Weddell Sea and Falklands Adventure Cruise | One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctica Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea & The Falkland Islands 12 nights

This exciting expedition provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience.

It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning Weddell Sea region, and the historic location of Elephant Island – a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations in the Falkland Islands, including the homes of nesting albatross and the colorful King penguin. Throughout the voyage, our expedition ship acts as a floating wilderness lodge, which we reposition every day to yet another exciting location. You will be spoiled for choice by all of the activities we have planned.

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A map of One Ocean Expeditions 'Ultimate Antarctica' adventure cruise to the Weddell Sea and Falkland Islands.
A massive tabular iceberg in Antarctica as viewed from a One Ocean Expeditions 'Ultimate Antarctica' adventure cruise. Photo: Ira Meyer
A One Ocean Expeditions cruise to the Weddell Sea explores icebergs while on a 'Ultimate Antarctica' travel package. Photo: Ira Meyer
A One Ocean Expeditions adventure travel cruise to Antarctica on a small ship expedition ship. Photo: Ira Meyer
A One Ocean Expeditions polar expedition sails into the Weddell Sea to see tabular icebergs. Photo: Ben Haggar
Adventure travel to Antarctica visits penguin colony. Photo: David Sinclair

Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea & The Falkland Islands

Starting Rate: US$16,295.00+

Number of Nights: 12

Departs from: PUNTA ARENAS

Returns to: SANTIAGO

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season -pre-voyage hotel night and private air charters included.

Experiences:

    Education
    Wildlife Viewing
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Hiking
    Sea Kayaking
    Camping
    History
    Ornithology
    Health & Wellness
    Family

Available Dates:

2020
December 26 - January 7 RCGS Resolute Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea & The Falkland Islands

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - please check trip notes for information on your pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter flight, now included in the voyage fare for the Antarctic 2020/2021 season.

Please note this is a SAMPLE ITINERARY and subject to change. Reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure details.



Day 1

Punta Arenas, Chile

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile, where our Antarctic journey commences, make your way to our signature hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. T...

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile, where our Antarctic journey commences, make your way to our signature hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, we encourage you to visit the welcome desk set up in the lobby of the hotel to check in with the One Ocean Expeditions' representative and to collect luggage tags for your voyage.




Day 2

King George Island, Antarctica

Our journey begins this morning with a transfer to the airport for the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica (this flight is inclu...

Our journey begins this morning with a transfer to the airport for the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). Upon arrival at King George Island, we embark our ship via Zodiac. After settling into our cabins and exploring our new surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome refreshment and set sail.




Days 3 - 4

Gerlache Strait & Antarctic Peninsula

Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and wake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent laid out before us. For the next...

Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and wake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent laid out before us. For the next few days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline. The landscape all along this section of the Antarctic coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Our activity program is in full swing by now.




Day 5

South Shetland Islands

Having crossed the Bransfield Straight overnight, we arrive in the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we may sail the ship in...

Having crossed the Bransfield Straight overnight, we arrive in the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we may sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated wooden huts.




Days 6 - 8

Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea

At about 25 nautical miles long and about 10 nautical miles wide, Antarctic Sound separates Joinville Island from the northern tip of the Antarctic...

At about 25 nautical miles long and about 10 nautical miles wide, Antarctic Sound separates Joinville Island from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Navigating into the sound we witness for the first time the vastness and majesty of the Antarctic icecap. This is an awe-inspiring sight. Heading into the Weddell Sea we notice a significant increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs and the presence of sea ice. These massive icebergs break from the huge ice shelves to the south and drift north on the currents.




Day 9

Elephant Island

Cape Lookout on the southern tip of Elephant Island is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a ...

Cape Lookout on the southern tip of Elephant Island is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species we have yet to encounter to date. Both southern elephant seals and fur seals are hauled out on the rocky beaches. If conditions permit, we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island.




Days 10 - 11

At Sea - Towards Falkland Islands

While sailing north to the Falkland Islands our onboard polar experts will recap on our adventures in the Weddell Sea and prepare us for the days a...

While sailing north to the Falkland Islands our onboard polar experts will recap on our adventures in the Weddell Sea and prepare us for the days ahead. Much of our time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals. The spectacular pelagic seabirds, including several albatross and petrel species, are our constant companions as they soar above the ship. Photographing these stunning birds in flight takes great patience and skill and our resident photography expert will show you the best techniques




Day 12

West Point Island & Saunders Island, Falklands

Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore the island of West Point and nearby Saunders Island – in the West Falkland archipelago. We...

Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore the island of West Point and nearby Saunders Island – in the West Falkland archipelago. West Point is known for its rockhopper penguin rookeries and substantial nesting black-browed albatross colony. The opportunity to observe these spectacular birds in close proximity on the nest is an immense privilege and an experience not easily forgotten..




Day 13

Stanley - Return to Santiago

This morning we find ourselves in the port of Stanley. We say goodbye to our crew and make our way to the airport for our return private air charte...

This morning we find ourselves in the port of Stanley. We say goodbye to our crew and make our way to the airport for our return private air charter to Santiago (included in the price of your voyage). On arrival in Santiago our journey comes to an end. Onward regional and international flight connections may be possible this evening.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea & Falkland Islands
December 26 2020 - January 7 2021 12 Nights
RCGS Resolute From: US$16,295.00+
Charter Flights Included
One Ocean Suite




US$22,695.00
Shackleton Suite




US$20,195.00
Superior Plus




US$19,195.00
Superior




US$18,695.00
Twin Private




US$17,395.00
Main Deck Triple




US$16,295.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
*NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season -pre-voyage hotel night and private air charters included.

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