Antarctica and South Georgia Island October 20 to November 11, 2022 (postponed from 2021 due to pandemic)

Join us in a fantastic opportunity to explore the last great wilderness on earth. Antarctica is the last place on earth still uninhabited and unspoiled by humanity. This is a rare chance to experience the vibrant spring of South Georgia Island and the spring season of the Antarctic Peninsula. Beneath the towering, snow-blanketed mountains of South Georgia Island, we will be able to photograph special wildlife behaviors seldom seen. Southern elephant seal bulls fight for territories while females nurse young. You will stand amongst vast colonies of king penguins and watch macaroni penguins launching into the ocean. We can film marked gray-headed albatross attending to their cliff-side nests, and awkward wandering albatross young attempting their first flight. During this time of year, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula are in the beginnings of their spring season. This is when the ice in the Weddell Sea can open up, allowing opportunities for lone emperor penguins to wander on ice flows. When we visit penguin colonies, you’ll find penguins courting, setting up nests, and some laying eggs. Wildlife Photo Workshops has reserved a very limited block of rooms with Cheeseman Ecology Safaris. Through over twenty-five years of experience in the Antarctic, Cheeseman’s offers the most in-depth exploration of one of the densest wildlife spectacles found anywhere in the world, and with only 100 passengers, you’ll have ample opportunities to experience this spectacle during every landing and Zodiac cruise. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime, ultimate wildlife photography, opportunity.


  • Six full days on South Georgia Island and six full days in the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands with maximum shore time and Zodiac cruising.
  • See five penguin species (possibly 6)! Plus, many species of whales, seals, albatross, and seabirds.
  • Hear the cacophony of king penguins as you walk near colonies of up to 300,000 birds.
  • See gentoo, macaroni, chinstrap, and Adelie penguins as they start their breeding cycles.
  • Marvel at dramatic snow-capped mountains descending into valleys and glacier-fed rivers emptying into the ocean.
  • Watch southern elephant seal bulls defend their territories from competing bulls and females nursing pups during their peak breeding season.
  • See wandering albatross chicks and endangered gray-headed albatross on nests, only possible this time of year.
  • Hike or snowshoe on South Georgia Island. Take shorter walks in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • With only 100 participants, everyone can land and/or Zodiac cruise at once, rather than in separate groups.
  • 19 nights at sea (23 days total) aboard the polar equipped ship Plancius (see ship detail below)*
  • Joining us are polar specialists and naturalists who will provide lectures, workshops, and guided excursions. A medical doctor will also be aboard.


PlanciusThe Plancius

The Plancius was built specifically for oceanographic voyages and is a modern, comfortable, and ice-strengthened ship. She has large open deck spaces, providing excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Inside, you will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views from the restaurant/lecture room, as well as from a spacious observation lounge that has large windows (and a bar). She carries a maximum of 116 guests and we are taking a maximum of only 100 guests, allowing for true, small-ship expedition cruising. This is particularly important in South Georgia and Antarctica where restrictions limit the number of passengers landing simultaneously to 100, thus maximizing your time onshore since we don’t need timed landing shifts. All cabins feature windows or portholes for ample natural light, lower berths (except quadruple and triple shared cabins have upper/lower berths), desk with chair, flat-screen TV, telephone, and hairdryer. The Plancius is equipped with 10 Mark V Zodiacs with 60 HP 4-stroke outboard engines, and has two gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift Zodiac operation. She travels 10–12 knots and is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which considerably reduces the noise and vibration of the vessel. A complete Deck Plan is available at the end of this article.



Oct 19 Travel to Santiago Chile

Oct 20 Travel to Punta Arenas, Chile, Stay at Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas, Chile Dinner on your own.

Oct 21 Rest day in Punta Arena, Chile - Optional Patagonia Tour

Oct 22 Fly to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands. Board the ship Plancius. This will be our home until we arrive back in Ushuaia on Nov. 11 All meals are included while aboard the ship

Oct 23–24 Sail to South Georgia Island.

Oct 25–30 Spend six full days landing at our favorite sites in South Georgia.

