ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION CRUISE
Buenos Aires, Falklands, Antarctica To Ushuaia
Make memories to last a lifetime. Leave bustling Buenos Aires and spend two relaxing days at sea prior to anchoring in unhurried Puerto Madryn. Anticipate Rockhopper Penguin and Black Browed Albatross watching on West Point Island as you prepare for transformative experience of witnessing the massive glaciers and ice floes of the Antarctic.
DATES: November 13 2017
DURATION: 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS
EMBARK: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
DISEMBARK: USHUAIA, ARG
SHIP: Silver Cloud Expedition
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- Follow in the footsteps of the great Antarctic explorers and visit sites that Byrd, Charcot, Fiennes, de Gerlache, Shackleton, and Weddell explored.
- Visit one of South America’s most important paleontological museums and explore South America’s first paleontological park looking for ancient fossils.
- Visit the Valdes Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Hike across New Island and West Point Island to see Black-browed Albatross.
- See snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers and spectacular icebergs.
- Encounter Rockhopper, Gentoo, Macaroni, Adelie, Magellanic and Chinstrap Penguins, and with some luck also King Penguins.
- Watch for Commerson’s and Peale dolphins in the Falkland Islands and Southern right whales close to the Valdes Peninsula.
- Identify different species of albatross, shearwaters and petrels.
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will be met and transferred to your deluxe hotel. Remainder of the day is free.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America”, arranged exclusively for Explor Cruises’ guests. Visit the unique neighborhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Lunch is included. This evening, you will be taken to a Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño, Includes round trip transfers and a tango lesson of 1hr before the dinner. Return to your hotel late.
Day 3: Buenos Aires– Embarkation
Transfer from your hotel to the port for embarkation.
Days 4-5 – Day at Sea
Day 6 – Puerto Madryn
Approaching from Ruta 3, it’s hard to believe that the horizon line of buildings perched just beyond the windswept dunes and badlands is the most successful of all coastal Patagonia settlements. But once you get past the outskirts of town and onto the wide coastal road known as the Rambla, the picture begins to change. Ranged along the clear and tranquil Golfo Nuevo are restaurants, cafés, dive shops, and hotels, all busy—but not yet overcrowded—with tourists from around the world. Puerto Madryn is more a base for visiting nearby wildlife-watching sites like Península Valdés and Punta Tombo than a destination in its own right.
Days 7 — Day at Sea
Day 8 – Falkland Islands – New Island; West Falkland Island
The remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands can best be seen on New Island. The westernmost of the inhabited islands of the archipelago, it is a wildlife and nature reserve, and an environmental conservation group protects its many birds and animals. There are rookeries where Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags share the same nesting area. Black-browed Albatrosses can be seen going about their daily routines and it is easy to spot Upland Geese. More than 40 species of birds breed on the island. Near the landing site is ‘Barnard’s barn’ — a restored stone structure going back to the early 19th century.
Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction
is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of Black-browed Albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty
Rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic Penguins and Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.
Day 9 – Stanley, Falklands
Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region’s frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route.
Day 10 – Day at Sea
Day 11– Elephant Island
Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island — so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.
Day 12 – Antarctic Sound
The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they were could be rescued. Sites that relate with this story – like Hope Bay or Paulet Island – are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.
Day 13 – 15 – Antarctic Peninsula
Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.
Day 16 – Antarctica South Shetland Islands
Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.
Day 17-18– Drake Passage
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
Day 19 — Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION - Silver Cloud Expedition
|NOV 13 2017|
|SUITE - RATES PER PERSON||REGULAR RATE||EARLY PAYMENT RATE*
|DELUXE VERANDA SUITE||$23,480||$21,195
|1 BEDROOM |
|2 BEDROOM |
|1 BEDROOM |
|1 BEDROOM |
|2 BEDROOM |
$899 Airfare available from US gateways.
INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more); Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®; Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions; Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry; Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet; Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea; Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship; Free WIFI* throughout the ship; Onboard Gratuities; Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
INCLUDED IN THE RATE:
- Exclusive Explor Cruises’ pre-cruise package featuring two nights deluxe hotel, transfers, tour, and Tango Dinner Show
- Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
- Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
- Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
- In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
- Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
- Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
- Gratuities always included in your fare
- Free WiFi throughout the ship; unlimited in select suite categories
- Complimentary Haglöfs Parka