A zodiac boat is visible beneath an iceberg that's arching over the ocean, in antarctica
Gentoo penguins crowd on an iceberg with the ocean in the background in antarctica
A humpback whale breaches the ocean surface just in front of a zodiac boat with icebergs in the distance in antarctica
Brown penguins stand in a group in front of black and white penguins on the emperors and kings cruise to antarctica
An albatross bird stands on a grassy hill above the ocean shoreline, as seen on the explorers and kings expedition cruise to antarctica
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Explorers & Kings

The 20-day Explorers & Kings cruise is a truly epic adventure through the tussock-covered Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Watch an isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun and pods of orcas pass by. Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falklands, home to Magellanic, Gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins, as well as blackbrowed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Visit South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and 4 penguin species and follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, stepping back in time as you pause a moment at his gravesite. Lastly, explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the world’s 7th continent by ship, Zodiac, kayak (optional) and foot. Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of on-board lecturers as you immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic.

Three small ships operate the itinerary: the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, 172-guest World Explorer and the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer. Each Explorers & Kings departure includes up-close exploration on guided hikes, shore walks and small craft excursions. Optional activities (additional cost) include kayaking and one-time paddling excursions. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited.

Contact our Antarctica small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience voyaging in Antarctica and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

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



Itinerary

Explorers & Kings Itinerary

The main Explorers & Kings cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina.

Route map of Explorers & Kings Antarctica small ship cruise main itinerary, operating roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina with stops at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet also has many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. For the adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking.

Accommodations

Hotel TBD (Hotel Las Lengas, Hotel Los Acebos, Albatros Hotel or similar)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Ushuaia

As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with the ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for the expedition team as it is for you.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

The days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by the expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this region. The archipelago contains two main islands—East Falkland and West Falkland—which you will explore during Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums. In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! Expect to see blackbrowed albatross, plus two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea

Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. The expedition team will be sure to keep you posted when the ship crosses this invisible yet important line.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 11
South Georgia

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. One significant and historic site is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, a gift shop, a church and a small research station.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the wildlife that stands out. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife. One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next day you may visit another beach dotted with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that the expedition team will explain to you during your time here.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as the next destination is Antarctica! These days at sea are filled with presentations, workshops and social activities led by the expedition team. If conditions allow, the ship may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, the first official stop in Antarctica.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 17
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear. The expedition team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to the Zodiacs, giving you a chance for an intimate experience with these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy. As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters!

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, the journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure. Enjoy the final moments mingling with your fellow shipmates. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to fellow shipmates and the expedition team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per daily program; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout voyage; beer and wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; all shore landings per daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person; group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation to Ushuaia from ship to local airport.

Exclusions

International airfare; passport and applicable visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; arrival and departure transfers, except when explicitly stated; adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, etc.).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Explorers & Kings cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to any local hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 11:00am on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Explorers & Kings cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $995; photography included; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Nov 14 – Dec 03, 2021 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE

2022-23 Season:
Nov 14 – Dec 03, 2022 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE
Dec 21 – Jan 09, 2023 – World Explorer – K, PE, SUP
Jan 27 – Feb 15, 2023 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite
Ocean Diamond: Suite & Balcony Suite
World Explorer: Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite & Owner’s Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia & Falkland Islands Itinerary

The Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia & Falkland Islands cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina. On this special solar eclipse cruise, spend time directly in the path of Totality and be joined by NASA scientist Fred Espenak.

Route map of Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia & Falkland Islands small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Begin the journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It’s the ideal gateway to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for the adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Accommodations

Hotel TBD (Hotel Las Lengas, Hotel Los Acebos, Albatros Hotel or similar)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Ushuaia

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will cruise down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation while departing!

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

These days at sea are filled with presentations led by the expedition team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history ahead. In between presentations, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with shipmates over a drink at the bar.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

The expedition team leads Zodiac cruises, visits to a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise, and keep cameras at the ready.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
At Sea

Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula, as the ship’s next destination is the Scotia Sea, between the South Orkney Islands and South Georgia, where you’ll witness a rare natural phenomenon: an eclipse of the sun in Antarctica! The expedition team will provide advance presentations and workshops on astronomy, meteorology and other related topics to help prepare you for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Joining on board for the eclipse is world-renowned eclipse expert Fred Espenak. Known as “Mr. Eclipse,” Fred is a retired NASA scientist and has participated in 29 eclipse expeditions around the world.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Solar Eclipse at Sea

