along as several species of albatross follow your vessel into the
westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels
West Point Island which hosts a bounty of birdlife, from shore birds
near the landing site to black-browed albatrosses on the nest
Saunders Island watch the black-browed albatross, along with breeding
imperial shags and rockhopper penguins, king penguins, Magellanic
penguins, and gentoos
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior||Junior Suite||Grand Suite||Hondius Suite|
|Feb 24, 2021||Mar 18, 2021||15,200||16,900||18,400||19,100||20,400||21,950||23,500||26,950||30,950|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Feb 24, 2021||Mar 18, 2021||15,200||20,400||30,950|
1: End of the world, start of a journey
voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to
be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern
tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this
small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of
the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the remainder of the evening.
2: The winged life of the westerlies
species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with
storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.
3: Finding the Falklands
Falkland (Malvinas) Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is
easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands
are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and
Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances
are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and
Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters. During this
segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:
Point Island – This beautiful island hosts a bounty of
birdlife, from shore birds near the landing site to black-browed
albatrosses on the nest. Among them is a rookery of rockhopper penguins
who have to undertake an incredible climb from the sea to get to their
nests among the albatrosses.
Island – On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed
albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding
imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic
penguins, and gentoos are also found here.
4: The seat of Falklands culture
capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley has
some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and
English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several
century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of
19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a
visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War.
Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at
will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not
included in the voyage.
5-6: Once more to the sea
route to South Georgia, you now cross the Antarctic Convergence. The
temperature cools considerably within the space of a few hours, and
nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water
columns. This phenomenon attracts a multitude of seabirds near the
ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels,
prions, and skuas.
7-10: South Georgia journey
you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in
mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely
dictating the program. Over the next several days, you have a chance to
visit the following sites:
Island – This location is closed during the early part of the
wandering albatross breeding season (November 20 – January
7). From January on, the breeding adults have found their partners and
are sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks. Enjoy witnessing the
gentle nature of these animals, which possess the largest wingspan of
any birds in the world.
Bay – Near beaches inhabited by various penguins and seals,
you have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s
route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts
across the mountain pass beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall, and
as the terrain is partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small
Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor – These sites not only
house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia,
they’re also three of the world’s largest breeding
beaches for southern elephant seals. Only during this time of year do
they peak in their breeding cycle. Watch the four-ton bulls keep a
constant vigil (and occasionally fight) over territories where dozens
of females have just given birth or are about to deliver. You can also
see a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals here during the
breeding season (December – January).
– In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the
streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place
– because they basically do. Here you might be able to see
the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.
11: Southward bound
may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south
polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the
12: The scenic vistas of South Orkney
on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine
scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago.
The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can
enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit
isn’t possible, you may instead land in Signy
Island’s Shingle Cove.
13: Legendary Elephant Island
now completed roughly the same route (albeit in the opposite direction)
as Sir Ernest Shackleton did using only a small life boat, the James
Caird, in spring of 1916. Watching Elephant Island materialize on the
horizon after crossing all that water, it’s hard not to
marvel at how he and his five-man crew accomplished that feat.
purpose of Shackleton’s crossing was to rescue 22 shipwrecked
members of his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the
Endurance Expedition, who were stranded on Elephant Island. For four
and a half months, Shackleton undertook this legendary rescue.
on Elephant Island are severe. The coastline is mostly made up of
vertical rock and ice cliffs highly exposed to the elements. If
possible you will take the Zodiacs to Point Wild, where the marooned
members of Shackleton’s expedition miraculously managed to
14: Along the Antarctic Peninsula
ice permits, you sail into the Antarctic Sound at the northwestern edge
of the Weddell Sea. Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival
to the eastern edges of the Antarctic Peninsula. Brown Bluff is a
potential location for a landing, where you may get the chance to set
foot on the continent.
15: Scenes of South Shetland
volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked
in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide
variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small
amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant
Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows
and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned
whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with
kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. A good
hike is a possibility in this fascinating and desolate volcanic
16-20: Onward into Antarctica
stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and
unique polar wildlife below and above welcome you into the otherworldly
expanse of Antarctica. You enter the area around Gerlache Strait,
venturing into one of the most beautiful settings Antarctica has to
offer. Sites you may visit here include:
Harbor – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless
wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise
and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine
Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these
sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance
you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.
& Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could
sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie
penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility
you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as
aim is then to cut south, reaching Crystal Sound and the Antarctic
Circle. You may make a landing at Detaille Island and visit an
abandoned British research station, taking in the limitless landscape.
Afterward you venture back into the area around Lemaire Channel and the
with all of our Antarctic trips, conditions on the Drake Passage
determine the exact time of departure.
21-22: Familiar seas, familiar friends
return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake,
you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered
from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you
now, and you to them.
23: There and back again
adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end.
It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that
will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Hondius (Expedition, 176-guests)
MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes
transfer from the pick-up point to the vessel on the day of
embarkation, in Ushuaia
group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Diving: USD 940