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Aboard the M/V HONDIUS
, January 4 - 22, 2025

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Join us on an EPIC cruise to discover the wildlife treasures of the
Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica!

Gentoo Penguin by Gina Nichol.  Black-browed Albatrosses by Martin van Lokven.  Falklands Flightless Steamer Duck by Siegfried Woldhek
Gentoo Penguin by Gina Nichol, Black-browed Albatrosses by Martin van Lokven, Falklands Flightless Steamer Duck by Siegfried Woldhek.

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Wandering Albatross

Black-browed Albatross


  • Gentoo PenguinWelcome to seabird heaven! Marvel at several species of Albatross following the ship, along with Storm Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels, Prions, and Skuas.

  • Carcass Island (Falklands) – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife and many endemic species. Anything from breeding Magellanic Penguins and Gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.

  • Saunders Island (Falklands) – This is the domain of the black-browed albatross, along with breeding Imperial Shags, Rockhopper Penguins, King Penguins, Magellanic Penguins, and Gentoo Penguins.

  • Port Stanley – The capital of the Falklands, with its Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.

  • Prion Island (South Georgia) – From January on, Wandering Albatross have found their partners and are sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks.

  • Fortuna Bay (South Georgia) – This beautiful outwash plain from Fortuna Glacier is home to a large number of King Penguins and seals.

  • Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour (South Georgia) – These sites house the three largest King Penguin colonies, as well as three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for Antarctic Fur Seals. There should be some young adult Elephant Seals in the mix as well.

  • Grytviken (South Georgia) – In this abandoned whaling station, King Penguins walk the streets and Elephant Seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

Plus, depending on ice conditions, we enter Antarctica sailing into the Weddell Sea with its colossal tabular icebergs. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. Or Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where we could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself. If conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we can access the Antarctic Sound from the northwest. The breathtaking scenery continues in the Bransfield Straight and, if conditions allow further South in the Gerlache Strait.

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Ushuaia, Argentina // Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina

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Length: 107.6 meters
Breadth: 17.6 meters
Draft: 5.30 meters
Ice class: Polar Class 6 (equivalent
Displacement: 5,590 tonnes
Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines;
total 4,200 kW
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 170 in 80 cabins
Crew, guides, doctor: 57 / 13 / 1
Registered: The Netherlands

Built in 2019, the Hondius is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 passenger vessel, making her among the most structurally fortified and technologically advanced polar cruise ships on the seas. Hondius is equipped with stabilizers that make her highly suitable for swift, safe, and nimble exploration of Antarctic waters.

Hondius offers comfortable accommodation in six grand suites with balconies, eight junior suites, eight superior cabins, 11 twin deluxe cabins, 14 twin window cabins, 27 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins.

The main focus of this tour is exploration, wildlife, and outdoor activities. To do this, Hondius carries a powerful fleet of Zodiac boats to guarantee swift and safe transit from ship to shore. She also has two separate gangways for efficient outings as well as an indoor Zodiac boarding area.


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Aboard the M/V HONDIUS
, January 4 - 22, 2025
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25% of cabin cost per person. Tour deposits can be paid by check or credit card via PayPal. 
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RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour, contact [email protected] to hold your space!
Then follow up with your completed registration form and deposit within two weeks to secure your place.
Instructions are on the form. Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   
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Final payment is due September 4, 2024. Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees). Please inquire.

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.


Sunrise Birding LLC strongly recommends that you consider purchasing a travel protection plan to protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected in case of delay, injury or illness prior to or during a tour. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, Emergency Medical Transportation, Pre-existing Conditions, and more.
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  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.
Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at 
Phone: 203.453.6724


Magellanic Penguin Colony by Werner Thiele

Whalebone Arch, Stanley by Jan Bryde