Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

  1. 2020
    Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Saturday, January 18, 2020
    Tour Duration: 
    12 days
    Tour Price:
     $12,995 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Ushuaia, Argentina
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    108
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Highlights

• Photograph penguins by the thousands

• Cruise for orca, minke, and humpback whales by Zodiac

• Visit tabular icebergs of epic scale

• Approach Antarctic ice up close with our expert Zodiac drivers

• Cross the mighty southern continent off your bucket list

• See scientists at work at an Antarctic research base

• Sail in the wake of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton

• Experience the teeming wildlife of the islands of the Southern Ocean

 

Overview

The great southern continent is the world’s most remote. The only place on the planet with no history of habitation, Antarctica remains an unspoiled wilderness.

Antarctica is the ultimate destination for the true adventurer. Our twelve-day Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers unparalleled wildlife viewing, plus unique opportunities to engage with science and exploration history.

Long protected by distance, and difficulty, Antarctica has only known human visitation for two centuries. The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration ended but a century ago, leaving many historic relics for the visitor to marvel over.

While human habitation is minimal, Antarctica’s wildlife is famously abundant. Seabirds, seals, and whales are the true rulers of the earth’s wildest realm!

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the great southern continent!

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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.

Day 1: Ushuaia

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 travelers.

Day 2: Embarkation

After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once 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 porpoising Magellanic penguins, Rock Cormorant, and Black-browed Albatross.

Day 3-4: 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 SeaBird 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 5-6: 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 7-9: Antarctica

As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, 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.

Day 10-11: 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 12: Ushuaia Disembarkation

Morning disembarkation allows you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires and onward, if you wish. Or, stay in Ushuaia for more sightseeing and adventure in Tierra del Fuego!

 

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Ship Info

In the spring of 2016 the Hebridean Sky, underwent a ten-million-dollar refit, making her one of the safest and most comfortable ships 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. The Hebridean Sky continues that tradition today, while adding a host of new amenities—as well as state-of-the-art stabilization systems, fuel efficiency protocols, and communications systems. All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.

Capacity: 108 passengers

Length: 90.6m

Registry: Bahamas

Deck Plan

Hebridean Sky deck plan

Pricing

2020 Fares are per person in US Dollars: 

Category 1 (Triple Suites): $9,995 (sold out)

Category 2 (Porthole Suite): $12,995 (limited space)

Category 3 (Window Suite): $14,995 (limited space)

Category 4 (Promenade Suite): $15,495 (limited space)

Category 5 (Deluxe Suite): $15,795 (limited space)

Category 6 (Veranda Suite): $16,995 (limited space)

Category 7 (Penthouse Suite)$19,595 (limited space)

Category 8 (Owner Suite): $22,795 (limited space)