Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. This is the vast wilderness of the last-discovered continent: raw, pristine, fragile and uncompromisingly polar. But this part of the world has many faces, and the Southern and South Atlantic Oceans hosts several other destinations worth visiting besides the ethereal continent itself.
Along with shorter itineraries,
1. To see King Penguins
These big guys – the second largest species of penguin in the world – are truly the symbol of
2. To Make up for the Long Flights
Most people have to go through long overnight flights to get to Antarctica. Traveling to the southernmost reaches of the planet is often quite time-consuming but definitely worth the effort. With a shorter cruise, the time spent on the road can almost be equal to the duration of the voyage. And if you have to travel so far, you might as well see as much as you can!
3. To Visit all the Region's Must-Sees at Once
If you are hesitant to invest the time and money in a longer cruise, you may choose to start with our classic Antarctic voyage that only lasts 10 to 11 days, mainly focusing on the Peninsula. But falling in love with Antarctica is inevitable – and most of our passengers come back again to experience South Georgia and the Falklands, neither of which are included in the shorter itinerary. It’s wise to consider experiencing all of this region in one trip!
4. To Encounter Abundant Wildlife
Not only famous for king penguins, South Georgia also boasts a wide variety of birdlife in staggering abundance. The island is home to albatross, petrels, prions, skuas, shags, gulls, terns, and the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck. This is a fantastic place to witness the breeding behavior of the world’s largest seabird, the wandering albatross. Marine mammals are also counted in the millions: the island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space.
5. To Follow in the Footsteps of Shackleton
On a cruise that includes South Georgia, you can comfortably follow the historic route taken by a famous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Learn more about the history of his endeavors first-hand and experience the vastness of the polar sea, both impressive and humbling. In Grytviken, South Georgia, you can visit the legendary explorer's grave.
6. To Experience the Local Lifestyle
Living on the windswept Falkland islands in the middle of nowhere must be as extraordinary as it sounds. During our voyage, we schedule a visit to Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falklands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include a museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
7. To Take the Most Stunning Nature and Wildlife Shots
An albatross, great wings outstretched, glides to the ground beside its downy chick. Two bull elephant seals stage a ferocious battle against a backdrop of glaciers. An iceberg casts its reflection upon water rippling with the motion of penguins. The varied landscapes and wealth of wildlife allow for taking the best possible pictures, with both professional camera equipment and a smartphone.