Welcome to Southern Ocean


Visit the rocky but fecund shores of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, with abundant wildlife and history. Most cruises from South America call in at the South Shetland Islands or the South Orkney Islands, where people set up their first Antarctic outposts. Travelers from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa approach the continent from the Ross Sea side, with seabird-rich Heard and Macquarie Islands.

Sailing these waters and sighting these windswept isles re-creates the journeys of early adventurers.


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$266.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Volunteer Point in Falkland Islands

The tour is usually runs for 6 to 6.5-hours, but we can reduce this for passengers on ships that are not in port for long. This time includes two hours of travel in each direction.The first hour of your journey travels from the pier where you came ashore to the privately owned Johnson’s Harbour farm of which Volunteer Point is a part of on gravel roads.All of our 4x4 vehicle drivers, who will be your guides during the journey, are extremely experienced at off-road driving.During the journey, your driver will answer any questions that you may have and tell you about sites and features on the way.Upon arriving at Volunteer Point, your driver will advise you of any areas you can't walk in. He will tell you your departure time and provide you with your packed lunch. You are then free to wander and photograph the amazing wildlife this location has to offer. You are asked to remain 6 meters away from all wildlife at all times to avoid causing disturbances. There are wardens in high visibility clothing positioned around the sand beach that can answer any questions that you may have at the time.The penguins can be particularly curious by nature and will often approach you if you sit quietly observing them. The area of Volunteer Point itself is fairly flat and easy to walk. The car park is very close to the penguins too.Upon our return to Stanley, your driver will, if time permits, give you a short tour of the town by pointing out the highlights before dropping you off at the pier where we met you in the morning, or alternatively at a location you have chosen. Museums, gift shops, and pubs are all very close and within easy walking distance of the pier.

$253.70 Shore Excursions

Gentoo Penguins at Berthas Beach Guided Tour from Stanley

This tour will take you to Bertha's Beach along the East coast of East Falkland Island, home to 500 pairs of Gentoo penguins. Known to be the second largest type of penguin on the Islands, you will be able to observe them in their natural habitat and watch as they feed their young and swim in the sea. As an added bonus, on most days you will also be able to see dolphins swimming near the area's long white sandy beach. You will also have the opportunity to take photos near the penguins. Complete the tour at the Island's Historic Dockyard Museum, where you can learn some history about this unique island environment. It's recommended that guests wear a warm jacket, layered clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. The car trip to reach the penguins is 10 minutes off road, but is fairly gentle. There are toilet facilities on this tour as well.

$98.01 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Hour Bruny Island Cruise from Adventure Bay

Enjoy a 3-hour Tasmanian tour like no other as you explore the rugged coastline of Bruny Island, off the southeast coast of Tasmania. Adventure Bay is approximately 45-minutes by coach and a short ferry trip from Hobart; once at Adventure Bay you will see the amazing sights on offer including The Neck Lookout, white sand beaches and local producers. Get set for an exhilarating adventure as you board the boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise. The custom-built boat is perfect for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife, and the covered open-air seating gives you access to great views and a connection with the environment. Feel your adrenaline pumping as the boat races between the sheer cliff faces, and then drift up close to the amazing ‘Breathing Rock’ and see the point where the treacherous Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean. There are plenty of opportunities to encounter the region’s remarkable wildlife -- keep a look out for sea eagles soaring high, pods of dolphins surfing alongside the boat and colonies of fur seals. You may even see a great white shark!

$6399 Marine

Antarctica Classic

The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

$9499 Marine

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance — welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier — a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other — more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

$14499 Marine

Spirit of Shackleton

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place — the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

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