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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia 2015-16

Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia 2015-16

Antarctica’s seabirds

Whales

‘Slicing the silence’, voyage to Antarctica

Ushuaia

Shackleton

Shop for fine wool in Stanley

Touring icebergs by kayak

The rolling hills ‘camp’ of the Falklands

The king penguins of Salisbury plains

The presence of silence in Antarctica

The grave of Shackleton

Seals

Light of the Antarctic

Cruise the Beagle Channel

Seals and seabirds of the Beagle Channel

The albatross; bird-watching in the Falklands

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula

The breeding grounds of South Georgia

South Shetland Islands

The land beyond the Antarctic Circle

Trip rating
  • If you desire to ‘do it all’ on your Antarctic adventure, then this is the voyage for you. Not only will you cross the Antarctic Circle and travel further south than traditional Antarctic cruises, you’ll also visit the wildlife playgrounds of the Falklands and South Georgia. This journey is for anyone who appreciates a wide variety of landscapes, unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities and a healthy mix of historic landing sites.

    Note: Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.

    Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Day 1 is an arrival day and you can arrive in Ushuaia at any time. With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Flanked by the glacial jagged peaks of the Montes Martial, Ushuaia’s dramatic surroundings offer a spectacular departure point for an Antarctic cruise. While the city has seen unprecedented growth over the past few years with the addition of several new services, restaurants and tourist operations, it has retained an easy going, accessible feel. Travellers can spend some time in the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the many boutique shops and restaurants while preparing for their upcoming adventure. A night in a hotel is included in the voyage price. No meals are included on Day 1.

    Arrival Transfers: Please note an arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions.

    Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.

    Day 2 - Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

    Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Historic visitors who have traversed this channel include Charles Darwin, who journeyed through this region in the famous HMS Beagle. As we continue south, travellers will keep watch on deck for seabirds, seals and dolphins that can approach our vessel.

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - At Sea

    As we sail to the northeast we have the chance to enjoy a series of presentations that include talks on wildlife, ice and polar history, which will undoubtedly create enormous anticipation for our upcoming adventures. On deck the first sightings of albatross and petrels are likely to add to our sense of excitement, whilst our team of experts will be on hand to help us spot whales and identify the various other seabirds. Your expedition team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarise you with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    Our arrival on this infamous archipelago is the first opportunity to see abundant wildlife and the last time we will see permanent human inhabitants during our voyage. The Falklands contain two main islands - East and West, while the entire archipelago include almost 700 smaller ones and we attempt make several zodiac landings during two days on these islands. One of our memorable landings is in Port Stanley, a British unique British outpost with a unique, ramshackle charm. The largest settlement in the Falklands, our day here is spent visiting churches, museums and perhaps mingling with locals at a typical British pub. The Falklands also gives us our first glimpse of some of the wildlife that is present further south. For instance, the archipelago is home to a variety of penguin species that include Magellanic, gentoo, rockhopper as well as the occasional King penguin. We can also expect to see black-browed albatross and elephant seals that crowd the beaches and, if we are lucky, orcas (killer whales) that often swim near the shore. You can also expect to see two endemic bird species - Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. As we travel, our team of lecturers and specialists introduce the flora and fauna along the way and ensure that we make the most of our memorable time on the islands. Potential landing sites in the Falklands include Port Stanley, West Point Island, Saunder’s Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - At Sea

    Leaving the Falklands, our journey continues southeast towards the island of South Georgia. We have a chance to learn more about Antarctic conservation as well as the fascinating history of the area, as our on-board presentations continue. Of course, there is ample time to scan the seascape from the top deck in search of marine mammals and seabirds. We will cross the Antarctic Convergence on this leg of our journey and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-11 - South Georgia

    While it is highly unlikely we will come across anyone else on South Georgia, this remote outpost has long been a centre for exploratory and commercial expeditions. Many of these original inhabitants arrived to the island to hunt the abundant whales and elephant seals that lead to steep declines in the wild population. While thankfully this practice has now been abated, we will see many remnants of the period, including several abandoned whaling stations and other outposts of this forgotten era. Perhaps, however, the most significant historic spot here is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Located in Grytviken, the site is commemorated with a tombstone and is also home to an old whaling station, the South Georgia Museum and a small gift shop and church. While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that visitors often find the most captivating. South Georgia, often referred to as the 'Galapagos of the Poles', is home to an extraordinary variety and quantity of wildlife. Travellers can expect to see rookeries with thousands of king penguins that waddle on the beach, breeding sooty albatrosses and fur seals jostle for domination over their slice of territory. Such scenes leave indelible prints in the minds of travellers that are rarely forgotten. Our potential landing sites in South Georgia include Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, Fortuna Bay, Grytviken, St. Andrew’s Bay and Cooper Bay.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - At Sea

    Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy some quiet time or take in presentations by the expedition team, which will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes them each unique. With good weather conditions, a landing at the South Orkney Islands may mark your official landing on Antarctica.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14-16 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

    The most common reaction to arriving at the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. One moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, then the next you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin. Glacier hikes, visits to research bases and, of course, communing with the seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling each and every day. Perhaps you’ll catch sight of the fearless penguin-eater, the leopard seal, or come eye to eye with a curious Minke whale while out on a Zodiac ride. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy. Potential landing sites in and around Antarctica include Deception Island, the South Shetland Islands, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, the Neumayer Channel and many more.


    If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps you’ll treat yourself by booking our kayaking adventure option (reserve in advance when booking your trip) or if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a polar plunge might be what you need!

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17-18 - Crossing the Antarctic Circle

    Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south.

    With a toast to the first explorers who ventured here, you can raise a glass of champagne and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, with the potential for some fantastic iceberg sightings.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 19-20 - Northbound along the Antarctic Peninsula

    If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We’ll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily. Your expedition team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.
     

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 21-22 - Crossing the Drake Passage

    After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.
     

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 23 - Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

    After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow travellers. We will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. Please do not book outbound flights before 12.00pm.

    Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

    Transfers: If you are extending your stay and would like a transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to Ushuaia Airport please contact Peregrine or your agent.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.
    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • An expedition parka to keep.
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials including an informative Antarctic Reader.
    • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

    Not Included

    • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation.
    • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
    • Telecommunications charges.
    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
    • Massage services on the Ocean Diamond are available for onboard purchase.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

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    Ocean Diamond

    Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with experienced captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides.

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    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

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    • 18 Dec 2015 - 09 Jan 2016
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Start City: Ushuaia
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