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Antarctic Express

  • Overview
    Leaving from Ushuaia, the 2016-17 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises take you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. From there you cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.
    Duration: 6 days
    Passengers: 72 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.85x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia; Embarkation Day

      Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn

    • Day 2 - Cape Horn and Drake Passage

      After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

    • Day 3 - Drake Passage

      As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

    • Day 4 - Drake Passage and Antarctica

      After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

    • Day 5 - Antarctica and scheduled return flight

      Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

    • Day 6 - End of the Air-Cruise

      After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

    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

    Expedition Jacket

    Carefully selected this Signature Expedition Jacket, BR2 Offshore Waterproof Jackets by MUSTO so you're well protected against the elements and can enjoy your Antarctic expedition of a lifetime to the fullest. Truly waterproof and breathable, this is your foul weather protection when spending a considerable amount of time on the water.

    The double cuffs, adjustable hem, double storm flap with a drainage channel over the zip, the high collar and the roll away fluorescent hood work together to keep you completely dry. The sleeves are articulated to allow complete freedom of movement, the fleece-lined collar, hood, and hand warmer pockets add warmth, and the prismatic reflectors provide visibility for safety in low light.

    USD 349 per person

    Preferred Seating

    Offering priority boarding, a guaranteed window or aisle seat at the front of the aircraft and an extra level of comfort.

    USD 245 per person

    Antarctica's Babies

    During January and February Antarctica's babies are born and fledging, its a magical time as new
    life comes to Antarctica. The experience of seeing newly hatched penguins and seals pups just days old, is an
    experience that will last forever.

    Whales

    Whale numbers swell in Antarctica over the southern summer. Arriving in Antarctica from November onwards, whale numbers reach their peak around December and January. Sightings and particularly breachings reach a pinnacle in February and March, when the Krill is closer to the surface. Some 10 species of whales are found in Antarctic water each summer, with the most abundant species being the Humpack.

    Fly/Cruise voyage

    Our Fly/Cruise programs an excellent choice to navigate the Drake Passage quickly. This expedition comprises of 1 or 2 charter flights across the Drake Passage, so you need not worry about crossing the passage by sea. These expeditions are great options and often allow for an increased amount of time around the continent.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Arrival and departure transfers are provided as per the itinerary. Pre and post-cruise accommodation is provided in Punta Arenas

    Charter flight

    Your return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island is included in the cost of your expedition cabin

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers / accommodation and flights as stated
    - Expedition boots
    - Comprehensive pre and post voyage information
    - Lectures and onboard entertainment
    - All shore excursions
    - Beverages served with dinner
    - All meals while on board
    - Hot beverages

    Not included in your Expedition

    - arrival and departure taxes
    - Passport and Visa fees
    - Gratuities
    - Laundry costs
    - Communication costs
    - Accommodation / meals / excursions & transfers to explicitly outlined in the itinerary
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
    - International & internal airfares
  • Map
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  • Gallery
  • Vessel

    HEBRIDEAN SKY

    Hebridean Sky, is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small-ships in the world. Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats. Suites in all eight categories are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window and two twin beds that, upon request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. A number of suites also include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.

    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 #: 72
    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
Check Voyage Dates, Pricing and Availability

Triple Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with window and sitting area
USD 4,995pp
USD 4,995pp

Window Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with window and sitting area
USD 5,995pp
USD 5,995pp

Promenade Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with window and sitting area
USD 6,295pp
USD 6,295pp

Deluxe Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with bow and side windows, and sitting area
USD 6,495pp
USD 6,495pp

Veranda Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with private balcony and sitting area
USD 6,995pp
USD 6,995pp

Penthouse Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Suites with private balcony and sitting area
USD 7,795pp
USD 7,795pp

Single Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
A single inside Suite with queen bed.
USD 8,595pp
USD 8,595pp

Owner's Suite

29 Jan 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom
USD 8,595pp
USD 8,595pp