Day 1 Exciting and Diverse
Location : Santiago de Chile, Chile
Unescorted overnight in Santiago de Chile. There is a lot to discover in Chile’s capital, be it the Andean glaciers and mountains at the edges of the city or the colonial architecture and artistic neighborhoods that line the Mapacho River.
Temperature range Nov-Jan: 48 – 86°F
· One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
DAY 2 Embarking the Expedition
Location : Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas, Chile
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Punta Arenas, where MS Roald Amundsen awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
Temperature range Nov-Jan: 41 – 57°F
Included transfers and flight:
· Transfer from hotel to Santiago airport
· Flight in coach class from Santiago to Punta Arenas
· Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship
DAY 3-4 The Drake Passage
We sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. On board, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife, geology and history.You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science program to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica.The time at sea is also a great time to enjoy all the amenities of our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship.
DAYS 5-9 Antarctica – Impossible to Describe
Location : Antarctica
With white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales, Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.
Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great opportunities to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.
We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.
Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!
DAY 10 At Sea
Relaxing on MS Roald AmundsenRelax in the tranquility of a day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of our innovative expedition ship and look out for wildlife from our outside decks.
Day 11 South Orkney Islands & The Solar Eclipse
The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 370 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out specially designed solar filters, which will protect your eyes while you observe this extraordinary occurrence.
A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.
After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs, sea ice, and frequent mist.
Day 12-13 At Sea
Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on DeckAfter exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands. Our Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the Falklands, point out wildlife from our outer decks, and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.
DAY 14-16 Explore the Falklands
Location : Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons.We may also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich bird life such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens.
Temperature range Nov-Jan: 39 – 57°F
· Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
· Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots
· Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
· Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
Included activity: Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 hrs) - Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.
DAY 17 The Magellan Strait
Location : At Sea
We now return to Punta Arenas, completing our loop of the Magellan Strait. While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.
DAY 18 The End of the Expedition
Location : Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
It’s time to return home via Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
Included transfers and flight:
• Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport
• Flight in coach class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile