Antarctica Via Falklands and South Georgia Cruise

Antarctica Via Falklands and South Georgia Cruise

The Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia cruise is simply one of the best Antarctic experiences that can be had. It is our personal favourite and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Not only will you explore the unforgettable Antarctic Peninsula, but you will also visit the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Both islands are packed full of penguin rookeries and seal colonies and you’ll be able to get some incredible pics as you venture right up close to these amazing creatures. This cruise is a definite must for wildlife lovers and adventurers!

Your cruise will set off from the port city of Ushuaia where you will head straight to the Falkland Islands. The island has a lovely feel about it with its green hills, long white beaches and clear blue waters. You’ll find 5 species of penguin on the Falkland islands alone!

From the Falklands you will sail to the island of South Georgia. Here you will encounter more penguins and seals than you would have thought imaginable. Over a million seals will be witnessed pushing and shoving for space on the crowded beaches!

From South Georgia you sail to the Antarctic Peninsula. A landscape of frozen ice, towering glaciers and sculptured ice-bergs greets you. This is a wild and harsh land where the weather will dictate your itinerary.

You’ll take daily zodiac excursions and venture ashore to witness the majesty of the continent for yourself. Keep a sharp eye out for whales and lounging seals on ice floes.

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Antarctica Via Falklands and South Georgia Cruise

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Route Itinerary

Because of the cruise’s long sailing time and unpredictable weather, all operators will offer a slightly different itinerary. Please note that the itinerary provided below reflects what we have personally experienced and is not a direct reflection of all operator’s itineraries.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN USHUAIA

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION DAY

​DAY 3: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 4-5: FALKLAND ISLANDS (Islas Malvinas)

​DAY 6-7: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 8-11: SOUTH GEORGIA

​DAY 12-13: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 14-17: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

​DAY 18-19: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 20: ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA

Trip Variations

  • via the Circle

Antarctica Peninsula Circle cruise via Falklands and South Georgia

One of the best cruises in our opinion, the Antarctica Peninsula circle cruise via Falklands and South Georgia not only visits the peninsula and takes in the wildlife-rich islands of South Georgia and the Falklands, but it also crosses the Antarctic circle!

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Ships that sail the ​Antarctica Via Falklands and South Georgia Cruise Itinerary

Ocean Diamond

One of the most modern ships in the region, the Ocean Diamond is a classy vessel that offers space for 189 passengers. The ship is equipped with a wellness program, several bars, polar library, theater-style auditorium and gym. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and the deck area is large and perfect for viewing wildlife.

The Ortelius

The Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel designed for extreme cruises to the Polar regions. The Ortelius holds 116 passengers and has basic, but comfortable accommodation. The ship is equipped with two dining rooms, a bar and a lecture theater room and a good amount of deck space.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

With stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this ship is one of the steadiest in Antarctica! Very well equipped and spacious, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov carries 92 passengers and offer a nice modern feel. The interior spaces are large and the vessel comes with a separate lounge, bar, sauna, plunge pool and library.

National Geographic Explorer

This luxury vessel houses 168 passengers and is one of the most state of the art polar ships out there! Fully stabilized and equipped with a Wellness Specialist and Spa Therapist, the National Geographic is a favorite among many. All 81 cabins are window facing and there is tons of deck space to wander about in comfort.

National Geographic Orion

Slightly smaller than its Explorer brother, the Orion is extremely well appointed, cozy and elegant. The ship holds 102 passengers and comes equipped with a spa facility, outdoor cafe, library and dining rooms. Probably one of the most comfortable ships in Antarctica, the Orion is always highly recommended.

Plancius

One of the larger research vessels, the Plancius can take up to 116 passengers and is fully ice-strengthened for those tough Polar regions! The ship has a comfortable feel and there is loads of deck space to wander around. The bar has large, panoramic views and the observation lounge also doubles as a presentation room.  A basic, but tough and cozy ship with great views.

Ocean Endeavour

One of the larger expedition ships in Antarctica, the Ocean Endeavour can take up to 199 passengers. perfectly equipped for polar sailing and passenger comfort, the Endeavour comes with a full ice-strengthened hull, large sundeck, spacious restaurant and several large lounges! The sauna, gym, juice bar and many zodiacs make the Endeavour one of our favorites.

