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Plancius

SPECIAL OFFER - Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsular (20 Days)

First built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman", the Plancius has now been fully reconstructed as a 110-passenger vessel suitable for Polar expeditions. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) with large windows, offering a full panorama view. All cabins are generously proportioned and are outside facing, mostly equipped with two bunk beds and a comfortable private bathroom.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia this afternoon and board the Plancius. Ushuaia is located in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, which is the most southerly city in the world, at the end of the Beagle Channel. You will sail along this scenic waterway this evening.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea. In the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3: Falkland Islands

Sail to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) where you will spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give you views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passarines. In addition, on Saunders you will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Sail to Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, where you will disembark and experience Falkland culture, a mix of South American and Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area you can see a number of important stranded clippers from a century ago. You will have free time to explore the town and visit the local museum and church.

Days 5-6: Antarctic Convergence

Today the ship sails towards South Georgia, crossing the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees celcius in just a few hours. Near the Convergence you will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Days 7-10: South Georgia

In the afternoon of day seven, the ship arrives at its first landing site in South Georgia. The Plancius may visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights is a visit to Prion Island, where you will have the opportunity to witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross. At Fortuna Bay its possible to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. In Grytviken visit an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. You can also visit the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by.

Day 11: At Sea

The Plancius sets sail, following a multitude of seabirds. During the journey you might encounter sea-ice, where you can sight high-Antarctic species such as the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12: South Orkney Islands

Land at the South Orkney Islands and visit the Orcadas station, an Argentinean base. The friendly base personnel will show you their facilities and you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13: At Sea

Today relax on board and exchange stories with friends whilst the ship cruises to your next destination.

Days 14-17: Antarctic Peninsula

Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. At Brown Bluff you may set foot on the Continent. Head next to Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land. The bay is often filled with icebergs and will sight mostly seals, kelp gulls, skuas, shags or penguins. At Deception Island, the Plancius will sail into the entrance of the crater through the spectachere you will find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of Chinstrap Penguins. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here you will find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons, many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. The ship departs here and sets sail through the Shetland Islands to open sea in the direction of Ushuaia. There will be further opportunity to sail down the western Antarctic Peninsular, visiting Paradise Bay where you can admire some spectacular landscapes. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel you may visit the British research station, now a living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Continue to Cuverville Island home to several thousand Gentoo penguins.

On your way north do some bird spotting from the deck, as the Plancius is, once again, followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Days 18-19: Drake Passage

On your way north do some bird spotting from the deck, as the Plancius is, once again, followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Arrive in Ushuaia this morning and disembark the Plancius.

Day 20: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia this morning and disembark the Plancius.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Ushuaia.

Includes

  • 19 Nights' accommodation on board the Plancius
  • Full Board including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard the vessel
  • All shore excursions and activities through the voyage by Zodiac
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Fuel surcharges, where applicable, are shown separately on the website and will be charged at the time of reservation

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to the vessel
  • Visa’s where required
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Cancellation and personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
 

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