you're a wildlife lover, you will love this cruise
a variety of islands with varied wildlife
would include albatross, storm petrels, shearwaters, Cobb's wrens and
tussock-birds, and diving petrels
see both Peale's dolphins and Commerson's dolphins in the surrounding
also see a variety of penguins including rockhopper penguins, King
penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior||Junior Suite||Grand Suite|
|Dec 17, 2023||Jan 04, 2024||14,600||16,350||17,900||18,600||19,900||21,300||22,500||25,800|
|Jan 04, 2024||Jan 22, 2024||15,750||17,850||19,000||19,900||21,100||22,700||24,200||26,300|
|Feb 01, 2024||Feb 20, 2024||15,750||17,850||19,000||19,900||21,100||22,750||24,200||26,300|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Dec 17, 2023||Jan 04, 2024||14,600||19,900||25,800|
|Jan 04, 2024||Jan 22, 2024||15,750||21,100||26,300|
|Feb 01, 2024||Feb 20, 2024||15,750||21,100||26,300|
Note: The Feb 1, 2024 voyage alone is
a day longer, spending an extra day on the Antarctica Peninsula.
1: End of the world, start of a journey
voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to
be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern
tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this
small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of
the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the remainder of the evening.
Day 2: The winged life of
species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with
storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.
Day 3: Finding the
Falkland Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily
approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands are
largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and
Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances
are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and
Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.
this segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:
– Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and
hence bounteous with birdlife and many endemic species. Anything from
breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and
passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds)
– On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross
and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags
and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and
gentoos are also found here.
Day 4: The seat of
capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley has
some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and
English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several
century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of
19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a
visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War.
Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Admission to the
museum is included.
Day 5 - 6: Once more to
route to South Georgia, you now cross the Antarctic Convergence. The
temperature cools considerably within the space of a few hours, and
nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water
columns. This phenomenon attracts a multitude of seabirds near the
ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels,
prions, and skuas.
Day 7 - 10: South Georgia
you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in
mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely
dictating the program.
the next several days, you have a chance to visit the following sites:
– This location is closed during the early part of the
wandering albatross breeding season (November 20 – January
7). From January on, the breeding adults have found their partners and
are sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks. Enjoy witnessing the
gentle nature of these animals, which possess the largest wingspan of
any bird in the world.
– A beautiful outwash plain from Fortuna Glacier is home to a
large number of king penguins and seals. Here you may also have the
chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the
abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts across the
mountain pass beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall, and as the
terrain is partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small streams.
Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay,
Gold Harbour – These sites not only house the
three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they’re
also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for
Antarctic fur seals. Literally millions breed on South Georgia during
December and January. Only during the mid-season do they peak in their
breeding cycle. There will be some young adult Elephant seals as well
as this seasons ‘Weaner’s; the young Elephant Seals
that have been left to fend for themselves. Watch your step and stay
cool when walking the beaches during this time.
In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the streets and
elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because
they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia
Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.
the afternoon of day 10 and depending on the conditions, we will start
sailing southwards in the direction of the South Orkney Islands.
Day 11: Southward bound
may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south
polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the
12: The scenic vistas of South Orkney
on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine
scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago.
The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can
enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit
isn’t possible, you may instead land in Coronation
Island’s Shingle Cove.
Day 13: Last push to the
icebergs and a fair chance of fin whale sightings ensure
there’s never a dull moment on this last sea voyage south.
Also, your best chance to spot Antarctic petrels is here.
Day 14 - 16:
the ice conditions permit, you now sail into the Weddell Sea. Here
colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of
the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of
Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit
Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you
could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself.
conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the
east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the
Bransfield Strait, between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic
Peninsula. Here you can attempt to access the Antarctic Sound from the
breathtaking scenery continues in the Bransfield Straight and, if
conditions allow further South in the Gerlache Strait. Conditions on
the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Day 17 - 18: Familiar
seas, familiar friends
return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake,
you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered
from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you
now, and you to them.
Day 19: There and back
adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end.
It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that
will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Hondius (Expedition, 170-guests)
MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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from this voyage
aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in
group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
- Zodiac Cruising & Shore Program
- Shore-Based Walking