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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica | MS Expedition

22 Days
From USD 13,199

Trip Code: ACTSFGAI

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Expedition

DestinationDestination

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia

DestinationDeparture Date

22/10/2023

TransportAccommodation

Standard



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OVERVIEW

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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 cabins. Pricing is available until 30Jan2023 and subject to change due to availability and currency fluctuation

 

ITINERARY

Arrival in Montevideo

Arrive into Montevideo at any time. An arrival transfer is included from the airport to your hotel.

Montevideo is the historic yet cosmopolitan capital of Uruguay. Situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata it is home to half of Uruguay’s population. The city has much to offer including the historic Old City with the Plaza Independencia at its heart and its Citadel Gate used up until 1829 to protect the city from invasion. The plaza separates the Ciudad Vieja (old town) with its art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks such as the towering Palacio Salvo, from the city's downtown. Explore the covered market of Mercado del Puerto or the Centenario Football Stadium where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Stroll along La Rambla, hugging Montevideo’s scenic waterfront or maybe head to the beachside suburbs of Carrasco or Pocitos.

Montevideo - Embark on Ship

Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo. The morning is free to explore Montevideo. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset and Montevideo fading into the distance. On the first day on-board, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands -Days 3 to 5

With a course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where you meet your guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Falkland Islands /Southern Ocean - Day 6 & 7

The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. Port Stanley, the capital, offers an opportunity to 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 - Day 8 & 9

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.

South Georgia/Scotia Sea - Days 10 to 13

Home to many interesting sites, including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts prolific wildlife. Visit a huge colony of king penguins, a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, we will have three to four days to explore this island.

South Georgia has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775. It is the largest island in the territory and one of the wildest and most remote places on earth with dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers. In the 19th century South Georgia was a prominent whaling base, but whaling ceased in the 1960’s and the only remnants are museums and well-preserved buildings. South Georgia teems with wildlife due to the currents that bring nutrients to the island from the Atlantic. Huge numbers of penguins and seals breed here.

Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands - Days 14 & 15

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

South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage-Days 16 to 19

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

Drake Passage Crossing - Days 20 & 21

Today we turn north to begin our journey back across the Drake Passage to our home port of Ushuaia. In between bird watching, whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, our final two days are a perfect opportunity to relax and review the highlights of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

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.

Expedition

Expedition

Safe, sturdy and fast, the MS Expedition is amongst the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. With a focus on top of the line safety and comfort, the MS Expedition has been transformed into one of the world's leading Polar expedition cruise ships, 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 spacious 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.

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.

 

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 13,199
Departing Ending Duration
22 Oct 2023 12 Nov 2023 22

Important Info

  • 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). 

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Season and availability