Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Shackleton’s Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer

Calling all wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs, thrill seekers and photographers–this is the adventure for you. Embark on an epic 21- or 23-day journey to discover the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Begin with the rolling hills and windswept albatross colonies of the Falkland Islands await on your journey home to Ushuaia. Next move to the rugged archipelago of South Georgia. From legendary historical sites to more than 250,000 king penguins, South Georgia is sure to leave you in awe. To round out the final part of your voyage, enjoy several days of excursions among the snow and ice of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

These expeditions hit three major Antarctic hotspots–the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands–maximizing chances of spotting wildlife and exploring diverse polar landscapes. Explore Grytviken and Elephant Island, sites written into the legend of Shackleton’s historic Antarctic voyage. In the Falklands, wander the quaint British town of Stanley and explore its charming island farmsteads teeming with nesting seabirds, including numerous albatross and penguin species. Marvel at breathtaking polar scenery and witness the enormous king penguin colonies of South Georgia, where you’ll learn more about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s history and visit his grave.

Either begin in Puerto Madryn, Argentina and move south to end in Ushuaia, or sail round-trip from Ushuaia. An alternative route adds 2 more days for an attempt to reach the rarely seen Antarctic Circle.

Passage is aboard 200-guest Ocean Endeavour, a comfortable small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. This ship offers great food, excellent guides (at a 1:8 guide-to-guest ratio), a Jacuzzi, a salt water pool, spa facilities and even his and her saunas with a large window to watch icebergs float by. On board, benefit from a variety of activities including educational lectures on history, geology, and ecology by the expedition team.

Read on for details about this voyage, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and Falkland Islands & South Georgia cruises.