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Travel almost to the ends of the earth and you’ll find the Falkland Islands, a remote archipelago in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Located off the coast of Argentina, they’re just a short distance northeast of the southern tip of South America.
On a Falkland Islands cruise, you’ll explore this rugged island chain from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. During your South America cruise, your day in the Falkland Islands will give you the chance to learn about the culture and history of the islands as well as admire the vast natural scenery unfolding majestically around you.
Encounter exotic wildlife and admire the area’s vast natural surroundings on a cruise to the Falkland Islands. History buffs will enjoy visiting local war museums and historic sites.
On a Falkland Islands cruise, you’ll have the chance to mingle with penguins of many different species. Delight in the antics of Magellanic Penguins, Gentoo penguins, and Rockhopper Penguins as they shuffle around the rugged coastline of the Falkland Islands.
Part of the 1982 war with Argentina took place in the Falkland Islands, and you can see remnants of these battles while visiting Port Stanley. Near the port is Estancia Farm, a base for hundreds of British troops during the war. You’ll see memorials and learn more about the war during your visit.
To find out more about the region’s past, head to the Falkland Islands Museum in the city center of Port Stanley. Here, you’ll learn more about the 1982 Falklands War, the maritime history of the islands, and its geographical makeup and natural history.
The Falkland Islands are home to a plethora of windswept, handsome beaches with a unique, rugged charm all their own. You’ll see a variety of beach types, from white sand to rocky cliffs lining the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in shades of terracotta and earthen brown.
The port of call you’ll visit on a Falkland Islands cruise is Port Stanley, the capital of the archipelago located on the island of East Falkland. Port Stanley is where you’ll find the majority of the Falkland Islands’ cultural and historic attractions. The town makes for a good starting-off point for excursions to see nature and wildlife.
Along with getting a closer look at the local penguins, there are plenty of adventurous excursions to enjoy while in Port Stanley.
Enjoy a fun ride in a 4x4 vehicle as you travel to area penguin colonies. Visit Murrell Farm and go off-roading to a natural habitat for Rockhopper Penguins, or ride through the backcountry to Seal Bay, where you’ll see a Gentoo Penguins colony.
Head to the incredibly beautiful Volunteer Point, where you’ll find long, wide, white-sand beaches and epic coastal scenery. Volunteer Point is also home to three different penguin species: King, Gentoo, and Magellanic.
Learn more about the city’s culture and history on an in-depth tour of Port Stanley. See colonial homes, maritime ships and artifacts, the Government House, and the famous Christ Church Cathedral with its whale bone arch.
On a Falkland Islands cruise, you’ll see Port Stanley referred to just as Stanley, too. Both names are widely used to refer to the capital city.
Its southern location near Antarctica gives Port Stanley a nearly polar climate, though it’s mild enough that vegetation can still easily grow. For packing, this type of climate means you’ll want plenty of warm layers. The sea breezes can be chilly, but walking around town can get warm, so it’s easiest to wear lighter layers under heavier layers and bring a daypack to put any discarded jackets or sweaters in.