magellan explorer fly cruise south georgia & antarctica cruise

Antarctica & South Georgia Fly Cruise

  • Overview

    Travel in the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere! Visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia aboard Magellan Explorer. Enjoy views of spectacular mountains and towering icebergs, and visit extraordinary snowy landscapes and remote penguin rookeries. This will be the Magellan Explorer's first voyage to South Georgia! 

    Duration: 16 days
    Passengers: 69 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.85x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile

      We welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile (Please arrive before 2 PM). Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

    • Day 2 - Scheduled flight to Antarctica

      A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

    • Day 3/5 - Exploring Antarctica

      Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

      No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

    • Day 6 - Elephant Island

      Sailing north of the Antarctic Peninsula, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on in a small open lifeboat, crossing 1,300 km of open sea to South Georgia in order to arrange the rescue of their comrades. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will be able to see the island from the ship.

    • Day 7/8 - Sailing to South Georgia

      As we sail on northward, our historian and our naturalists offer presentations and informal chats. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge and to be inspired by tales of exploration, while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.

    • Day 9/11 - South Georgia

      The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 King Penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

    • Day 12/14 - Sailing towards South America

      As the ship heads to South America, the Expedition Team continue their program of presentations. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history: Enjoy the collection of themed books in the library, attend film screenings, and spend time socializing in the ship’s lounge. Take your binoculars to the outside observation decks and spot for the great wondering albatross that may be soaring in the proximity of the ship.

    • Day 15 - At sea and Beagle Channel

      Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego to the north and Navarino Island to the south as you make your way to Ushuaia.

    • Day 16 - Ushuaia, Argentina

      We arrive this morning into Ushuaia, where your journey ends.

      Flights out of Ushuaia are not to be booked prior to 12 PM.

    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

    Kayaking

    See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. Join a small group of participants and paddle in Antarctica under the leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.

    USD 895 per person

    Snowshoeing

    Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program.

    USD 195 per person

    Preferred Seating

    Offering priority boarding, a guaranteed window or aisle seat at the front of the aircraft and an extra level of comfort.

    USD 495 per person

    Expedition Jacket

    Carefully selected this Signature Expedition Jacket, BR2 Offshore Waterproof Jackets by MUSTO so you're well protected against the elements and can enjoy your Antarctic expedition of a lifetime to the fullest. Truly waterproof and breathable, this is your foul weather protection when spending a considerable amount of time on the water.

    The double cuffs, adjustable hem, double storm flap with a drainage channel over the zip, the high collar and the roll away fluorescent hood work together to keep you completely dry. The sleeves are articulated to allow complete freedom of movement, the fleece-lined collar, hood, and hand warmer pockets add warmth, and the prismatic reflectors provide visibility for safety in low light.

    USD 349 per person

    Penguins

    Taking centre stage on your Antarctic Peninsula expedition, are the Brushtail penguin species. These photogenic and intriguing species include, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The species are in abundance across Peninsula and are always performing.

    On board voyages in our other details you may come across Rockhopper, Macaroni, Magellanic, King and Emperor penguins.

    Pristine Antarctica

    Early season, is one of our favourite times in Antarctica. Its when the Antarctic landscape is at its most pristine, the sea ice is still abundant, the winters snow is still draped ever so delicately over the landscape and the twilight hues create the best photographs.

    Fly/Cruise voyage

    Our Fly/Cruise programs an excellent choice to navigate the Drake Passage quickly. This expedition comprises of 1 or 2 charter flights across the Drake Passage, so you need not worry about crossing the passage by sea. These expeditions are great options and often allow for an increased amount of time around the continent.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Arrival and departure transfers are provided as per the itinerary. Pre and post-cruise accommodation is provided in Punta Arenas

    Charter flight

    Your return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island is included in the cost of your expedition cabin

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers / accommodation and flights as stated
    - Expedition boots
    - Comprehensive pre and post voyage information
    - Lectures and onboard entertainment
    - All shore excursions
    - Beverages served with dinner
    - All meals while on board
    - Hot beverages

    Not included in your Expedition

    - arrival and departure taxes
    - Passport and Visa fees
    - Gratuities
    - Laundry costs
    - Communication costs
    - Accommodation / meals / excursions & transfers to explicitly outlined in the itinerary
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
    - International & internal airfares
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  • Vessel

    M/V Magellan Explorer, a brand new expedition vessel, will join the Antarctica fleet for the 2019-20 season.

