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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica | MS Expedition

22 Days
Save Up To 20%

WAS From USD 19,399   Now From USD 15,519

Trip Code: ACTSFGAI

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Montevideo, Uruguay

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: MS Expedition

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia

DestinationDeparture Date

22/10/2024

TransportAccommodation

Cabin Onboard a Ship & Hotel



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OVERVIEW

SAVE UP TO 20% ON SELECTED DEPARTURES IN THE 24/25 SEASON* 


Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It's not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land that entranced Ernest and countless others since. Down here, you'll explore the Falkland Islands, discover abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at his grave. Encounter penguins (king,chinstrap,and gentoo varieties)learning all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.

 

 


*Discounts are on selected departures and selected cabins in the 24/25 Antarctica season. Cabin Category 3 Twin, Category 4 Twin & Category 5 Double only. Pricing is available until 29 Feb 2024 and subject to change due to availability and currency fluctuation. Offer is on new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. 

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival in Montevideo

Arrive into Montevideo at any time. An arrival transfer is included from the airport to your hotel. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Uruguay's capital city. There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the MS Expedition and your upcoming adventure.

Please note that the first night in Montevideo is on twin share basis. If you're travelling solo or have an odd number of travellers in your group and have not purchased a private cabin, you will be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Montevideo - Embark on Ship

Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo, with a group transfer from the hotel. The morning is free to explore Montevideo, take the chance to explore one of Montevideo's colourful neighbourhoods. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset and Montevideo fading into the distance while sailing southwards towards the Falkland Islands. Your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Please note while it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Island

With course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Spend time on deck to spot wildlife including albatross and possibly whales and dolphins. Relax in the library, grab a drink in the Polar Bear Pub, or make some new friends in the Discovery Lounge.

Falkland Islands /Southern Ocean

The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.

The Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory, is an archipelago that lies 490kms east of Patagonia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by decades of controversy, the Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina. The islands have much to offer with a wide variety of spectacular wildlife, beautiful rugged scenery as well as an interesting history. Five species of penguin breed on the islands (gentoo, king, macaroni, magellanic and rockhopper).

Southern Ocean/South Georgia

With a course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Look out for the many whales that inhabit these waters. Our lecture series resumes to prepare us for South Georgia, spend plenty of time on deck to identify the abundant sea birds of the South Ocean.

South Georgia/Scotia Sea

Home to many interesting sites (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visit a huge colony of king penguins, a major highlight of this part of the journey. South Georgia is also the home over half of the world's enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups. Weather permitting, enjoy 3-4 days free to explore this island.

South Georgia Island is home to many marvels including Shackleton’s grave, former whaling stations, incredible scenery and prolific wildlife. Weather permitting spend 3-4 full days and opt to explore this island. A huge colony of king penguins is the highlight of this part of the journey. On nearby islands look out for the wandering albatross in their nesting grounds.

South Georgia is also the home over half of the world's enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups alongside their mothers.

South Shetland Islands/Antarctica

Plotting a south-westerly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards.

Plotting a south-westerly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days the legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. The waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredient that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals, and seabirds.

South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather and ice conditions permitting, our goal is to attempt memorable shore landings daily and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The ship will attempt to reach the Antarctic Peninsula for a landing, weather and ice-permitting.

The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Drake Passage Crossing

Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures en route to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for a last chance to spot whales. Turning north, embark upon the 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

At some point on the first day, cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-Antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-Antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling create an ocean very high in marine productivity.

Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey towards the South American continent.

Disembark in Ushuaia

And so our adventure comes to a close. We'll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. Upon completion of the 8:00 am disembarkation in Ushuaia, you will be transferred to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

*** Important - Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation from your cruise ship.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • In 22 days, you will gain an extensive Antarctica experience including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Islands.

  • At the beginning of your journey, you will have the possibility to explore the historic and cosmopolitan capital of Uruguay, Montevideo.

  • You will visit the Falkland Islands archipelago which offers an abundance of wildlife. It is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

  • This itinerary includes the historic location of South Georgia which has often been called the greatest wildlife show on earth.

  • While at sea, the expedition team will assist with your Antarctic experience, via insights on everything Antarctica - from the history and geology, to the incredible wildlife.

MS Expedition

MS Expedition

Built in 1972 the MS Expedition is a safe, sturdy and fast vessel. Step onboard this comfortable and well appointed expedition ship, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. With a focus on top of the line safety and off ship experience, the MS Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply Polar waters. The ship features large common areas and observation decks including a 360° Top Observation Deck that provide panoramic views of the stunning landscapes of Antarctica. Accommodating up to 134 passengers in cozy cabins, each featuring portholes or ocean-facing windows and private en-suite facilities, the MS Expedition provides space and comfort whilst still offering an intimate small-ship cruise experience. The ship also boasts a gym, sauna and barbecue facilities.

The MS Expedition continues the tradition of ground-breaking Polar expedition travel, taking travellers to the destinations that have inspired bold explorers for centuries including the great white continent of Antarctica. The ship has a 10:1 passenger ratio and the expert and knowledgeable team of naturalist guides offer keen insight and unique perspectives. You will return home a different person than when you left after experiencing Antarctica. 

Selected departures offer adventure activities such as kayaking and camping. We recommend you book these well in advance to ensure you don't miss out! 

When you travel onboard the MS Expedition a tree will be planted in your name for each day of your trip, in partnership with Planeterra. 

Why we like it: The MS Expedition is a very comfortable, spacious and well-run expedition ship. From the moment you board this vessel the experienced Expedition Staff and friendly Crew will make you feel welcome, safe and they are always willing to share their wealth of knowledge to ensure you have an unforgettable and educational experience. The cabins are comfortable, there are ample public areas and an abundance of deck space to view the passing scenery and wildlife. It is a true pleasure to cruise on the ship. Kieron Tebbutt, Destination Specialist Manager 

 

Ice Class: Length: 84.73 m / 278.3 feet
Breadth: 15.54 m / 51 feetMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 17 knots
Electricity: European Passenger
Capacity:
134

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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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Pricing per person & date

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica | MS Expedition from USD 15,519
Departing Ending Duration
22 Oct 2024 12 Nov 2024 22

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS:

    1 night hotel accommodation in Montevideo pre cruise 
    Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals onboard
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by expedition leader and team 
    English-speaking expedition team 
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Expedition jacket
    A pair of boots for use during the voyage
    Group arrival and departure transfers  

     

    EXCLUSIONS:

    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel Insurance 
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service) 
    Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • No single surcharge if willing to share (Category 1, 2 and 3 cabin classes only). 

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date,  fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.

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