|Day 1||Ushuaia, Argentina||Begin your voyage today on board the Magellan Explorer and sail along the beagle channel|
|Days 2-5||At Sea||Attend Lectures, keep an eye out for seabirds and marine life|
|Days 6-8||South Georgia||King Penguins, St Andrews Bay, Grytviken|
|Day 9-10||Sailing to Elephant Island||Attend Lectures, keep an eye out for seabirds and marine life|
|Day 11||Elephant Island||Shackleton History|
|Days 12-14||Exploring Antarctica||Explore by zodiac and ship the incredible White Continent|
|Day 15||King George Island||Scheduled Flight to Puntas Arenas|
|Day 16||Punta Arenas||After spending the night in Punta Arenas, farewell your new friends as your epic adventure comes to an end|
The Magellan Explorer is capable of carrying 100 guests, however she will take just 69 passengers on her fly cruise voyages. Her maiden voyage to Antarctica will be in November 2019. The ship has 50 suites and cabins in five categories, including dedicated single cabins. The cabins are spacious, ranging in size from 20 to 40 square metres. 42 cabins feature a large window and a private balcony, 8 have a porthole. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area. She has a forward-facing observation lounge, an observation deck, a dining room that accommodates everyone at one sitting. She also has an outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration.
Located at the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia is often referred to as the gateway to Antarctica. It is here that you will begin your 16 day adventure travelling to South Georgia and Antarctica on board the Magellan Explorer. Set sail for the Beagle Channel upon embarkation en route to South Georgia.
As the ship heads to South Georgia, the Expedition Team will continue the program of presentations. You may wish to use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history: Enjoy the collection of themed books in the library, attend film screenings, and spend time socialising in the ship’s lounge. Take your binoculars to the observation decks and look for the great wondering albatross that may be soaring in the proximity of the ship.
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Here you will visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay you will be awed by the sight of 150,000 King Penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.
Take this time on board to reflect on your journey so far and look ahead to the amazing days coming up as you are set to explore Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sailing north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you may be able to stop at Elephant Island (weather permitting). It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on in a small open lifeboat, crossing 1,300 km of open sea to South Georgia in order to arrange the rescue of their comrades. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will be able to see the island from the ship.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Your Antarctic adventure ends with a two-hour flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, in the South Shetland Islands.
You will be met in Punta Arenas and transferred to your hotel where you will spend the final night of your South Georgia and Antarctic adventure. Farewell your new found friends and expedition team as your continue of your journey.