eclipse south georgia and antarctica cruise

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

  • Overview
    Little islands with big tales to tell. The South Georgia Islands are teeming with wildlife and exploration history, while the intriguing Falkland Islands are unique, as is the great white wonder of Antarctica. 

    Join the Eclipse at different stages as the Austral summer comes to Antarctica and South Georgia like a revelation.

    Arrive as the breeding cycle reaches its peak and Antarctica's young are hatching and being born. Watch as penguin chicks become juveniles and seal pups thrill with mock charges.

    In March, there are staggering numbers of whales, seals, birds and penguins on display as they prepare for the cooler months.

    Duration: 20 days
    Passengers: 200 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Buenos Aires: Arrival Day

      Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasure. Arrive at your hotel for your one night stay.

    • Day 2 - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia; Embarkation Day

      Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where you will be warmly greeted by the crew as you step on board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where you will be warmly greeted by the crew as you step on board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with all the sumptuous facilities of your luxurious Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team. Set sail and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

    • Day 3 - At sea

      Make yourself at home on board the Eclipse, where luxury is almost limitless. As you sail south, wildlife spotting opportunities abound; your Discovery Team will be out on deck looking for albatross, prions, and petrels that follow the ship. They will present lectures on the history and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean.

    • Day 4/5 - Falkland Islands

      Remote and sparsely populated, the Falkland Islands are a wildlife lovers paradise. You will visit a number of the outer islands, where large colonies of penguins and albatross thrive. Fur seals and elephant seals roam sandy beaches; while the surrounding waters are home to whales and dolphins. Visit the very British capital, Stanley and its small but thriving community.

      Today choose one of our Freechoice activities or join a more active Discovery excursion.

      Freechoice
      Take a walking tour of the small capital or on a Battlefields Tour visit the key sites of the conflict.

      Discovery
      Partake in a Scenic Discovery excursion at Gypsy Cove, walk the wildlife trail and see the Magellanic penguin colony.

    • Day 6 - At Sea - Towards South Georgia

      Sailing towards South Georgia gives you time to slow to the rhythm of the sea. There will be plenty of time to simply relax and be entranced by the many seabirds you’ll encounter on your way. You may decide to join the avid whale watchers hoping to get a glimpse of one of these leviathans, or simply contemplate the vastness of the sea.

    • Day 7/11 - South Georgia

      South Georgia is one of the most unique environments on Earth. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible once you reach the heart of the archipelago. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions.

      At Salisbury Plain step onto the beach surrounded by as many as 500,000 majestic King penguins and encounter enormous elephant seals and countless fur seals, while at Gold Harbour meet charming Gentoos. In Grytviken, a former whaling station, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the resting place of Ernest Shackleton.

      Freechoice
      Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, snowshoes, helicopters and a submarine^, a discovery excursion will take you to the place of your wildest dreams. Depending on ice and weather conditions, you will partake in an average of two discovery excursions each day, escorted by your expert Discovery Team.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 12 - At sea

      Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise to South Georgia. Partake in an entertaining presentation by one of the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV.

    • Day 13 - Antarctic Peninsula

      The Antarctic Peninsula contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife. A network of channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in snow and enormous glaciers abound. There is no place on the planet like Antarctica.

      Freechoice
      Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, snowshoes, a discovery excursion will take you to the place of your wildest dreams. Depending on ice and weather conditions, you will partake in an average of two discovery excursions each day, escorted by your expert Discovery Team.

    • Day 17 - Antarctic Peninsula

      The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible during your time in Antarctica. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leaders will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions. Navigate some of the most beautiful waterways including Paradise Bay and the stunning Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage. Visit a working base like Esperanza Station. At Port Lockroy, you can send a postcard home from this most remote and isolated post office to share a unique memory with your loved ones.

      Freechoice
      Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, helicopters and a submarine^, a discovery excursion will take you to the place of your wildest dreams. Depending on weather and ice conditions you will partake in an average of two excursions a day, escorted by your expert Discovery Team.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 18/19 - At Sea - Towards Ushuaia

      As you head north to Ushuaia, you have time to reflect on your experience of a lifetime, knowledge garnered from your Discovery Team and the unsurpassed luxury of the Eclipse.

    • Day 20 - Arrive in Buenos Aires; Disembarkation

      Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

    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

    Glide amongst icebergs, past elephant seal haulouts, noisy penguin colonies, experience humpback whales alongside your kayaking.

    Included

    Snowshoeing

    With an experienced guide snowshoeing allows you to explore further afield from the main group.

    Included

    Helicopter

    Heli and Submarine tours costs at this point are uknown. While the tour shows as included, there is an additional charge for these services. Please enquire for the prices.

    ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    Included

    Submarine

    Heli and Submarine tours costs at this point are uknown. While the tour shows as included, there is an additional charge for these services. Please enquire for the prices.

    ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    Included

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    One of the true wildlife experiences on our planet, often the wildlife displays here are referred to as the greatest on Earth. Set amongst awe inspiring scenery and home to King penguins, Wondering albatross and Elephant seals, it’s hard to imagine how early pioneers survived in this harsh landscape.

    Whales

    Whale numbers swell in Antarctica over the southern summer. Arriving in Antarctica from November onwards, whale numbers reach their peak around December and January. Sightings and particularly breachings reach a pinnacle in February and March, when the Krill is closer to the surface. Some 10 species of whales are found in Antarctic water each summer, with the most abundant species being the Humpack.

    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.

    Shoot to your shutter's content!

    For aspiring photographers, the best time to shoot the Antarctic landscape is definitely October, November and March. At these times the sun is much lower in the sky and thus creates beautiful twilight hues and shadows, which contrast the landscape magnificently.

    Of course, if it is wildlife and Antarctica’s babies you are hoping to shoot, then January and February are the best times. Alternatively, consider an early season South Georgia & Antarctica expedition for the best of wildlife and photo opportunities in Antarctica.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Kit

    Including expedition Scenic Parka, Beanie and Boots.

    Adventure Activities

    Kayaking and Snowshoeing are included when the weather permits.

    All Gratuities

    Gratuities on board and onshore are included.

    Charter Flight

    Includes flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - 200-guest luxurious Discovery Yacht
    - 100% spacious verandah suites
    - Specialist Polar Discovery Team on board
    - Widest range of discovery excursions in the Polar regions
    - Active discovery experiences – kayaking and snowshoeing*
    - Average of two discovery excursions per day*
    - Complimentary expedition kit including parka and beanie plus on board polar boots
    - And all tipping and gratuities both on board and onshore

    Not included in your Expedition

  • Map
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  • Vessel

    ECLIPSE

    The Eclipse is the World’s First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Launching in August 2018, her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Sun terrace
    • Helicopter & hangars
    • Helipad
    • Rectractable glass roof
    • Indoor/outdoor pool
    • Plunge pools
    • Spa sanctuary
    • Observation lounge
    • Outdoor viewing deck
    • Library
    • Theatre
    • Lift
    • Gym
    • Yoga & Pilates studio
    • Medical Centre
    • Self service laundry
    • Mud room
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 192
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 17
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 168m
    Width: 21
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 17000
    Registry:
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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D Verandah Suite

08 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
Spacious suite including King size Slumber Bed and Verandah.
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DA Deluxe Verandah Suite

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S Spa Suite

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These opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, additional features, services, and much more.
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Elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views on board.
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