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Sailing in comfort aboard the luxurious and comfortable Hebridean Sky, we begin this 15 day expedition at the tip of South America. We will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle. The farther South we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter
Opportunity to have the unique experience and camp and kayak in Antarctica!
Daily shore excursions and zodiac cruises with expert guides
Take full advantage of being on a modern, ice-strengthened vessel of this caliber
The abundance of wildlife here is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, whales as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Ushuaia
Day 2: Embarkation
Day 3-4: Drake Passage
Day 5-12: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 13-14: Drake Passage
Day 15: Disembarkation
Day 1: Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today. Enjoy a complimentary stay at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort. Explore the trails, take a spa, head into town, or relax and soak in the surroundings. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning.
Day 2: Embarkation
This morning, we’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, we’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we’ll relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Day 3 - 4: Drake Passage
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.
Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. We’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.
Day 5 - 12: Antarctic Peninsula
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
We hope to land at Half Moon Island to visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share theirterritory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. Making our way further south we hope for our first
landing on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbor or Neko Harbor. The scenery here is amazing; particularly the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf.
Our trip may also include the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals ar often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
Day 13 & 14: Drake Passage
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special slideshow and dinner.
Day 15: Disembarkation
As we arrive back in Ushuaia, it is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Ship Cabins: M/S HEBRIDEAN SKY
All Suites Feature (Window, Porthole & Triple Suite)
Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
Sitting area with sofa and side chair
Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
Independent temperature controls
Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
220 square feet or more
Sofa can be converted to bed for third person
Promenade, Deluxe, Veranda & Penthouse Suites
Include all of the features above plus:
En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
$100 per person Gift Shop credit
En suite Nespresso machine
Ship Deck Plan: M/S Hebridean Sky
Ship Information: M/S HEBRIDEAN SKY
Complimentary Wine with Dinner
Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
On-board MD and Facilities
Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
Pre-voyage hotel night
Complimentary Expedition Jacket
Elevator serving all passenger decks
Upgraded WIFI Internet
Library with computers
Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment
Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities
DVD Movie Library
Crew: 75 (includes Staff)
Manager: Salén Ship Management AB, Sweden
Registered in: Nassau, Bahamas
Built by: Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Italy
Built in: 1991
Refurbished: May, 2016
Length: 90,6 m
Width: 15,3 m
Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
Class: B.V. Ice Class 1C
Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology
One complimentary pre-voyage hotel accommodation
All meals and shipboard accommodation
Airport and hotel transfers to ship on embarkation day
Zodiac excursions and all shore landings
Specialist guides to lead the expedition
An expedition polar parka for you to keep
Free use of gumboots during the voyage
Welcome & Farewell cocktail drinks
100 minutes of WiFi usage
All port fees and taxes
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with dinner (excluding premium brands)
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Airport and hotel transfers post-cruise
Travel protection plan
Additional hotel nights
Premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Kayaking - US$695 per person
Paddling in and among the icebergs. Getting up close to nature. Silently gliding along at the water level. We want as many passengers as possible to experience these very moving and personal moments.
Camping - US$125 per person
If you’re looking for an experience that truly breaks the mold of traditional cruise line activities then we’d like to introduce you to one of our most unique offerings – camping out under the Antarctic skies.