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L'Austral - Expedition to Antarctica - Ushuaia (Argentina) to Montevideo (Uruguay)

February 22 - March 9, 2014 - 16 days / 15 nights on board 

  • Aboard L'Austral, you will discover a world that is enchanting and fascinating for its strength and beauty.
  • As the famous Drake Passage disappears from the horizon, you will be able to see Neko or Paradise Bay and its former weather station, shrouded in the mist, encircled by walls of ice and the nearby mountains. Further to the North, you will see the craggy coastline of Wilhelmina Bay, named by the Belgian explorer Adrian de Gerlache in honour of his Queen. Floating ice caps, mountains topped with majestic glaciers, Crabeater Seals lazily stretched out on a block of sparkling ice - Nature offers you the most arresting sights here.
  • L’Austral then charts a course north, heading for the Falkland Islands. Conquered, abandoned, recaptured and coveted, the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) had a romantic history until the war of 1982. This remote archipelago, near the tip of the South American continent is home to beauty that is unique in the world. The relief of these islands was carved over the centuries by the harsh and very windy climate. Yet, the Falkland Islands are home to a fantastic range of wildlife, the last sanctuary of the elegant albatross soaring graciously against the blue sky, with colonies of elephant sanctuaries basking at the foot of vertiginous cliffs.
Itinerary Arrival Departure

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina) 
Embarkation from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. 
Regarded as the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme South of Argentina at the end of Beagle Bay. This amazing little town of over 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. The first inhabitants here were nomadic hunters and gatherers who arrived on foot to the Isla Grande over 10,000 years ago. Nature lovers will be bowled over by the Tierra del Fuego National Park and its amazing wealth of flora and fauna: beavers, albatrosses, guanacos, penguins... Here forests cover the slopes of the Andes mountains then give way to snow-capped peaks… a truly unique and unforgettable landscape.

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Day 2 - At sea – Drake Passage 
To reach the mythical «White Continent» you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

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Day 3- At sea – Drake Passage

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Day 4 - Neko/Paradise Bay (Antarctica) 
Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

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Day 5 - Port Charcot - Port Lokroy (Antarctica)
On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins.  Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment. 

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Day 6 - Whilhelmina - Enterprise (Antarctica)

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Day 7 - Deception Island (Antarctica)
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.

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Day 8 - The Weddell Sea (Antarctica)
A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice. 

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Day 9 - At sea, Drake Passage (Antarctica)

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Day 10 - At sea, Drake Passage (Antarctica)

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Day 11 - Port Stanley - Volunteer Point (Falkland Islands) 
Not far from Cape Horn, located to the south east of South America, the Falkland Islands, which are renowned for their wildness, were discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th century.More than two hundred years later, sailors from Saint-Malo, known as Malouins, occupied the island and gave it the name used until the British conquered these lands at the edge of the world in 1833.  Scattered with tufts of grass, surrounded by a grey and often wild sea, the 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. Take the time to observe and photograph the abundant wildlife of these wild and very attractive islands.

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Day 12 - Saunders - Grave Cove (Falkland Islands)

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Day 13 - At Sea

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Day 14 - At Sea

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Day 15 - At Sea

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Day 16 - Montevideo (Uruguay)
Disembarkation

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Cruise Fares
Please contact us for more information and availability.

Prices are per person, based on double-occupancy and subject to fuel adjustment.

Cruise Category

Brochure Fare

Ponant Bonus Fare*

Superior Stateroom

$9,515

$7,696

DeLuxe Stateroom

$10,773

$8,639

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$12,031

$9,582

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$12,611

$10,018

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$13,192

$10,453

Deluxe Suite

$16,965

$13,283

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$21,609

$16,766

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$22,577

$17,492

Owner Suite

$24,028

$18,580

Safety and port taxes

1163

$1,163

Airport Taxes

$26

$26

One Child (8-12 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults

$1,516

$1,516

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$5,925

$5,003

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$11,973

$9,539

Single supplement in cabin*

Starting at + 50%

Starting at + 50%

*On request. Limited availability. Fares may be subject to Fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions.  

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Our fares include:
•Port and safety charges
•Open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available on board)
•Gratuities
•Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
•Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
•Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
•24 hour room service (selected menu)
•Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
•Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
•English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Our fares do not include:
•Flights and airport taxes
•Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
•Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
•Insurances
•Personal expenses
•Other drinks not included in open bar

** Ponant Bonus Fares:
Special Savings program off published cruise-only fares for select voyages, in all stateroom and suite categories. Ponant Bonus fares are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change at any time without notice. Ponant Bonus could decrease or be closed for specific stateroom and suite categories or entire cruise.

Ponant bonus fares represent savings from the published fare and may not be combined with certain other promotional offers. Some cruise credits may not be combinable. The bonus fares represent our best available rate at time of booking.