Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia

The 23-day Epic Antarctica voyage is called so for a reason—it includes the major Antarctic highlights. From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, this adventure-packed polar small ship expedition offers countless unforgettable moments. Start with the Falklands, reminiscent of both sandy Cape Cod and the English moors, home to seals, dolphins and five species of penguins. From there, venture to South Georgia to enter the home of 300,000 breeding king penguins, 50 million seabirds and 5 million seals. Then, explore the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, and finally cross the Antarctic Circle—a significant milestone for any world traveler.

Highlights include exploring the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands; opportunities to see more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of penguin, at South Georgia—the Galapagos of the Poles; following in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage to South Georgia, and visiting his gravesite; and crossing the Antarctic Circle alongside a celebratory toast.

Voyage aboard the eco-friendly 189-guest Ocean Diamond or 200-guest Ultramarine. Enjoy cruising knowing carbon offsets have been purchased. A passenger elevator makes accessing all decks easy, and each ship’s photography program includes the services of a resident photography instructor. Adventurous add-on activities include kayaking, camping, one-time paddling excursions, stand-up paddleboarding, helicopter landings and heli-assisted alpine trekking.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises.