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Cruise Overview

Hondius is a luxury expedition vessel offering passengers a superb polar experience on board. The ship has 82 deluxe cabins with mid-century modern decor elegantly designed with comfort in mind. Equipped with advanced stabilisers, this ice-strengthened vessel has two separate gangways in addition to a zodiac indoor platform. On board there is a large observation lounge, an entire deck dedicated presentations with its own large observation lounge, a separate lecture room and a library.

Optional activities include kayaking, photography workshops, snowshoeing, hiking, mountaineering, camping, trekking, diving, and shore-based walking. Some activities are only available to specific itineraries and are subject to availability and weather and ice conditions. Pricing is subject to change based on seasons.

Please note: Hondius is currently under construction and is set to launch in summer 2019.

Highlights
Quad Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Superior

Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica

Sandy Argentine beaches
Day 1

Beginning your journey is Puerto Madryn known for its marine wildlife watching and beachfront location. You will embark the Hondius in the afternoon. The body of water adjacent to Puerto Madryn is known as Golfo Nuevo, a known spot for southern right whales.

Dinner
Sea life, sea birds
Day 2-3

During your days at sea, familiarise yourself with the ship layout and head to the deck to spot several species of bird such as albratrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Finding the Falklands
Day 4

The Falkland Islands is largely known for its flourishing wildlife including various species of birds with Peale dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins can be found in the nearby waters.

Here you may visit the following sites:

Steeple Jason – An uninhabited island and home of the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world. The island is a birders and photographers paradise where you can observe several species of birds up close.

Carcass Island – Named after the vessel, HMS Carcass, this island gem is the perfect landing for exploration  with steep hills for the intrepid walker to stunning beaches for leisurely strolls.

Saunders Island –  known for its iconic vistas among the Falkland Islands. Here you will see black-browed albatross, imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, the elusive king penguins, Magellanic penguins and Gentoos.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The seat of Falklands culture
Day 5

Visit the Falklands capital, Stanley recognised by its brightly coloured buildings many of which are of English- style architecture. Explore this quaint and charming town to see local attractions such as the museum, Jetty Visitor Centre and the Christ Church Cathedral – some attractions may have admission fees which are not included in the voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Once more to the sea
Day 6-7

You make your way towards South Georgia crossing the Antarctic Convergence – where the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. You may see a variety of seabirds including  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia journey
Day 8 - 11

Today you arrive in South Georgia, known as an Antarctic oasis due to the sheer number of penguins and seals that breed here. Rich in biodiversity and abundant in wildlife – there are many opportunities to visit various sites, if weather and conditions permit, these may include:

Prion Island –  observe the gentle nature of albatross that sit and nurse their chicks during breeding season. This location is closed during the early part of breeding season (November 20 – January 7).

Fortuna Bay – a surreal site surrounded by a panorama of rugged mountains. You can walk the footsteps of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton or visit the relics of an abandoned whaling village of Stromness.

Salisbury Plain – a broad coastal plain with snow-capped mountains that line the horizon in almost all directions. This landscape is home to large colonies of king penguins.

St. Andrews Bay – a picturesque site of vast glaciers bordered by snow-capped mountains home to an abundant number elephant seals and fur seals.

Gold Harbour – a great site to see elephant seals, fur seals and light-mantled albatross. Its scenery includes black-sand beaches, blue sheen glaciers splashed with sunset coloured waterfalls.

Grytviken – an abandoned settlement and formerly a whaling station. Stroll through the Grytviken to see king penguins walking the streets and roaming elephants seals throughout.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Southward bound
Day 12

Today you head south towards South Orkney. Views from the decks may reveal sea ice during this time as well as seabirds such as skuas and snow petrels that trail the vessel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The scenic vistas of South Orkney
Day 13

You may visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific research station located on Laurie Island. Alternatively you may visit Shingle Cove in Signy Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Last push to the Antarctic
Day 14

Be awestruck by the enormous icebergs in this part of journey. You may also spot whales here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awe-inspiring Antarctica
Day 15-18

If conditions are met, you will sail into the Weddell Sea known for its enormous tabular icebergs. You may stop Paulet Island to see the huge population of Adelie penguins and visit the volcanic island of Brown Bluff.

Alternatively, you will go en route for Elephant Island and head into Bransfield Strait then  continuing to Gerlache Strait known for its blue spiked icebergs as well as spotting humpback whales.