Oct 31–Nov 1Sail from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Nov 2–7 Spend six full days landing and Zodiac cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Nov 8–9 Cross the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, Argentina

Nov 10 Disembark in Ushuaia and continue on our Falkland Islands tour or fly to Buenos Aires. Breakfast is included. Spend the night in Buenos Aires

Nov 11 Depart Buenos Aires for U.S.

OPTIONAL ADD ON EXPEDITION EXTENSIONS ARE AVAILABLE – These are listed below the Detailed Itinerary section of this article.



Oct 18/19 - Fly to Santiago Chile where we will spend the night and our group will meet up- Hotel reservations will be made for you


Oct 20 - Our group flies to Punta Arenas Chile. Upon arrival, our local agent will transfer you from the airport to the hotel. 



Oct 21 - Rest Day in Punta Arena - Optional Patagonia Tour


Oct 22 ~ Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile from your home in time for our welcome reception and. 


Oct 22 ~ Fly to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands
Pick up your packed lunch at the hotel before you go to the airport to take the once-weekly flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands (not included in the trip cost). When you arrive in the early afternoon, you will be transferred to the ship in Stanley. You will then have time to walk around Stanley and explore this small corner of the British Empire that appears as if time has forgotten it. Later in the day you will be welcomed by our Captain and our fine staff and crew, as well as enjoy your first dinner aboard the ship before departing for South Georgia.


Oct 23–24 ~ Sail to South Georgia Island
By morning you’ll be far from the Falklands, heading southeast with albatross and other seabirds following the ship. You’ll stay busy by joining lectures on photography, wildlife, and ecology, familiarizing yourself on all aspects of ship life, preparing for what to expect on South Georgia, and enjoying views from the ship. You’ll cross the Polar Front (aka the Antarctic Convergence), where two ocean bodies of water meet. The salty, cold Antarctic water mixes alongside warmer, fresher water from the north resulting in the water temperatures plummeting from about 39–43°F (4–6°C) to 32°F (0°C) in about eight cruising hours. This phenomenon creates nutrient-rich waters for birds, fur seals, and whales. Watch and photograph birds on the wing; wandering and black-browed albatross, plus a few southern or northern royal albatross should be following the ship. We may also find various species of petrels, albatross, thousands of Antarctic prions, southern fulmars, greater and sooty shearwaters, and snow petrels. Whales you may encounter include fin, Antarctic minke, and southern right whales. During this time at sea, you’ll cross about 730 nautical miles with the prevailing current in our direction. Having current with us makes for a considerably smoother voyage.

Oct 25–30 ~ Six full landing days in South Georgia

Arrival time at South Georgia will depend on weather conditions and currents. South Georgia is one of the most remote islands in the world and we will spend six full landing days exploring this wild landscape of penguins, albatrosses, and seals. The mountainous rugged interior, a geologic continuation of the Andes chain, is carved by more than 150 glaciers into spectacular fjords and ringed by islands. Our timing in this voyage is carefully chosen to experience South Georgia in a seldom-seen but extremely vibrant time. We arrive during the peak of southern elephant seal breeding. Many large male ‘beach-masters’ seek to own a stretch of beach and are willing to fight in great tonnages of seal jousting because here lie their best hopes for breeding. The male elephant seal puts so much into his territorial defense that his life expectancy is less than half of a female’s. But, if he is a successful ‘beach-master’, this short life is one of great glory! In the northeast of the island, well land at some of the special sites that later in the season become difficult to land on once fur seals are in the height of their breeding. Next, we travel south to experience the scale and density of penguin breeding colonies in St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbor, absorbing the great richness and variety offered by South Georgia to voyagers. Here are some of the landing sites we hope to reach, though we will not be able to visit them all. 

This little sheltered cove sits on the northwestern extremity of South Georgia on the eastern side of the rugged Paryadin Peninsula, blocking Southern Ocean westerly winds with 400-meter walls built of ancient sedimentary rocks folded and stacked during the formation of the Andes. Later in the season, the beaches of Elsehul will become prohibitively dense with fur seals, so this is a great time to visit to see the sublimely beautiful gray-headed albatross nesting on steep tussock grass slopes. Gray-headed albatross are the first to lay eggs here, so you are sure to find them sitting on nests looking over Elsehul’s dramatic cove, a sight that few can hope for in a lifetime of travel! Black-browed albatross and macaroni, gentoo, and king penguins nest here, plus southern giant-petrels quietly sit on their eggs.

