Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

  1. 2019
    Friday, January 18, 2019 to Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    Tour Duration: 
    12 days
    Tour Price:
     $12,495 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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Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia today, or take advantage of our flexible arrival program and arrive up to twenty-four hours ahead. You’ll be staying at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. 

Explore the trails, relax, and soak in the surroundings—or explore Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets. Meet fellow travellers and ask questions at our optional evening briefing. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning. 

Day 2: Embarkation

This morning, 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, we’ll relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel. Watch for Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies as we sail.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

As we steam our way southward, our expedition team will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. We will notice a drop in temperature as cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean! 

Take part in seabird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. Expect to see icebergs, an array of seabirds, and if we’re lucky, breaching whales!

Day 5-6: South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our flexible itinerary will aim for penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of great historic and scientific interest. 

Our first sight of land will likely be the South Shetland Islands. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including chinstrap penguins and southern elephant seals. 

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland

Chosen for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post office (featuring first-day covers), plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbour or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Day 7-9: Antarctica

Heading south across the Bransfield Strait, we may explore any number of extraordinary geographic features. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadsky, or a historic base such as the United Kingdom’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. 

Penguins abound, along with Weddell and Crabeater seals, predatory leopard seals, and assertive Antarctic fur seals. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in this season, and orcas sightings are also common. 

Day 10-11: Drake Passage

Take part in our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we make our journey home. Our course now is ever northward across the Drake Passage. Crossing the Antarctic Convergence means warmer water this time.

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

2019 Fares are per person in US Dollars: 

Category 1 (Triple Suites): $9,995

Category 2 (Porthole Suite): $12,495   

Category 3 (Window Suite): $14,595

Category 4 (Promenade Suite): $14,995

Category 5 (Deluxe Suite): $15,395

Category 6 (Veranda Suite): $16,495

Category 7 (Penthouse Suite)$18,995

Category 8 (Owner Suite): $21,995