Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica aboard RCGS Resolute

 

The ultimate Antarctic wildlife adventure

Setting foot on the 7th Continent is a major milestone, but combine Antarctica with the wildlife powerhouses of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, and you have the ultimate wildlife adventure across the Southern Ocean.

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The wildlife

This departure is timed for the peak of the breeding season.

Each year, tens of thousands of King penguins converge across South Georgia to create the largest rookery on the planet. It is a once in a lifetime sight to behold. Combined with the wealth of seabirds to be found in the Falkland Islands and the marine mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula, this trip is the ultimate adventure for wildlife enthusiasts.

The polar expedition ship RCGS Resolute

Spacious staterooms with all the amenities, RCGS Resolute provides comfort, stability and the highest ice rating.

Spacious, comfortable and stable. RCGS Resolute offers generously sized staterooms, a variety of public spaces with panoramic views and choices for traditional dining or lighter bistro fare.  More about RCGS Resolute »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 | Arrive Santiago

Arrive in Chile’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where early check-in has been arranged. 

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure. A variety of optional half day tours are available to pre-book (see options below).

Hotel:  Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Day 2 | To Port Stanley (Falkland Islands)

An early morning charter flight will take you to Port Stanley, the quaint capital of the Falkland Islands. On arrival, you will be transferred into town. You’ll have the option of exploring the town on your own, or joining a guided tour to Gypsy Cove, your first opportunity to observe local wildlife, including Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. In the afternoon, you’ll board RCGS Resolute and meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as the ship gets underway and your adventure begins!

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 3 - 4 | At sea towards South Georgia

Charting a south-easterly course, you’ll be joined by Giant and smaller Cape Petrels as you make your way to South Georgia. Photography experts will be on hand to provide pointers and techniques to photograph these magnificent birds.

Members of the expedition team will present informative talks on the environment, wildlife and history of the sites planned for your visit. History looms large as the epic story of Ernest Shackleton features heavily in this voyage.  

Ship: RCGS Rsolute, BLD

Days 5 - 6 | Exploration of South Georgia

As you explore the shores of South Georgia, you’ll be greeted by large numbers of fur seals and Southern elephant seals lining the black sand beaches, while tussock-covered dunes are home to an estimated 100,000 King penguins who converge on South Georgia to create the largest rookery on earth. At the height of breeding season, it is estimated that the wildlife density is greater per square foot than any place else on the planet, stretching across the Salisbury Plain, St. Andrew’s Bay and Gold Harbour. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross.

South Georgia is also a destination for history lovers; where rusting remains of whaling stations serve to remind visitors of the island’s past legacy. The island is also the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the heroic explorer who led 6 men across 800 miles of open ocean in a lifeboat to rescue the remainder of his crew left behind on Elephant Island.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 8 - 10 | At sea towards Antarctica

Weather and ice conditions dictate the crossing of the Scotia sea towards Antarctica. During the crossing, the expedition staff will continue informative lectures regarding the flora, fauna and history of the region. Albatross and Giant petrels are constant companions, soaring over the ship as Antarctica grows ever closer.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 11 - 13 | Danger Islands and the Weddell Sea

Strong currents carry tabular icebergs up from the Weddell Sea. You’ll explore both icebergs and islands by zodiac to observe large colonies of Adelie penguins, the smallest species of Antarctic penguin. The Danger Islands are home to a number of large penguin rookeries. There is also fascinating paleontology to explore, where fossils tell the story of Godwanaland, giant penguins, dinosaurs and early plant life on earth.

The region is also home to epic tales of heroism and survival, as both Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld and British explorer Ernest Shackleton survived the legendary ice of the Weddell Sea.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 14 - 16 | South Shetland Islands and Gerlache Strait

The South Shetland Islands provide numerous landing sites to explore, depending on weather and ice conditions. Some are home to boisterous colonies of nesting chin strap penguins, and locations where fascinating elephant seals haul out to rest on the ice. Your naturalist guides will explain their unique family dynamics and behavior. Weather permitting, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island, where the remains of a rusting old whaling station and old aircraft hangar provide a glimpse into history. It was from here, the very first flight in Antarctica took place. The island group is crisscrossed by narrow channels and coves. Cruising in the Zodiacs or sea kayaking provides an opportunity to observe seabirds nesting in the cliffs above, while seals can be found resting along the shoreline.

