Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia cruise
Description of Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia cruise
This Antarctica cruise, or expedition really, starts in Buenos Aires where you spend a night in a hotel to recover from your journey and take in the great capital city. From here, you fly south with your fellow passengers to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
This is where you board your polar expedition ship, Ocean Endeavour, which accommodates maximum 199 passengers in ensuite cabins, has plenty of observation deck space, lecture facilities and a spa with heated salt water pool. You will be spending most of your time outdoors, of course, watching out for the spectacular wildlife that awaits. After crossing the Beagle Channel, the Falkland Islands are not only of historical interest but also home to five species of penguin and spectacular birdlife.
South Georgia, your next island stop en route to the Antarctic Peninsula, is desolate but stunning with 3000m mountains, glaciers, king penguins and elephant seals. And last but not least, you cross the Antarctic Circle and get to see the greatness of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible land mass on the White Continent. Take zodiac trips out to see penguins, seabirds, whales and seals as well as the mountains and icebergs up close. Views that are imprinted on your mind forever.
On this Antarctic expedition, you travel back to Patagonia via the Drake Passage, but we avoid it on the way to the Peninsula thanks to the route via the Falkland Islands. The crossing can be a tough one, but you have plenty of on board facilities to keep you distracted. Or you can just chill out and rest after such a spectacular Antarctic adventure.
PlanetTo journey to Antarctica is to venture into a region like no other environment on Earth. A precious, wilderness of which approximately 98% is covered by ice averaging 1.9km thick and where the presence of man is limited to researchers, explorers and our travellers. Journey with us into an awe inspiring white landscape on a tour designed to give our travellers the experience of a lifetime, while still protecting this most unique of environments.
Our partners on this trip are Expedition Cruising specialists with over 20 years’ experience operating polar cruises. All trips to this region adhere to the guidelines set out by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Maritime Pollution Prevention (MARPOL).
All our ships burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor, conform to all international regulations governing the disposal of waste at sea, and use only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.
Every cruise will be accompanied by an Expedition Team which will contain experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology whose task it will be to ensure that travellers are fully aware of the potential environmental impact of their visit and how to limit it. Travelling in a small vessel carrying no more than 189 travellers, we limit the number of people on shore at any given time.
To protect this special environment there are certain guidelines that need following. For example, all travellers are required not to actively approach the wildlife but are given tips on getting great photos, such as settling a short distance away and letting the curious penguins approach you. It will be stressed that should this happen, you should never feed, touch or attempt to handle the birds and seals. Likewise you will notice that at sea our vessels never follow or ‘chase’ any marine mammals we encounter. If they come towards us, have your camera at the ready, but our crew will never act in such a way that could cause harm or distress to any creature.
Protected areas must be respected on shore. There are areas of ecological, historic or scientific value that may be encountered dependent on your landing point and it is imperative that these areas are not tampered or interfered with in any way. We want to keep Antarctica pristine. Litter must not be disposed of on land and waste disposed of on your vessel will be properly discarded upon our arrival back in Ushuaia.
PeopleThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
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