hebridean sky luxury antarctic cruise

Antarctica Revealed

  • Overview

    Enjoy two nights at the exquisite Arakur Resort & Spa in Ushuaia. 

    This 15-night Antarctica in-depth itinerary will allow us to explore more in-depth the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, giving us time to experience the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea.

    The opportunity to experience the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere we visit on our other Peninsula trips.

    Duration: 16 days
    Passengers: 118 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 0.0x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Arrival Day

      Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

    • Day 2 - Ushuaia - Free Day

      Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers. All guests need to arrive at the hotel no later than the evening of day two.

    • Day 3 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Embarkation Day

      After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’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, 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 4/5 - Drake Passage

      As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you 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 6/7 - South Shetland Islands

      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.

      Our first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting, visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

    • Day 8/10 - Antarctic Sound

      As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we sail towards the Antarctic Sound. Located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Antarctic Sound is located within the Weddell Sea. A massive clockwise current pushes cold, ice-filled waters north, making this part of the Antarctic Sound dramatically different from the Western Peninsula. Here we will endeavor to explore an area rich in Heroic Age history and take in the varied ecology found surprisingly this far north. Adelie penguins thrive in these colder, ice filled waters.

      The ice ultimately directs what adventures we will have in these lesser-travelled waterways, but the opportunity to experience the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere we will visit this trip.

    • Day 11/13 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Heading Southwest, we enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, or 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 and Crabeater seals are 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 14/15 - Drake Passage

      As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

    • Day 16 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Disembarkation Day

      Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    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. Our kayak adventure option offers an opportunity to participate in this most intimate Antarctic encounter on all Polar Latitudes voyages.

    USD 695 per person

    Camping

    After a delicious dinner onboard, jump back in the Zodiacs and head ashore for a night of camping in Antarctica! Help to set up camp, and then enjoy the sounds of the waves, the creaking of the glaciers, perhaps even the blow of a passing whale. Warm and cozy in your sleeping bag under the midnight sun, you will be breathing the cleanest air in the most beautiful place on the planet. Get a taste of Antarctica as it was experienced by the early explorers, while knowing that in the morning you’ll enjoy a hot shower and a hearty breakfast back on board your luxurious vessel.

    USD 125 per person
  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear

    The ship will provide you with expedition boots (on loan) and a specially designed expedition jacket, which is yours to keep at the end of your voyage.

    Wifi

    100 minutes of Wifi access is provided for use on your personal devices free of charge.

    Premium Suite Extras

    The Promenade, Deluxe, Penthouse and Owner Suites all receive champagne and chocolates on arrival and a complimentary mini-bar.

    Accommodation & Transfers

    Transfers are provided pre and post-cruise by the expedition team and one-night accommodation is provided on Day 1 of your itinerary at a Ushuaia hotel.

    Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day:
    Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of our optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - All port & landing fees
    - House wine / beer or soft drink with dinner
    - Welcome & Farewell cocktail
    - All excursions and lectures
    - Digital voyage log
    - Hot beverages
    - All accommodation and meals on board

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    HEBRIDEAN SKY

    In the spring of 2016 our ship, Hebridean Sky, underwent a ten million dollar refit, transforming her into the safest and most comfortable ship in her class. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, she has always been known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Hebridean Sky continues that tradition, while adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury expedition vessel
    • Newly refurbished
    • Large observation decks
    • Balcony Cabins
    • Single Cabins
    • Passenger elevator
    • Library with computers
    • Internet/Wifi
    • Bar/Lounge
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 4
    Guests #: 118
    Crew #: 85
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 17
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 90m
    Width: 15
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 4200
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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island sky triple suite

Triple Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
A generous suite with twin beds and a sofa bed.
USD 11,495pp
USD 11,495pp
island sky porthole suite

Porthole Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
A generous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties.
USD 14,995pp
USD 14,995pp
island sky window suite

Window Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
A generous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties.
USD 16,795pp
USD 15,795pp
island sky promenade suite

Promenade Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
A generous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties.
USD 17,195pp
USD 15,945pp
island sky deluxe suite

Deluxe Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
Corner Suites with twin or king bedding and private facilities.
USD 17,595pp
USD 16,345pp
island sky Veranda suite

Veranda Suite with Balcony

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
An extremely comfortable Suite with twin or king bedding, private facilities and a balcony.
USD 18,995pp
USD 17,495pp
island sky penthouse suite

Penthouse Suite with Balcony

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
An extremely comfortable Suite with twin or king bedding, private facilities and a balcony.
USD 20,995pp
USD 19,495pp
island sky owner's suite

Owner's Suite with Balcony

06 Jan 2021 - 21 Jan 2021
The Owner's Suite features a separate sitting room, private bathroom and large balcony.
USD 22,995pp
USD 21,495pp