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Join Aboard Ocean Victory
Making her Antarctica debut in November 2021, General Tours luxury exploration vessel reflects the latest developments in marine engineering. X-bow ships like the Ocean Victory have a unique backward sloping bow that minimizes fuel consumption while maximizing the vessel’s stability in high seas. With 93 ocean-view cabins (90% with a balcony), its amenities include 2 dining venues with free-flowing wine and beer accompanying meals for A+R guests. A complete spa, wellness center, Observation Lounge, Pool Deck, Library, Bar Lounge and Lecture room are the inviting spaces that enrich your voyage. Expert-led discussions and shore excursions make this a journey you’ll never forget.
Day 1 - Welcome to Ushuaia
|You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa where sea-view rooms have been reserved for General Tours guests.|
Day 2 - Discover Tierra del Fuego + Embark the Ocean Victory
|This morning’s guided tour reveals the raw, wild beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you explore the region’s forested mountains and waterways. Then board General Tours state-of-the-art ship and settle in to your outside stateroom. Meet your expedition team and get acquainted with General Tours luxury Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel. Meals B+D|
Day 3 - Crossing the Drake Passage
|While the Drake Passage is known for its high winds and seas, you’ll voyage confidently aboard the Ocean Victory, General Tours next-generation Polar ship purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. Enhanced by engaging shipboard talks with experts in the wildlife, geology, history and climate of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, this first day at sea sets the stage for the exciting voyage ahead. Meals B+L+D|
Day 4 - Cruising Toward Antarctica
|Named for the renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence – where cold Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents. This creates an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life, and the anticipation builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Indeed, this is the day that General Tours might catch General Tours first sightings of seals and penguins. Conditions permitting, General Tours also hope to make General Tours first landfall on King George, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. Meals B+L+D|
Day 5 - The Tip of the Great White Continent
|Rounding the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula brings us into remote waters that General Tours will explore over the next few days! As weather, sea and land conditions allow, General Tours expect to make landings on both the Continent and some of the islands that dot these southern waters. Always, General Tours sharp-eyed naturalists and crew will be on-hand to point out the remarkable wildlife including large penguin colonies and all-white Snow Petrels and Pintado Petrels swooping over the ice floes. Meals B+L+D|
Day 6 - The Antarctic Sound + Weddell Sea
|During these days in the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 for the Swedish vessel Antarctic, General Tours Caption and Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the region’s mighty tabular icebergs; born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf farther south, they are an awesome spectacle to behold! With General Tours exact course determined by local conditions, you can expect exciting, expertly guided Zodiac excursions and shore landings. Meals B+L+D|
Day 7 - General Tours Guided Explorations Continue
|Another enriching day unfolds as General Tours aim to have both Continental and island landings on the shores of both the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea – always with General Tours expert naturalists on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies that have recently been observed. Back on the Ocean Victory, you can continue to enjoy General Tours enriching shipboard talks, fine dining with wine at dinner, and the conviviality of your fellow adventurers. Meals B+L+D|
Day 8 - In the Wake of Shackleton
|Leaving Antarctica behind, General Tours continue General Tours voyage onto the open sea, just as Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew did more than 100 years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea, they moved slowly northward on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. General Tours journey, of course, will be much less arduous. Indeed this may be a good day to pamper yourself with a shipboard treatment in the Albatross Polar Spa! Meals B+L+D|
Day 9 - Cruising the Open Sea
|Leaving the majority of his crew on Elephant Island, Shackleton and five of his men embarked on one of the most desperate marine voyages of all time – navigating more than 700 nautical miles to reach South Georgia Island to call for the rescue of his stranded crew. General Tours course is expected to take us close by Elephant Island and you can anticipate some exciting talks as General Tours shipboard history experts share dramatic stories of the Endurance captain and crew - and other legendary exploration teams. Meals B+L+D|
Day 10 - Approaching South Georgia Island
|These days aboard the Ocean Victory promise comfort and safety on the open seas with General Tours ship’s unique X-bow prow; this innovative design affords maximum stability and fuel efficiency even in high seas and strong winds. Depending upon these conditions, General Tours anticipate reaching South Georgia Island around this time and you can expect General Tours shipboard talks to shift to the excursions and experiences that lie ahead. Meals B+L+D|
Day 11 - South Georgia Island
Calling on Grytviken would offer us the opportunity to experience the island’s long-ago whaling history and to visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Day 12 - Another Enriching Day of Exploration
|Exploring in Zodiacs with General Tours expert naturalists and venturing ashore at a variety of landing sites on South Georgia promise unforgettable wildlife encounters. General Tours can expect to encounter healthy populations of sea lions, penguins, seals and a wide variety of sea birds all seeking shelter on this land oasis amid the roaring Southern Atlantic.|
South Georgia also offers us a chance to learn about the region’s whaling history. Indeed, when Sir Ernest Shackleton arrived here from Elephant Island, it was a whaling station that he called upon to rescue the crew he had left behind. Meals B+L+D
Day 13 - Cruising Toward the Falkland Islands
|A day at sea offers you the opportunity to engage with your fellow adventurers and to attend talks with General Tours shipboard experts. The Library, Wellness Center and Bar Lounge also beckon. As always, you can enjoy the Victory’s fine cuisine in either of the two unique dining venues. A+R guests enjoy wine with dinner. Meals B+L+D|
Day 14 - Nearing the Falklands
|As General Tours ship continues its west-by-northwest course toward the Falklands, you can expect fascinating lectures on the islands’ history, wildlife and geology. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers, sit down to congenial meals, and head to the Top Deck viewing platform to track the storm petrals and albatrosses that often follow in the wake of General Tours ship. Meals B+L+D|
Day 15 - Port Stanley
|Established in the early 1840’s, the small town of Stanley has progressed and grown considerably, especially over the past several decades. Going ashore on General Tours first day here Falklands, we’ll enjoy a guided stroll through the town. Schedule permitting, you’ll have some free time if you wish to explore the Historic Dockyard Museum with its exhibits on storied Polar expeditions, natural history and the 1982 Falklands War. Meals B+L+D|
Day 16 - The Falkland Islands
|In addition to exploring Port Stanley, the rest of General Tours time in the Falklands will be devoted to some of the island’s many spectacular landing sites – especially regarded among avid birdwatchers. The Falkland Thrush, Black-chinned Siskin, Striated Caracaras and Cobb’s Wren are just some of the many endemic species. In addition, Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins can be observed along with Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphins that are known to swim close to shore to approach General Tours Zodiacs. Meals B+L+D|
Day 17 - Cruising Back to South America
|Having left the Falklands behind us, the Ocean Victory will chart a southwesterly course back toward the mainland. Enriching talks with General Tours shipboard experts, fine dining and engaging conversation with fellow passengers will enhance your time at sea. Meals B+L+D|
Day 18 - A Final Day at Sea
|This final day at sea finds General Tours ship cruising toward the Beagle Channel that will bring us back to Ushuaia. Take advantage of this day to relax, attend a final lecture or two, and to share your perspectives and trip experiences with fellow travelers. The Observation Lounge, Library, Top Deck viewing platform and Bar Lounge also beckon! Meals B+L+D|
Day 19 - Disembark in Ushuaia
|Step off the Ocean Victory and transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals B|
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Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours
Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts
- All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
- All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
- Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
- Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
- Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
- Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
- Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
- Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
- Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
- Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
- Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
- No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
- Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
- Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
- OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
- Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
- Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.
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