Heading further south through the Gerlache Strait, there will be opportunities to explore both on shore and in the Zodiacs, looking for leopard seals on the ice floes. You’ll enter the maze of islands and waterways along the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoying shore landings, Zodiac cruises and kayak excursions several times per day. There are numerous landing sites with sizable penguin rookeries and active glaciers calving large slabs of ice into the dark waters.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Days 17 - 18 | At sea

Crossing back north, take time to enjoy more educational presentations and a voyage recap by your expedition leader. Frequent sightings of albatross, petrels and other seabirds will provide one last chance to capture spectacular photographs with the assistance of the photo experts. Take time to reflect on an exceptional adventure to the farthest reaches of the planet. As the ship nears the entrance to the Beagle Channel, you’ll enjoy a special dinner attended by the ship’s Captain.

Ship: RCGS Resolute, BLD

Day 19 | Ushuaia

It's time to say goodbye to your crew. Guests will be transported to the airport for flights home. For those wishing to stay on and explore Ushuaia and more of Argentina, please give us a call to explore your options.

Dates and Prices

All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

Departure Twin Private Superior Superior Plus Shackleton Suite One Ocean Suite
30 Dec 2019 - 17 Jan 2020
charter flight
pre-cruise hotel
Total
 
$25,595
$495
$110
$26,200
$26,995
$495
$110
$27,600
$27,395
$495
$110
$28,000
$28,795
$495
$110
$29,400
$29,995
$495
$110
$30,600
Early Booking Specials:  Must book and deposit by May 31st, 2019
$800 per person travel credit + complimentary pre-cruise hotel

Optional arrival day sightseeing in Santiago

  • Half day Santiago city sightseeing: $85 per person (min 2 guests)

  • Half day Santiago bicycling tour: $100 per person (min 2 guests)

  • Half day Colchagua Valley wine tour: $385 per person (min 2 guests)


Included

Booking Documentation

  • Extensive pre-departure information package

  • Onboard information folder

  • Personalized Services

  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts

  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures

Activities

  • All zodiac and landing excursions

  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga

  • Optional overnight camping, including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions.

Board and Lodging

  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean expeditions chefs

  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner

  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain

  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks

  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime

  • Access to wellness area (Finnish sauna, plunge pool filled with sea water, hot tub)

  • Natural essential oil amenities

Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants

  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots

  • Water resistant binoculars

  • Waterproof backpack

  • Trekking poles available on shore

Onboard Physician

  • Services of English speaking medical officer

  • Access to ship's infirmary

Transfers

  • From/to designated meeting points to/from the ship

  • Required flights to/from the ship

  • Luggage transfer to/from your cabin

Multimedia Room

  • Use of multimedia room to download images Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers


Optional Extras

Single Supplement

  • Single guests wishing exclusive use of a stateroom pay 50% of the second berth. Otherwise, single guests are welcome to book as “willing to share” without any single supplement.

Sea Kayaking

  • An extra cost of US$795 per person. Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 30 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment (dry suits, booties, pogies, paddles, PFD and single or double kayaks)


Not Included

Trip price does not include

  • International and national airfares, except where noted

  • Visa and passport fees, airport taxes

  • Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities, except where noted

  • Meals & transfers in arrival/departure cities

  • Personal expenses

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

  • Massages from registered therapist

  • Personal laundry charges

  • Postage, telephone calls & email set up

  • Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications

  • Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)

  • Trip interruption / cancellation insurance

  • Gratuities to staff and crew

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?

The Antarctic season runs from late November through early March, with the best weather during December, January and February, which also coincides with breeding season for most penguin species.  Of course weather in Antarctica can be unpredictable, but routes are flexible to maximize your time at the destination.

What will I will see? 

You will get your first glimpse of penguins when you arrive in the Falkland Islands. Colonies of Rockhopper, Gentoo and King Penguins nest throughout the Falklands. All along the way, you'll also encounter a variety of sea birds including several species of Albatross, Petrel and Skua.  Entering Antarctic waters, whales abound with the possibility of sighting Southern Right, Minke, Humpback, and if you're lucky, Blue and Sperm whales.

How can I be sure this is the right trip for me?

Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime. Shore excursions are designed for anyone with reasonable mobility.  Walks with small uphill sections are optional, but a reasonable level of fitness will guarantee greater enjoyment. For the more active, sea-kayaking is also available.

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