If ice conditions allow, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel – a  natural corridor of calm water reflecting the cliff and glaciers that go along it.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Day 19-20

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Earth's southernmost city
Day 21

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Hondius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Hondius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Entering Antarctica
Day 4-7

Antarctica is absolutely stunning with snow-capped islands, towering blue-white ice and home to a variety of wildlife on land and in the sea. You will sail pass Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel while cruising between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

During your time here you may visit the following areas:

Danco Island – located in the middle of the Errara Channel home to a large colonies Gentoo penguins that nest on the island. Nearby you may see Weddell seals , crabeater seals, humpbacks and mine whales in the nearby waters.

Neko Harbour – nestled in a little corner on the Antarctic Peninsula with landscape of enormous glaciers. Zodiac cruising and landings offers closest views of the alpine.

Paradise Bay – this bay is surrounded by glaciated mountains that reflect fascinating shades and shapes of blue against the icy Antarctic waters.

Pleneau & Petermann Islands – If ice conditions permit, you may sail through one of the highlights of Antarctica, the Lemaire Channel. This narrow passageway is a natural corridor with water between this natural corridor so calm that the reflecting cliffs and glaciers create a perfect mirrored pictured against the crystal blue water.

Port Lockroy – a former Bristish research station located on Goudier Island. Today Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. This area offers fantastic opportunities to kayak and camp . Meet the blue-eyed shags, gentoo penguins and partake activities in Jougla Point.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernoren – spot the humpback whales in the nearby sea while boarding a Zodiac cruise may take you to see the remnants of the whaling vessel, Guvernoren. You may encounter even more whales, leopard seals and crabeater seals around the Melchior Islands.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Day 8-9

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds as you sail across the Drake Passage once again. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and Back Again
Day 10

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Hondius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Islands, Antarctica, Polar Circle

Ushuaia: End of the world, start of a journey
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Hondius in the afternoon.

Dinner
The winged life of the westerlies
Day 2

Take this time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship or head to the deck to watc albatross, petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels that follow the vessel into the westerlies.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Finding the Falklands
Day 3

The Falkland Islands is largely known for its flourishing wildlife including various species of birds with Peale dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins can be found in the nearby waters.

Here you may visit the following sites:

West Point Island – located on the north-west tip of West Falkland best known home for thriving birdlife among the tussac grassses to the rocky ledges. In the waters below whales, fur seals and sea lions can be observed below.

Saunders Island –  known for its iconic vistas among the Falkland Islands. Here you will see black-browed albatross, imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, the elusive king penguins, Magellanic penguins and Gentoos.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The seat of Falklands culture
Day 4

Visit the Falklands capital, Stanley recognised by its brightly coloured buildings many of which are of English- style architecture. Explore this quaint and charming town to see local attractions such as the museum, Jetty Visitor Centre and the Christ Church Cathedral – some attractions may have admission fees which are not included in the voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Once more to the sea
Day 5-6

You make your way towards South Georgia crossing the Antarctic Convergence – where the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. You may see a variety of seabirds including  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia journey
Day 7-10

Today you arrive in South Georgia, known as an Antarctic oasis due to the sheer number of penguins and seals that breed here. Rich in biodiversity and abundant in wildlife – there are many opportunities to visit various sites, if weather and conditions permit, these may include:

Prion Island –  observe the gentle nature of albatross that sit and nurse their chicks during breeding season. This location is closed during the early part of breeding season (November 20 – January 7).

Fortuna Bay – a surreal site surrounded by a panorama of rugged mountains. You can walk the footsteps of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton or visit the relics of an abandoned whaling village of Stromness.

Salisbury Plain – a broad coastal plain with snow-capped mountains that line the horizon in almost all directions. This landscape is home to large colonies of king penguins.

St. Andrews Bay – a picturesque site of vast glaciers bordered by snow-capped mountains home to an abundant number elephant seals and fur seals.

Gold Harbour – a great site to see elephant seals, fur seals and light-mantled albatross. Its scenery includes black-sand beaches, blue sheen glaciers splashed with sunset coloured waterfalls.

