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South Georgia, the Falklands, & Antarctica. Five Journeys. 11 to 19 Days.

Did you know that Antarctica is the Earth’s driest desert? Or that the cleanest air on the planet is found here? Or that Antarctica holds 70 percent of the planet’s fresh water and 91 percent of its ice? So much to learn. Join us for a life-changing exploration of the bottom of the Earth aboard one of five exceptional (and luxurious) small expedition ships.


11 to 20 Days.

Antarctica

Type:Ocean Cruising

Mode:Water

Journeys

Be warned: A trip to Antarctica will change your life. Antarctica astounds with its vast deserts wrapped in ice, its open skies alive with swooping seabirds, its pure snow, and its waters filled with whales, seals, sea lions, penguins—all living and breeding in this rare and beautiful Pleistocene time warp.

     R. Crusoe offers a number of cruises to the bottom of the Earth aboard the 132-guest Silver Explorer and the 200-passenger Silver Cloud, both members of the elegant Silversea fleet; and aboard the 264-passenger Le Soléal and Le Boréal and the 260-passenger Le Lyrial, all members of the Ponant Cultural Cruises & Expeditions fleet.

     Our shortest journeys—11 days—focus on the Antarctic Peninsula. Our 17-, 19-, and 20-day cruises include the Falklands as well as the South Georgia Islands.

Please note: On these journeys, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Silversea and Ponant, and Crusoe travelers share the ships with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Antarctica. Earth From the Bottom Up. Aboard Silver Explorer & Silver Cloud. 11 Days.
Departs 6, 16, & 26 February 2017; 1, 8, & 11 December 2017.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, board ship, cruise Beagle Channel.
Overnight aboard Silver Explorer

Day 2-3: Drake Passage
• Cruise Drake Passage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 4-8: Antarctica Peninsula
• Explore Antarctica, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 9-10: Drake Passage
• Cruise back toward Ushuaia.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 11: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
• Disembark in Ushuaia, charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Antarctica. Earth From the Bottom Up. Aboard Le Soléal, Le Bor éal, or Le Lyrial. 11 Days.
Departs 4, & 14 January 2017; 2, 12, 22, & 23 February 2017; 18 & 28 Nov 2017; 3, 8, 18, & 28 Dec 2017.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel
• Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, board ship, cruise Beagle Channel.
Overnight aboard Le Soléal, Le Boréal, or Le Lyrial

Day 2-3: Drake Passage
• Cruise Drake Passage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal, Le Boréal, or Le Lyrial 

Day 4-8: Antarctica Peninsula
• Explore Antarctica, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal, Le Boréal, or Le Lyrial 

Day 9-10: Drake Passage
• Cruise back toward Ushuaia.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal, Le Boréal, or Le Lyrial

Day 11: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
• Disembark in Ushuaia, fly to Buenos Aires.

Earth From the Bottom Up. The Falklands, South Georgia, & the Antarctic Peninsula. Aboard Le Soléal. 17 Days.
Departs 19 December 2017.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel
• Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, board ship, cruise Beagle Channel.
Overnight aboard Le Soléal

 

Day 2: At Sea
• Cruise toward the Falklands.
Overnight aboard Le Soléal

Day 3: Falkland Islands
• Explore the Falklands on the ship and on shore.
Overnight aboard Le Soléal

Day 4-5: At Sea
• Cruise toward South Georgia.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal

Day 6-8: South Georgia Islands
• Explore South Georgia Islands by Zodiac and on land.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal

Day 9-10: At Sea
• Cruise toward the Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal

Day 11-14: Antarctic Peninsula
• Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac and on land.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal

 

Day 15-16: Drake Passage
• Cruise Drake Passage between the Antarctic Peninsula and South America.
Overnights aboard Le Soléal

Day 17: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
• Disembark in Ushuaia, fly to Buenos Aires.

Earth From the Bottom Up. South Georgia, the Falklands, & Antarctica. Aboard  Silver Explorer. 19 Days.
Departs 20 November 2017; 18 December 2017.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, board ship, cruise Beagle Channel.
Overnight aboard Silver Explorer

Day 2: At Sea
Overnight aboard Silver Explorer

Day 3: Stanley, Falkland Islands
• Port Stanley, maritime museum, Stanley Harbor, wildlife viewing.
Overnight aboard Silver Explorer

Day 4: Westpoint & New Island, Falkland Islands
• Moors, wildlife viewing.
Overnight aboard Silver Explorer

Day 5-6: At Sea
• Cruise toward the Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 7-9: South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
• Grytviken (Shackleton grave site), explore islands, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 10-11: At Sea
• Cruise toward the Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 12-16: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
• Explore Antarctica, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 17-18: Drake Passage
• Cruise back toward Ushuaia.
Overnights aboard Silver Explorer

Day 19: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
• Disembark in Ushuaia, charter flight to Buenos Aires. 

Earth From the Bottom Up. South Georgia, the Falklands, & Antarctica. Aboard  Silver Cloud. 20 Days.
Departs 21 December 2017.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, board ship, cruise Beagle Channel.
Overnight aboard Silver Cloud

Day 2: At Sea
Overnight aboard Silver Cloud

Day 3: Stanley, Falkland Islands
• Port Stanley, maritime museum, Stanley Harbor, wildlife viewing.
Overnight aboard Silver Cloud

Day 4: Westpoint & New Island, Falkland Islands
• Moors, wildlife viewing.
Overnight aboard Silver Cloud

Day 5-6: At Sea
• Cruising.
Overnights aboard Silver Cloud

Day 7-9: South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
• Grytviken (Shackleton grave site), explore islands, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Silver Cloud

Day 10-11: At Sea
• Cruise toward the Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula.
Overnights aboard Silver Cloud

Day 12-17: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
• Explore Elephant Island, South Shetlands, and the Antarctic Peninsula, including wet landings by Zodiac.
Overnights aboard Silver Cloud

Day 18-19: Drake Passage
• Cruise back toward Ushuaia.
Overnights aboard Silver Cloud

Day 20: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
• Disembark in Ushuaia, charter flight to Buenos Aires.