Early this morning, be summoned on deck to witness an extraordinary, much-awaited moment: a solar eclipse, the very brief period (1 minute, 40 seconds) when the moon blocks the sun’s light, plunging the polar regions into darkness. Bring your provided pair of eclipse glasses to savor the stillness of this magical moment with your fellow umbraphiles (eclipse chasers), knowing you’re among the few to have witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

As with all eclipse sightings, visibility is influenced by the weather and cloud conditions. Unique to this experience will be its location at sea, and the more extreme latitude which places the eclipse low on the horizon, making a successful sighting that much more difficult, and more rewarding should all the stars align for the eclipse to be visible. After the eclipse concludes around breakfast time, feel free to celebrate the unforgettable moment or return to bed. A special celebratory toast will commemorate this special total eclipse voyage.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 14
South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by.

The expedition team will help bring those days to life during presentations and visits to old whaling stations. Visit the significant site of Grytviken, one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 16
At Sea

During these days at sea, spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 17 - 18
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this region. The archipelago contains two main islands—East Falkland and West Falkland—which you will explore during Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums. In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! Expect to see blackbrowed albatross, plus two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
At Sea

After more than two weeks of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, the journey home begins. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Accommodations

Ocean Diamond

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to fellow shipmates and the expedition team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per daily program; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout voyage; beer and wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; all shore landings per daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person; group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation to Ushuaia from ship to local airport.

Exclusions

International airfare; passport and applicable visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; arrival and departure transfers, except when explicitly stated; adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, etc.).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia & Falkland Islands cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to any local hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 11:00am on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia & Falkland Islands cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on this departure and their per-person cost. Key: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. This departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Nov 25 – Dec 14, 2021 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Diamond: Suite & Balcony Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Nov 14 - Dec 03, 2021
Ocean Adventurer • 20 days
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Nov 25 - Dec 14, 2021
Ocean Diamond • 20 days
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Nov 14 - Dec 03, 2022
Ocean Adventurer • 20 days
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Dec 21 - Jan 09, 2023
World Explorer • 20 days
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Jan 27 - Feb 15, 2023
Ocean Diamond • 20 days
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Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Ocean Diamond

This 189-guest vessel is fast and eco-friendly. Operator Quark Expeditions offsets the ship's emissions, thereby offering the first carbon-neutral voyages in polar travel.

Expedition Ship
Ocean Adventurer

A handsome and newly refurbished expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer combines travel to the polar regions with superior onboard comfort for her 128 passengers.

Expedition Ship
World Explorer

The 2019-built, 172-guest World Explorer is designed with distinction, comfort and refinement in mind. This 1B ice-class vessel boasts private walk-outs or Juliet balconies for each cabin and a glass-domed lounge for unimpeded ocean viewing.

Deals

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Save up to 15% per person when you book your select 2022-23 Antarctica expedition and receive additional savings when making full payments earlier.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

Andrew Browning • December 1st, 2020
Expert Review: The South Georgia Expedition Experience

An AdventureSmith expert returns to Antarctica—this time stopping at the wildlife Mecca of South Georgia Island. Learn all about the Island's wildlife, landscape, trip highlights to differences and see if South Georgia should be part of your Antarctica expedition.

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"Incredible Experience"

The trip far, far, far, far, far, far exceeded our expectations. I had one "far" in the sentence when we left South Georgia Island after seeing 250,000 King Penguins at St. Andrews Point and added the second when we saw blue whales on two different days. The third "far" was added when we saw hundreds of whales for 6 hours along the iceberg, A68a...

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7 Day Land Tour
Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.

From $1690USD
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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.

From $1890USD
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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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14 Day Cruise
Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Celebrate the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle on this 14-day voyage aboard the 200-guest Ultramarine, 189-guest Ocean Diamond, 172-guest World Explorer or 128-guest Ocean Adventurer and enjoy in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, penguins and icebergs.

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From $10495USD
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11 - 13 Day Cruise
Antarctic Explorer

Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula in style aboard a selection of premier expedition ships. Antarctica cruises combine wildlife viewing, shore landings, visits to scientific bases, breathtaking waterways, glaciers and icebergs.

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From $7995USD
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8 - 11 Day Cruise
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Enjoy a 3-hour flight before setting foot on the 7th Continent. This 8- or 11-day Antarctic air cruise aboard the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer or 172-passenger World Explorer flies above the Drake Passage before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

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From $10995USD
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