Audience with “Kings”

Audience with “Kings”

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

aboard M/S Sea Spirit  

 

Ex: Ushuaia – Argentina

  • 21 Days  5 Nov – 25 Nov, 2016
  • 21 Days  5 Jan – 25 Jan, 2017

Ex: Ushuaia – Argentina ending in Montevideo

  • 21 Days  24 Feb – 16 Mar, 2017

Day 1. Ushuaia, Argentina.

 The small city of Ushuaia combines everything to be a perfect starting point for Antarctic cruises. It locates at the southern tip of South America Continent and is regarded as the world’s southernmost city. Being the capital of Tierra del Fuego archipelago Ushuaia boasts the southernmost Tierra del Fuego National Park and beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay and Andes mountains. Not less important (and even more for someone) the local restaurants offer super delicious king crab, cooked to dozen different recipes. Overnight at Arakur 5* hotel resort, part of “Leading Hotels of the World”.

Day 2. Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina.

In the afternoon we embark the Sea Spirit and set sail down the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3. At sea.

Escorted by seabirds and whales the Sea Spirit makes its way to the Falkland Islands.

Day 4-5. The Falklands.

The Falkland Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. On the beaches of the islands elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling to establish territories at the start of the breeding season or even simply relaxing at the sea. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s seventeen species – king, gentoo, rockhopper, Magellanic and macaroni. What’s more, for the gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth.

The capital of the Falklands Port Stanley is the southernmost British outpost. Together with many reminders of its British heritage such as red phone boxes and English pubs the town boasts more unusual sights like a whalebone arch and many shipwrecks along the coast.

Day 6-7. At sea.

Clear your camera’s memory as we sail towards the “capital” of Antarctic wildlife.

Day 8-11. South Georgia.

South Georgia is an unmissable destination within Antarctica. This sub-Antarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. This long and narrow, whale bone shaped island is a home to:

  • Four seal species – southern elephant seal, Antarctic fur seal, Weddell seal, and leopard seal.
  • Several whale species – southern right whales, humpbacks, fin whales, sperm whales, killer whales orcas, and southern bottlenose whales.
  • Antarctic seabirds, about 46% of the world’s breeding population of grey headed albatrosses; northern giant petrels, white chinned petrels and Antarctic prions. Most of the world’s population of the South Georgia blue eyed shags live there, some 7,500 pairs.
  • Penguins – around half the world’s population of macaroni penguins, along with 100,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins and about 6,000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap penguins.
  • The most attractive residents of the South Georgia are King penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The total number of King penguins is around 400,000 breeding pairs.

We spend 4 days among the alpine landscapes and penguins’ crowds. Visit to the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants is one of the highlights of South Georgia.

Day 12-13. Scotia Sea.

Our invited experts on Antarctic wildlife, history and geology give lectures and presentations preparing us for the meeting with wild spaces of the Sixth Continent.

Day 14-18. The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands.

In the region of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula we get a great variety of opportunities to actively explore the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery. With nearly 200 recognized sites in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula we use all our experience to offer you the best places and ways of exploring an enchanting world of the Sixth Continent. A flexible planning is a key to successful expedition.

Our Captain and Expedition Leader will do their best to show you all the faces of Antarctica. We hope to tick off 5 penguin /6 seal / several whale species in Antarctic check-list. While cruising along narrow Antarctic waterways we admire huge icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colours. We visit scientific stations representing several different countries and learn about Antarctic scientific researches straight from the source. Of course setting foot on the actual Antarctic Continent is also on agenda.

Day 19-20. Crossing the Drake Passage.

This last sea passage separates the magic world we had discovered from the rest of the world. Use these days to refresh your memories and bid farewell to the birds and whales of the southern ocean.

Day 21. Disembarkation in Ushuaia.

Morning disembarkation in Ushuaia with group transfer to the airport. Or you may stay at the city centre, if you plan a longer stay in Ushuaia.

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Dates and Cost

  • 21 Days Ex: Ushuaia  05 Nov – 25 Nov, 2016
  • 21 Days Ex: Ushuaia ending in Montevideo  24 Feb – 16 Mar, 2017
Triple Classic Main Deck Suite Classic Suite Superior Suite Deluxe Suite
USD 10,995 USD 12,995 USD 14,995 USD 15,695 USD 17,395
Premium Suite Owner’s Suite
USD 18,995 USD 22,095
  • 21 Days Ex: Ushuaia  05 Jan – 25 Jan, 2017
Triple Classic Main Deck Suite Classic Suite Superior Suite Deluxe Suite
USD 13,995 USD 16,995 USD 19,595 USD 20,295 USD 22,595
Premium Suite Owner’s Suite
USD 23,995 USD 27,095

Single Rates are available on request

 

What’s Included

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia;
  • Group transfers from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia in a day prior to departure (applied for Antarctic cruises 2016-2017);
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia;
  • Shipboard accommodations;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions;
  • All lectures and briefings onboard;
  • All meals served aboard;
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily;
  • Welcome drink and farewell dinner onboard;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • All port fees;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log.

What’s Not included

  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel;
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000;
  • Pre or post-cruise travel expenses.

Special conditions

  • In case fuel price increases significantly fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.

How to book

To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.

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MS Sea Spirit

Expedition Ship

Sail aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit and you’ll experience the polar regions in grand style. Carrying a maximum of 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats – called RIBs – for shore transfers and cruising, two lounges and a dining room, library/game room, gym and hot tub, satellite phone access in every cabin, email and internet. You have a choice of one King Size bed or two twin beds, in the most spacious cabins in our fleet. All have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe cabins, suites and the Owner’s Suite have private balconies for viewing the extraordinary polar icescape.

Deck Plans

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Cabins

  • Triple – Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed, a pull out sofa bed (23 sq m average).
  • Main Deck: Minimum of two portholes, two twins or a kingsize bed (20 sq m).
  • Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed (23 sq m average).
  • Superior: Walk-in closet and a large picture window opening onto an outside walkway, two twins or a king-size bed (22 sq m average).
  • Deluxe: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony and a walk-in closet, two twins or a kingsize bed (26 sq m average).
  • Suite: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, a spacious wardrobe, a large picture window, two twins or a king-size bed (33 sq m average).
  • Owners Suite: Spacious living room with game and meeting area, large bathroom with jetted tub, walk-in closet, one king bed, refrigerator, high-definition plasma TV/video player, BOSE stereo system, large sliding glass doors leading to a private sun deck at the bow of the ship.

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Ship Specifications

Crew: 85
Guests: 114
Cabins: 57
Length: 90.6 m
Breath: 15.3 m
Draft: 4.16 m
Propulsion: Diesel – 4,720 horsepower
Ice Class: 1D
Voltage: 110V (North America Sockets)
Speed: 14.5 knots
Registered: Bahamas

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