Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands cruise

“A voyage of discovery to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, with countless wildlife-spotting opportunities.”

Highlights

Antarctica | South Georgia | Falkland Islands | Ushuaia | Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | South Shetlands | Sail aboard a luxurious expedition vessel | Onboard expert lectures | Zodiac cruises and kayaking trips | See whales, dolphins, vast penguin and seal colonies |

Description of Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands cruise

Antarctica, the Great White Continent, a land of mystery and marvels that is gradually opening up as the ice begins to melt. Sail aboard a small ship cruise, minimising your footprint, while enjoying the company of expert guides and lecturers able to bring this fascinating region to life and explain its importance to the wildlife that lives here.

You’ll travel from Ushuaia, at the tip of Argentina, the southernmost town in the world. In an effort to alleviate the overcrowding Ushuaia suffers from, cruise departures are staggered to avoid the busiest days. It’s just one way that sailing aboard a small ship can make a positive difference in some of the most fragile environments on the planet. Another is the fact that every single bit of waste is brought back to port, and that these vessels are able to reach waterways and ports that other, larger ships cannot.

Sail the iconic Drake Passage and Beagle Channel aboard a luxurious expedition vessel equipped with its own fitness centre and even an onboard pool. However, most of your time will naturally be spent on the observation deck, from where on any given day you might see whales, dolphins and many of the seabirds that inhabit this region.

Another key advantage of a small ship cruise in Antarctica is that because the number of people allowed on land at a time is strictly controlled, you will spend less time waiting around for activities. If you’re not trekking out to find a (surprisingly noisy and smelly) penguin colony, then you might be skimming the coast on an exciting Zodiac cruise, or even kayaking around ice floes.

In South Georgia, once a major whaling hub and now known as the ‘Galapagos of the South’ for its incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll learn about Ernest Shackleton’s ‘Endeavour’ mission, and pick up some pro photography tips from your guides.

Then, making your way back to Ushuaia, you’ll pass the ruggedly beautiful Falkland Islands archipelago. Again, expert lectures onboard will help you understand the biology of the animals you’re encountering, as well as the geology and history of their habitats.

These regions will etch themselves onto your mind for an unforgettable experience. There’s no better way to explore them than with a small ship cruise, minimising your impact and allowing for a more pleasant, more meaningful experience all-round.

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17 Jan 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Antarctica is the largest wilderness on earth and remains relatively unaffected by large scale human activities. To keep it that way, IAATO – the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators has set out guidelines and regulations to protect and preserve this unique and pristine environment. All tourism-related activities are therefore planned and conducted with both environmental protection and safety in mind.

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. We see our voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. 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 pre-departure information pack provides our passengers with all the information required for their expedition, from what to take with you to practical advice on how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment and how to interact with the wildlife on the continent.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this trip you will visit the local community living on the Falkland Islands. Seeing as there are only a few industries here and very little contact with the outside world, they always welcome visitors with open arms and friendly interactions. All the guided services and hotels on the island are run by local people and food and other commodities are also sourced locally, meaning profits go directly to the communities that live in the Falklands and South Georgia.

We align ourselves with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which aims to conserve the Mawson Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica. The foundation was first established in 1997 and has already funded and organised more than ten expeditions to the site.

We also work with three different charities including Project Peru who run an orphanage in Zapallal, a shanty town outskirts of Lima. And ANIA, a high-profile Peruvian NGO working with children to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it efficiently.

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