Humpback whale diving beneath the wales | Antarctica
FROM: USD $20,695

Discover breathtaking scenery, endless oceans and wonderful wildlife on this 20-day expedition cruise, taking in the highlights of Antarctica as well as the total solar eclipse of December 2021. Explore the quintessentially British town of Stanley on the Falkland Islands, spot lumbering elephant seals and penguins on South Georgia and see gigantic icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. Look out for the breaches of whales from the top deck of our expedition cruise ship, take in the South Shetland Islands and navigate the challenging Drake Passage.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Total solar eclipse - witness the incredible sight of a total solar eclipse on the 4 December 2021 as we position ourselves along the central axis of this incredible spectacle
Falkland Islands - stroll down the streets of quintessentially British Stanley and discover wildlife including penguins and sea lions
Drake Passage - cross this historically challenging channel of water which marks the location of the Antarctic Convergence and is home to a rich variety of marine life
Cape Horn - catch a glimpse of the southern tip of South America as we make our way back towards Ushuaia
South Georgia - wander the abandoned streets of Grytviken, spot lumbering elephant seals and watch giant colonies of king penguins huddle together
South Shetland Islands - discover this remote cluster of islands, home to a variety of wildlife, volcanic warm waters and snow-covered mountains
Ushuaia - begin and end your trip in the 'city at the end of the world' and opt to explore the incredible scenery of Tierra del Fuego
Ocean Atlantic - spend your days at sea aboard our expedition cruise ship with amenities including a swimming pool, restaurant, two bars, gym facilities and a library

Included

19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 19 dinners
Services of an English-speaking expedition team, solar eclipse expert and ship captain and crew
Two shore excursions per day to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Falkland Islands and the South Shetland Islands (ice and weather conditions permitting)
Full board on the ship, afternoon snacks, free tea and coffee daily
Special photo workshop and a digital visual journey to remember your trip
19 nights aboard the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship in a shared outside double cabin with private facilities
Solar eclipse lectures and a position along the central axis of the eclipse to watch the event unfold
Expedition parka, rubber boots for the entire voyage and solar eclipse eye protection
Welcome and farewell cocktails
Taxes and port fees

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tips for the expedition staff & crew (we recommend USD $13.50 per day)
Any meals not onboard the ship & any drinks (excluding tea and coffee)
Government arrival and departure taxes
Pre and post tour accommodation, plus any airport or port transfers

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Argentina

23 November 2021. Welcome to Ushuaia, the 'city at the end of the world'. As the most southern city in the world, this is a great place to start our Antarctica expedition. If you have arrived a few days early then you may wish to head to the nearby archipelago of Tierra del Fuego to explore some of the most beautiful and wild scenery in the world. Embarking the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship, there's a welcome cocktail before the rest of today is free to settle in onboard.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Dinner

Day 2

Day at Sea

Ushuaia - The Falkland Islands. Today we set sail towards the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory located around 480km from the east coast of South America. There's plenty of time today to get to know the Ocean Atlantic.

Facilities onboard include a spacious restaurant serving international cuisine, two bars, a comfortable lounge area, and a library. Relax in the sauna, take a dip in the swimming pool or work out in the gym. There are also lecture theatres where you can learn more about the upcoming total solar eclipse, as well as this remote corner of the globe. All of your meals onboard are included, and you can enjoy free snacks, tea and coffee. From the top deck you can keep your eyes peeled for marine life and see storm petrels and albatrosses swooping and wheeling over the ship.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-4

Exploring The Falklands

In the early afternoon of day 3, we drop anchor near the sheltered natural harbour of Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. We head into the town, which is twinned with the northern English town of Whitby. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the settlement and spot English phone boxes, traditional pubs and even a fish and chip shop!

On day 4 we enjoy two excursions (weather permitting) to some of the islands main wildlife spots. The most appropriate places to visit will be determined on the ground but wherever we visit, you're sure to spot some of the amazing animals that live in this part of the world. Leopard seals, elephant seals and southern sea lions can be seen on the beaches and orcas, humpback whales, blue whales and sei whales inhabit the surrounding waters. Five species of penguin breed on the islands, including king penguins, rockhopper penguins and macaroni penguins. In total, nearly half a million breeding pairs are thought to inhabit the Falklands.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 5-6

At sea towards South Georgia

The Falkland Islands - South Georgia. The next two days are free to relax onboard as we sail across the South Atlantic Ocean towards the remote and sparsely inhabited island of South Georgia. Enjoy photography workshops and lectures from our knowledgeable expedition team. There will be an onboard raffle or auction to raise funds for charitable organisations and you can continue to make use of the Ocean Atlantic's fantastic facilities.

The South Atlantic is one of the world's remotest corners and you can gaze out over the endless blue waves from the top deck. If we're lucky then we may spot some of the species of whale and dolphin which inhabit the region. Species including orcas, fin whales and the majestic blue whale may all be spotted with a bit of luck and a keen eye.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 7-11

Exploring South Georgia

We arrive at South Georgia Island on day 7. South Georgia lies around 830 km northeast of Coronation Island and 550 km northwest of Zavodovski Island. Truly off the beaten track! Over the next few days we'll explore the island, which is sparsely inhabited with a population of around 30 individuals in the summer months and even fewer in winter. Outnumbering the human residents are the huge colonies of penguins, sea lions and seals which take shelter on the rocky outcrops and beaches of the island, including Salisbury Plain. Giant elephant seals lumber on the beach and king penguins huddle together for warmth. Endemic species including the South Georgia shag, South Georgia pipt and South Georgia pintail can also be spotted.

