national geographic orion luxury south georgia and antarctica cruise

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

  • Overview

    The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time. For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, optimizing your time and interest by including South Georgia and the Falklands makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime.

    For most travellers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, optimizing your time and interest by including South Georgia and the Falklands makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all.

    • The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel
    • Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
    • Three distinct regions to experience
    • Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
    Duration: 23 days
    Passengers: 102 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Santiago, Chile
    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 - Arrival Day & Overnight Hotel in Buenos AIres

      Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endurance arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon (or similar, Endurance). In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, 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.

    • Day 2 - Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina; Embarkation Day

      Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. 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.

    • Day 3 - At Sea

      You'll awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.. (B,L,D)

    • Day 4/9 - Antarctica

      With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)

    • Day 10/11 - At Sea

      As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.

    • Day 12/16 - South Georgia Island

      This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship as our Zodiacs make landfall. Vast penguin colonies give you the opportunity to be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

    • Day 17/18 - At Sea

      Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands. (B,L,D)

    • Day 19/20 - Falkland Islands

      The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass and Peale's dolphins riding the waves. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands Museum. (B,L,D)

    • Day 21 - At Sea

      As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our bow. There’s time to share photos with the onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)

    • Day 22 - Disembark Ushuaia/Fly to Santiago

      After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight, Ushuaia to Santiago.

      Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (Day 22: 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.

  • Adventure Activities

    Charter Flights

    The National Geographic Orion offers a charter flight package;

    Santiago, Chile - Ushuaia, Argentina - Santiago, Chile

    USD$ 1,054 per person


    The Orion 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.


    Falkland Islands

    Boasting rugged scenery and excellent wildlife opportunities, including the Black-browed albatross, Elephant seals and a number of penguin species not found in Antarctica.

    Wandering Albatross

    Spectacular in flight and on the ground, with the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet; gracefully and effortlessly glides for thousands of kilometres across the Southern Ocean to their nesting site on South Georgia.

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    Walk amidst tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach. Hike in the footsteps of ‘the Boss’, Sir Ernest Shackleton and hear his tale of survival.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers, tour & accommodation

    Pre and post-cruise transfers are provided in your itinerary, along with a city tour and 1 night hotel accommodation

    Expedition Jacket

    A fully lined windproof, water resistant parka is included in the cost of your expedition.

    Free Bar & Gratuities

    The National Geographic Explorer will cover the costs of your bar tab and expedition gratuities*
    *On select items only

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

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

    Not included in your Expedition

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


    Designed and purpose built in Germany in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration. Best of all, Orion is equipped with a glass-bottom Zodiac that enables remarkably clear, gratifying observations of the undersea for those who prefer to stay dry. National Geographic Orion meets strict specifications for environmental protection and the on board waste management systems meet the stringent Antarctic operational standards enabling us to travel to the most pristine environments. A host of advanced design features and technology ensures sustainable marine environmental practices. The privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort. National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury expedition vessel
    • Affiliated with National Geographic
    • Dining room & Outdoor Cafe
    • Lounge
    • Theatre
    • Observation Lounge & Library
    • Open Bridge
    • Mud room
    • Elevator
    • Sundeck
    • Wellness program
    • Fitness Center
    • Health Spa
    • Hot Tub
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 102
    Crew #: 75
    Ice Class: E3
    Speed: 15
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 102m
    Width: 14
    Tonnage: 3984
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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national geographic orion category 1 cabin

1 - Superior cabin with Window

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
Twin or double cabin with all the luxury finishings.
USD$ 21,977pp
USD$ 21,977pp
national geographic orion category 2 cabin

2 - Superior cabin with Window

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
Twin or double cabin with all the luxury finishings.
USD$ 23,548pp
USD$ 23,548pp
national geographic orion category 3 cabin

3 - Suite with Window

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
Suite with twin or double beds, large window and all the luxury finishings.
USD$ 25,391pp
USD$ 25,391pp
national geographic orion category 4 cabin

4 - Deluxe Suite

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
Deluxe Suite with a separate sitting area, twin or double beds and all the luxury finishings.
USD$ 31,824pp
USD$ 31,824pp
national geographic orion category 1S Single cabin

Category 1S

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed or double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, coffee table, two bedside tables, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
USD$ 32,966pp
USD$ 32,966pp
national geographic orion category 5 cabin

5 - Suite with French Balcony

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
Spacious Suite with balcony, twin or double beds and superior location.
USD$ 36,720pp
USD$ 36,720pp
national geographic orion  category 3S Single cabin

Category 3S

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
This solo suite features two single beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and a small table, reading lamps, coffee table a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
USD$ 38,073pp
USD$ 38,073pp
national geographic orion category 6 cabin

6 - Owner's Suite with French Balcony

18 Feb 2020 - 11 Mar 2020
The epitome of luxury is the Owner's Suite aboard the Orion.
USD$ 42,493pp
USD$ 42,493pp