Right Whale Bay
At this time fur seals are starting to set up territories on a beach that in the height of the breeding season looks to be alive with a constant frenetic movement of seals. At the east end of this dramatic walled cove, you’ll find a colony of king penguins, many lounging in front of a waterfall pouring out of the island’s interior.

Salisbury Plain

Sixty thousand pairs of king penguins call this glacial plain home, making it a beloved site for any who explore South Georgia. Salisbury is located in the Bay of Isles and looks out on the wandering albatross breeding islands of Prion and Albatross. If you sit down quietly, you may find yourself the subject of king penguin curiosity as one might wander up to try to see if your shoelaces will detach with a tug. King penguins have a staggered breeding season where each adult’s activities are dependent upon what they did the season before. Those that had no chick or an early fledging chick the previous year will be courting and mating, whereas those that did have a chick in the previous year, may delay breeding. These early breeders have the best chances of successfully fledging a chick this year. You will find molting penguins lining the freshwater streams that run from the glaciers to the sea. The charming South Georgia pipit, the world’s southernmost passerine (perching bird), will look upon us curiously while singing. Hopefully, the snow will still be on the ground around the colony, a canvas of white upon which the penguins walk. The king penguins share the beach with fur seals and elephant seals, and many giant-petrels will be patrolling the shores to forage for the penguins that did not make it through the winter.

Prion Island
You arrive just before the young, overwintering, wandering albatross fledge, starting years of seafaring life before finally returning as young adults to breed. Each pair of albatross has a private estate with at least 30 square meters of open space around its nest site for courtship and takeoffs and landings, a real contrast with the king penguin’s territory of less than one square meter. Tragically, wandering albatross are declining rapidly because of illegal fishing vessels mining ‘white gold’, another name for Chilean seabass or Patagonia toothfish.

Grytviken and King Edward Point
Grytviken was one of the most active whaling stations in the history of whaling, more than 60 years of whaling history is told in the exhibits of the South Georgia Museum. Hear the incredible and tragic story of legendary Antarctica explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The natural history exhibits are enriching, and after browsing and perhaps doing a little museum store shopping you can take a short walk around the bay to visit the whaler’s graveyard where Shackleton and his right-hand man Frank Wild are buried.

Fortuna Bay

In the lee of the central rib of South Georgia’s impressive mountains, you will have good chances for clear skies and calm conditions. Fortuna Bay ends in an extended glacial alluvial plain covered with a fine grass where a photogenic king penguin colony resides. Search for nesting Light-mantled albatross on the steep tussock slopes. Hercules Bay Macaroni penguins are the most numerous of any penguin on South Georgia, yet the most difficult to visit. They tend to nest on steep tussock slopes and are especially fond of inhospitably exposed beaches. We hope to slip into Hercules Bay to see these striking penguins as they return from eight months at sea with a waterfall as a backdrop to add to the dramatic scene.

Gentoo penguins are now the principal resident of this site where whaling once dominated. Starting in 1908, whaling vessels anchored here and left remains of whalebones and wooden platform boats called jolles. Two waterfalls feed small lakes on the shoreline before jagged peaks. Listen for the beautiful Light-mantled albatross courtship calls as they soar in synchronized flight overhead.

St. Andrews Bay
Few places in the world are so far beyond description that any attempt rings hollow. St. Andrews Bay is one. More than 150,000 pairs of king penguins form a colony that covers a vast landscape. You will be mesmerized as you view penguins spanning multiple football fields. As you walk over the glacial moraine bordering the colony, the mass of penguin calls and smells hit you and blends together into one vast wave of sensations. You must see, hear, and smell it to believe it. During this time of year, king penguins will be far from the only attraction at St. Andrews. The southern elephant seal, the world’s largest seal, gathers here by the thousands creating one of the densest concentrations of life on the planet. Expect to see thousands of females with young pups nursing. You can hope to encounter the huge males, known as beach-masters, combat in breeding bouts.

