PLA20 South Georgia 2012/2013
15% discount on the superior, deluxe and twin window cabins (no booking limit)
The quadruple and triple cabins are sold out; clients can book a twin porthole cabin (officially US $ 10,350 per person) for the quadruple cabin rate (US $ 8,650 per person).
This trip also includes as a gift a free CL Companion 8 x 30 binocular (binoculars offer expires on 01 October 2012) from the Austrian brand "Swarovski Optik". This extraordinary binocular has a shop value of US $ 1,200 and will be handed over to the passengers on board the vessel, shortly after embarkation. The CL Companion is a compact binocular with impressive performance, perfect for bird watchers and nature lovers at every level and at all times. For more information, please consult www.swarovskioptik.com/en/products/binoculars_cl-companion
Special Expedition Option: Ski traverse across South Georgia
Day 1: Montevideo, Uruguay - In the afternoon, we embark in Montevideo and set sail to South Georgia.
Days 2 – 6: At sea - Across the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. At sea, on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas. Depending on progress (weather) we might have South Georgia in sight on day 6, which might also allow us to do our first landing.
Days 7 – 13: South Georgia - An exciting expedition with two adventure options: the normal sea voyage for “sea explorers” (with zodiac excursions and hiking options) and a land expedition for “ski explorers”. The sea explorers will explore the coastlines of the Island while at the same time the ski explorers will attempt to traverse the Island on a self supplied ski trek from the South coast (King Haakon Bay) to the North coast (Fortuna Bay) in 4 days.
Ski trek across South Georgia: A group of up to 12 ski explorers and 2-3 mountain guides will attempt to traverse on an unsupported and self supplied trek across the island with skis hauling pulkas (sledges). The skiers will cover a total distance of 40 km retracing sections of the historic Shackleton route, which he covered in 36 hours.
On arrival day at King Haakon Bay, the expedition members will spend their first night further inland. The expedition will then embark on their trek across alpine passes and glaciers aiming for reunion with the ship at Fortuna or Stromness Bay. After both expeditions have rejoined, all passengers will then continue to enjoy the latter part of the South Georgia cruise itinerary.
Sea voyage: The sea explorers who remain on board will say their goodbyes to the skiers at Pegotty Bluff, the historic camp site. It was from there on the 19th May 1916 that Shackleton, Crean and Worsley set off across the Island to Stromness in a 36 hours marathon trek. The same day, Plancius, will stop over at Cape Rosa, where we intend to make a landing. Shackleton’s James Caird landed at Cape Rosa after an epic 16 days voyage from Elephant Island. Truly a historic day!
The ship will be positioned around the Northwest corner of South Georgia. One of the highlights is the visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays. At Salisbury Plain, the second largest King Penguin colony in South Georgia, we will also see elephant seals.
In Fortuna Bay, the ship will most likely re-unite with the ski explorers. The beaches are inhabited by King Penguins and seals. We might even see reindeer! Both, sea explorers and ski explorers can follow the final section of Shackleton’s route to Stromness, the abandoned whaling village.
At Grytviken we will also see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton’s grave near by.
During the next few days the expedition will explore the beaches of Ocean Harbour, Godthul, Cobblers Cover, Gold Harbour, Drygalski Fjord, Larsen Harbour, Cooper Bay, St. Andrews Bay,Possession Bay, Right Whale Bay and Elsehul. The sites that we visit give us a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like King and Macaroni Penguins, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Fur Seals, Elephant Seals and the introduced reindeer.
Drygalski Fjord is a great scenic place for zodiac cruising. There will be opportunities for walkers in the group to hike at Godthul and Gold Harbour hikes will be guided and vary in length with approx. 2 – 4 hours, 5 – 10 km. All hiking excursions are subject to weather and landing site availability.
The voyage in South Georgia ends at Elsehul and the ship will take course to Ushuaia/Argentina in the evening.
Days 14 – 17: At sea - On our way to Ushuaia we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Southern Atlantic.
Day 18: Ushuaia / Argentina - We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
- PLA20 South Georgia 2012/2013
- 17 nights / 18 days
- Voyage code:
- Start date:
- end date:
- m/v Plancius
- Trip options:
Ski Trekking - Shackleton Traverse
- Twin Deluxe:
- € 8.190 USD$ 11,450
- Twin Window:
- € 7.750 USD$ 10,850
- Twin Porthole:
- € 7.390 USD$ 10,350
- Triple Porthole:
- € 6.790 USD$ 9,490
- Quadruple Porthole:
- € 6.190 USD$ 8,650
- € 8.750 USD$ 12,250
- € free of charge $ free of charge
- Ski Trekking - Shackleton Traverse:
- Scuba Diving:
- € 350 p.p. USD$ 490 p.p.
Snowshoeing in the Antarctic
Especially on early departures at the beginning of the season there are still snow covered hills and mountains further inland. During voyages to the Antarctic we are planning on offering hiking excursions with snowshoes. Snowshoe walking is easy and does not require any technical skills. With the use of snowshoes it is easier and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided to everyone on board. Those will fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with Victory Adventure's rubber boots. Snowshoe hiking is free of charge.
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard
• Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).