Atlantic Ocean Crossing
The Atlantic Odyssey
Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Ascension, Cape Verdes and Madeira
Aboard MV Plancius
- 29 Mar to 29 Apr 2013 32 days - Ushuaia to Ascension
- 29 Apr to 5 May 2013 7 days - Ascension to Cape Verde
Named for the fabled lost civilisation of Atlantis, the huge expanse of water separating the giant continents of the Americas and Africa and Europe is the embodiment of conquest, adventure and exploration. A path to discovery, riches and often tragedy, the mighty Atlantic has lured dreamers for millennia. The ancient Greeks, the Vikings and the vast armadas of the great European sea-faring nations have all plied these historic waters. The Concorde used to jet across “the pond” between Paris and New York in around three and a half hours at 1500 km/h. Columbus took one month and rowers do it in two or three. Such are the extremes we go to to subdue its mythos.
At Adventure Associates we are renown for unusual shipboard adventures and regularly send passengers to the furthest extremes of navigation imaginable. This very unusual expedition will attract naturalists, modern-day adventurers, bird-watchers, scientists and regular travellers on the lookout for something different. It’s a rare chance to see some extremely remote and seldom-visited locations and an unique way to travel to Europe! But the limited spaces are already filling fast, so please do not delay.” To call it a cruise would not do it justice, our ship sails between the Beagle Channel (from Ushuaia at the tip of South America) and the Cape Verde Islands (off the west coast of sub-Saharan Africa) stopping at some of the most isolated and inaccessible locations on the planet.
From embarkation we set a course due south to the Antarctic Peninsula for a truly remote experience amongst the icebergs, penguins and pelagic birds of The Great Southern Land. Then slowly, we make our way northward via the enigmatic and wildly beautiful islands of South Georgia where landings will be made to explore and observe this historic and wildlife rich location. From these southerly extremes, we approach warmer climes and sail around the incredibly remote Gough Island, home to a fantastic variety of seabirds. Beyond Gough is the tiny settlement of Tristan da Cunha, whose reclusive British inhabitants see 'outsiders' only a few times a year - if that! What they do see plenty of is magnificent seabirds in abundance - like Yellow-nosed albatrosses and brown noddies. Beyond Tristan da Cunha lies another remote settlement - St Helena - legendary as the island home of the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte from 1815 to 1821. Steeped in history, passengers disembark for a rare, yet comprehensive excursion in this tiny, 500 year old community. This remarkable voyage continues to the volcanic island of Ascension, where the RAF operates a mid-Atlantic airfield. It’s possible to leave the cruise at this point, or sails on to the final island destination of Sal, one of the Cape Verde group where a final exploration will take place before the journey’s official end and your flight to Europe.