M/V Plancius - Falkland Islands,
South Georga & Antarctic Peninsula
January 2 - 20, 2013 - Roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina - 18 nights / 17 days - Voyage
10% discount on this departure!
A typical itinerary to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula is
illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather
conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be
determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Day 1: Ushuaia - In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the
southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of
Day 2: at sea - 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 (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the
fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us
views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and
passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King,
Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.
Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands - In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience
Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the
surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are
free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not
Days 5 & 6: At sea - On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence.
Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees 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.
Days 7 – 10: South Georgia - In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in
South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course
to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give
you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant
seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.
One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge
Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays. At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of
the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see an
abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At
Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. We will
depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.
Day 11: At sea - Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we
might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species
like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.
Day 12: South Orkney Islands - We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base
located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the
wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
Day 13: At sea
Days 14 – 16: Antarctic Peninsula - We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged
Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We
plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to
extend our time in the Weddell Sea.
Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica
expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and
second-in-command of the expedition.The topography of the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising
through the ice. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs. Mostly we see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and
occasional, kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. In Wilhelmina Bay we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains
of the Arctowski Pensinsula.
At Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow
into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea,
creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape
Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and
Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail
through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.
Days 17 – 18: At sea - 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.
10% discount on this departure!
Rate Per Person
All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates
apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages
(except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All
voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and
• Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard
• Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• During voyages OTL21, OTL22, OTL23, OTL26 and OTL27: ship-to-shore helicopter transfers
(with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre-
and post land arrangements; transfers to 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).
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent
90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to
levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide