Shackletons Final Quest: Island Sky

Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands

This extended expedition during the height of the Antarctic summer explores the paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands as well as the spectacular beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join the expert lecturers for this classic and comprehensive Antarctic experience for polar travellers!

  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
  • Incredible sub-Antarctic wildlife of South Georgia and the Falklands.
  • More than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and pause for a moment at his graveside.
  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
  • Learn from the specialist onboard lecturers.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest explorers of all time, Sir Ernest Shackleton, as we journey deep into Antarctica by way of the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia. We’ll explore the fascinating history of the area, dating back to the grandiose times of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as we encounter jaw-dropping scenes in nature, colossal icebergs, and incredible wildlife.

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Immerse Yourself In One of History's Greatest Rescues!

Overview

This extended expedition during the height of the Antarctic summer explores the paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands as well as the spectacular beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join the expert lecturers for this classic and comprehensive Antarctic experience for polar travellers!
Day 1, Arrival No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Day 2, Ushuaia Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers. Day 3, Embarkation Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner. Day 4, Southern Ocean As we sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held, and you won’t want to miss our experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife, history, and geology of the area. Day 5, West Falklands/Malvinas We’ll be exploring some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands/Malvinas, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for Black-Browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries. Day 6, Stanley, E Falkland/Malvinas Stanley is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbor. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores. Day 7-8, Southern Ocean Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife identifying to do as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics such as the captivating history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia. Day 9-12, South Georgia South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as you take in tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. We’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, featuring the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried. Day 13-14, Scotia Sea Heading farther south, we’ll continue our informative presentations and wildlife spotting as the icebergs become bigger and more plentiful. Day 15-18, Antarctica Here we’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbors, maneuvering through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as we spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea. Day 19-20, Drake Passage We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together. Day 21, Ushuaia Disembarkation With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning, letting you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Expedition Vessel: M/S Island Sky

Island Sky

Island Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests, built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2016. One of the finest small ships in the world, M/S Island Sky is hallmarked by its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now with the addition of more adventurous itineraries, alternative adventure options as well as an on-board Passenger Service Representative, Island Sky is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!

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Included
  • Two nights hotel accommodations in embarkation city
  • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
  • Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled Landings / excursions
  • All meals onboard
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
  • Welcome/Farewell cocktail
  • House wine / beer / soft drink with dinner
  • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • A pair of boots for use during the voyage
  • Wifi from the public computers in the library
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
Excluded
  • Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
  • Arrival transfer from airport to group hotel in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
  • Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except as listed above in inclusions)
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided
  • Staff gratuities
Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $1500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by calling us (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card, bank transfer or check. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Reservations cancelled 181 days or more prior to departure are subject to a $1000 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations 180 days to 121 days prior to departure are full loss of deposit. Reservations cancelled 120 days or less prior to departure are subject to full fare forfeiture. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Polar Latitudes and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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