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Antarctica + South Georgia + Falklands 2021

19 days with Alexander+Roberts   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Welcome to Ushuaia
You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa where sea-view rooms have been reserved for our guests.
 
Day 2 Discover Tierra del Fuego + Embark the Ocean Victory
This morning’s guided tour reveals the raw, wild beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you explore the region’s forested mountains and waterways. Then board our state-of-the-art ship and settle in to your outside stateroom. Meet your expedition team and get acquainted with our luxury Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel.  (B+D)
 
Day 3 Crossing the Drake Passage
While the Drake Passage is known for its high winds and seas, you’ll voyage confidently aboard the Ocean Victory, our next-generation Polar ship purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. Enhanced by engaging shipboard talks with experts in the wildlife, geology, history and climate of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, this first day at sea sets the stage for the exciting voyage ahead.  (B+L+D)
 
Day 4 Cruising Toward Antarctica
Named for the renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence – where cold Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents. This creates an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life, and the anticipation builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Indeed, this is the day that we might catch our first sightings of seals and penguins. Conditions permitting, we also hope to make our first landfall on King George, the largest of the South Shetland Islands.  (B+L+D)
 
Day 5 The Tip of the Great White Continent
Rounding the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula brings us into remote waters that we will explore over the next few days! As weather, sea and land conditions allow, we expect to make landings on both the Continent and some of the islands that dot these southern waters. Always, our sharp-eyed naturalists and crew will be on-hand to point out the remarkable wildlife including large penguin colonies and all-white Snow Petrels and Pintado Petrels swooping over the ice floes.  (B+L+D)

Day 6 The Antarctic Sound + Weddell Sea
During these days in the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 for the Swedish vessel Antarctic, our Caption and Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the region’s mighty tabular icebergs; born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf farther south, they are an awesome spectacle to behold! With our exact course determined by local conditions, you can expect exciting, expertly guided Zodiac excursions and shore landings.  (B+L+D)
 
Day 7 Our Guided Explorations Continue
Another enriching day unfolds as we aim to have both Continental and island landings on the shores of both the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea – always with our expert naturalists on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies that have recently been observed. Back on the Ocean Victory, you can continue to enjoy our enriching shipboard talks, fine dining with wine at dinner, and the conviviality of your fellow adventurers. Meals B+L+D

Day 8 In the Wake of Shackleton
Leaving Antarctica behind, we continue our voyage onto the open sea, just as Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew did more than 100 years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea, they moved slowly northward on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. Our journey, of course, will be much less arduous. Indeed this may be a good day to pamper yourself with a shipboard treatment in the Albatross Polar Spa! (B+L+D)

Day 9 Cruising the Open Sea
Leaving the majority of his crew on Elephant Island, Shackleton and five of his men embarked on one of the most desperate marine voyages of all time – navigating more than 700 nautical miles to reach South Georgia Island to call for the rescue of his stranded crew. Our course is expected to take us close by Elephant Island and you can anticipate some exciting talks as our shipboard history experts share dramatic stories of the Endurance captain and crew - and other legendary exploration teams. (B+L+D)
 
Day 10 Approaching South Georgia Island
These days aboard the Ocean Victory promise comfort and safety on the open seas with our ship’s unique X-bow prow; this innovative design affords maximum stability and fuel efficiency even in high seas and strong winds. Depending upon these conditions, we anticipate reaching South Georgia Island around this time and you can expect our shipboard talks to shift to the excursions and experiences that lie ahead. (B+L+D)
 
Day 11 South Georgia Island
Despite South Georgia’s remote setting 1,300 miles east of the South American continent, a unique combination of underwater topography and converging ocean currents has resulted in nutrient-rich seas that support a remarkable variety of wildlife. As weather, sea and land conditions permit, these days exploring South Georgia promise experiences you will never forget.

