Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands: Sea Spirit

Towering Icebergs, Thousands of Penguins, and Tales of Shackleton

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands: Sea Spirit route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $13,295  
Length: 23 days
Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 21 nights aboard a deluxe expedition ship, 1 hotel night
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 23-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
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Highlights

  • Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands in one journey
  • Zodiac excursions amid extraordinary wildlife including thousands of penguins
  • Expert Antarctic naturalists and historians to enrich your experience

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Pre-Departure Information

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Choose from a Variety of Ships

We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. This is the detailed information for Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands: Sea Spirit. To see all departures on all ships, please click here.

Special Offer!

Up to 15% off on Nov 5-25, 2016 and Jan 5-25, 2017 departures. Subject to availability. Call for details. 

Offer valid until Sept 30, 2015.

Experience three epic destinations of the Southern Ocean: the wildlife-rich oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its legends of Shackleton and massive colonies of king penguins, and the celebrated Antarctic Peninsula, a world of towering peaks and icebergs. On our small-ship expedition cruise during the austral summer, adventures by go-anywhere Zodiacs grant us fantastic access to hidden bays full of drifting bergs and shores thronged with chattering penguins and basking elephant seals, while our expert naturalists and historians illuminate the fascinating world of the Antarctic.

Itinerary


Feb 17-Mar 10, 2016 Departure

Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

The small city of Ushuaia is the perfect starting point for our expedition cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Located near the southern tip of South America, it boasts beautiful views of the Andres Mountains and the Beagle Channel. Stroll the lively main street of cafes, shops and outfitters, perhaps picking up a last-minute item for your voyage, or enjoying a typical Argentine grill entrée at one of the many casual restaurants. If you arrive early, you will want to visit beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park. Guests will overnight at the stunningly situated five-star Arakur Resort and Spa, a member of the "Leading Hotels of the World."

Day 2
Embarkation Day

In the afternoon, embark the Sea Spirit and set sail down the scenic Beagle Channel.

Days 3-4
Drake Passage

Through presentations and informal conversations, a team of experts on Antarctic wildlife, history and geology will enlighten you about what you’ll expect to see in the days ahead. Keep a sharp eye out as we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where ocean dynamics create a unique zone of marine life and activity. In the early evening of the fourth day, weather and sea conditions permitting, plan to have our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 5-8
The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands

In the region of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula you get a great variety of opportunities to actively explore the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery. With nearly 200 recognized sites, explore the enchanting world of the Sixth Continent. A flexible planning is a key to successful expedition.

Your Captain and Expedition Leader will do their best to show you all the faces of Antarctica. We hope to tick off five penguin, six seal,  several whale species in Antarctic check-list. While cruising along narrow Antarctic waterways, admire huge icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colours. Visit scientific stations representing several different countries and learn about Antarctic scientific researches straight from the source. Of course setting foot on the actual Antarctic Continent is also on agenda.

Days 11-13
South Georgia

For many, South Georgia is a not-to-be-missed destination within the Antarctic region. These sub-Antarctic islands are mountain peaks emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the White Continent. Shaped like a long and narrow whalebone, the islands are home to:

  • Four seal species – southern elephant seal, Antarctic fur seal, Weddell seal, and leopard seal.
  • Several whale species – southern right whales, humpbacks, fin whales, sperm whales, killer whales orcas, and southern bottlenose whales.
  • Antarctic seabirds, about 46% of the world's breeding population of grey headed albatrosses; northern giant petrels, white chinned petrels and Antarctic prions. Most of the world's population of the South Georgia blue eyed shags live there, some 7,500 pairs.
  • Penguins – around half the world's population of macaroni penguins, along with 100,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins and about 6,000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap penguins.
  • The most attractive residents of the South Georgia are King penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The total number of King penguins is around 400,000 breeding pairs.
Spend three days among the alpine landscapes and penguins colonies. You will also visit to the historic settlement of Grytviken. With its whaling-era remnants and Earnest Shackleton’s gravesite, the one-time whaling town is one of the highlights of South Georgia.

Days 9-10
Scotia Sea

More informative presentations are in store today, as you head northeast toward South Georgia.

Days 14-16
At Sea

Days 17-18
The Falklands

The Falkland Islands offer an unforgettable vista of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. On the beaches, elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling among themselves to establish territories or just simply relaxing. Sea lions and fur seals are also common sights. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s seventeen species – King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni. What’s more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth. Look for black-browed albatrosses nesting on grassy hillsides overlooking the sea.

The capital of the Falklands Port Stanley is the southernmost British outpost in the world. With many reminders of its British heritage such as red phone booths and English pubs, the town boasts other unusual sights like a whalebone arch and shipwrecks along the coast.

