Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Throughout the 24-day National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands voyage, learn from a truly expert staff, whose decades of exploring Antarctica and the surrounding regions have revealed important landing sites beyond the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia, perhaps the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery. Witness boundless wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula and understand the captivating history of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Walk wild beaches as tens of thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins go about their busy lives, calling for mates and flashing their bright colors in their courtship rituals. Take a rugged hike across ice tundras and float by Zodiac and kayak between icebergs and whales. 

The 148-guest Nat Geo Explorer or the 102-guest Nat Geo Orion act as floating basecamps during the voyage. Both small expedition ships are technologically advanced, fully stabilized, and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins on each vessel offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. Not to mention the bar tab is included for all passengers. The National Geographic Explorer boasts a top speed of 18 knots, making her one of the fastest ships plying polar waters. And the National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, one of the best in Antarctica cruises.

The main National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands expedition covers 24 days and includes 21 nights of accommodation aboard either the National Geographic Orion or the National Geographic Explorer, with kayaking included in the cost—a rare inclusion for polar expeditions! The main itinerary visits Antarctica before South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, while a reverse route sails to South Georgia and the Falklands first. Another alternative itinerary includes a unique option to fly one-way to the Falkland Islands.

Some fly one-way voyages are aboard one of the new, purpose-built, sister ships 126-guest National Geographic Endurance or 126-guest National Geographic Resolution. The ability of both Nat Geo Endurance and Nat Geo Resolution to venture deeper, paired with state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified guides, create an in-depth intellectual and truly exploratory experience that make them ideal candidates for luxury Antarctica cruises.

Exploring Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands in such a comprehensive voyage by expedition ship will affect the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come. Call the Antarctica experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to discuss your next Antarctica expedition cruise.

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