Falklands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula 2016/17

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

Aboard MV Plancius

  • 19 & 20 days October – March

South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape is simply stunning. Marvel at the haunting cries of light-mantled sooty albatross, adorable fur seal pups learning to swim and herds of reindeer cantering across lush, grassy flats. Hike up tussock-covered slopes, past mossy streams for magnificent views of macaroni penguins, courting albatross and glaciated mountain peaks. Scattered across the mighty Southern Ocean, the tiny arc of windswept islands and harbours are some of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to literally millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. This remarkable voyage also includes time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Example Itinerary:

Day 1

Ushuaia – Beagle Channel

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the picturesque southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2

Drake Passage

At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3

Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. On New Island we’ll witness how heavy Black-browed Albatrosses try to land and take off in a colony they share with the sturdy Rockhopper Penguins. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give us instead views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons.

Day 4

Falkland Islands

In Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South-American characteristics. In Port Stanley and surrounding area we can see a quite important number of stranded clippers from a century ago.

Day 5-6

South Georgia

At sea, on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop as much as 10°C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Day 7-10

South Georgia

In South Georgia we shall visit Grytviken with the abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets, and King Edwards Point with a British garrison and the grave of Shackleton. Fortuna Bay and Bay of Isles with breeding Wandering Albatrosses on Albatross Island, and Salisbury Plain with a large colony of King Penguins are other highlights of the South Georgia program. We may also visit Elsehul, Right Whale Bay, Possession Bay, Gold Harbour and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Fur Seals, Elephant Seals, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins, Grey-headed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Northern and Southern Giant Petrels, White-chinned Petrels, several species of prions and storm petrels, Brown Skuas, Dominican Gulls, Antarctic Terns, sheathbills and the endemic South Georgia Pintail.

Day 11

At sea

At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds.

Day 12

Antarctic Peninsula

In the South Orkneys we plan to call at Laurie Island and may visit the friendly Argentine base, in which vicinity we can see breeding Southern Giant Petrels. With permission of the base personnel we may also visit Punta Cormoran which has an Adelie Penguin colony.

Day 13

Antarctic Peninsula

At sea when we approach the sea-ice, we may have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like Maccormick Skua, Snow Petrel and the elusive juvenile Emperor Penguin. Chances to encounter Minke Whales are also increasing when we approach the ice.

Day 14-16

Antarctic Peninsula

Our landings in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula may include Paulet Island featuring the remains of polar expeditions from the beginning of the 20th century, and a colony of hundreds of thousands of Adelie Penguins. Here at the tip of the Weddell Sea we see the magnificent table icebergs. At Brown Bluff we may set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a beautiful volcanic area. At Mikkelsen Harbour at the south end of Trinity Island we can observe a Gentoo Penguin colony and Weddell and Fur Seals hauled out on the beach. In the beautiful Charlotte Bay we may again set foot on the Antarctic Continent at Portal Point, where Crabeater Seals have often been seen. Here in the Gerlache Strait we often see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. We try to land at Baily Head (Deception Island), where we are surrounded by 100.000 Chinstrap Penguins like in an amphitheatre. From here good walkers can walk to Whalers Bay. In Whalers Bay, we can observe the remains of the Hektor whaling station from the beginning of the 20th century. We intend to visit Hannah Point, one of the best wildlife spots in the South Shetlands, with Giant Petrels, Cape Pigeons, Blue-eyed Shag, Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins, a few Macaroni Penguins and Elephant Seals.

Day 17-18

Drake Passage

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 19

Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities. Some itineraies run in the reverse order and have an option to fly from Stanley to Punta Arenas rather than sail the final leg to Ushuaia.

ZodiacPenguinsItineraries of various durations, the additional time is spent in the Antarctic Peninsula. The itinerary descriptions reflect the plans for this expedition and should be read as general guides only. These are expeditions to remote and rarely visited regions of the world, and flexibility is required. Our exact program will vary based on local weather and ice conditions, availability of local permissions, and government orders.

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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Dates & Cost 2016/17

  • 30 Oct – 18 Nov 2016  20 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$12,150 US$13,250 US$14,550 US$15,350 US$16,200 US$17,950

  • 29 Nov – 17 Dec 2016  19 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$12,400 US$13,550 US$14,900 US$15,650 US$16,600 US$18,150

  • 18 Jan – 5 Feb 2017  19 Days
  • 15 Feb – 6 Mar 2017  20 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$14,250 US$15,650 US$16,900 US$17,900 US$18,900 US$20,800

Single Occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

Note: If world fuel prices reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, a fuel surcharge of USD25 per passenger per night may be applied.

What’s Included

  • Voyage aboard the individual vessel as indicated
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including, snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Plancius: free loan of boots & snow shoes

What’s not included

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to/from the vessel
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

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 in the brochure 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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MV Plancius

Ice-strengthened Expedition Vessel

MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named ‘Hr. Ms. Tydeman’. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was finally purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The MV Plancius has been completely rebuilt as a 110-passenger vessel and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea), offering a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, with full panorama view. The vessell has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 – 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

MV Plancius is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. The voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (6 chefs, 1 hotel manager, 1 steward-barman and 11 stewards / cabin cleaners), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Deck Plans

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Cabins

MV Plancius accomodates 53 passenger cabins, all with private toilet and shower, as follows:

  • Quadruple: 5 cabins with private facilities.
  • Twin Porthole: 19 cabins with porthole, private facilities, lower berths.
  • Twin Window: 26 cabins with window, private facilities, lower berths.
  • Twin Deluxe: 2 cabins with 2 windows (aft and side view), private facilities, lower berths.
  • Superior: 10 cabins with private facilities, double beds.

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Ship Specifications

Crew: 30
Guests: 110
Length: 89 m
Breadth: 14.50 m
Draft: 4.50 m
Ice Class: 10
Propulsion: Diesel-electric engines – 1.230 total horsepower
Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots
Registered: In the Netherlands by Oceanwide Expeditions

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