Ponant Antarctica 2023 L'Austral Ushuaia Montevideo South Georgia

Cruise Express

Australian owned and operated

South America & Antarctica

including South Georgia Island

Sail in the wake of these great Antarctic explorers during a 16-day polar expedition voyage aboard L’Austral. Fully escorted by Cruise Express Director, Hardy Schneider, your journey will begin in Buenos Aires. Explore this vibrant city including the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca and the historic district of Recoleta including the famed cemetery where Eva Perón is buried.

You’ll then fly to Ushuaia, the Argentinian capital in the Tierra del Fuego region where you’ll board the luxurious L’Austral. After crossing the famed Drake Passage. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of spectacular landscape in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife.

Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, Humpback whales, and giant petrels are at home here, as are Elephant and Fur seals, Antarctic Minke whales, and Orcas. Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.

Then head off across the south Atlantic to discover South Georgia. On the Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 King penguins have taken up residence there. Your arrival in the city of Montevideo in Uruguay will mark the end of your journey. Situated on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is one of the loveliest capital cities of South America.

Expedition Inclusions

Departs 1 March 2023 - 22 nights

  • Economy class airfare from Sydney to Buenos Aires and from Montevideo including taxes and fees. Fares from other cities available on request
  • 4 nights Buenos Aires accommodation at the Sofitel Recoleta (or similar) including breakfast daily
  • Extensive Buenos Aires sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Economy class charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Coach transfer in Ushuaia with English speaking guide
  • 15 night expedition aboard L’Austral
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist guides covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate and environmental protection
  • Ponant polar water-resistant parka
  • Free use of half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles
  • All onboard meals
  • All onboard beverages including mini-bar
  • Half-day Montevideo sightseeing tour
  • 1 night Montevideo accommodation at the Hyatt Centric (or similar) including breakfast
  • Group transfers throughout
  • Cruise Express Tour Director Hardy Schneider


from$19,990* pp twin
from$24,990* solo

Deck 3 forward. Approx. 21 m² with window

from$20,990* pp twin
from$25,990* solo

Deck 3. Approx. 18 m² with balcony

from$21,990* pp twin
from$27,990* solo

Decks 4,5,6. Approx. 27 m² with balcony

Stateroom images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.

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Want to upgrade?

Why not upgrade to the comfort and space of Business class? We have competitive upgrades fares available – just ask one of our Travel Specialists! Upgrade is available for international sectors between Sydney, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Coming Soon!

Tour extension

Want to explore further? Come with us and explore Peru and the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu and fly to the far flung islands of the Galapagos where the wildlife is legendary.

Details and fares available soon.

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Your Ship


Registry: Mata Utu - Wallis and Fortuna Islands Built: 2011 Builder: Fincantieri - Italy Gross tonnage: 10,700 grt Passengers: 264 Crew: 136 Length 142 m Beam: 18 m Speed: 18.4 knots
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Ponant Antarctica 2023

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Your deposit amount will vary by grade of accommodation and will be due within 72 hours of booking confirmation. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. Expedition Itinerary: 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. Full terms and conditions are linked above.

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