Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica - with National Geographic

16 days / 15 nights
    Expedition
    Roundtrip flight included
    Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica - with National Geographic
    Roundtrip flights Paris/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + Pre 1 night in Buenos Aires + visits

    Cruise Antarctica

    from 14 November 2019 to 29 November 2019
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.  

    Discover the Antarctic with PONANT! 

    PONANT brings you a 16-day itinerary between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. An exceptional polar expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful sites of these southern lands.  

    You will set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world).

    First, you will chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate you, before heading to South Georgia, its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence. 

    You will then circumnavigate South Georgia, a real highlight of your cruise. Most notably, you will discover the island’s mysterious and wild West coast, and you could get the chance to disembark in the place where the British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton landed before beginning his great trek across the island.

    You will finally sail to the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

    Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds: these are some of the encounters you will most likely have the chance to experience in the Antarctic Peninsula, creating indelible memories. 

    Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

     

    For your comfort, PONANT accompanies you all along your journey and proposes flights packages from Paris. Please contact your travel adviser for information and bookings.

     

    We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO. 

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    Highlights

    Discover the Antarctic with PONANT!

    • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
    • Hiking opportunity.
    • Circumnavigation of South Georgia and, conditions permitting, discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s landing site.
    • Landscapes: moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands; alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia; drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula.
    • Wildlife: black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.
    • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
    • New: for your comfort and convenience, an optional premium package including one night in Ushuaia on the eve of boarding your ship and an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (for details, see the “Pre/post & overlands” tab for your cruise. Please contact your travel adviser for information and bookings).
    • For even more peace of mind, PONANT accompanies you all along your journey and proposes flights packages from Paris. Please contact your travel adviser for information and bookings.

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      14 November 2019 – At sea

      Ushuaia

      Embarkation 14/11/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 14/11/2019 at 19H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

      15 November 2019 – At sea

      15 November 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 15/11/2019. Departure 15/11/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      16 November 2019 – New Island

      16 November 2019 – New Island

      Arrival 16/11/2019. Departure 16/11/2019.

      This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

      16 November 2019 – Grave Cove

      16 November 2019 – Grave Cove

      Arrival 16/11/2019. Departure 16/11/2019.

      Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white.  A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

      17 November 2019▸18 November 2019 – At sea

      17 November 2019▸18 November 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 17/11/2019. Departure 18/11/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      19 November 2019▸22 November 2019 – South Georgia

      19 November 2019▸22 November 2019 – South Georgia

      Arrival 19/11/2019. Departure 22/11/2019.

      Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

      23 November 2019▸24 November 2019 – At sea

      23 November 2019▸24 November 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 23/11/2019. Departure 24/11/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      25 November 2019▸26 November 2019 – Antarctic Peninsula

      25 November 2019▸26 November 2019 – Antarctic Peninsula

      Arrival 25/11/2019. Departure 26/11/2019.

      To learn more about ecosystems, fauna and landscapes in Antarctic regions, go to the section “Discover Antarctica” of your cruise.

      Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

      Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

      27 November 2019▸28 November 2019 – Crossing the Drake Passage

      27 November 2019▸28 November 2019 – Crossing the Drake Passage

      Arrival 27/11/2019. Departure 28/11/2019.

      If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

      29 November 2019▸28 November 2019 – Ushuaia

      Ushuaia

      Disembarkation 29/11/2019 at 07H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

      • We remind you that all our ships have a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which we will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that we are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide us, no more than 45 days before departure, with a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.

      Discover Antarctica

      Discover Antarctica

      PONANT accompanies you in the choice of your expedition cruise. Discover the Antarctic riches with PONANT.

      Explore the Antarctic

      Theme

      Polar Expedition

      Polar Expedition

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      National Geographic

      National Geographic

      See the world through National Geographic’s eyes and make a difference.
       
      For 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers, sharing their findings with the world. National Geographic’s deep belief is that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and take responsibility for it. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase of any cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions will go towards the National Geographic Society’s non-for-profit mission to explore and protect the planet. (Indeed, National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.)

      A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and insights. They will enrich the expedition experience through fascinating presentations, informal discussions and see the world through the lens of a National Geographic photographer, learning new techniques along the way.

      Roundtrip flights Paris/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + Pre 1 night in Buenos Aires + visits

      For your serenity, PONANT selects flights for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

      Day 1 - Paris/Buenos Aires

      Flight Paris/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 13 h 30.

      Day 2 - Buenos Aires

      Meet and greet at the airport arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign. After being welcomed by our local representative, you will be transferred to the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta 5* (or similar).

      Morning and lunch at leisure.

