Falkland Islands cruise in 2020

“Explore one of the world’s most remote and fascinating destinations with an expedition cruise of the Falkland Islands.”

Highlights

Buenos Aires | West Point Island | Saunders Island | Sea Lion Island | Bleaker Island | Zodiac excursions | Stanley | Ushuaia |

Description of Falkland Islands cruise in 2020

The Falkland Islands are heaving with wildlife, but also an enthralling naval history, and a rich local culture. During this 10-day tour of the isolated South Atlantic archipelago scheduled for October 2020 you’ll be immersed in the islands’ wild landscapes, with regular landings by Zodiac boat for excursions to destinations such as West Point, Bleaker and Sea Lion Island (wonder what’s there?)

Travel aboard a state-of-the-art expedition cruise vessel, equipped with its own luxurious health & wellness facilities including a heated saltwater pool and saunas! But while temptation lies below deck, you’ll likely find yourself spending as much time as you possibly can outside, watching out for the Falklands wildlife including sea lions, albatrosses and of course, cute penguins.

You’ll be departing from one of South America’s most exciting capitals: Buenos Aires, and 10 days later will disembark in Ushuaia, at the very tip of Argentina, the gateway to the iconic Tierra del Fuego National Park. In-between, an epic voyage through the Falkland Islands, filled with endless opportunities for photography.

Midway through the tour, arrive in the capital, Stanley, on East Falkland, where the museum is a must-visit to learn about the 1982 Falklands War and the islands’ rich maritime heritage. It’s also a great place to do a little guided kayaking, or sink a few pints in a classic British pub on the other side of the world from where you’d normally expect to find it.

There is no finer way to explore the Falklands than with this 2020 small ship expedition cruise – expect to remember this trip for years to come.
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2020: 27 Oct
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Expedition cruising

What is Expedition Cruising?
This is the name we give to cruising holidays which visit the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic. Your small vessel will usually carry around 100 - 130 passengers, accompanied by a crew and Expedition Team consisting of experts in the local landscapes, wildlife and history of the islands you will be visiting. How does it work?
Your trip will consist of a combination of cruising and land based discovery. Days at sea will be spent admiring the view, photographing the sea birds and marine wildlife that you may encounter, cruising past stunning icebergs and attending the talks that your Expedition Team will be conducting.

Shore landings will be scheduled to take place weather permitting throughout your trip. Please be aware that due to adverse weather conditions all scheduled shore visits may not be possible, but travelling in the summer months increases our chances of favourable weather.

You will travel ashore in rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) known as zodiacs; a degree of physical mobility will be required for passengers to climb in and out.

What ship will I be travelling on?
Travelling with us to explore the Polar regions, you will be on one of two ships, more details about your particular vessel can be given by our travel consultants when you enquire about your particular date.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

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Responsible tourism: Falkland Islands cruise in 2020

Environment

The Falkland Islands are well known for their dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife, and we want to ensure that the beautiful flora and fauna here is being protected and preserved. We do this by promoting the islands conservation efforts and ensuring that our passengers are fully briefed about how to interact safely with wildlife prior to departure. Our pre-departure literature includes regulations and guidelines to ensure that the scenery of the Falkland Islands is in no way tampered with. It also includes more information on how to reduce your carbon footprint while being on the tour.

We use highly regulated, licensed vessels which are well equipped to operate in these remote ecosystems. We are fully compliant with all rules set out by IAATO. We carefully choose the ships we want to charter, and its small size has a far lesser impact on shore landings. Smaller ships, such as ours can navigate narrow water ways, and by carrying fewer passengers generates far less waste. We also carry any waste back to our home port, unlike some of the larger ships which do not allow for this.

Our highly trained expedition team will make sure that all guidelines and regulations are met during landings to protect the local flora and fauna. Keeping a safe distance whilst visiting penguin colonies and when nesting birds are around is of paramount importance.

Community

Tourism in the Falkland Islands plays an important part in supporting the local economy. Using local guides, visiting their shops and restaurants ensures that every penny spent on the islands stays within the local economy. Additionally, we will visit historic sites and battlefields during our expedition which helps broaden understanding of the rich history of the Falkland’s and the political environments that its residents live in nowadays.

We work with a variety of charities to diversify where our funds go. For instance, we support the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which was established in 1997 to conserve the Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica. Since then, it has funded over ten major expeditions to the historic site with further expedition planes.

We also work closely with Project Peru, a UK-based charity, who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty towns on the outskirts of Lima. We also support ANIA, a high-profile Peruvian NGO which works with children to help teach them about their environment and how to manage it in a sustainable manner.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on these communities as a percentage of the funds generated from this tour will go back to these projects.

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