Days 19-22
Southern Ocean

Reality begins to set in during this final sea passage separating the magic world you’ve just explored from the rest of the world you’ll soon be rejoining. Refresh your memories through a photo exchange with newfound friends, and bid farewell to seabirds and whales that you can identify more easily now.

Day 23
Buenos Aires / Disembark / Depart

Your morning disembarkation from Sea Spirit is followed by a group transfer to the airport. Or you may opt to stay at the city center, enjoying a few more days in the capital of Argentina and the birthplace of the Tango.


Itinerary In-Brief (Nov. 5-25, 2016 & Jan. 5-25, 2017)

Day 1 Arrive / Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Ushuaia / embarkation
Day 3 At sea
Days 4-5 The Falklands
Days 6-7 At sea
Days 8-11 South Georgia
Days 12-13 Scotia Sea
Days 14-18 The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands
Days 19-20 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 21 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be travelling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry, many will require that you step in the water to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2016
Feb 17-Mar 10, 2016
Nov 5-25, 2016
2017
Jan 5-25, 2017

Trip Cost

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

Feb 17-Mar 10, 2016

CategoriesCruise Price
Triple Classic $13,295
Main Deck Suite $15,495
Classic Suite $17,295
Superior Suite $18,895
Deluxe Suite $19,995
Premium Suite $21,795
Owner's Suite $23,595

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

Nov 5-25, 2016

CategoriesCruise Price
Triple Classic $10,995
Main Deck Suite $11,696
Classic Suite $13,496
Superior Suite $14,126
Deluxe Suite $14,786
Premium Suite $16,146
Owner's Suite $22,095
Sea Kayaking Option: $850
Early Booking Discount valid until Sept 30, 2015 - varies by cabin

Jan 5-25, 2017

CategoriesCruise Price
Triple Classic $13,995
Main Deck Suite $16,995
Classic Suite $19,595
Superior Suite $20,295
Deluxe Suite $22,595
Premium Suite $23,995
Owner's Suite $27,095
Sea Kayaking Option: $850
Early Booking Discount valid until Sept 30, 2015 - varies by cabin

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
130 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $750 per person
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • One pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Buenos Aires
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All schedule landings and excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders
  • All meals on board throughout th evoyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
  • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital voyage log

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare; Visa nad passport fees (if applicable); Luggage and trip cancellation insurance; Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel; Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings; Emergency evacuation insurance to a minimum benefit of USD $150,000; Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

Arrival & Departure Information

Please review the following information before confirming your flight arrangements to Buenos Aires/Ushuaia.  Many Antarctica travelers like to begin their journey by spending a few days in Buenos Aires to get over jet lag and also to allow for any possible weather delays en route.  Note that cruises are not like other trips—if you arrive late, you miss the sailing and you can’t catch up.

It is always an overnight flight to reach Buenos Aires from the US, so you will have to book your flights to depart the US a day prior to the start of the trip. Buenos Aires has two airports; please book your flights to EZE, Buenos Aires’ international airport.

Arrival & Meeting Place
Ushuaia, Argentina
Hotel Name: To Be Announced
Date: Day 1
Time: Any time

Suggested Arrival Airport
Ushuaia (USH) via Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE/AEP)

If you are connecting in Buenos Aires to a flight to Ushuaia the same day, you need to allow at least three hours connecting time because you may have to transfer from the international airport to the domestic airport, which takes up to one hour. Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfers will be provided to the group hotel for an overnight. On Day 2, you will be transferred to the boat for boarding in the late afternoon.

Departure
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: Day 23

Suggested Departure Airport
Buenos Aires (AEP/EZE)
Suggested departure time: Noon   

International Air Travel
You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Argentina. Airlines with the most convenient schedules for this trip include:

American Airlines (via Miami or Dallas)
Phone: 800-433-7300
www.aa.com
   
Delta Airlines (via Atlanta)
Phone: 800-241-4141
www.delta.com
 
Airport codes: Miami (MIA); Buenos Aires, Argentina International Airport (EZE); Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) Ushuaia(USH)

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.

Sea Spirit

One of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels in operation, the Sea Spirit carries a maximum of 114 guests in all outside-facing suites with marble-appointed bath facilities, picture window or portholes, walk-in-closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, and satellite telephone access. All cabins have TV/VCR and individually controlled thermostats. This outstanding expedition vessel offers two large lounges, fine dining, a hot tub, library, gym, and elevator access to all passenger levels. In addition to the team of guest lecturers, the Sea Spirit has a resident photographer to assist on deck and on shore. A fleet of sturdy inflatable landing crafts is used for shore excursions.