      In the afternoon, panoramic tour of Buenos Aires. Mainly in down town and in the central neighbourhoods, you will find testimonies of its glorious past. You will visit the heart of the city, May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side and the cathedral on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. The square is also known as the “Mothers of May Square” (Madres de Plaza de Mayo), with their mute protests they started during the military government. From there, the coach drives you through San Telmo (a tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. La Boca is the oldest harbour of Buenos Aires and in the early 20th century, most Italian immigrants made here their first steps in their new homeland. Today, it is the favourite neighbourhood for these Italian families' descendants. At the end of the tour you will visit the northern part of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta neighbourhood with its French style wide avenues, parks and residential houses contrasts with the “Barrio de La Boca”. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried.

      At the end of the day, you will enjoy a typical argentine dinner in a local steakhouse restaurant. After tasting the famous grilled meat, part of the Argentine national identity, you will return to your hotel.

      Day 3 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

      Breakfast

      Transfer to Buenos Aires airport, in connection with the flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia.

      Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 3 h 30.

      Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance)

      Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

      Departure from the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

      In the Yamanas’ language, “Ushuaia” means “the bay which looks towards the east”. This native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the “white” people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world…

      After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

      The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability. You will be escorted by a guide to discover the park.

      OR

      When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

      Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

      Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

      Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

      (Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – in this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.)

      At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

       

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      Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

      Disembarkation.

      Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

      Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/Paris selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 3 h 30.

      Connecting flight upon arrival in Buenos Aires to Paris.

      Buenos Aires/Paris, approximative flight duration: 13 h 30.

      The day after disembarkation - Paris

      Arrival in Paris from Buenos Aires

       

      Your programme includes:

      • Flights Paris/Buenos Aires/Paris in economy class
      • Flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
      • 1-night accommodation at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta (or similar), with early check-in on day 2 (from 11 a.m.), including breakfast.
      • Meals as indicated in the programme
      • Beverage package (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer or a glass of wine + 1 coffee or tea)
      • Transfers and visits mentioned in the programme
      • English-speaking local guide during the transfers
      • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and led by an English speaking guide (except if you select optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion)

      For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

      Please note that if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel programme and therefore replaces it.

      • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
      • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
      • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
      • The services of a local English speaking guide

      Your programme does not include:

      • Tips for the guide and the driver - we suggest the amount of USD 1 per person per day, as per local custom.
      • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.

      Please note:

      • This package is included by default in your cruise. However, it is possible to combine your cruise with other flights or pre/post programmes. Please contact your travel adviser for more information.
      • The local currency is the Argentinian peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
      • Summer season: temperatures vary between 5 °C et 15 °C  (41 °F and 65 °F)
      • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.

      Your hotel:

      The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta 5* (or similar)

      In the sophisticated neighbourhood of La Recoleta, known for its neoclassical architecture, The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta stands out thanks to its contemporary style and imposing brick façade. The hotel offers easy access to the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires and features elegant, spacious rooms, a pool, restaurant and bar, ensuring a luxurious, authentic and exclusive experience for our guests.

      Contacts of your hotel:

      The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

      Posadas 1232

      1011 Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Phone number: (+54) 11 4819 1100

      Duration and order of the visits may vary. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your adviser; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      David Brindley

      David Brindley

      National Geographic Expert

      National Geographic magazine managing editor David Brindley oversees the editorial calendar and production of National Geographic’s flagship monthly publication. David will bring the world of National Geographic to life, sharing his insights on storytelling at the iconic magazine, how articles are chosen and developed, and the ways in which the publication has evolved over his more than 15 years on staff. He will also present highlights from National Geographic’s coverage of Antarctica, including work to track the melting of the continent’s ice and what it means for our planet’s future and to document life below the surrounding sea ice. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from, and ask questions of, the magazine’s managing editor.

      Spoken Languages: English, Spanish (fluent), French (basic), Italian (basic)

       

      Photo credit: All rights reserved

      Gianluca Colla

      Gianluca Colla

      National Geographic Photographer

      Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from Antarctica to the Arctic, and from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon. Currently based in Switzerland, he has dedicated his life to telling meaningful stories in images. Gianluca has covered a diverse range of topics, including a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, such as National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Gianluca’s clients include Apple, Canon, and Fujifilm, and his images are represented in the National Geographic Image Collection. An international speaker and teacher, he also enjoys sharing his photo expertise with travelers on National Geographic Expeditions and lecturing at international photography events.

      Spoken Languages: Italian (Native), English (Fluent), French (Fluent), Spanish (Conversational), German (Basic)

       

      Photo credit: All rights reserved

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

      Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

      Clothing tips:

      • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
      • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears
      • Comfortable trousers: classic Winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings
      • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
      • Winter trousers with waterproof over trousers are the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort of trousers are essential
      • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
      • Woollen or thermolactyl Thermal underwear
      • A warm hat, woollen ear muffs or fleece ear muffs, fleece or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
      • Wool or silk glove liners, water-resistant and supple gloves
      • Thick warm socks (ideally woollen)

      Accessories:

      • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
      • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
      • Highly protective sunglasses.
      • Walking poles (highly recommended).

      Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

      Benefits of the PONANT store:

      • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
      • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
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