Spirit of Shackleton Polar Cruise
Day 1: Rendezvous at group hotel in Ushuaia. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: A free day in Ushuaia. We have an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the worlds most southerly city. This is also a contingency day in case of any delays to your international flights. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 3: This morning you have time for some last minute shopping, relaxing or taking an optional excursion in the area. We embark the M/S Expedition in the afternoon. We enjoy our first sailing this evening through the Beagle Channel.
Day 4: Our adventure begins with our passage east to the Falkland Islands. Today we have time to familiarise ourselves with the ship and its common areas including the lounge, dining hall, library and presentation room. We will start our daily lectures and get to know the guides and crew.
Day 5: The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest Black Browed albatross colony in the world.
Day 6: A further day to explore the Falkland Islands. We can visit Port Stanley which provides an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters.
Day 7: Sailing east we set course for South Georgia Island. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare us for landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters.
Day 8: Still at sea in the Southern Ocean en route to the South Shetland Islands we have several opportunities to spot wildlife and listen to the experts presentations.
Day 9: South Georgia. Home to many marvels, including Shackleton's Grave, South Georgia Island has several former whaling stations and is home to prolific wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of King Penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting we will have three full days to explore this island.
Day 10: We continue to travel around South Georgia and explore it's various coves and inlets, seeing much wildlife and an array of birds.
Day 11: South Georgia. We have plenty of opportunity to leave the ship on the zodiacs and walk on this famous island amongst the abundant wildlife.
Day 12: A further day exploring South Georgia.
Day 13: We turn south and sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 14: Aboard the ship sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 15: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our first chance to step on this remarkable 'Great White Continent'. Over the next days we navigate southwards from the South Shetland Islands, through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. We will attempt to make two excursions per day and our exact routing remains flexible depending on the weather and the ice conditions.
Day 16: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. The area is abound with wildlife activity. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in our wake.
Day 17: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Keeping a lookout from the Bridge or the deck of the ship, as we thread our way along the continent, you'll feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.
Day 18: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. We make the most of the fact that we are here in the Antarctic on this holiday by ensuring that we have plenty of time to visit all the interesting fjiords and inlets, and the wildlife which is here.
Day 19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. We have a further day sailing along the coast, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains, as well as the wildlife.
Day 20: Drake Passage. We finally return in a northerly direction crossing over the Drake Passage. We can enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff and catch some final glimpses of the birds and whales in this extraordinary part of the world.
Day 21: Drake Passage Our final day onboard, we can reflex on our adventure and relax as we return into Ushuaia.
Day 22: We disembark the M/S Expedition in Ushuaia in the morning. KE Land Only services end with a transfer to the airport.