ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA and THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
Welcome the New Year in Antarctica then follow in the footsteps of Shackleton
ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA and THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, SOUTH GEORGIA, ELEPHANT ISLAND, FALKLAND ISLANDS
18 DAYS 27 DEC 2017 - 13 JAN 2018

This new voyage takes place at the height of the Antarctic summer. We enjoy extended daylight hours at this time of the season, the wildlife colonies are busy and as the sea ice continues to break up, allowing a range of landing sites to explore as well as making a stop at one of the greatest wildlife spots on the planet. We cross the Drake Passage arriving in Antarctica to celebrate the New Year!

Tour Highlights
  • ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
  • SOUTH GEORGIA
  • ELEPHANT ISLAND
  • FALKLAND ISLANDS
  • FLY FROM FALKLANDS TO CHILE

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Antarctica, South Georgia, The Falkland Islands

  • When
    :

    January, December

  • What
    :

    Cruise

FORWARD FEEDBACK

“Rose and David’s thorough attention to detail with my first trip to Antarctica in 2010 contributed greatly to my most amazing travel experience ! The ship, the crew and the great One Ocean team took care of the rest. It’s a phenomenal place and I was thrilled to make it “twice in a lifetime” in 2015.”
Suzanne C, Mar 2015

VISIT SHACKLETON'S GRAVE

Sir Ernest Shackleton died returning from an Antarctic voyage and his body was being sent back to England when his wife asked why? ‘Let him rest in South Georgia, it is what he would want’ and so he is buried in the graveyard at Grytviken, fittingly facing due south. All our journeys hope to visit him, drink a toast, and pay respects to ‘The Boss”.

Itinerary

Arrive in Ushuaia, transfer to hotel
for your included pre cruise accommodation

Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the pier where we embark our expedition ship. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds as we transit the Drake Passage. Photographing these magnificent
birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel.

We awaken today and the magnificent snowy

peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. This must surely be one of the most spectacular locations in the world to bring in the New Year! We spend the next several days
navigating through icy waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula. We make several off-ship excursions each day, exploring on shore, or cruising in the Zodiacs. As well as exploring the offshore islands along the coastline, we hope to step foot on the actual continent of Antarctica.

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South
Shetland Islands. If the weather permits, we sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. To the north, lies Elephant Island – forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago. This is a thrilling location for history buffs.

As we depart Antarctica we cannot help but ponder the journey made by Shackleton and his four companions – as they attempted the near impossible – navigating 800 nautical miles in a 30 foot converted lifeboat across the tempestuous Scotia Sea to South Georgia. We make a much easier time of the crossing in our state of the art expedition ship. Anticipation
builds as the mountainous peaks appear on the horizon, marking our arrival at South Georgia.

South Georgia has often been called the most staggering wildlife show on earth. This remote southeastern end of South Georgia, we windswept location situated in the southern spend the next three days thoroughly exploring archipelago provides one further day of activity. the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock We launch our Zodiacs and go ashore to view covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering the remarkable wildlife colonies found here. peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses. Three species of penguins including gentoo, Seals cover the beaches and seabirds fill the magellenic and rockhopper exist in the vicinity. skies. We’ll also discover the majestic king Southern elephant seals and South American penguins, living in rookeries of immense size, sea lions are found hauled out on the beaches. some numbering in the hundreds of thousand.
Locations we hope to visit include Gold Harbour,
Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain.
Dotted along the coastline are the rusting relics of the early whaling era. The largest of these in locations is Grytviken. This is the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton – who was laid to rest here in 1922.

By now we are in sensory overload, our cameras full of images and our journey towards the Falkland Islands commences. Much of our time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals. The spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are our constant companions as they soar above the ship.

After several days crossing, Sea Lion Island Rounding the marks our arrival into the Falkland Islands.

Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town coastal England or Scotland. It is charming with brightly coloured houses, pretty flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. There is time to explore the town, before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices are per person sharing a cabin in USD

    Prices are per person sharing a cabin in USD

    2017 TRIPLE SHARE SEMI PRIVATE TWIN PRIVATE SUPER SHACKLETON SUITE ONE OCEAN SUITE
    27DEC  $14,795 $16,995 $18,995 $20,295 $21,995 $23,795

    Single travellers can choose to share with another traveller (matched based on gender and age) and pay the above prices.
    Sole use of a cabin has a 50% surcharge, and 100% for Suites.

     

INCLUSIONS

    Arrival transfer and one night pre-cruise accommodation.
    (based on twin share – 50% discount for single travellers)
    Flight from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas

    Extensive pre-departure information package
    Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
    Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer.
    All zodiac and landing excursions
    All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
    One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
    Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
    Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
    Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub
    Experienced doctor on each journey
    Multimedia Room to download images, with Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

    Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage – valued at US$1,000
    Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
    Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    Water resistant binoculars
    Waterproof backpack
    Trekking poles available on shore

    Optional

    Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 (Arctic) US$795 (Antarctic) per person.
    Pre-registration required at time of booking.
    Overnight Camping (Antarctica only, included in the voyage price), no pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please ask us for further details.

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