We'll take as many shore landings as possible during our stay off the coast of South Georgia. Watch this incredible wildlife from a respectful distance, explore magical fjords, take in beautiful glaciers and visit the tiny, mostly abandoned settlement of Grytviken. Grytviken was the final resting place for the famed explorer Ernest Shackleton after he died on an Antarctic voyage in 1922. You're more likely to see a penguin or a seal wandering the streets than you are a person.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast x 5, Lunch x 5, Dinner x 5

Day 12

Total Solar Eclipse

South Georgia - South Orkney Islands. 4 December 2021. Today is eclipse day! We have chosen the best possible spot to watch the eclipse aboard our ship. We'll be in position along the central axis of the eclipse, east of the South Orkney Islands. Eye protection will be provided and our expert astronomers will be on hand to talk you through this once in a lifetime spectacle as it unfolds. The total eclipse will last for just under 2 minutes, beginning at 07:33:26 UTC time. During this time we will be plunged into total darkness.

Solar eclipses usually occur twice a year, however total solar eclipses are rare. A total solar eclipse is when the moon perfectly aligns in front of the sun, plunging the entire area into total darkness. Look out for Baily's Beards as the eclipse unfolds - these small blots of light appear just before the total eclipse and are caused by gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface allowing sunlight to pass through in some places but not others.

Having watched the eclipse, we continue towards Antarctica, ready to explore the world's most remote and unexplored continent.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Day at sea

South Orkney Islands - South Shetland Islands. Today we continue south towards the Antarctic Peninsula. As we near this pristine wilderness and the South Shetland Islands, the presence of wildlife begins to multiply. Leopard, fur and weddell seals relax on Cuverville Island, giant humpback whales breach on the Gerlache Strait and orcas leap from the water in the Lemaire Channel. Whilst we can't guarantee any wildlife sightings, there is an excellent chance of spotting some of these species, which are found in good numbers in this untouched paradise.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 14-17

The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

The next four days are spent exploring mainland Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands. The itinerary here is at the discretion of the captain and expedition leader, and depends on weather conditions. We will enjoy as many excursions as possible to fully explore the area.

Projected activities include making landfall on Elephant Island. Located in the north-eastern reaches of the archipelago, Elephant Island is perhaps most famous for the incredible rescue mission that took place here in 1916, when 22 members of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition were rescued after being stranded on the island for 135 days following a shipwreck. We also plan to visit Deception Island, where a now-extinct volcano has warmed the waters enough for a swim. On Half Moon Island you can spot nesting Wilson's storm petrels and adorable chinstrap penguins. See gigantic icebergs in the Antarctic Sound and giant colonies of penguins on the continent.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Days 18-19

The Drake Passage & Cape Horn

South Shetland Islands - Ushuaia. On day 18 we begin our voyage back towards mainland South America. This will involve crossing the famous Drake Passage, where the cold waters of Antarctica meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This interaction causes an upwelling of nutrients from the seafloor, resulting in an incredible diversity of algae, krill and other small sea creatures. Spend these days on the open-air decks, spotting seabirds and marine life with the help of the expedition lecturers on hand.

Known for its strong winds, you can rest easy as we cross the passage in our rugged expedition ship. Sailors consider navigating the Drake Passage a significant achievement, and now you can cross it off your list. We will also catch a glimpse of Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, as we make our way back to Ushuaia.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 20

Ushuaia

12 December 2021. Crossing the Beagle Channel between Tierra del Fuego and Isla Navarino during the night, we arrive back at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy a final breakfast and say goodbye to your crew before disembarking.
Breakfast

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The prices shown are per person based on twin occupancy sharing a Category D Porthole Cabin on the Ocean Atlantic. The 'Single supplement' applies to single travellers who will require their own cabin and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ocean Atlantic, Antarctica

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 star cruise boat

Newly renovated in 2016, the Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for exploring Antarctic waters. With an international ice class-rating of 1B, this cruise ship is one of the strongest operating in Antarctica. At 140-metres in length, a total of 198 passengers are accommodated across multiple decks. Each cabin features an ensuite bathroom, individual temperature controls and a TV, with either portholes or windows. Indoor lounges offer large panel windows, where you can easily look out for passing whales and other sights. Passengers can enjoy daily shore landings with a fleet of 20 motorized rubber ‘Zodiac’ boats taking you to penguin rookeries, research stations and other Antarctic wonders. Upon your return, perhaps enjoy a dip in the pool or sauna, or curl up with a book in the onboard library. There’s also a spacious restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine and a bar offering an assortment of beverages.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Ushuaia
Ends
Ushuaia
Departs
23 November 2021
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 214 passengers
Hotel Rating
Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship
Tour Guide
Escorted by an expedition leader with the services of a captain and crew
Meals
Breakfast: 19, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 19
Visiting
Ushuaia, The Falkland Islands, Antarctica, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands
Countries
Stunning sunset, painting the sky pink and purple in Ushuaia at the end of the earth
Stunning sunset, painting the sky pink and purple in Ushuaia at the end of the earth
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