|Day at leisure
|King George Island
|Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
|Days 3 - 9
|West Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea
|King George Island
|Fly King George Island to Punta Arenas
|Farewell your fellow travellers
The Greg Mortimer is a new purpose built, polar expedition vessel taking 120 guests. This vessel has been designed in close consultation with Antarctic expedition specialists and is the first expedition cruise ship designed with the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull. This cutting edge nautical technology allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, improved comfort and safety on-board, reduced vibrations, lower fuel consumption and emissions and ‘virtual anchoring’ which means the ship can float anchor-less while launching the Zodiacs without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. There are four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to and from Zodiacs.
Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to the downtown hotel included in your itinerary. The rest of the afternoon is for you to spend at your leisure exploring this vibrant town on the Strait of Magellan. Gather in the evening to meet your fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of your expedition- your flight to Antarctica!
This morning you will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for your early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours.
Upon arrival at King George Island, you will board the ship via Zodiac. After settling in to your cabin you will meet the expedition team and fellow passengers. Enjoy your first meal onboard and the Antarctic scenery you can enjoy from the many viewing platforms.
As the ship sails along the Antarctic Sound, entrance to the mesmerising, ice-filled Weddell Sea, you will witness the incredible site of enormous tabular icebergs. Possible landings include penguin-rich Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff.
If the weather is favourable the ship will navigate through large iceberges on it’s way to the Weddell Sea, aiming for Seymour and James Ross islands’ fossil fields, and Paulet Islands. During the time spent on the ship the expedition team will run an educational program with interesting lectures on Antarctica’s history and wildlife.
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast and enjoy excursions when they are possible. You will see an abundance of wildlife including penguins and seals and hopefully a few curious whales will make an appearance.
As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to farewell Antarctica and your amazing adventure before boarding the return flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred only).
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is one of the most remote place on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely.
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you all continue on your onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.