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Best of the Southern Ocean

Reassure yourself that you are not dreaming as you gaze upon inconceivable concentrations of wildlife in idyllic wilderness settings. In South Georgia and the Falkland Islands you are a privileged and humble observer of Nature’s greatest works.

In the Southern Ocean, deep beneath winter ice and summer storms, the oceans’ largest assemblage of plankton is fed upon by Earth’s most plentiful animal: Antarctic krill. These, in turn, support the world’s most diverse and abundant populations of marine mammals and seabirds.

During each summer breeding season, the top of this enormous ecological pyramid tumbles upon the shores of sub-Antarctic islands. Replete from the banquet of the Southern Ocean, pinnipeds and seabirds alight, waddle, or haul ashore in numbers that stagger the imagination.

South Georgia alone is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On its beaches, pinned between rolling surf and glaciated mountains, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among
innumerable king penguins.

You may not see a single plankter or krill, but on South Georgia and the Falklands you will certainly be impressed by the diversity and abundance of megafauna supported by these tiny creatures.
20 October, 2017 to 07 November, 2017 Make a booking request for Best of the Southern Ocean, departing on 20 October, 2017

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Classic £6845 GBP pp (was £ 8395 GBP pp, save £1550)
23 square meters (250 square feet); 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
Main Deck Suite £9617 GBP pp (was £ 11167 GBP pp, save £1550)
20 square meters (215 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; minimum two portholes; private facilities.
Classic Suite £10373 GBP pp (was £ 11923 GBP pp, save £1550)
23 square meters (250 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
Superior Suite £10625 GBP pp (was £ 12175 GBP pp, save £1550)
22 square meters (235 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooks on outside walkway; private facilities.
Deluxe Suite £11717 GBP pp (was £ 13267 GBP pp, save £1550)
26 square meters (277 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Premium Suite £12725 GBP pp (was £ 14275 GBP pp, save £1550)
33 square meters (353 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Owners Suite £17345 GBP pp (was £ 18895 GBP pp, save £1550)
40 square meters (437 square feet); separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed (can accommodate a teenager); private deck; jetted bathtub.
21 October, 2018 to 08 November, 2018 Make a booking request for Best of the Southern Ocean, departing on 21 October, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Classic £ 8399 GBP pp
23 square meters (250 square feet); 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
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Main Deck Suite £ 11169 GBP pp
20 square meters (215 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; minimum two portholes; private facilities.
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Classic Suite £ 11759 GBP pp
23 square meters (250 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
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Superior Suite £ 12009 GBP pp
22 square meters (235 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooks on outside walkway; private facilities.
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Deluxe Suite £ 13269 GBP pp
26 square meters (277 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
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Premium Suite £ 14279 GBP pp
33 square meters (353 square feet); two twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
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Owner’s Suite £ 18899 GBP pp
40 square meters (437 square feet); separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed (can accommodate a teenager); private deck; jetted bathtub.
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Best of the Southern Ocean itinerary:

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Day 1: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, starting point of our expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city. Take advantage of sandy beaches and the restaurant-lined promenade on Golfo Nuevo with views of wild Península Valdés.
Day 2: Embarkation in Puerto Madryn
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. As we sail through Golfo Nuevo on our first evening we have our first chance to see whales, particularly southern right whales.
Days 3-4: South Atlantic Ocean
From Golfo Nuevo we sail south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.
Day 5: Falkland Islands
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
Days 6-7: Southern Ocean
From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.
Days 8-13: South Georgia
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place. South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife. The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
Days 14-15: Southern Ocean
After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
Days 16-17: Falkland Islands
Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.Stanley is the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
Day 18: Beagle Channel
From the Falkland Islands we sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.
Day 19: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. In this case, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park is definitely worth a visit.
Please Note:
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Best of the Southern Ocean reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
Day 19: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina *
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. In this case, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park is definitely worth a visit.
Day 18: Beagle Channel *
From the Falkland Islands we sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.
Days 16-17: Falkland Islands *
Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.Stanley is the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
Days 14-15: Southern Ocean *
After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
Days 8-13: South Georgia *
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place. South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife. The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
Days 6-7: Southern Ocean *
From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.
Day 5: Falkland Islands *
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
Days 3-4: South Atlantic Ocean *
From Golfo Nuevo we sail south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.
Day 2: Embarkation in Puerto Madryn *
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. As we sail through Golfo Nuevo on our first evening we have our first chance to see whales, particularly southern right whales.
Day 1: Puerto Madryn, Argentina *
Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, starting point of our expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city. Take advantage of sandy beaches and the restaurant-lined promenade on Golfo Nuevo with views of wild Península Valdés.
* = Indicative
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Sea Spirit, the ship servicing Best of the Southern Ocean

Sea Spirit

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 112

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2011

Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites. Sea Spirit accommodates just 112 passengers, all in spacious suites with panoramic oceans views. Think king-size or twin beds, en suites, flat screen TVs and DVDs and internet satellite. Many suites have private balconies, lounge areas, dressing tables

There is a lounge, bistro and bar, hot tub, gym, a state-of-the-art presentation room and stabilisers for smooth cruising.

  • All-suite ship
  • Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
  • 15 suites have balconies.
  • Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
  • Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
  • Gymnasium and Hot Tub with seating area and Bistro
  • Library/Games Room
  • Open bar
  • Elevator 
  • Every suite has an exterior view

Some cabin plans may vary depending on the cruise, please check for details.

Classic suite - Suites do vary                                      Zodiac dock

Cabin layout for Sea Spirit
• The Falklands’ charming island farmsteads teeming with nesting seabirds, including numerous great albatross and penguin species

• South Georgia’s world-famous wildlife beaches thronged with stately king penguins, jousting elephant seals, and raucous fur seals

• Historical sites, such as Grytviken, haunted by South Georgia’s bygone whaling era

• Unforgettable wilderness scenery and dramatic Southern Ocean seascapes
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