Calling on Grytviken would offer us the opportunity to experience the island’s long-ago whaling history and to visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Cooper Bay, at the southeast tip of South Georgia, is heralded for its wealth of wildlife including Chinstrap, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins. There are also plenty of fur seals on the beaches. Fascinating volcanic rock formations tower over small fjords; sea and weather conditions permitting, this a terrific place for a thrilling Zodiac cruise to watch wildlife from the waterfront. (B+L+D)

Day 12 Another Enriching Day of Exploration
Exploring in Zodiacs with our expert naturalists and venturing ashore at a variety of landing sites on South Georgia promise unforgettable wildlife encounters. We can expect to encounter healthy populations of sea lions, penguins, seals and a wide variety of sea birds all seeking shelter on this land oasis amid the roaring Southern Atlantic.
 
South Georgia also offers us a chance to learn about the region’s whaling history. Indeed, when Sir Ernest Shackleton arrived here from Elephant Island, it was a whaling station that he called upon to rescue the crew he had left behind. (B+L+D)

Day 13 Cruising Toward the Falkland Islands
A day at sea offers you the opportunity to engage with your fellow adventurers and to attend talks with our shipboard experts. The Library, Wellness Center and Bar Lounge also beckon. As always, you can enjoy the Victory’s fine cuisine in either of the two unique dining venues. A+R guests enjoy wine with dinner. (B+L+D)
 
Day 14 Nearing the Falklands
As our ship continues its west-by-northwest course toward the Falklands, you can expect fascinating lectures on the islands’ history, wildlife and geology. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers, sit down to congenial meals, and head to the Top Deck viewing platform to track the storm petrals and albatrosses that often follow in the wake of our ship. (B+L+D)
 
Day 15 Port Stanley
Established in the early 1840’s, the small town of Stanley has progressed and grown considerably, especially over the past several decades. Going ashore on our first day here Falklands, we’ll enjoy a guided stroll through the town. Schedule permitting, you’ll have some free time if you wish to explore the Historic Dockyard Museum with its exhibits on storied Polar expeditions, natural history and the 1982 Falklands War. (B+L+D)

Day 16 The Falkland Islands
In addition to exploring Port Stanley, the rest of our time in the Falklands will be devoted to some of the island’s many spectacular landing sites – especially regarded among avid birdwatchers. The Falkland Thrush, Black-chinned Siskin, Striated Caracaras and Cobb’s Wren are just some of the many endemic species. In addition, Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins can be observed along with Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphins that are known to swim close to shore to approach our Zodiacs. (B+L+D)
 
Day 17 Cruising Back to South America
Having left the Falklands behind us, the Ocean Victory will chart a southwesterly course back toward the mainland. Enriching talks with our shipboard experts, fine dining and engaging conversation with fellow passengers will enhance your time at sea.  (B+L+D)
 
Day 18 A Final Day at Sea
This final day at sea finds our ship cruising toward the Beagle Channel that will bring us back to Ushuaia. Take advantage of this day to relax, attend a final lecture or two, and to share your perspectives and trip experiences with fellow travelers. The Observation Lounge, Library, Top Deck viewing platform and Bar Lounge also beckon! (B+L+D)
 
Day 19 Disembark in Ushuaia
Step off the Ocean Victory and transfer to the airport for your onward journey. (B)
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All This Included
  • Extraordinary in scope, our in-depth journey traces the route of a courageous explorer who embarked on a daring voyage across the open sea to save his stranded crew!
  • Cross the Drake Passage and navigate around the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore the remote Weddell Sea – where huge tabular icebergs roam.
  • Thrill to multiple Zodiac excursions along some of the most remote, wildlife-rich coasts of the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Venturing out by sea and land with our expert naturalists, you’ll discover South Georgia Island, home to King Penguins, a rich variety of sea birds, and numerous marine mammals
  • Spend two days exploring the Falkland Islands, learning about its history and marveling at its rich diversity of avian and marine species
  • Discover Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World, a breathtaking land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and pristine lagoons. + With 1 night luxury hotel + 17 or 18 night cruise in an outside cabin; 51 meals with wine at dinner; all sightseeing + shore excursions; all transfers + luggage handling; port charges; and all gratuities
Accommodations
Ushuaia: Arakur Resort & Spa
Cruising: Cabin onboard Ocean Victory
Notes
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