You have arrived at your first South Georgia site. Keep in mind the weather in this region can be difficult, and largely dictates your program. Sites you might visit include:
Prion island - This area is closed for the first part of wandering albatross' breeding season, from November 20 to January 7. Wandering albatross chicks from the previous summer are nearly ready to fly, while adults seek out old partners who have been at sea for a year-and-a-half.
Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour - These are not only the sites of three large king penguin colonies in South Georgia but also the largest breeding beaches on earth for the southern elephant seals. This is the only time they reach their peak breeding. The four-ton male bulls will keep constant watch (and fight occasionally) on territories that dozens of pregnant females are defending. In the winter months (December-January), you can see many Antarctic fur seals.
Fortuna Bay - A stunning outwash plain, originating from Fortuna Glacier, is the home of many king penguins. You can also follow Shackleton’s final route from the whaling town of Stromness to this area. The path follows the pass that lies beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall. It is partly swampy and you will need to navigate a few streams.
Grytviken - In this abandoned whale-hunting station, elephant seals and king penguins roam the streets. They seem to own the place. You may be able see Shackleton’s grave as well as the South Georgia Museum. On day 11, depending on weather conditions, the ship will begin sailing in the south in direction of South Orkney Islands.
You're not alone on your return trip. You're greeted again by the seabirds you remember from your journey south as you cross the Drake. They are now more familiar with you, as you have become to them.