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Le Soleal

Christmas and New Year in Southern Lands 17 Day Cruise

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. Built in the style of the world’s most luxurious mega-yachts and newly launched in 2013, Le Soléal offers an exquisite cruising experience, combining exciting voyages of discovery with the passionate attention to detail that creates an intimate and relaxing setting for this most graceful form of travel. With its sleek and environmentally friendly design, Le Soléal is capable of accessing smaller ports and its unobstructed arching windows expand your view of the most beautiful scenery. All 132 staterooms and suites are furnished with only the most elegant decor; pristine silvers, creamy whites and a style fashioned after today’s luxury yachting world. Enjoy delicious French cuisine at the stunning Gastronomic Restaurant or a casual buffet lunch in the Grill Restaurant. Relax with a cocktail in the Main Lounge and take in live entertainment in the Panoramic Lounge and the state-of-the-art theatre. Unwind in the fitness room, or survey the horizon from the open-air bar and pool deck.

 

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Embark

Board your charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, transfer to the pier for embarkation or spend an afternoon at leisure in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

Board flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and either transfer to ship to board or join an excursion to the Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken natural Reserve. Time at leisure, lunch and / or optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark the ship between 16:00-17:00 hours.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend your first full day aboard Le Soleal at sea as she sails towards New Island.

Day 3: New Island - Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Arrive at the Falkland Islands the most remote of all the inhabited islands in the Falklands archipelago. Here you will find stunning rugged scenery, bird watching, dolphin sightings, as well as penguins, sea lions and fur seals. The entire island is a Nature Reserve and is home to over 40 of the Falklands’ breeding bird species. The cruise continues onto The Neck at Saunders Island. The North of the Island is made up of two large peaks, Rookery Mountain to the North East and Mount Hartson to the North West and linked by a thin strip of sand known as the Neck. Here you will find large colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins as well as a small colony of King penguins.

Days 4-5: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as Le Soleal sails towards Salisbury Plain.

Day 6: Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay

On Christmas Eve the ship arrives in South Georgia calling first at Salisbury Plain, a wide and flat site, formerly the end of a glacial valley. Here you will find stunning scenery and a large amount of wildlife including fur seals and King Penguins. Continue to Fortuna Bay, home to a colony of several thousand King Penguins.

Day 7: Saint Andrews Bay - Grytviken

Wake up on Christmas Day in Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia, the home of the largest king penguin colony in the world at some 150,000 pairs surrounded by spectacular scenery. Continue onto Grytviken, where you will see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. It might also be an opportunity to visit the Whaling History Museum as well as Shackleton´s grave, located near-by.

Day 8: Golden Harbour - Cooper Bay

Arrive at Golden Harbour, a beautiful small bay with an exceptional variety of wildlife including huge numbers of king penguins. Continue onto Cooper Bay where you may board a zodiac dinghy and head out to explore the bay, named after the first lieutenant of the famous sailor, Captain James Cook. Here you can observe long basalt canyons forming high cliffs that loom over a turquoise-blue water. In the centre of the bay, a magical atmosphere reigns when just a few rays of sunshine pierce the gauzy layer formed by the morning mist. The craggy coastlines are home to colonies of macaroni penguins who pay close attention to the arrival of our tiny crafts.

Days 9-10: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards the Weddell Sea.

Day 11: Weddell Sea

Today you will sail the Weddell Sea to experience true silence, an enchanting atmosphere and unrivalled calm. Discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare and you can expect to see Weddell Seals, Fur Seals, penguin colonies and Wandering Albatros.

Day 12: Neko Harbour - Paradise Bay

A little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier, Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. The wildlife here is as abundant as it is exceptional; sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales abound. Excursions aboard the ship's Zodiac dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs and disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore and watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Day 13: Pleneau Island - Port Charcot - Wilhelmina Bay

On New Year's Eve the ship arrives at Pleneau Island, home to a large Gentoo Penguin colony and amazing glacial landscapes. Your cruise then continues to Port Charcot, a small sheltered bay on the western side of Booth Island, where Jean-Baptiste Charcot wintered his ship in 1904. The ship continues to Wilhelmina Bay, a well known feeding ground for humpback whales and a magical bay surrounded by snow-capped mountains and drifting icebergs. Spend the evening toasting in the New Year surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Day 14: Deception Island

At the heart of the South Shetland Islands, Deception Island is easily recognisable by its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, the remains of abandoned huts have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife and here you can find the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Excursions aboard the Zodiacs will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Fur Seals and Elephant Seals live side by side.

Days 15-16: Drake Passage

Spend the next two days at sea, as the ship cruises back through the Drake Passage.

Day 17: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Your epic Antarctic Adventure comes to an end as you disembark in Ushuaia this morning. From here you will be taken to the airport to board your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Ushuaia and transfer to airport for return flight to Buenos Aires.

Includes

  • 16 Nights' accommodation on board Le Soleal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economy class on chartered flight (based on availability)
  • Meet and Greet by our representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance
  • Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep
  • Choice between one full day tour including walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/ suites will not be accessible before 5pm)

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Port and safety taxes, environmental charges, landing and access fees to National Parks, special and/or Protected zones or sites subject to specific permits from National authorities and/or local communities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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