Sea Spirit

With 116 passengers, the Sea Spirit is one of the smaller Expedition style vessels. However, the ship has a nice cozy and friendly feel because of this and the lounges are spacious and the library is well stocked. The outside deck area has a hot tub and area to serve bistro meals in good weather. Perfect and intimate vessel for Antarctica.

Le Boreal

One of the more luxurious vessels in Antarctica, the Le Boreal can house just under 200 passengers and comes with several restaurants, several lounges, salon, steam room, spa and gym. The decor is modern and stylish and the ship even comes with an elevator! Expect large open deck space and well appointed cabins on this luxury Antarctica vessel.

Le Lyrial

The French Connection! The Le Lyrial is very similar to its sister ship – Le Boreal. Incredibly luxurious for an Antarctica ship, the Le Lyrial is equipped to handle 199 passengers and provides extensive deck space and seating areas throughout the ship. The vessel has a spa, gym, sauna, several restaurants and lounges, lecture theater and extensive library. Often, there is far more non-English speaking guests on board.

Expedition

This small expedition ship carries a 132 passengers ans was completely refurbished in 2009. Thanks to this, the cabins are large and well appointed, each one being window facing! Deck space is large and ideal for wildlife viewing whilst the interior areas are comfortable and cozy. Much of the common space has large windows for ideal viewing.

Fram

​Named after the ship used by Norwegian Explorer Fridtjof Nansen, the Fram was purpose built in 2009 and is one of the largest vessels in Antarctic waters with space for 269 passengers! Items from the original Fram are positioned around the ship which makes for a nice touch. As can be expected from a ship this size, the Fram contains several Jacuzzi’s, a gym, several restaurants and lounges and a full spa facility.

Hebridean Sky

In June 2016, the 116 passenger ship underwent a multi-million dollar restoration project to bring the vessel into the modern age – and it worked. The Hebridean Sky now boasts state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency and communications system. The ship is ideal for people looking for a feel of camaraderie, similar perhaps to a yacht experience.

​Akademik Ioffe

This 96 passenger vessel is one the strongest in the water and comes with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. Fully equipped with a modern feel, the Akademik Ioffe offers a complete lecture theater and wellness program which includes yoga instruction (select departures), registered massage therapist, daily meditation, hot water spa, sauna and a refreshing salt-water plunge pool!

Silver Explorer

Probably the most luxurious ship in the Polar Regions. The Silver Explorer takes only 132 passengers, but boasts facilities of a much larger vessel. Facilities include a spacious library, Internet Cafe, full-service spa, boutique shopping, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna and two top-deck Jacuzzi’s! The ship also boasts 8 zodiacs so no one ever has to wait for landings! If you can afford it, this is a very cool ship.

Polar Pioneer

One of the smallest ships in the region, the Polar Pioneer research vessel can carry up to 56 passengers. This doesn’t stop the little ship from packing a punch though and facilities include a lounge, dining room, bar, library, sauna and lecture room. Its small size allows it to make landings where other ships cannot which is often more important than luxury!

Sea Adventurer

The Sea adventurer carries 132 passengers and was purpose built for Polar cruises. This fact can be seen everywhere – the cabins are all window facing and the large lounge, dining room and library are all totally lined in glass so you never miss a single view point! Food is to die for and the staff are extremely friendly. Deck space is considerable and there are several zodiacs for frequent shore landings.

Silver Cloud

Carrying just 200 passengers, the Silver Cloud is the smallest luxurious ship in Antarctica. Interior is modern and deck space in large. There are five dining options, including a Relais & Châteaux restaurant! The ships has a number of shops, internet cafes and panorama lounges. If you need to unwind then the full spa facility will do just that.

The Ushuaia

The Ushuaia is one the most respected vessels in the Polar region and well up to the task of the Weddell Sea! Ice-strengthened and originally built for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the boat has now been refurbished to accommodate 88 passengers and nearly 50 suites! Large deck space, open bridge policy, open plan lounge and full media lecture room make this one the most popular vessels.

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