Gold Harbour
This is one of the most protected sites in South Georgia with great chances for clear blue skies. Fair or foul, you will find a beach at least as densely packed with southern elephant seals as St. Andrews Bay (though a smaller beach, so fewer numbers overall), about 25,000 pairs of king penguins line a glacial meltwater river that winds behind the beach. Nearby is a gentoo penguin colony, and steep but hikeable slopes with Light-mantled albatross nesting on their flanks. All of this with a tumbling icefall bordering the back of the harbor making for stunning landscapes and the occasional explosion of glacial ice blocks tumbling down.

Royal Bay
Several landing sites attract us to Royal Bay, though accessing the exposed bay is very weather dependent. A growing king penguin colony has topped 30,000 pairs at Brisbane Point in recent counts. A fjord-like glacially carved valley empties into Moltke Harbor, forming a backdrop for up to 1,000 elephant seals.

Cooper Bay
A colony of marvelous macaroni penguins and South Georgia’s only colony of chinstrap penguins reside here. A hike up through tussock slopes will reward you with macaronis in a frenzy of early breeding season activity. You are sure to see chinstraps traveling through the surf and loafing on the beach or an iceberg.

Drygalski Fjord and Larsen Harbour
Southern South Georgia differs strikingly in geology from the remainder of the island, and in the sheer-walled Drygalski Fjord, you can really see this difference. As you cruise up the fjord, you can see granite, gabbro, and metamorphic rocks to starboard (ship’s right), a remnant of the Gondwana continental margin. To port (ship’s left), the mountains are built of the ‘Larsen Harbour Complex’, uplifted ocean floor basalt and granite that rose in the formation of the Andes, and then was ripped and rafted east to its present location over the last 40 million years. The Risting Glacier calves frequently into the fjord’s waters, stirring up marine life that is quickly snapped up by Antarctic terns and perhaps a few snow petrels. A small colony of Weddell seals who are likely to have pups ashore with them resides in Larsen Harbour.

Cape Disappointment
Captain Cook was the first to lay eyes on South Georgia and his great hope was that he had found the tip of a great southern continent. The name Cape Disappointment reflects his feelings when he found that South Georgia was no continent at all. He was not too impressed with South Georgia as it seemed without apparent exploitable resources. Black-browed albatross breed in large numbers on the sheer slopes. Although they are less numerous because of long-line fishing practices, they are still impressive in numbers.

Oct 21 -Nov 1  Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula

Your route to Antarctica will be packed with watching wildlife from the ship’s deck and attending informative lectures. The waters between South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula are rich with fin whales; in good conditions, we could possibly see as many as a hundred in a day! You may also be on the lookout for Antarctic petrel, Kerguelen petrel, and one of the most beautiful birds of the Southern Ocean, the snow petrel. Our lectures are designed to add depth and knowledge to your expedition, and our workshops will focus on photographic techniques and critiques to enhance your photos. En route to the Peninsula, you’ll hopefully have a chance to stop at Elephant Island where Shackleton's men waited four months while never giving up hope of rescue, creating an epic story of the Heroic Age of Exploration.

Nov 2–7  Six full landing days along the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

During the early season, it is an exciting time in the Antarctic Peninsula. Ice is beginning to recede, allowing passage to some of our favorite landing sites, and in recent years the Weddell Sea has been more open in the early season, closing back up by December. This means you may have a chance of getting in to search for lone emperor penguins and hopefully if the conditions are right, land at Adelie penguin colonies. This is also the time when penguin colonies are re-forming with penguins courting, setting up nests, and some laying eggs.

The South Shetland Islands

These are a string of volcanic islands, some still active, that run parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula across the Bransfield Strait. Fondly known as the “Banana Belt of Antarctica,” these islands boast the richest concentrations of terrestrial wildlife in the Antarctic because of their proximity to the rich upwelling waters from the great Circumpolar Current. We will have to choose between many very compelling landing sites.

