Reasons to venture toward Antarctica are many. Over 200 years ago uncharted waters, whales and the fur trade drew ships, explorers and those seeking a life of adventure into the Southern Ocean. Today curiosity is the driving force behind expedition cruising in this region.
Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures, will offer an incentive to travelers on two autumn 2017 cruises aboard the 114-guest m/v Sea Spirit into the Southern Ocean. Both cruises will impress visitors with the diverse sea and bird life of the region. One cruise travels into the Antarctica Peninsula; the other adventure spends more time exploring the lore and wildlife of the region that spans Patagonia, the Falklands and South Georgia Islands.
In November 2017 savings of from $3,300 to over $8,000 per couple may be secured on Ultimate Wildlife Expedition: Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia & Falkland Islands November 6-25, 2017. This is a comprehensive 20-day expedition voyage that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, with rates starting at just $11,336 per person, triple occupancy, and $15,026 double occupancy.
This extensive exploration of the Southern Ocean embraces the Falkland’s capital city of Stanley and outer islands alive with birds. South Georgia’s staggering array of wildlife – seals, penguins and albatross – as well as the whaling heritage of Grytviken and a celebration of Shackleton’s legendary exploits precede the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula where visitors experience an abundance of marine mammals and penguin colonies set amidst magnificent glacial and mountain scenery.
In October of 2017 the Best of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia & The Falklands October 20-November 7, 2017 spans 19 days with rates starting at $9,995 per person in a triple cabin and $13,295 per person, double occupancy. The voyage from Puerto Madryn (in Argentine Patagonia) to Ushuaia spends six days exploring South Georgia and three days exploring the Falklands. Over 200 bird species have been identified along this routing.
For all who book the October cruise before January 15, 2017, a complimentary full-day, pre-cruise excursion ($315 per person value) to the Peninsula Valdes Protected Nature Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is included. Highlights include a whale-watching excursion in the prime location for spotting Southern Right whales and Orcas and the hospitality of a traditional estancia where guests enjoy a spit-roasted lamb luncheon. The tour continues to Punta Norte, an important habitat for sea lions and elephant seals. Guests return to Puerto Madryn at sunset and embark m/v Sea Spirit for the voyage to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
The m/v Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footage ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.
Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional sea kayaking, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.
For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142.