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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands 2022

The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and South Georgia are home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. With beaches covered in fur seals, elephant seals, and hundreds of thousands of penguins, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping nature scenes you will ever experience. We’ll also explore the fascinating history of the area, dating back to the grandiose times of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Come with us to this spectacular world of ice on the other side of the earth! 

PolarQuest will have a group on board this departure. The trip operator is Polar Latitudes.

  • The ultimate Antarctica cruise
  • Experience the world’s most remote continent
  • Visit the wildlife haven of South Georgia
  • Possibility of sighting 7 different species of penguin
  • See the gigantic elephant seals fight for their harems
  • Marvel at huge icebergs
  • The trip is 100 % climate compensated
  • Offer: 15% Early booking discount
Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto Madryn and in Ushuaia. Cabin on board M/S Seaventure. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiacs. Ship: M/S Seaventure. Passengers: 149 passengers. Languages: English. Length: 22 days, 19 nights on ship. Price: From USD 18 995. Departure: 1 November 2022

Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Madryn

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions, and is known as the best place in Argentina to see Southern Right whales. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship staff at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.

Day 3-4: Southern Ocean

As we sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held, and you won’t want to miss our experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife, history, and geology of the area.

Day 5: West Falkland

We’ll be exploring some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands/Malvinas, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for Black-Browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries.

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland

Stanley is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbour. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores.

Day 7-8: Southern Ocean

Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife identifying to do as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics such as the captivating history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

 

Day 9-12: South Georgia

South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as you take in tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. We’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, featuring the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13-14: Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we’ll continue our informative presentations and wildlife spotting as the icebergs become bigger and more plentiful.

Day 15-18: Antarctica

Here we’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbours, manoeuvring through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as we spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea.

Day 19-20: Drake Passage

We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 21: Ushuaia Disembarkation

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning and transfer to the beautiful Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia. Here you can unwind at the resort, relax in the spa, or hit the streets of Ushuaia to explore more sights.

Day 22: Ushuaia

Saying goodbye to the lovely Arakur, our Antarctic adventure officially comes to an end. As you continue on, homeward bound or perhaps to another destination, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the last wild place on earth.

Please note: Our exact route will depend on wildlife and weather conditions. The planned itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

PolarQuest will have a group on board this departure. The trip operator is Polar Latitudes.

WHAT MAKES SOUTH GEORGIA SO SPECIAL?

In the middle of the Southern Ocean lies South Georgia. With nearly 3000-meter-high mountain peaks, impressive glaciers and sandy beaches the island invites its visitors to some of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. The wildlife here is truly extraordinary. Everywhere, on the beaches and rocks, in the water and the air, the wildlife is teeming. The sound of hundreds of thousands of king penguins is very powerful! It is an incredible experience to stand among all these curious individuals. Here, we also have chance to meet the huge elephant seals, which can weigh as much as four tons and have over 200 females in one single harem! The new-born seal pups have just started to explore the world and are keen on getting acquainted. Their immense, black eyes win every visitor’s heart! With no land based predators on the island, the wild life here have no fear of humans. This creates a truly magical setting to encounter the animals and watch them go about their day undisturbed.  

POLAR ADVENTURES SINCE 1999

For more than 20 years, we have taken adventurous travellers to the Polar Regions. Every expedition with us is unique and our aim is that each passenger will have the trip of a lifetime. When you call our office, you will speak to members of staff, whom all have been on polar expeditions themselves and can answer all your questions about the big adventure. Welcome on board!

 

EXTRA ACTIVITY

We are pleased to offer sea kayaking on this voyage. There will be a limited number of participants, so contact PolarQuest now if you wish to participate and have not already signed up!
Price: USD 895 per person.

The ship M/S Seaventure

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  • Sun deck
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  • Dining room
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  • Library
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  • Porthole Stateroom
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  • Veranda Stateroom Twin
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  • Veranda Stateroom with balcony
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  • Window Stateroom
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M/S Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. The ship offers all outside-facing staterooms and beautifully appointed dining areas, as well as al fresco dining on the Lido deck when weather permits.

 

Seaventure also offers:

  • A heated saltwater pool on the top deck
  • A sauna and fitness centre
  • A dedicated Citizen Science lab
  • A certified Emergency MD and Clinic
  • A dedicated Passenger Service Manager
  • A voyage photographer
  • Two Elevators serving all passenger decks
  • Library with computers

 

All Staterooms Feature:

  • Exterior views
  • Sitting area with chairs or sofa and table
  • Complimentary Mini-Bar
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Safe to store your valuables
  • Independent temperature controls
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Hair dryer

 

Cabins & prices

  • Book our Expedition Antarctica 2022 by the 31st October 2021 at the latest and get a 15% discount per person! Cannot be combined with any other offers.
Cabin category Price per person
Triple Staterooms USD 18 995
Porthole Staterooms USD 21 845
Window Staterooms USD 24 475
Veranda Staterooms USD 28 145
Owner´s Suites USD 33 205

Price includes

  • 2 hotel nights
  • 19 nights on board the expedition ship M/S Seaventure
  • Guiding ashore and lectures on board
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (some super premium brands excluded)
  • Certified Emergency MD and Clinic
  • World Class Cuisine and Live Entertainment
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
  • Complimentary Expedition Jacket
  • Loan of waterproof boots on board
  • 200MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
  • WiFi from the public computers
  • Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
  • The trip is 100 % climate compensated

Not included

  • Airfare to Puerto Madryn and from Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew

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