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Epic Antarctica & South Georgia Adventure | Ocean Albatros

18 Days
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WAS From USD 11,590   Now From USD 9,272

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACABEAA

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia

DestinationDeparture Date

18/03/2024

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

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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. On board Ocean Albatros.

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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, Weddell Sea & Elephant Island Day

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 Weddell Sea takes its name from the early British explorer James Weddell, who by hunting seals through a break in the ice in 1823 got to the southernmost point at his time. As we enter the Weddell Sea of today, we grow accustomed to giant floating icebergs and witness the sheer quantity of sea ice in these waters. Apart from penguins, the wildlife here includes Weddell and elephant seals and seabirds. Humpbacks feed in the nutrient-rich waters (caused by the upwell of cold water from the ocean depths), so there are opportunities to see whales, as well as the Antarctic’s largest predator, the solitary leopard seal.

Because of the considerable sea ice and enormous bergs in the Weddell Sea, navigation through this remote nature is at the edge of what is possible; your captain and expedition leader are well aware that shifting ice means that no individual part of this area can be guaranteed as accessible at any time, so they will work together to find the most magnificent opportunities. This is part of the wonder of this part of the world, and you'll be visiting an area few humans have ever seen.

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!

At Sea Towards South Georgia Days 9-10

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.

Soluth Goergia Days 11-15

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 & Disembark in Montevideo Days 16-18

We are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading to Uruguays capital of Montevideo.

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

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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
18 Mar 2024 04 Apr 2024 18 USD 11,590
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole USD 19,090
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole USD 11,590
CAT E - French Balcony Suite USD 15,990
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom USD 13,590
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 15,192
CAT B - Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 16,792
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 23,992
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 25,592
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 20% OFFUSD 27,192

Important Info

  • 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.