**The tour logistics are being adjusted for 2025, comprehensive updates will be published shortly.**
Sailing in comfort aboard our ice-strengthened vessel, we begin this epic 43day expedition at the tip of South America, from where we chart a course through the Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage Our voyage then traverses some of the most interesting areas in the Southern Ocean; including the Antarctic Continent itself, South Georgia, Gough Island, the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, St. Helena and Ascension Island. From famous and historical to incredibly remote, we take in a part of the world conquered by only the hardiest; Sir Francis Drake, Captain James Cook, Sir James Clark Ross, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Roald Amundsen. Not only can we expect an incredible array of avian and mammalian encounters, but equally some of the harshest, most impressive vistas known to man. Some of the most sought after species on this cruise include Wandering & Light-mantled Albatross, Northern & Southern Royal Albatross, King, Magellanic, Macaroni, Adelie & Chinstrap Penguin, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Snow, Antarctic, Blue, Kerguelen, White-headed & Great-winged Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Southern Fulmar, Black-bellied & Grey-backed Storm Petrel, Chilean Skua, Dolphin Gull, South American Tern, Great Grebe, Flying & Fuegian Steamer Duck, Rock & Imperial Shag.
Please note: a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants that have been signed up through us.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Wandering & Light-mantled Albatross, Northern & Southern Royal Albatross, King, Magellanic, Macaroni, Adelie & Chinstrap Penguin, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Snow, Antarctic, Blue, Kerguelen, White-headed & Great-winged Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Southern Fulmar, Black-bellied & Grey-backed Storm Petrel, Chilean Skua, Dolphin Gull, South American Tern, Great Grebe, Flying & Fuegian Steamer Duck, Rock & Imperial Shag
Peale’s & Hourglass Dolphin, Dwarf Minke Whale, Orca, Weddell & Leopard Seals
coastal and pelagic waters, sub-Antarctic islands & Antarctic Peninsula, pack ice
temperate to subzero, sunny and calm to gale force conditions can be expected
dependant on ship capacity
easy pace, mostly undemanding walks
comfortable expedition cruise ship comfortable expedition cruise ship
spectacular sub-Antarctic scenery, the most remote continent, icebergs and pack ice, nesting albatrosses, vast penguin colonies, Ernest Shackleton’s grave, old whaling stations
Holly was great! I hope to travel with her again.
We had the most incredible trip, with perfect attention to every possible detail, and to have the added trip to the Penguin Colony on the Falklands was a cherry on the top. The guides were both attentive, and engaging at all levels with every member of the group, as well as helpful to non Rockjumper guests, which made a great impression on them too. Thank you for an overwhelmingly awesome tour.
An expedition of a lifetime well worth every penny! As a member of the Survivors of 2019 Club it was a very special tour. From the outstanding service by the expedition staff and crew on the extremely comfortable Quark Ocean Diamond to the always fabulous Rockjumper guides including Glen and Keith Valentine and Mark Beevers, it was the trip of a lifetime. The totally unexpected closeup sightings of Emperor Penguins and the tens of thousands of the six other penguin species was so much fun. Fur Seals and Elephant Seals sunbathed on the beaches as the many species of seabirds flew overhead. The trip to the Black-browed Albatross nesting sight was like something you only expect to see on tv. I felt the Quark crew and the Rockjumper guides went out of their way to make sure everyone had the perfect and safe trip.
I had a wonderful time. Our Rockjumper guide, Holly Faithfull, was terrific. She made the cruise, which was already excellent, even better.
I want to thank Rockjumper for doing a charter trip to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia! To me sharing the trip with a ship full of birders was the best; 150 birders what could be better... The guides were accessible and helpful, ship was comfortable, food was good, the Quark expedition folks were excellent, the weather cooperated. All around it was a wonderful trip. Worth the wait! Thank you!
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