    MV Magellan Explorer features 50 passenger suites and cabins in five categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. The cabins are very spacious, ranging in size from 40 m2 (440 sq. ft.) to 20 m2 (220 sq. ft.). All double cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed, offering great flexibility to our guests. 42 cabins feature a large window and a private balcony, while 8 cabins feature a porthole. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area.

    Public areas include a large, forward-facing observation lounge, an observation deck, a dining room that accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting, two meeting rooms, a gift shop, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration. Optional adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, are available.

    Specific measures have been taken to minimize MV Magellan Explorer’s carbon footprint, including state-of-the-art engines that meet MARPOL’s stringent Tier III emission standards. To minimize fuel consumption, a waste heat recovery system recycles the heat produced by the ship’s engines and repurposes it to power the ship’s heating system and to warm the water used on board.

     

    Amenities & Services

    Public areas include a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and bar that is also used to deliver briefings and educational presentations. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests; together with the outdoor observation deck it offers expansive views and close contact with the natural environment during exploration. The dining room accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting. There is also a meeting room, a library, a gift shop, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, are available.

    The Vessel's Features

    The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications and carries a Polar Class 6 ice-class (Lloyd’s Register PC6). For comfortable navigation, the ship features stabilizers; for maneuverability, she features bow and stern thrusters. For safety in navigation, there is an ice-detecting radar. And to reduce the environmental footprint, the vessel is equipped with an energy-recovery system that recycles the heat produced by the engines to warm up the ship and its water supply.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 69
    Crew #: 60
    Ice Class: PC 6
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2019
    Length: 90m
    Width: 16
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 4900
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets:
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magellan explorer triple suite antarctica cruise

Triple Suite

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 4 • 2 twin beds and 1 queen-size bed (max. occupancy 3 people) • Separate living area with sofa and coffee table • Desks and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas • 2 armchairs with side tables • 2 private balconies with sitting areas • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Selection of snacks restocked daily • Mini-bar restocked daily • Coffee maker • 2 larger private bathrooms with separate shower • Premium bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 14,395pp
USD 14,395pp
magellan explorer porthole cabin antarctica cruise

Porthole Cabin

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 3 • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed • Desk and chair • 2 armchairs with side table • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Private bathroom with separate shower • Bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 15,395pp
USD 15,395pp
magellan explorer veranda suite antarctica cruise

Veranda Suite

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 3 • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed • Desk and chair • 1 armchair with side table • Private balcony with sitting area • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Private bathroom with separate shower • Bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 17,495pp
USD 17,495pp
magellan explorer deluxe veranda suite antarctica cruise

Deluxe Veranda Suite

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 4 • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed (king only in #409) • Desk and chair • 1 armchair with side table • Private balcony with sitting area • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Selection of snacks restocked daily • Mini-bar restocked daily • Coffee maker • Larger private bathroom with separate shower • Premium bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 18,495pp
USD 18,495pp
magellan explorer penthouse suite antarctica cruise

Penthouse Suite with Balcony

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 5 • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed • Separate sitting area with sofa and coffee table • Desk and chair • 2 armchairs • Private balcony with sitting area • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Closed-circuit TV screen • Telephone • Hairdryer • Selection of snacks restocked daily • Mini-bar restocked daily • Coffee maker • Larger private bathroom with separate shower • Premium bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 21,995pp
USD 21,995pp
magellan explorer single veranda suite antarctica cruise

Single Veranda Suite

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 3 • 1 king-size bed • Desk and chair • 1 armchair with side table • Private balcony with sitting area • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Private bathroom with separate shower • Bathroom amenities • Bathrobe and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 25,495pp
USD 25,495pp
magellan explorer grand suite antarctica cruise

Grand Suite

01 Mar 2020 - 16 Mar 2020
Located on Deck 4 • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed • Separate living area with queen-size sofa-bed and coffee table • Desk and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas • 2 armchairs with side tables • 2 private balconies with sitting areas • Combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port • Safe • Telephone • Hairdryer • Selection of snacks restocked daily • Mini-bar restocked daily • Coffee maker • 2 larger private bathrooms with separate shower • Premium bathroom amenities • Bathrobes and slippers • Image shown is a preliminary artists impression only.
USD 25,495pp
USD 25,495pp