 

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Pricing

Per person sharing suite from $9,020 for an 11-day journey.

Per person sharing suite from $14,790 for the 17-day journey.

Per person sharing suite from $19,035 for the 19-day journey.

Per person sharing suite from $20,205 for the 20-day journey.

Please note that pricing changes based on each departure's suite availability. Speak to your R. Crusoe travel specialist for up-to-the-minute pricing.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ships.

R. Crusoe & Son has chosen five small, luxurious ships to visit Antarctica: Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud, both members of the elegant Silversea fleet; and Le Lyria, Le Boréal, and Le Soléal, members of the Ponant Cultural Cruises & Expeditions fleet.  

Silver Explorer

A purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other, the Silver Explorer, a member of the Silversea Expeditions fleet, was designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations. The 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With her eight Zodiac boats, passengers can access even the most off-the-beaten-path destinations.

     The ship, refurbished from stern to bow in 2008, carries 132 guests in 66 ocean-view cabins. Many of the staterooms feature private verandas, and all have flat-screen televisions and en-suite bathrooms. Accommodations range from 180 to 675 square feet, among the largest cabins of any expedition ship.

     A convivial, cosmopolitan ambience is the rule aboard the Silver Explorer. The ship boasts amenities often found only on larger ships, including a spacious library with an Internet café, boutique shopping, a full-service spa, a beauty salon, a fitness center with sauna, and two top-deck whirlpools.

Silver Cloud

In November 2017, after an extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud completes her transition from elegant cruise ship to the most luxurious ice-class ship to ply the Antarctic waters. She has been fitted with more dining room options, and her service (1 crewmember: 1 guest) and space ratios (84 sq. ft per guest) will be the highest in expedition cruising.

     Sea Cloud has been redesigned to capture magnificent scenery with panoramic views in public rooms, broad decks, and verandas. Breaching whales and swooping seabirds are never far from view.

     Purpose-built with a 1-C ice-class hull, Silver Cloud can carry up to 260 passengers, but in Antarctica, she is limited to a maximum of 200 as a means of protecting Antarctica’s fragile environment.With her 18 state-of-the-art Zodiac boats, passengers have plenty of opportunity to explore the wonders ashore.

     Eighty percent of the ship’s suites have private verandas, and all suites have an ocean view. Other amnenities include five dining options, a two-story theater, fitness center, cigar bar, boutique, spa, beauty salon, card room, casino, and heated pool (when weather allows). Nineteen expert guides travel with the ship through Antarctica. 

Le Lyrial, Le Boréal, and Le Soléal

We love Ponant Cultural Cruises & Expeditions’ elegant small ships—Le Soléal, Le Boréal, and Le Lyrial—not only because they are the newest vessels to ply the waters of Antarctica, but also because they are the most eco-friendly. Both have been certified “Clean Ships” by the French society Bureau Veritas for their design and construction as well as their seagoing operations.

     Why not cruise around the Bottom of the World with a clear conscience?

     The  Ponant ships are luxurious, comfortable, and safe, and each boasts a seasoned international crew of 140. All have ice-strengthened hulls suited to the Antarctic waters and the latest communications, navigational, and safety equipment that meet and excel U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

      Public amenities are plentiful aboard the ships. They have outdoor heated pools, a lecture hall, library, full-service spa with steam room, and fitness center. Passenger elevators service all the decks.

     All suites and staterooms face outside, and the vast majority have private balconies perfect for scenery-watching. All are fitted with minibar, in-room safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, TV, in-house movies, iPod docking station, WiFi, and telephone. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

     Each ship is outfitted with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft that take us near glaciers and icebergs, to land where no piers exist, and to observe the Antarctic wildlife up close. Naturalist guides accompany us on the Zodiacs to explain what we are seeing and its significance in this Austral world unto itself.

     And as these are French ships, it’s no surprise that the cuisine served on board is notable.

     Le Soléal and Le Boréal have 132 staterooms or suites (264 passengers) each; Le Lyrial, slightly smaller, has 122 staterooms or suites and carries 260 passengers. 

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Ernest Shackleton: Southward Bound.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) was an Irish polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

     Shackleton and his family moved to the suburbs of London when Ernest was 10 years old. He had his first taste of polar exploration as an officer on Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition (1901-1904), and he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition.

     Two years later, Shackleton and three companions made a record-setting trek across Antarctica, reaching farther south than any other explorer to date, just 97 miles from the South Pole. For this achievement, King Edward III knighted Shackleton on his return home.

     After the race to the South Pole ended in 1911 with Roald Amundsen’s successful expedition, Shackleton turned his attention to what he saw as the last great object of Antarctic exploration: the crossing of the continent from sea to sea via the South Pole. To this end, he prepared for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917). His ship was called the Endurance.

     Though the expedition began favorably, the crew met disastrous results when the Endurance became trapped in, and ultimately crushed by, the Antarctic ice pack. Shackleton and his 26-man crew endured a long, dark, and frigid polar winter before ultimately finding rescue following an 800-mile open-boat voyage on the Weddell Sea. Against all odds, the entire crew of the Endurance survived.

     Shackelton returned to England an internationally recognized hero, but his hunger for victory in Antarctica persisted. In 1921, he returned south with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, intending to carry out scientific and surveying work. Before the expedition could begin, however, he suffered a fatal heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request, he was buried there.

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