Deception Island is a favorite and one of the most exciting islands on our voyage. This horseshoe-shaped, volcanic island is still active, as its hot thermal pools demonstrate. Deception Island also offers one of the most unique experiences of the voyage, the chance to soak alongside the beach in the thermal pools surrounded by clouds of steam. Depending on the tide, the water temperature can be fairly comfortable, although it can get so hot that it’s necessary to mix in colder water! Hopefully, you will experience the outer caldera and then venture inside the caldera via a narrow gap called Neptune’s Bellows. Bailey Head is home to about 100,000 chinstrap penguins, but the sea can make landings tricky with steep swells crashing on an exposed beach. Inside Deception’s huge caldera, your fascinating landing may include a short hike up the mountainside among the lichen-draped cliffs to the scenic overlook. On the beach at Whaler’s Bay, you may find Weddell seals basking.

On a clear day, the chinstrap penguins of Half Moon Island make a delightful foreground to the breathtaking coastline of nearby Livingston Island. At this end of the Earth, the vast scale of nature will open our senses and we ask you to give great respect to the fragile vegetation and the wildlife colonies.

Chinstrap and gentoo penguins breed on Aitcho Island, an island covered in mossy green carpets, a surprisingly bright contrast to Antarctica’s intensely achromatic landscapes. Conditions permitting, walk across the island past the southern elephant seal wallows, offering a terrific chance to see (and smell!) the world’s largest species of seal, also perhaps hauled out Weddell seals and southern fur seals.

From the South Shetlands, we sail southwest across the Bransfield Strait into the fabled Gerlache Strait. Here you can expect whale sightings to ring out from the bridge as the Antarctic Peninsula landscape rises up into a glacier-draped view of mountainous proportion. You’ll sail the waters around Anvers Island, Dallmann Bay to the north, and the Gerlache to the east. Hope for magnificent sunsets, sculpted blue icebergs, and close penguin and whale encounters, each with the potential for an experience that you will never forget.

Over the last few decades, the Southern Ocean has experienced a significant warming trend, showing clear evidence of climate change. The Antarctic Peninsula has been feeling climate change the most with a massive 9°F (5°C) warming in average winter temperatures over the last 50 years. Although this has dramatically changed and reduced ice distributions, you will still be among a world of spectacular icebergs!

Western Antarctic Peninsula ~ The Danco Coast, Neumeyer Channel, and Lemaire Channel

Weather and ice distributions will determine whether we travel south down the west coast or sail east through the Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea; happily, you have ample time for a thorough exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. When heading south, we travel along the picturesque Danco Coast on the west coast of Graham Land. This area has awe-inspiring scenery with coastlines deeply indented with bays and scattered with islands. Impressive mountains rise sharply from the coast to the central Graham Land Plateau and glaciers descend to narrow piedmont ice shelves. Extensive Zodiac cruising and landings during the best light will allow you to soak in the serenity of this majestic place.

As you travel along the coast, you’ll wander into Wilhemina Bay, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Bay, among the most beautiful areas in Antarctica. These waters rank high on our list of favorite places for Zodiac cruising. Enjoy views of sculpted icebergs and surfacing whales as we cruise the inner bays near spectacular glaciers and ethereal mountains. You can expect wonderful whale behavior in these plentiful summer feeding grounds. The krill swarms are enormous, sometimes even visible on the ship’s depth sounder. Gentoo and chinstrap penguin colonies reside here, sometimes side-by-side, along with their attendant scavengers: snowy sheathbills, brown skuas, south polar skuas, and kelp gulls. Our potential landing in Neko Harbour on the Antarctic continent will treat you with a walk to an incredible view.

Enjoy the scenery from the ship as it navigates through stunning Neumeyer and Lemaire Channels or around the south end of Anvers Island into Biscoe Bay where you will be completely surrounded by ice-draped peaks soaring dramatically out of the water. Crabeater, Weddell, and leopard seals are often hauled out on the ice floes and whales may even surface between the floes. Tall, hanging ice cliffs, the fronts of highly fractured tidewater glaciers, decorate most of the shoreline for unforgettable scenery. In the southern part of the Lemaire Channel, you’ll arrive at Petermann Island. Located at 65 S, Petermann is outstanding for seeing gentoo and Adelie penguins making feeding trips in large groups along a snow-filled penguin highway to and from their nests. The clear water is beautiful for observing and photographing penguin activities. Petermann has seen a reversal in abundance between the two species, with half the numbers of Adelie penguins found here twenty years ago, but twice the numbers of gentoos.

