Wednesday 19 March 2014

One Ocean Expeditions Adds New South Georgia Voyage

King penguin chick (David Schultz)
Antarctic operator, One Ocean Expeditions has announced the addition of a sixth departure to the wildlife rich Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula. Travelling aboard the 96-passengers expedition ship, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, the new voyage departs Ushuaia (Argentina) on November 3rd, 2014.

Announcing the new departure, Richard Cunningham – Australian GM for One Ocean Expeditions said, “Our two scheduled November departures to Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica are on the verge of selling out. We had an opportunity to extend our sailing season and add this new departure to cater for the heavy demand and we’re already seeing solid bookings on this early season voyage”.

One Ocean Expeditions CEO and Founder, Andrew Prossin led an exploratory expedition to South Georgia aboard the Sergey Vavilov in early November 2013. Prossin said, “I was staggered to find scenes right out of an Attenborough BBC wildlife documentary. At this time of the season, the Elephant seals are battling for control of the beaches and the female harems. The King penguins are there in their tens of thousands and the snow covered mountains are at their most spectacular”.

After leaving South Georgia, the expedition travels across the Scotia Sea towards the Antarctic Peninsula, aiming to visit Elephant Island – the place where Sir Ernest Shackleton launched his famous rescue mission 100 years ago. This remarkable feat of survival was brought to light recently during the screening of the documentary on SBS - ‘Chasing Shackleton’ – co-ordinated by Australian adventurer Tim Jarvis.

Four days of exploring the stunning bays and coves of the Antarctic Peninsula follow, where guests explore by Zodiac inflatable boats and make daily shore excursions to enjoy a range of activities in the company of wildlife experts, naturalists, adventure guides.

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