The largest colony of king penguins resides in South Georgia, and is one of the many wildlife highlights to be seen on Canadian cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions’ (OOE) voyages as the Antarctic winter ends and spring breaks out in October/November.
Always popular, photography symposiums are adding significant value to the expedition cruising experience. This season OOE is introducing a new symposium in addition to the 16-night South Georgia In Depth traditional program. The 19-night Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica cruise, (departing on October 31) will take amateur photographers on a memorable photographic journey. Both voyages will be led by award-winning photographer and conservationist, Daisy Gilardini, who has visited the region every year for the past 19 years.
Daisy will be joined by a number of other professional photography guides who are experts in their field and who will accompany keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts on zodiac excursions, landings and hikes, assisting them to maximize the light conditions and capitalise on the many photographic opportunities during the voyage. Expert guides including naturalists, marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, historians and on-staff professional photographer always accompany OOE’s voyages. Zodiac excursions , guided hikes, sea kayaking and various seminars and wokshops take place on the voyages.
And, as if any extra incentive was necessary, OOE is offering a US $1500 travel credit to passengers on three specific cruise departures, South Georgia In Depth (departing October 15), and two Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica cruises (19-night, departing October 31, and 17-night, departing November 19). These trips are timed perfectly to allow guests to witness the intense spring wildlife activity in the region. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins, elephant seals fighting for territory, fur seals clustering on the beaches, beautiful albatross courtship rituals and a profusion of seabirds form what has been dubbed the greatest wildlife show on earth.
South Georgia In Depth voyage- a seldom-visited corner of the planet, begins in Stanley on the Falkland Islands, before boarding the Akademik Sergey Vavilov to cross the South Atlantic to South Georgia Island. The trips takes travelers on life changing journeys to King Haakon Bay, where legendary explorer Shackleton and his team made landfall 100 years ago, Salisbury Plain, with its black sand beaches and staggering numbers of penguins, the Specially Protected Area of Prion Island, where wandering albatross come to breed, and the impressive three-mile long fjord at Fortuna Bay are all among the highlights of this voyage.
South Georgian In Depth, (October 15- 31) -costs from US $11,795 per person (including the travel credit) in a twin cabin with private bathroom and includes a flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley.
Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica ( November 19 – December 16) – the inclusion of a flight to Stanley in this itinerary saves passengers almost 1.5 days travelling at sea, allowing 17 nights for the voyage without losing any of the classic locations. The itinerary takes in the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and South Georgia before heading south to the frozen continent, with it’s stunning icebergs, humpback, minke and orca whales.
Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica (October 31- November 19) – due to popular demand, a photographic symposium have been added to this itinerary for the first time. The 19-night voyage, which begins in Ushuaia and ends in Stanley, allows an extra day’s exploration in Antarctica, as well as the added bonus of several photographic experts on board to offer guidance and answer questions.
Prices start from US$8,995 per person in a quad private cabin and from US $15,395 per person (including the travel credit) in a twin cabin with private bathroom. The offer is subject to availability and on a first-come-first-served basis and includes flights from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas in Chile as per the itinerary, airport transfers, accommodation and meals on board, plus guides, wet weather gear, excursions and activities as included in each itinerary.