Additional landing sites along the western Peninsula are expected, but which ones will depend on conditions (as is the case with any landing). Port Lockroy, located at the end of the very narrow and beautiful Peltier Channel close to Neumeyer Channel, has a British Antarctica Survey maritime museum and a sprawling gentoo penguin colony. Tiny Cuverville Island is also a treat with gentoo penguins walking amid the snow and entering and exiting the beach.

As we return, we will likely pass through the South Shetland Islands again, possibly for a landing at Hannah Point on Livingston Island. Look for macaroni penguins among the chinstrap and gentoo colonies and keep an eye out for the usual rookery scavengers (skuas, gulls, giant-petrels, and sheathbills). Here you will find excellent examples of Antarctica’s only two flowering plants, the Antarctic hair grass and Antarctic pearlwort, the continent’s complete flora at one site!

Nov 8–9 ~ Cross the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, Argentina

Named after the 16th Century English seaman, Sir Francis Drake, this waterway of about 600mi separates the southernmost tip of South America from Antarctica. We will cross the Polar Front approximately halfway across Drake Passage. Those on watch may sight several species of albatross and petrel following the ship; it is a particularly good area for royal albatross and blue petrel. Stay on the lookout for pods of sperm whales and other whales. Almost 500mi north of the South Shetlands, you will near Cape Horn, with a distant view before turning northeast toward the Beagle Channel. The offshore area is as rich as seawaters can be and seabirds are usually present in huge numbers. Sometimes you may see Peale’s dolphins in schools of hundreds. This evening you’ll navigate back up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia.

Nov 10 ~ Disembark and fly to Falkland Islands tour Extension or fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

This morning you will be reluctant to say goodbye to your shipmates and leaders! After an early breakfast and clearing customs, you will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport, or to Ushuaia to wander before transferring to the airport. In the afternoon we fly to Buenos Aires Argentina where we will spend the night.  Hotel reservations will be made for you.

Nov 11 ~ Fly home to U.s. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the expeditionary nature of our voyage, specific stops cannot be guaranteed. Flexibility is paramount in expedition travel; our itinerary depends on the conditions. We strive to land often and stay as long as possible, abiding by the Guidelines for Responsible Ecotourism from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).


  • Begin your journey early on our Falkland Islands extension from October 14 to 23, 2021. Visit three different islands, the best of Patagonia and Antarctica combined into one tour, to see penguins, albatross, seals, and more. See full itinerary at
  • Begin your journey early on our four-day Chile extension from October 17 to 23, 2021. Explore the famous Torres del Paine to discover the Paine Massif’s many faces from different vantage points, visit Grey Glacier, and see many of the bird species that call this park home. See full itinerary at
  • Continue your journey on our Falkland Islands tour from November 12 to 28, 2021. Visit five different islands, including Steeple Jason with the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, to see penguins, albatross, seals, and more. See full itinerary at


In Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina the temperatures are about 37 to 50°F (3 to 10°C). On South Georgia the temperatures are about 32 to 50°F (0 to 10°C), while in the Antarctic Peninsula, temperatures are about 16 to 25°F (-9 to -4°C). Wet, penetrating cold is not usually a problem, but you will need to protect against wind and splash, especially when riding in the Zodiacs. Mittens, warm cap, layers of light, loose, warm clothing, a parka, and waterproof outer garments are necessary.

Fitness Level
Although participating in this voyage does not require a high level of physical fitness, you should be able to walk up and down stairs on the ship and on the gangway that hangs on the side of the ship, get into and out of the Zodiac with assistance of expedition staff and crew, and walk on sometimes unstable, rocky, and slippery terrain onshore. Once on shore, you can choose to walk for short or long distances (within the specified guidelines). Landing details will be given in advance of landing. If you are unsure of your physical capability please contact us.

Don’t let a fear of seasickness scare you away! Over the years many who have dreamed of experiencing South Georgia and Antarctica have stayed home for fear of seasickness, but of all those who have joined, we know of only one passenger who said that seasickness really affected the enjoyment of the trip. Still, that same passenger talked about repeating the trip, because the rest of the experiences more than made up for it. For all but the most sensitive, motion sickness is only a problem during open ocean passages. Days and nights when we are landing or cruising between landings are quite calm because we are very close to land. The Southern Ocean has a reputation for the worst seas in the world, not because they are always rough (on the average day, the seas are actually quite calm!) but because their extremes are large. If we are hit by a storm during a crossing, the experience will be memorable. For this reason, unless you know you are immovable by the heavy seas, bring a good supply of medication.

