weather and the sea.

The British administration at Grytviken, a former Norwegian whaling station, is also worth a visit. The famed British explorer Ernest Shackleton died in Grytviken on his second visit, and is buried south of the station. The endemic South Georgia pipits and South Georgia pintails may be seen around the buildings.

We will have a chance to visit Salisbury Plain, home to one of the largest king penguin colonies on the island, estimated between 250,000 and 5,000,000. Gentoo penguins, giant petrels and Antarctic prions also breed on the island.

We will explore the fjords of the north coast and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us. The proximity of the possible landing locations usually allow for a very diversified and active itinerary, sure to give us memories for a lifetime.

The marine life around South Georgia is at its most active during March/April, with thousands of whales feeding with ferocity to prepare for their coming migrations. Fur seal pups amass on the shorelines and Albatross chicks are peeking out from the nests. The king penguin chicks will shed their brown feathers and start heading into the ocean, other penguins like gentoo, macaroni and chinstrap will also see their chicks starting to grow confidence for a life on their own.

At Sea Days 14 & 17

As we approach Montevideo, Uruguay, the final leg of our exciting journey, it's worth noting that this port holds historical significance for Antarctic expeditions, including our own.

During our voyage's closing phase, we offer various onboard activities for you to reflect on your journey. Unwind with a skillfully crafted cocktail in the Nordic Bar, engage with our Expedition Team's insights in the Shackleton Lounge, or simply savor the sight of albatross accompanying us westward.

On your last evening aboard, join the Captain and Senior Officers for a Farewell Cocktail Party, followed by a presentation of photos and videos captured by our onboard photographer. It's the perfect opportunity to relive your Southern Ocean adventure.

Disembarkation in Montevideo

After a hearty farewell to vessel and crew, we disembark in the morning after breakfast here in Montevideo.

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Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Undertaking it's first sailing in 2023 the Ocean Albatros features the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 94 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros is 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 provides 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 also comes with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

 

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4mMax
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
18 Mar 2024 04 Apr 2024 18 USD 6,499
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole LAST MINUTE SAVINGSUSD 8,499
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole LAST MINUTE SAVINGSUSD 6,499
CAT E - French Balcony Stateroom SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom LAST MINUTE SAVINGSUSD 7,499
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom LAST MINUTE SAVINGSUSD 8,499
CAT B - Balcony Suite USD 20,990
Cat A - Junior Balcony Suite USD 29,990
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite USD 31,990
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite USD 33,990

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    • 18-day/17-night cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private facilities

    • Shuttle transfers to ship from city centre (Ushuaia)

    • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary

    • Expedition parka

    • Rubber boot rentals

    • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team

    • Special Photo Workshop

    • English-speaking expedition team

    • Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!

    • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks

    • Free tea and coffee 24 hours’ daily

    • Welcome and farewell cocktails

    • Taxes
     

    EXCLUSIONS

    • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

    • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades

    • Meals not on board the ship

    • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

    • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

    • Personal expenses

    • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

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

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

  • Departure dates, seasonality and availability.

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