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Penguin Safari: South Georgia & Antarctica | Ocean Adventurer

Available until 03 April 2023 unless sold out prior

16 Days
Save Up To 10 % off!

WAS From USD 18,495   Now From USD 16,645

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACQESFX

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Adventurer

DestinationDestination

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

Embark on this incredible 16 day expedition to the incredible sights of the Frozen White continent. Isolated and pristine, Antarctica offers the perfect expedition experience. Discover fabled islands teeming with king penguins and elephant seals, zodiac cruise near massive icebergs and undertake hikes on one of the most rarely visited continents on Earth; a true final frontier.

*Offers are correct at the time of publishing and are available for sale on selected cabins and departure until 03 April 2023 or sold out.. Discounts are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Only combinable with Shackleton Club Past Passenger offers. Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, and other external factors. No discount applies to any transfer packages, additional activities or pre/post services. Excludes Triple and Single Cabins. The below prices may also include a 'Pay in full at time of booking' which is a 5-10% early payment bonus. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival in Ushuaia

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It’s the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

At Sea - Day 3 to 6

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

South Georgia - Day 7 to 8

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivalled anywhere else on earth.

You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

At Sea - Day 9 to 10

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 11 to 13

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Crossing The Drake - Day 14 to 15

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a little taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • This incredible 16 day voyage will offer the highlight of experiencing the Frozen White Continent of Antarctica as well as the incredible sights of South Georgia, one of the most remote and scarcely visited islands in the world.

  • Have the opportunity to encounter a unique range of wildlife including multiple species of penguin, whales and seal.

  • You will pay a visit to South Georgia where you will see beaches blanketed with colonies of king penguin numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer

Built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, the Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive conversion and refurbishment in 1999 with a further extensive upgrade in 2017. This comfortable ship carries a maximum of 132 passengers, accommodated in 66 cabins all with private en-suite facilities, exterior views and each equipped with a TV and DVD player. The ship also features a large multi-purpose lounge and presentation room, bar, spacious window-lined dining room and exercise room. There are ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless internet access on board. The Ocean Adventurer with its ice-strengthened hull was designed specifically to carry travellers to the remotest corners of the world. It is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers, landings and Zodiac cruises. There are also 4 partially enclosed lifeboats on board. Why we like it "This purpose built expedition ship carries just 132 guests. There are refined public spaces and generous cabins all with private facilities. The ship is sturdy at sea and strong in the ice. This is one of our favourite ships to charter due to the all-round nature of the vessel. Excellent international crew and exceptional food put this ship in the “must recommend” bracket!"

Ice Class: Length: 101 metres
Breadth: 16.2 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
132

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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.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

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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

Triple

Features:-

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

10 % off

USD 18,495 USD 16,645

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  • Triple (3 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Owner's Suite

Features:-

An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Owner's Suites have showers.

33 % off

USD 37,995 USD 25,646

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)

Suite

Features:-

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities.

33 % off

USD 35,495 USD 23,959

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)

Lower Deck Twin

Features:-

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

28 % off

USD 21,995 USD 15,836

Unavailable

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Main Deck Twin Porthole

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

28 % off

USD 22,995 USD 16,556

Unavailable

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Main Deck Twin Window

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.

28 % off

USD 25,495 USD 18,356

Available

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Superior

Features:-

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Note: this cabin has either corner or parallel bed configuration.

33 % off

USD 26,495 USD 17,884

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Deluxe

Features:-

A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

33 % off

USD 26,495 USD 17,884

Available

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)

Important Info

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    Guiding and leadership by experienced expedition staff
    Complimentary use of rubber boots during course of voyage
    Expedition parka (yours to keep)
    One night pre-expedition in Ushuaia
    Group transfer hotel-ship on embarkation day

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Activities not mentioned as included
    Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications
    Gratuities for staff/crew

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

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability