The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, the vast king penguin colonies of South Georgia, and the Falkland’s amazing albatross colonies. Venture into spectacular wildness aboard one of our luxury expedition ships. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty. Take advantage of this special opportunity on select voyages aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endurance. Make the crossing one-way by air rather than sea via private charter fight between South America and the Falklands—allowing us to convert a day at sea into a day along the Antarctic Peninsula.
PLEASE NOTE YOUR VOYAGE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Air transportation; charter flights Santiago/Stanley Falklands and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires;
• The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel
• Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
• Three distinct regions to experience
• Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
• National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship
Passenger Capacity: 126
A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation.
National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.
The luxury of comfort on expedition
National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.
Comfort & convenience in every room
Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.
Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.
Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.
Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare.
Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.
Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.
Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.
Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.
Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.
Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.
Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.
Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.
Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.
Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.
Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.
Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.
Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.
Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.
DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES /OVERNIGHT HOTEL:
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer/Endurance) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar, Endurance) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into the Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar) before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (L)
DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES/FLY TO USHUAIA (EMBARK):
Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (B,L,D)
DAY 3: At Sea:
Each Falkland Island is a variation on thetheme of topographical beauty with white-sandbeaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors, andthe sunlit yellows and greens of waving tussockgrass. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people intotal; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specificallythousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as wellas magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastlyoutnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife. (B,L,D)
DAYS 5-6: AT SEA:
During our days at sea, we learn about thefascinating history of Antarctic exploration, aswell as the flora, fauna, and geology of SouthGeorgia—and the riveting story of Sir ErnestShackleton and the Endurance. Our naturalistshelp us identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions, andblack-browed albatross. There’ll also be time to browse the library, enjoy amassage in the wellness center, or workout in the gym. (B,L,D)
DAYS 7-12: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND:
Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, coveredmostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes withlife: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormoussnorting elephant seals, and a thriving furseal population. Here on South Georgia—theSerengeti of the Southern Ocean—you can observe one of the world’s greatwildlife spectacles: literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on asingle beach! This is also the setting for the historic adventure story of SirErnest Shackleton aboard the ill-fated Endurance, and we’ll visit his gravesiteat Grytviken to hoist a toast. (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: AT SEA:
With whales below, birds above, we voyagetowards the seventh continent. Head up to theBridge to watch for icebergs and observe expertnavigation at work as our skilled Captain andofficers sail these historic waters. Each day ournaturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-20: ANTARCTICA:
With long hours of daylight, we make the mostof our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsulaand surrounding islands. We’ll sail through theincomparable Lemaire Channel (conditionspermitting) and land on the “White Continent,”exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools forexploration. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of theunexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiaccruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion. We anticipate offeringopportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experienceclose encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching ourpowerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands ofAdelie and chinstrap penguins. Our expert staff will craft an expedition whereyou will learn, see and experience more. (B,L,D)
DAYS 21-22: AT SEA:
As we sail toward Ushuaia, an albatross or twomay join the escort of seabirds that cross our bow.There’s time to share photos with the onboardNational Geographic photographer, catch up on thebook you haven’t had a minute to read, and writeemails home, saying “Don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)
DAY 23-24: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/FLY TO BUENOS AIRES/ HOME:
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia, thesouthernmost city in the world. This morning’scharter flight will bring us over Patagoniafor spectacular views on the way to Buenos Aires. Connect with overnighthomeward-bound flights. (Day 23: B,L)
Itineraries are subject to change.
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
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