A&K Antartica, South Georgia & The Falk Islands (2017-18)

Embark on a panoramic voyage of South Georgia, The Falk Lands & Antarctica
Specials US$20,995 From US$17,995 (~ AUD$27,438 *)

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Set sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team on all-balcony ‘Le Lyrial,’ embarking on a panoramic voyage that includes wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and the wild shores of Antarctica, on this 17 day cruise.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise for 15 nights aboard the new luxury all-balcony expedition ship ‘Le Lyrial’ on an exclusive A&K charter
  • Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts, including scientists, historians and those awarded the coveted Polar Medal
  • Learn about the fascinating life of one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Ernest Shackleton, when you visit his gravesite in Grytviken
  • Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts to protect Antarctica’s one-of-a-kind habitat
  • Set off for exciting shore excursions in swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats), where closer views of the land and wildlife reveal the remarkable biodiversity of the Southern Ocean
  • Choose from two special A&K departures: Family Holiday (December 12) with children’s programming, spirited celebrations and unforgettable landings; and a dedicated Photography Expedition (January 16), led by A&K’s professional photography coaches, and designed for all levels of skill and equipment preferences
  • Experience the benefits of all-inclusive cruising with onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges included on ‘Le Lyrial’
  • Stay at the luxurious Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt on beautiful Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy convenient A&K charter flights to and from Ushuaia
  • 16370
  • Ocean
  • 22 Aug 16
  • Polar Regions
  • 12 Dec 17, 16 Jan 18
  • 28Dec17, 01Feb18
  • 16 nights
  • Ponant
  • Multiple Cruiseships 5.5 stars
  • Fly-Stay-Cruise

Inclusions

  • Save US$6,000 per couple
  • Experience the benefits of all-inclusive cruising with onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges included on 'Le Lyrial'
  • Stay at the luxurious Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt on beautiful Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy convenient A&K charter flights to and from Ushuaia

Important Terms

  • * This product is priced in USD (USD), AUD rates can fluctuate depending on exchange rates, final rates in AUD will be confirmed by your consultant at time of booking.
  • Category 1-3 cabin only
  • Book by March 31, 2017.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes any bonus nights, special offers or discounts listed in the inclusions.
  • Surcharges may apply due to demand, Christmas & New Year's Eve, school or public holidays, trade shows, special events & other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prices may be based on Dynamic Rates and as such, may fluctuate at anytime without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, or at the property's discretion.
 


Area: 18 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery


  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi




Area: 27 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • Private balcony. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand


  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service




Area: 45 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • 108 sq.ft. private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players


  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service




Area: 54 m²
Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • 12m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • 2 King-size bed or 2 twin beds
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players


  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi
  • Butler service




Area: 18 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery


  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi




Area: 36 m²
Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery


  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi




Area: 36 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players


  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi
  • Butler service




Area: 54 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • The Owner’s suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by French interior designers and will provide you with a breathtakting panoramic sea view.Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed
  • or twin beds Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery


  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Butler service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport – Hotel – Port
  • 1 free hour of Spa treatments




Area: 21 m²
Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Amenities:


  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players


  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi


 

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and classical buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colorful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party. (B) 

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  

 

Day 2: Ushuaia | At the Edge of the World

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and, time and weather permitting, take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Later, board ‘Le Lyrial’ and settle into your cabin, where you can take in views right from your own private balcony. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home for the next 15 nights at sea. You may even want to toast to your journey in the bar with your fellow guests. (B,L,D) 

‘Le Lyrial’ 

 

Day 3: At Sea | Riches of the Southern Ocean

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition Team begins their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora and fauna, geology and history of the region. These expert lectures span diverse topics, such as seabirds and penguins of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of years, and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica. While a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist with questions, enthusiasts will especially enjoy A&K’s dedicated Photography Expedition departing January 16. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Lyrial’s’ deck. (B,L,D)

‘Le Lyrial’ 

 

Day 4: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Remote Archipelago

Today, ‘Le Lyrial’ arrives at the remote Falkland Islands. Disembark to visit Port Stanley, the tiny, quaint capital with its small shops, brightly painted houses and friendly locals. Choose from one of several sightseeing excursions of Stanley, including a city highlights tour, a nature trek or an excursion by 4×4 vehicles to visit a gentoo penguin colony. History buffs may prefer a tour that visits some of the Falkland battlefields as well as the memorials to those who lost their lives in the conflict between Britain and Argentina in 1982. (B,L,D)

 ‘Le Lyrial’ 

 

Days 5-6: Cruising the South Atlantic | Abundant Wildlife

As you approach South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales and other wildlife become more frequent. Time spent cruising is once again filled with informative lectures and casual talks with your guides. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of Shag Rocks. (B,L,D)

‘Le Lyrial’ 

 

Days 7-9: South Georgia | Footsteps of Ernest Shackleton

South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and Southern elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your onboard historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life. (B,L,D) 

‘Le Lyrial’  

 

Days 10-11: Cruising the Scotia Sea | Antarctic Anticipation

During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also share more enriching lectures, revealing more of what is to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment. (B,L,D) 

‘Le Lyrial’

 

Days 12-14: Antarctica | The White Continent

The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, pictureperfect beauty. Additional opportunities for exploration include a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Lyrial,’ look for whales and birdlife from the deck or your own private balcony. (B,L,D) 

‘Le Lyrial’ 

 

Days 15-16: Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where you find more opportunities to observe marine and birdlife. Reflect on your incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends. (B,L,D) 

‘Le Lyrial’  

 

Day 17: Depart Ushuaia

‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast, and then say goodbye to your Expedition Team and ship’s crew before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home. (B) 

Le Lyrial

The fourth ship the Sisterships series for PONANT, Le Lyrial  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 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

 

Interior Design

Ponant have been inspired by the destinations visited and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

 

Accommodation

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony

 

Deck plan

Length  466 ft
Beam  59 ft
Draft  15.3 ft
Cruising speed  14 knots
Ice class  1 C
Classification  Bureau Veritas
Flag  French
Guest decks  6
Guest capacity (double occupancy)  up to 260 PAX
Normal crew size  140
Fleet of expedition Zodiac®  (Mark V HD)
Gross tonnage  10 992 UMS
Electric motors  2 x 2300 KW
Installed power  7 200 KW
Construction  Fincantieri-Ancône-Italy

Ponant


PONANT was founded in 1988 by officers of the French Merchant Navy who launched France’s first cruise ship company. For over 30 years PONANT has combined exceptional itineraries to take their guests on cruise voyages that are simultaneously authentic and sophisticated. Their luxurious ships are smaller in stature and as such are able to visit less-frequented ports and little-known anchorages to offer immersive cruise experiences.


 
 

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