Antarctica Cruise - Shackleton's Christmas in Antarctica

Enjoy a voyage of exploration and discovery to the farthest reaches of the globe accompanied by holiday festivities; complete with traditional carols and Norwegian glogg (mulled wine)! Your journey from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia to the "White Continent"-Antarctica will be filled with sightings of Elephant and Fur Seals, Minke whales, many of the world's 17 species of penguins and large flocks of seabirds. Highlights en route include lectures on Antarctic history, biology, and geology, as well as Zodiac landings for advantageous, close-up looks at penguin colonies, research facilities, and historical sites. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes from the Fram's unique Passenger Bridge.

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and stay overnight.

Day 2: Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego where your voyage begins.

Day 3: At Sea

Over the coming days you have an opportunity to get more acquainted with the ship and your fellow travelers. Follow the lecture series and enjoy the fresh air out on deck, or simply relax on board as you sail south.

Days 4-5: The Falklands / Malvinas

Thanks to a unique Sub-Antarctic ecosystem, more than 70 animal and bird species live on these islands. The landscape is a majestic mix of craggy cliffs and gentle beaches, while the settlements themselves have a distinctly British feel to them.

Days 6-7: At Sea

As you voyage towards South Georgia you will have a chance to learn more about the history and the spectacular wildlife of the island known as the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.”

Days 8-9: South Georgia

The island of South Georgia, with its alpine peaks, has a variety and density of wildlife that will amaze even the most blasé of visitors. The largest king penguin colonies in the world are flanked by large groups of fur and elephant seals, while all around, the history of South Georgia is very much in evidence. You will discover a heritage steeped in whaling and exploration, with long abandoned whaling stations sharing the island with the grave of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, for many visitors one of the highlights of the visit.

Day 10: At Sea

En route towards the South Orkneys you will start feeling the cool, crisp Antarctic air on your face long before you arrive. The majestic wandering albatross follows in your wake, using the strong thermals around the ship to glide through the southern skies. There is also a good chance of spotting whales during this portion of the voyage.

Day 11: South Orkney Islands

First discovered in 1821, the remote South Orkneys provide you with a rare opportunity to visit these isolated islands, and the plan is to make a landing here before departure.

Day 12: At Sea

Set sail for the southernmost continent, learning more en route about this fascinating white land through a series of exciting lectures and talks.

Days 13-15: Antarctica

When you think you have seen it all, Antarctica turns around and shatters those beliefs. The last great wilderness left on Earth, with its crisp air, towering icebergs and endless white mountain ranges. Dedicated to scientific research and with no permanent inhabitants, Antarctica is home to millions of penguins and its seas provide sustenance to thousands of whales. Simple words cannot truly capture the feeling of being here, looking upon the vast emptiness of the great white continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route. Every voyage is unique and the experienced crew endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage.

Days 16-17: Drake Passage

With the bow pointed north and an unforgettable collection of images and experiences safely stored in your memories, you head back towards the South American mainland with a new understanding of the Antarctic Continent. Over the next two days, the MS Fram safely steers a course back across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage.

Day 18: Ushuaia

JourneyÂ’s end sees you back in the most southerly town on Earth. A fitting end to a spectacular voyage. Fly to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay in this bustling capital city.

Day 19: Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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