Spirit of Shackleton
Aboard the M.S. Expedition
Embarkation and disembarkation: Ushuaia
- 20 days 11 - 30 JAN 2013
- 21 days 11 - 30 JAN 2014
Arrive Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Arrive at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.
Embarkation on the Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. We enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.
As we make the passage east, become acquainted with the ship. We also begin lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and Albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest Black Browed Albatross colony in the world. Port Stanley provides an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters.
Sailing east we set course for South Georgia Island. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare us for landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales.
Home to many marvels, including Shackleton's Grave, South Georgia is a former whaling station and home to prolific wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of King Penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting we will have three full days to explore this island.
We turn south and sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Take two excursions per day (weather conditions permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin colonies Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Orca, Humpback and Minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The Peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
Reflect on our memorable adventure and take in some final lectures as we head back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for your last chance to spot whales.
We disembark in the morning.