While there are many captivating places in the world, few can compare to Antarctica, the islands of South Georgia and the Falklands for awesome beauty and remarkable wildlife. The images that greet you in these remote and unspoiled places are simply overwhelming: Icebergs as blue as a clear summer sky; jagged mountains laced with a snowy white mantle; and thousands upon thousands of penguins stretching as far as the eye can see. Next January, join us on our voyage to this incomparable part of the earth aboard the new state-of-the-art152-guest expedition cruise ship Minerva.
Sailing from Argentina’s Ushuaia, located at the southernmost tip of South America, we will retrace the sea lanes navigated by storied explorers, including Amundsen, Scott, and Shackleton. Our expedition will take place during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild and the wildlife is at its peak.
We will first explore the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-chocked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas, and surrounding islands. As Minerva sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers and jagged snow-capped mountains, and explore penguin rookeries, see other wildlife, and look for minke, humpback and orca whales that frequent the icy, food-rich waters of Antarctica.After stopping at Elephant Island, where the men of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition aboard the ship Endurance were stranded in 1916, we will reach South Georgia, the spectacular remote island in the South Atlantic with its glacier-clad mountains, craggy peaks, and vast numbers of king penguins as well as other penguin species, large colonies of albatross, fur seals and elephant seals. Before ending our voyage of discovery, we will spend two days in the Falkland Islands, an archipelago that harbors an amazing concentration of wildlife that boasts over 200 bird species, including several that are endemic to the islands.
We are delighted to have three scientists on this expedition: Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, former director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and by Dr. Dee Boersma and Dr. Sue Moore, from The Center for Ecosystem Sentinels. Their lectures and presentations will provide depth and meaning to our exploration.
Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.