ocean endeavour south georgia and antarctica cruise

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

  • Overview
    Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you’ll enjoy its heavily European-influenced heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation. At sea, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we’ll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint. Voyage Highlights; - Experience the quintessential wildlife experience of the “Galapagos of the Poles” - Visit South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries – the largest in the world - Reflect at the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton - Visit abandoned whaling stations and learn stories of inhabitants who called this island home - Enjoy on-board lecturers and educational presentations from polar specialists - Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of the journey
    Duration: 16 days
    Passengers: 199 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.7x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

      You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

    • Day 2 - Ushuaia, Argentina, and Embarkation

      After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

      Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

      Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

    • Day 3/5 - At Sea

      The Expedition Team will keep you busy by testing your knowledge of seabirds, penguins and the history of South Georgia as they begin their educational lecture program. Your first days will include time to get acquainted with fellow travelers and learning about the shore landings, Zodiac excursions and kayaking opportunities that await you.

    • Day 6/8 - South Georgia

      The first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sighting of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Rising out of the icy ocean waters, have your binoculars and cameras ready to photograph these rocks. Shags and prions often rest here.

      After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head towards its sandy beaches to find a protected bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites on South Georgia are varied, and are largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever landing sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth.

      This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches littered with penguins - in particular king and macaroni penguins. Many rookeries number into the 100s of thousands! It won’t take you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

      You’ll find that South Georgia is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Once a popular base for whalers and sealers, Captain James Cook first reported on the abundance of wildlife here in 1775. His report resulted in an almost complete decimation of fur seals and a drastic decline in both whale and elephant seal populations. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life for you, as you’ll visit old whaling stations and enjoy lectures and presentations on the South Georgia of then and now. Thankfully, you’ll witness that many species have seen a remarkable population rebound on the island.

      One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is located on Grytviken. This is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find this place of special appeal as it is home to the remains of one of the best known Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    • Day 9/10 - At Sea

      Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by your Expedition Team, who will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

    • Day 11/13 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

      The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica.

      You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

      Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to our Zodiacs, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

      As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters!

    • Day 14/15 - Crossing the Drake Passage

      After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.

    • Day 16 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia

      You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

      CHARTER FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED IN THE BASE PRICE OF THE TRIP

      AUD$1,310 per person

      Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package includes:
      Pre expedition hotel night in BuenosAires, with breakfast
      Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
      Charter flight from Buenos Aires toUshuaia, and return
      Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return

    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

    Kayaking is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the Polar regions.

    Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

    AUD$ 1,720 per person

    Stand-up Paddle boarding

    Stand-up paddleboarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica. Guided by experienced staff in small groups in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbours, reservations for 10 paddleboarders will be taken at time of booking

    AUD$ 410 per person
  • Inclusions

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Transfers to the ship on the day of your embarkation are included to your pre-cruise hotel. Transfers at the end of your voyage are provided to a central location.

    Expedition Parka

    All passengers will receive our signature yellow expedition parka on the first day you’re onboard the ship. This 3-in-1 hooded parka is specially designed for our Polar voyages and is insulated, waterproof and will serve you well during your voyage.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Gratuities included in your fare
    - Expedition boots
    - All meals and accommodation during the voyage
    - Expedition jacket
    - Service taxes and port charges
    - Photographic journal of your expedition
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Optional excursions and activities.
    - Expenses of personal nature including Laundry / Bar / Beverages / Internet & Wifi
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Mandatory transfer package
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  • Vessel

    OCEAN ENDEAVOUR

    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. The newly-refurbished vessel offers a superb guest experience with an expansive choice of cabin categories, large cabins and common areas, a sundeck and observation area, plenty of deck space for polar landscape viewing, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel throughout. Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica focused on health and wellness , and offers a contemporary approach to cuisine and newly-designed health and fitness features. Facilities include a spa serviced by organic spa provider VOYA, His & Hers saunas, a salt water pool, a gym, and a juice and smoothie bar. Complimentary activities include yoga and stretching classes, an exclusive Polar Photography program, the Scientists in Residence program, and more adventure activities than any other Quark vessel. The ship also has a polar library, and a Polar Boutique for gifts and any needed gear.

    Features & Facilities
    • Newly refurbished
    • Large observation decks
    • Health & Wellness focus
    • Contemporary cuisine
    • Newly designed health & wellness facilities; Organic spa
    • Saunas
    • Salt-water pool
    • Gym
    • Juice/Smoothie Bar
    • Yoga
    • Library
    • Lecture theatre
    • Internet/Wifi
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 199
    Crew #: 124
    Ice Class: 1B
    Speed: 20
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 137m
    Width: 21
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 12907
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Ocean endeavour triple cabin

Triple

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Triple cabins are on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
AUD$ 12,400pp
AUD$ 12,400pp
Ocean endeavour twin porthole cabin

Twin Porthole Upper/Lower

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Twin Porthole cabins are on Deck 4 features a porthole window, one lower and one upper berth and a private bathroom.
AUD$ 18,600pp
AUD$ 18,600pp
Ocean endeavour twin window cabin

Twin Window

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Twin Window cabins are on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bathroom.
AUD$ 19,400pp
AUD$ 19,400pp
Ocean endeavour upper deck cabin

Upper Deck Double

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Upper Deck Twin/Double cabins are on Deck 8 features a window (obstructed view), one double bed and a private bathroom.
AUD$ 20,200pp
AUD$ 20,200pp
Ocean endeavour twin porthole suite

Twin Porthole Suite

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Twin Porthole Suites (2) are on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with two bathrooms. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two porthole windows, and two private bathrooms.
AUD$ 21,000pp
AUD$ 21,000pp
Ocean endeavour superior cabin

Superior Double

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Superior Twin/Double are on Deck 7 features one double bed, a sofa, a large window, and a private bathroom. Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.
AUD$ 21,800pp
AUD$ 21,800pp
Ocean endeavour single inside cabin

Single Inside

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Single Inside cabins are on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bathroom.
AUD$ 22,400pp
AUD$ 22,400pp
Ocean endeavour top deck cabin

Top Deck Double

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Top Deck Double cabins are on Deck 8 features two large windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and a private bathroom.
AUD$ 22,700pp
AUD$ 22,700pp
Ocean endeavour twin window suite

Twin Window Suite

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Twin Window Suites are on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with one bathroom. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two windows, and one private bathroom.
AUD$ 23,600pp
AUD$ 23,600pp
Ocean endeavour junior suite

Junior Suite

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Junior Suites are on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window, one double bed and private bath. Cabins 7000 and 7002 have bathtubs and forward facing windows; other Junior Suites have showers and portside views.
AUD$ 24,500pp
AUD$ 24,500pp
Ocean endeavour owners suite

Owner's Suite

26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Owner’s Suite is on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.
AUD$ 25,500pp
AUD$ 25,500pp