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This Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula Expedition is an animal-lovers dream come true. This 17-day voyage by Oceanwide Expeditions explores one of the last untamed areas on earth - a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2: At Sea
Days 3 & 4: The Falkland Islands
Days 5 & 6: At sea
Days 7 - 10: South Georgia
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: South Orkney
Day 13: At sea
Days 14 - 16: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17 & 18: At sea
Day 19: Ushuaia, Argentina
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Your 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 will embark your vessel from the small resort town of Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed "The end of the world", and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
Several species of albatross follow your ship into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels
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.
En 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.
Today your ship arrives at the first South Georgia activity site. Over the next few days you will visit several sites including Prion Island, Fortuna Bay and more.
There may be sea ice on this route as we head further south. Snow petrels and other seabirds trail the vessel.
Depending on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentina 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 on Coronation Island's Shingle Cove.
Enormous icebergs and a fair chance of spotting fin whales ensure there's never a dull moment on your ships last sea voyage south. Also, this is your best chance to see Antarctic petrels.
Your ship now sails 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 Adelie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself.
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia, you're again greeted by the array of seabirds remembered from the passage south.
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Today your ship arrives back in Ushuaia for disemberkation.
The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship. The ship boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.
The M/V Hondius is due to undertake its first polar voyages in 2019. When finished the ship will accommodate a total of 176 passengers, the vessel has been custom built for Polar Cruising. Like its sister ships the m/v Plancius and the m/v Ortelius it is named after a celebrated Dutch/Flemish Cartographer, in this case, Jodocus Hondius.
The M/V Janssonius from Oceanwide Expeditions meets the latest and highest standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you with the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.
The numerous amenities on-board M/V Janssonius help to make your voyage to the polar regions truly memorable. This ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard Janssonius, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.
Janssonius offers high-quality accommodation for 176 passengers in six grand suites with balconies, eight junior suites, eight superior cabins, 11 twin deluxe cabins, 14 twin window cabins, as well as 27 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.
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