Grytviken – an abandoned settlement and formerly a whaling station. Stroll through the Grytviken to see king penguins walking the streets and roaming elephants seals throughout.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Southward bound
Day 11

Today you head south towards South Orkney. Views from the decks may reveal sea ice during this time as well as seabirds such as skuas and snow petrels that trail the vessel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The scenic vistas of South Orkney
Day 12

You may visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific research station located on Laurie Island. Alternatively you may visit Shingle Cove in Signy Island.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Legendary Elephant Island
Day 13

From this point you have roughly travelled the same route (in the opposite direction) as the famous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Elephant Island is best known as the site of the legendary rescue of Ernest Shackleton and his crew, following the loss of their ship, Endurance. Since conditions on Elephant Island are severe, it is ideal place to explore for adventurers with vertical rock and ice cliffs make up a majority of its coastline. You may take Zodiacs to Point Wild – the specific spot where Shackleton’s expedition survived as it offered better protection from rockfalls and the sea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Along the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 14

Ice permitting, you will sail into the Antarctic Sound located at the northwestern edge of the Weddell Sea, where you will see the enormous tabular icebergs. Once through the Weddell Sea you make your way to the eastern edges of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Brown Bluff is a possible landing during this time. Brown Bluff – an iced-capped volcanic island with sheer canyon walls and fallen boulders unique it its structure of a flat-topped and steep-sided volcano that has erupted from within a glacier. Adelie and Gentoo penguins as wells nesting snow petrels live here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Scenes of South Shetland
Day 15

Often misty and blanketed with flora, is the South Shetland Islands home of Gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels which can be observed here.

In Deception Island, the vessel plunges through Neptune’s Bellows then into the flooded caldera where you can find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and cape petrels. You may visit the ruins of an abandoned whaling station in Whalers Bay or alternatively you may head to head to Telefon Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Onward into Antarctica
Day 16-20

These next couple of days will spent exploring the best that Antarctica has to offer beginning by entering the pristine and strikingly beautiful, Gerlache Strait. The Gerlache Strait is a famous body of water known for its blue spiky icebergs, towering mountains and for spotting humpback whale spotting.

Sites around this area may include:

Neko Harbour – Known for its mountains, glaciers and abundant wildlife. Board a Zodiac for a closer experience to the stunning landscape and encountering wildlife.

Paradise Bay – This spectacular bay is surrounded by glaciated mountains that reflects fascinating shaped and shades of blue against the icy Antarctic waters. Was once a whaling station is now home to an abundant of cormorants, seals and gentoo penguins.

Pleneau & Petermann Islands – Petermann Island is one of the less visited islands on the Antarctic Peninsula, travelling further down south leads to one of Antarctica’s highlights, the Lemaire Channel. The Lemaire Channel is a narrow passageway, a natural corridor that the passageway reflects a perfect mirrored image thanks to the still water in between cliffs and glaciers. Adelie penguins, blue eyed shags, humback whales, minke whales and leopard seals may be seen here.

After sailing Pleneau and Petermann Islands, the vessel aims to cut south  reach the Crystal Sound and the Antarctic Circle where landing at Detaille Island (an abandone British research station) maybe possible. After this, you head back around the Lemaire Channel and the Gerlache Strait.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Familiar seas, familiar friends
Day 21-22

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds as you sail across the Drake Passage once again. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 23

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Hondius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Voyage aboard the Hondius as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre departure material

Tour Exclusions

  • Any airfare, whether scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverages charges and telecommunication charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Tour Pricing

Itinerary (USD)
Code
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Junior Suite
Falklands Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica
HDS21W
Nov 03, 2019
Cruise
21
Puerto Madryn - Ushuaia
$12,500
$13,700
$14,900
$15,700
$16,700
$17,950
$19,200
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDS23W C K S
Dec 02, 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$6,500
$7,350
$7,950
$8,350
$8,950
$9,650
$10,300
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDS24W C K S
Dec 11, 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$6,500
$7,350
$7,950
$8,350
$8,950
$9,650
$10,300
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDS25W C K S
Dec 20, 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,200
$8,200
$8,900
$9,200
$9,800
$10,600
$11,350
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDS26W C K S
Dec 29, 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,200
$8,200
$8,900
$9,200
$9,800
$10,600
$11,350
Falklands Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica
HDS27W
Jan 07, 2020
Cruise
20
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$15,350
$16,700
$18,500
$19,300
$20,700
$22,150
$23,700
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDSW C K
Feb 05, 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
$12,550
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
HDS30 W C K
Feb 15, 2020
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,200
$8,200
$8,900
$9,200
$9,800
$10,600
$11,350
Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, Antarctica, Polar Circle
HDS31 W D
Feb 24, 2020
Cruise
23
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$15,350
$16,700
$18,500
$19,300
$20,700
$22,150
$23,700
Antarctica - Whale watching discovery and learning voyage
HDS32 W
Mar 17, 2020
Cruise
14
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,500
$9,550
$10,450
$10,950
$11,700
$12,500
$13,350

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