TravelQuest’s South Georgia Island Visit
Our South Georgia Island vacation trip takes place aboard the 126-passenger National Geographic ship Endurance, a next-generation expedition ship purpose-built for polar navigation. Sailing from the tip of South America, we take in all the wonders of the Antarctic region during spectacular days at sea and in unforgettable adventures ashore. Some of those adventures will take place on and around South Georgia Island.
During our five days in the vicinity of South Georgia, we will have plenty of opportunities to explore some of the island and its surrounding waters. Key to this is Endurance’s fleet of 14 expedition landing craft. The 19-foot-long landing craft are powered by four-stroke outboard engines, can comfortably carry 10 to 12 people, and are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. As there are no docking facilities on South Georgia, we’ll use these craft, weather permitting, to land at Grytviken and various remote sites to visit penguins, seals, and other wildlife.
For individual exploration during your South Georgia vacation, the Endurance is equipped with a large fleet of kayaks, ensuring everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity, conditions permitting. Prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary, and the ship’s custom-designed floating platform means kayaks can be deployed at any location—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.
When not out exploring, we’ll be enjoying living in luxury on the Endurance. The ship’s 69 cabins face outward, with large windows or sliding glass doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community. The ship features two restaurants, and during meals, our expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join us. Public areas include an Observation Lounge with bar, a gym and wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge (with full-service bar), state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area. The ship has an “open bridge” policy, with comfortable spaces to sit and enjoy the view, and access to her captain and officers.