national geographic explorer luxury south georgia cruise

South Georgia and the Falklands

  • Overview

    Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, Gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives.

    • Walk amid stately king penguins—tens of thousands on a single beach in South Georgia.
    • Observe magnificent albatross in the Falklands, and see Magellanic penguins peeking from their burrows.
    • Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton, and hear his tale of survival.
    • Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore in a Zodiac among the bergs.
    • Compare aperture settings side-by-side with a National Geographic photographer.
    Duration: 18 days
    Passengers: 148 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Santiago, Chile
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Check in to the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similiar) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (L)

    • Day 2 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; Embarkation

      This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (B,L,D)

    • Day 3 - At Sea In The South Atlantic

      Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare us for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross. (B,L,D)

    • Day 4/5 - Falkland Islands

      Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, and stroll around this remote Victorian town. (B,L,D)

    • Day 6/7 - At Sea

      During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. A lookout is kept to identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross. (B,L,D)

    • Day 8/14 - South Georgia Island

      Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, we plan to make stops every day including Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. And, we visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

    • Day 15 - At Sea

      With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these waters. There’ll also be time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym, browse in the library, and hear talks on all you have seen from our expedition team. (B,L,D)

    • Day 16 - Falkland Islands

      Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Our afternoon visit to Stanley, the capital, offers a chance to see the human face of the islands, to meet the hospitable locals, and perhaps hoist a drink at a local pub. Stroll around the remote colonial town, and visit the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, which graces the nation’s paper money; it’s a simple yet beautiful structure with an unusual treasure: an arch made of the giant jaw bones of two blue whales erected in the yard. (B,L,D)

    • Day 17 - Disembark in Stanley, the Falklands / Fly to Santiago, Chile

      After breakfast, disembark in Stanley, the Falklands, with time to explore before flying to Santiago by private charter, if required. (B,L)

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities


    The National Geographic Explorer carries kayaks designed to get guests of all experience and fitness levels out on the water comfortably and safely. And more than just a token few, we carry a veritable fleet to ensure everyone who wants to can.


    Charter Flights

    The National Geographic Explorer offers a charter flight package;

    2018/19 Voyages - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ushuaia, Argentina - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    2019/20 Voyages - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ushuaia, Argentina - Santiago, Chile

    AUD 1,100 per person
  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers as per itinerary
    - Permits / Park fees & Port taxes
    - Hotels as per itinerary
    - Physician
    - Expedition excursions
    - All meals on board
    - Hot beverages

    Not included in your Expedition

    - International & Internal airfare
    - Additional hotel nights
    - Private transfers
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Passport / visa & immigration fees
    - Expedition extensions
    - Gratuities
    - Spa treatments
    - Laundry
    - Internet & Phone
  • Map
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  • Vessel


    Inaugurated in 2008, National Geographic Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship. The embodiment of the National Geographic alliance, her design and equipment is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience. Originally built for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, her excellent maneuverability and just-right size made her a natural choice for addition to our fleet. Drawing on our nearly 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise, we completely redesigned and rebuilt her. Explorer is uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions we explore. She provides a peerless expedition experience. Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including 13 cabins with private balconies, six spacious suites and 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers. At 367 feet with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer startling views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Explorer instantly fosters a welcoming environment where enthused and curious passengers share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury expedition vessel
    • Affiliated with National Geographic
    • Dining room & Bistro
    • Large observation decks
    • Open Bridge
    • Library
    • Observation lounge
    • 24 hour beverage station
    • Wellness Centre
    • Gym
    • laundry
    • Spa
    • Internet/Wifi
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 148
    Crew #: 70
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 18
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 112m
    Width: 16
    Tonnage: 6471
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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national geographic explorer category 1 cabin

1 - Twin Cabin with Porthole

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Twin cabin, with private facilities with plenty of luxury finishings.
AUD 22,300pp
AUD 22,300pp
national geographic explorer category 2 cabin

2 - Twin Cabin with Window

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Twin or double cabin, with private facilities with plenty of luxury finishings.
AUD 23,740pp
AUD 23,740pp
national geographic explorer category 3 cabin

3 - Twin Cabin with Window

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Twin or double cabin, with private facilities with plenty of luxury finishings.
AUD 24,990pp
AUD 24,990pp
national geographic explorer category 4 cabin

4 - Superior cabin with Window

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Twin or double cabin, with private facilities with plenty of luxury finishings.
AUD 26,690pp
AUD 26,690pp
national geographic explorer category SA Single cabin

SA - Single cabin with Porthole

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Single cabin, perfect for the decerning solo traveller.
AUD 29,680pp
AUD 29,680pp
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SB - Single cabin with Window

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Single cabin, perfect for the decerning solo traveller.
AUD 31,240pp
AUD 31,240pp
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5 - Superior cabin with Balcony

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Superior cabins with Balcony and luxury finishings.
AUD 32,250pp
AUD 32,250pp
national geographic explorer category 6 cabin

6 - Suite with Balcony

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Suite cabin with Balcony and luxury finishings.
AUD 37,220pp
AUD 37,220pp
national geographic explorer category 7 cabin

7 - Suite with Balcony

24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
The largest suites with Balcony and luxury finishings.
AUD 43,150pp
AUD 43,150pp