South 2015 - a voyage to remember
A 21/22 day voyage to coincide with the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument in the Falkland Islands in February 2015 visiting South Georgia, Signy, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
A 22 day/21 night voyage is being organised, 22 February to 15 March 2015, to coincide with the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument in the Falkland Islands. Organised by the Antarctic tour specialist, Antarpply Espeditions, it will visit South Georgia, Signy Island, the historic British bases in the Antarctic Peninsula and the areas of exploration of those men and women who “did not return.” Antarpply plans to penetrate deep South to the Marguerite Bay area where few tour ships visit.You can download information about the voyage here.
Tudor Morgan, an experienced Antarctic guide, has been working with Antarpply on the possible route. The first stopping point will be the Falkland Islands where we will witness the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument on the waterfront at Stanley. The voyage continues to South Georgia where we will spend two days exploring the places made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton: Grytviken, King Edward Point, St Andrews Bay, Stromness, and Husvik.
We will then sail for Signy Island and the other historic British bases in the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to view some of the mountains and glaciers named after those who lost their lives, and to visit the bases where they lived and worked, as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. We intend to sail as far south as Stonington Island if ice conditions permit.
This specialist bespoke tour is intended for family, friends, Antarctic veterans and Trust supporters, but is open to interested members of the public who wish to visit parts of the Peninsula rarely visited by tour ships.
The MV USHUAIA, is an ice strengthened polar ship built for the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. She has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. She provides ample deck space and has an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.
Public areas feature a large dining room which will take all passengers in one sitting, an observation lounge and bar, a conference room with modern multimedia equipment, a well-stocked library, a changing room and a small infirmary. Her expert captain, officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation. A specialist team of expedition leaders and lecturers will accompany the tour. You can read about MV USHUAIA here.
Start and finish in Ushuaia, Southern Argentina
Planned landings and/or visits to include
Falkland Islands, Stanley,
South Georgia, Grytviken, King Edward Point,
St Andrews Bay, Stromness, Husvik
Le Maire Channel,
The order and duration of visits and landings will depend on conditions.
Antarpply's prices are lower than commercial tour rates. They are (ex Ushuaia, Argentina) between US$11,160 and $19,791 per person depending on cabin type Ten per cent deposit is required at the time of booking. A further 20% will be required by 1 November 2013 and the remaining 70% 90 days before sailing. The trip is proving very popular. Please book by the 31 October 2013 if you wish to take advantage of the 10% reduction.
If you are interested in coming on the tour please contact Abby Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org who will give you further booking details.