A Few More Conditions to Consider
  • Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
  • Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days, but giving you a more in-depth experience.
  • Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops, and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
  • Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because you are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.


Costs and Cabin Options
  • Quadruple occupancy, two upper and two lower twin-sized beds, one porthole, and a private bath. Location: Deck 2 $14,55
  • Triple occupancy, one upper and two lower twin-sized beds, one porthole, and a private bath. Location: Deck 2. $16,550
  • Twin Porthole Double occupancy, two lower twin-sized beds, one porthole, and a private bath. Location: Deck 3. $17,995
  • Twin Window-Double occupancy, two lower twin-sized beds, one window, and a private bath. Location: Deck 4. $18,995
  • Twin Deluxe Double occupancy, two lower twin-sized beds, two windows, and a private bath. Location: Deck 4. $20,550
  • Superior Double occupancy, one double-sized bed, two windows, sofa bed, refrigerator, and private bath. Locations: Decks 4, 5, and 6. $22,550

Costs are per person depending on cabin type, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details. We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement. If space is available, some cabins can be booked for a single occupant by adding 70% over the listed cabin cost. Single rooms are subject to availability. Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific cabin number. If changes occur, we will do everything in our power to assign a cabin of equal or greater value as the cabin type specified in your reservation. Deck plan, cabin arrangements, and cabin amenities are subject to change by ship operator.

Payment Schedule
Payment Due Date Amount per Person
Deposit Due now to reserve your space $2,000
Second June 15, 2021 $4,000
Third January 15, 2022, $4,000
Final May 15, 2022, Remaining Balance

Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm the reservation of your space. For reservations made after the due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.

Refunds are given depending on the time left before departure according to the following table. The cancellation fee of $300 per person can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the canceled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that could reimburse your trip costs in the event of your cancellation.
Dates Forfeited Amount per Person
On or before March 14, 2022, $300
March 15 to April 14, 2022 10% of tour cost
April 15 to May 14, 2022, 40% of tour cost
On or after May 15, 2022, 100% of tour cost


  • All leaders, transport, landing fees, permits, port taxes, and passenger fees, including the IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) passenger fee, for all activities unless described as optional.
  • Accommodations (double occupancy, unless booked cabin as a single) for the night of October 22 in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Nineteen nights onboard the Plancius. * Meals from breakfast on October 23 through breakfast on November 3.
  • Airport transfers from Punta Arenas Airport to Hotel Cabo de Hornos, regardless of arrival day; on October 23 from Hotel Cabo de Hornos to the Punta Arenas Airport; from the Mount Pleasant Airport to the ship; and on November 11 in Ushuaia from the ship to the airport or your hotel.
  • Coffee and tea throughout the voyage.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.
  • Expedition Log – after your voyage, you’ll receive a color booklet of the expedition.
  • Rubber boots on loan while on board. * Onboard lectures during sea days.
  • USB drive with daily schedules.
 Not Included
  • All airfare, airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees. Airfare is approximately $1,700–$2,100 from the US to Punta Arenas, Chile, returning from Ushuaia, Argentina to the US, depending on origin, plus approximately $640 from Punta Arenas, Chile to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • We can arrange divergent airport transfers and extra hotel nights for an extra cost. Gratuities – tipping is, of course, discretionary, however, we suggest budgeting about $10–$15 per participant per day for October 23–November 11 with our ship crew (about $200–$300 total per participant).
  • Optional day trips in Punta Arenas.
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance, but it is required for you to purchase. .
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation Form.


At this time the trip is sold out but as of this writing, we still had a few spots that we reserved and are blocked for us. There are occasional cancellations as well. Please call or e-mail us for availability (310-994-0514 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

If you have any additional questions please feel free to e-mail or call us at any time.


The deck plan is not to scale, and cabin sizes vary slightly. Deck plan, cabin arrangements, and cabin amenities are subject to change by ship operator.

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