Endurnace, Antarctica S Georgia & Falklands ex Santiago to Buenos Aires

Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship
National Geographic Endurance
Cruise Departs
18 Oct 2020
Other Dates
Cruise Duration
21 Nights
Embark Ship
Santiago, Chile
Disembark Ship
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
18 Oct 2020
Santiago, Chile
Hotel
19 Oct 2020
Falkland Islands
Charter Flight
19 Oct 2020
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Embark
20 Oct 2020
Falkland Islands
21 Oct 2020 At sea    
22 Oct 2020 At sea    
23 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
24 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
25 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
26 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
27 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
28 Oct 2020
South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean
29 Oct 2020 At sea    
30 Oct 2020 At sea    
31 Oct 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
01 Nov 2020
Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
02 Nov 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
03 Nov 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
04 Nov 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
05 Nov 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
06 Nov 2020 At sea    
07 Nov 2020 At sea    
08 Nov 2020
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark
08 Nov 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Charter Flight

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

20 Night cruise departing from Stanley to Ushuaia with private charter flights to and from Santiago and Buenos Aires onboard National Geographic Endurance. 1 night pre cruise hotel stay in Santiago is included also.

The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

Day by Day Itinerary:

DAYS 1
We check in to our fine, centrally located Mandarin Oriental Hotel (or similar), and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO/FLY TO THE FALKLANDS/EMBARK
Today we fly by private charter flight to the Falklands, arriving in Mount Pleasant with a transfer to Stanley, the capital. We have time to stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, colonial-style houses of Stanley, seeing the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whale bones before embarking our ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: EXPLORING THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors, and the sunlit yellows and greens of waving tussock grass. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people in total; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specifically thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAYS 4-5: AT SEA
During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of South Georgia—and the riveting story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. Our naturalists help us identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions, and black-browed albatross. There’ll also be time to browse the library, enjoy a massage in the wellness center, or workout in the gym. (B,L,D)

DAYS 6-11: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormous snorting elephant seals, and a thriving fur seal population. Here on South Georgia—the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean—you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach! This is also the setting for the historic adventure story of Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the ill-fated Endurance, and we’ll visit his gravesite at Grytviken to hoist a toast. (B,L,D)

DAY 12-13: AT SEA
With whales below, birds above, we voyage towards the seventh continent. Head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)

DAY 14-19: ANTARCTICA
With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel (conditions permitting) and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion. We anticipate offering opportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching our powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more. (B,L,D)

DAYS 20-21: AT SEA
As we sail toward Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our bow. There’s time to share photos with the onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “Don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)

DAY 22: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/FLY TO BUENOS AIRES
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This morning’s charter flight will bring us over Patagonia for spectacular views on the way to Buenos Aires

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.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: Apr 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 126

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tablets USB/mobile device docking
  • Flat screen television
  • Wi-Fi connections

Ship Facilities

  • Observation Deck
  • Observation Lounge
  • Bistro
  • Bistro Bar
  • Sauna & Spa
  • Yoga Studio
  • Infinity Edge Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Lift(s)
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Medical Centre
  • Mudroom / Lockers
  • Kayak Storage
  • Zodiac Boarding

For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

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