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Step aboard the Sea Spirit on this comprehensive 23-day cruise to Antarctica, combined with one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons, a solar eclipse. The cruise first heads to the historic Falkland Islands then sets course to South Georgia, home to one of the best wildlife viewing locations on earth with enormous populations of elephant seals and king penguins. You will finally make your way to the Antarctic Peninsula not before witnessing uninterrupted views of the solar eclipse.
Duration: 23 Days
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the starting point of our expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport, we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city centre.
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savour the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head northeast toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands. We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbour.
From the Falkland Islands, we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.
South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.
Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
Following our adventures in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward the Solar Eclipse “sweet spot.” We may see the ice edge off to the ship’s port side, as sea birds trail our vessel. Our goal will be to ideally position the vessel to best take advantage of the moon's shadow.
On Eclipse Day, we monitor our location carefully with the ship’s compass and our onboard eclipse expert. The weather forecast will also be considered to provide the best viewing possible. Coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow across the Southern Ocean are expected to be:
7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above the horizon
7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above the horizon
7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above the horizon
Our expedition team will be on the bridge and on deck to point out wildlife – seabirds and whales – or even icebergs that might cross our path as we head for the Peninsula. Early season is a fantastic time to be at the Peninsula when the environment reawakens to start the lifecycle anew.
The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.
The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.
The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.
From Antarctica, we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.
After breakfast, we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town centre if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!
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21m², located on oceanus deck, three single beds, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
23m², located on main deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
21m², located on oceanus deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
20m², located on club deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
24m², located on sports deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, walk-in wardrobe.
30m², located on sun deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area.
43m², located on sun deck, king bed, sofa bed private deck, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area, game area, BOSE stereo system, jetted bathtub.
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.