Set sail for the Falkland Islands
22 September 2009
Visiting the Falklands via cruise ship or expedition vessel allows passengers unrivalled access to penguins, the rare black-browed albatross and elephant seals, among hundreds of other species that reside on the 770-plus islands that make up the Falklands archipelago.
The Falklands is becoming an increasingly popular port of call, particularly as part of a wider South America or Antarctica voyage.
Save £1,000 and follow ‘In The Wake Of Shackleton’ with Noble Caledonia (noble-caledonia.co.uk) on its 22-day voyage onboard MS Expedition. Prices (before discount) start from £5,995 per person, based on double occupancy, departs on 9 February 2010 from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia.
This exceptional expedition voyage includes two days in the Falkland Islands exploring white sandy beaches and privately owned islands via zodiac followed by eight days in South Georgia plus an additional day in the West Falklands on return to Ushuaia. Book now - discount is only valid on bookings made by 30 November 2009.
Book any Exodus Polar Expedition to the Falklands before 31 December 2009 and receive a free pair of Opticron Countryman Binoculars worth £250! Exodus (exodus.co.uk) offers twenty itineraries featuring the Falklands in its new 2010/2011 Polar Expeditions brochure out this September, in association with Quark Expeditions. Enjoy the antics of the rockhopper and Magellanic penguins on a 20-day Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia voyage from £6,549 per person (land only) departing from Ushuaia on 30 November 2009.
Visitors can take a giant leap to the Falklands with legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong who leads a 26-day voyage of discovery to the Falklands and Antarctica with Titan Travel’s ‘National Geographic Journeys By Sea’ (ngjourneys.co.uk), departing 15 November. Prices start from £8,998 per person, based on double occupancy.
Join world renowned sea bird expert Graham Roberton (Australian Antarctic Division) and a team of expert photographers on a special voyage visiting the Falklands this November with Peregrine (peregrineadventures.com). Departing 6 November 2009, the 24-night voyage visits Steeple Jason, Sea Lion and Bleaker Islands as well as Carcass Island, Saunders Island and the capital Stanley. Prices start from £6,250 per person. Passengers booking before the end of September also have the chance to win Leica equipment!
West Point Island and Saunders Island are the most popular islands in the Falklands archipelago visited by cruise ship passengers outside Stanley, while the most popular trips from the capital are to Gypsy Cove and Bluff Cove, where a brand new Museum is about to open providing a fascinating insight into Falklands heritage and local ship wrecks.
Also new for the 2009-2010 cruise season is the installation of a wave barrier on the jetty, a new pontoon, a new ramp giving access to the pontoon, plus a shelter for awaiting cruise passengers.
Over 35 cruise operators feature the Falkland Islands. A full list of operators is available on the tourist board website at falklandislands.com.