eclipse south georgia and antarctica cruise

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

  • Overview
    EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES 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. While at the end of February and into March there is a staggering amount of whales, seals, birds and penguins on display as they prepare for the annual migration north.
    Duration: 21 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: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - 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 2 - At sea

      Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Expertly designed to traverse the important sea trade route of the Drake Passage, Scenic Eclipse crosses faster than all other vessels, with relative ease and the utmost in comfort. Let your excitement build as you 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. Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options or your butler will serve you in-suite.

    • Day 3/6 - Antarctic Peninsula

      The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula. A land of pristine beauty, breathtaking wildlife and inestimable importance, travelling to the ‘end of the Earth’ is a long-held dream for most people. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible once you reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions.

      our crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways including Paradise Bay and traverse the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point. Sail close to blue tinged icebergs as you cruise Elephant Island or Neko Harbour or sail into the volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Visit a working base like Esperanza Station and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. At Port Lockroy, a natural harbour on the Antarctic Peninsula, you can send a postcard home from this most remote and isolated post office to share a unique memory with loved ones.

      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 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

      The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula. A land of pristine beauty, breathtaking wildlife and inestimable importance, travelling to the ‘end of the Earth’ is a long-held dream for most people. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible once you reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions.

      our crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways including Paradise Bay and traverse the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point. Sail close to blue tinged icebergs as you cruise Elephant Island or Neko Harbour or sail into the volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Visit a working base like Esperanza Station and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. At Port Lockroy, a natural harbour on the Antarctic Peninsula, you can send a postcard home from this most remote and isolated post office to share a unique memory with loved ones.

      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

    • Day 8/9 - 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 10/13 - 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 14/15 - At Sea

      As we cruise to the Falkand Islands join entertaining presentations by the Discovery Team.

    • Day 16 - AT SEA

      Your adventure in the icy lands comes to an end as we set sail north towards South America. There is ample time to partake in a wellness class or a last presentation by the Discovery team.

    • Day 17 - Saunders, Falkland Islands

      Saunders Island is where you can see the graceful King penguin on white sandy beaches on a discovery excursion.

      Freechoice
      Helicopter and submarine excursions are available^.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 18/20 - At sea

      Your adventure in the icy lands comes to an end as we set sail north towards South America. There is ample time to partake in a wellness class or a last presentation by the Discovery team.

    • Day 21 - Arrive in Buenos Aires; Disembarkation

      Farewell the crew as you disembark, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

    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

    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

    Snowshoeing

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

    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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  • Gallery
  • 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
Check Voyage Dates, Pricing and Availability
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Suite Pre-Registration Open

27 Feb 2020 - 18 Mar 2020
All suites onboard the Eclipse are appointed with the finest luxuries and are of the highest standards. The 2018/19 Antarctic season on the Eclipse sold out extremely quickly, so registered and hold your cabin now for when bookings open in early 2018. Enquire now for availability and cabin pricing options.
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