South Georgia special | 20 days
Embarking in Ushuaia and disembarking in Montevideo, this unusual South Georgia cruise takes you to an area where the density of wildlife is second to none. Four to five days will be spent on South Georgia. In Autumn, king penguin numbers on the island peak, life is teaming on the beaches with countless Antarctic fur seal pups playing in the surf and huge southern elephant seals are hauled out and moulting. South Georgia pipit and South Georgia pintail proliferate following the island-wide eradication of rats. Macaroni penguin chicks are fledging and the gentoo penguins may be seen moulting. The eggs of the wandering albatross have started to hatch and if we are lucky enough to make a landing at Prion Island we might get a rare sight of the fluffy white chick of this most majestic of birds. Light-mantled albatross and grey-headed albatross also breed on the island and the chances are that we can encounter these birds too. Humpback, fin, minke and possibly even southern right and blue whales may be spotted during the trip.
Weather conditions on South Georgia can be challenging and will largely dictate the programme but sites that may be visited include Prion Island and Fortuna Bay and we may follow the final section of Shackleton’s route to Stromness. At Grytviken, there will be a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton’s grave nearby.
29 March – 17 April 2019
Guide price:From £9,645 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
Options:Polar Pioneer offers a Subantarctic safari – one day in the Falkland Islands and eight days in South Georgia, 23 March – 9 April and 16 November – 3 December 2018, a rare chance for photographers to spend extended time ashore.
Guide price from £12,455 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)
Sea Spirit visits the Falklands for three days and spends six days on South Georgia, 19 October – 10 November 2018.
Guide price £10,110 per person in twin cabin (private facilities)
Fiona’s travel tips
DON’T MISS: Camping overnight on the peninsula to experience Antarctic weather close up. It might seem tough at the time but you won’t regret it! Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s popular.
LET US KNOW: If you have a former connection with any of the polar regions we visit by ship. Perhaps you or a relative lived on one of the bases, or were a member of a past expedition? We can offer you the chance to share your experiences, diaries or photographs with others on your voyage. In the past we’ve even got the ship to make unscheduled visits to tie in with such an event.
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“The holiday was great and met all my expectations – all the connections worked like clockwork. The cruise was fantastic and we landed on all except the South Orkneys which were ice bound. Food was very good and plenty of it – Iguazu was really good and connections etc worked well – the room was fantastic with Falls view as specified – at the end of the day it was good to relax by the pool and enjoy the Bacardi and coke as you do. Thanks for organising the trip it was one in a lifetime.”
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John Sharples, Antarctic Peninsula
“In December 2012 I was able to fulfil my dream of setting foot on Antarctica despite my age (83 and eight months) and disability. Thanks to Fiona’s meticulous planning and the resulting support of guides and the Plancius crew at every step en-route and on the boat, I was able to travel there and back alone, and to enjoy shore landings and zodiac rides. A truly stunning experience. I realise how blessed I was to have so much encouragement and help both from Fiona and the expedition team.”
Dr Grete Gross, Antarctic Peninsula voyage
“It was a fascinating voyage with lasting impressions. The wildlife both on the Falklands and on Antarctica is incredibly rich. The organisation on board the ship was very good. Among the talks given by the scientific crew I enjoyed the witty talks by Robert Headland the most. The familiar atmosphere in the lodges on Sea Lion Island and on Carcass Island was very nice indeed. Last but not least I should like to thank you for the impeccable organisation on your part.”
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