Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

The 18-day South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari itinerary is a fast way to get to the rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. Highlights include experiencing the quintessential wildlife experience of the “Galapagos of the Poles,” visiting South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries–the largest in the world, reflecting at the resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, visiting abandoned whaling stations and learning stories of their inhabitants.

While cruising, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding her toward South Georgia. Step ashore onto beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals on this fabled island, where there’s time to pay respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

Passage is aboard a selection of small ships. The 172-guest World Explorer is a purpose-built, all-suite polar expedition ship featuring private balconies in every cabin and a focus on health and wellness throughout her six passenger decks. The 138-guest Ocean Explorer is a refined ship with cutting edge technology and design for efficient and sustainability-minded cruising. From your ship home base, enjoy opportunities for Zodiac cruising, hiking, photography, daily lectures by onboard polar experts and even the polar plunge. Added-cost activities include sea kayaking, one-time paddling excursions and stand-up paddleboarding.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and South Georgia cruises.