One of the best value premium trips to Antarctica, this 20-day cruise aboard the all-suite Hebridean Sky allows you to explore not only Antarctica but also the remote Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Historic highlights include visits to abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Wildlife highlights include vast king penguin rookeries, whales, seals and scores of seabirds. Then of course there is landing on the Antarctic continent itself, a key moment of the expedition. Please note that some dates my operate on the sister ship, Island Sky.
• One night hotel accommodations in embarkation city. Early check-in (up to 24 hours prior to usual check-in time) available if requested, with confirmed air itinerary, at least 90 days prior to departure.
• Transfer from airport in embarkation city (Trelew Airport “REL” for Oct 29 departure, which embarks in Puerto Madryn; Ushuaia Airport “USH” for all other departures) to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary
• Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
• Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
• Shipboard accommodations
• All scheduled Landings / excursions
• All meals onboard
• Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
• Welcome/Farewell cocktail
• House wine / beer / soft drink with dinner
• Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
• A pair of boots for use during the voyage
• Wi fi from the public computers in the library
• 100 minute WiFi card (for use on your personal devices)
• Daily international news service
• All port fees
• All landing fees
• Digital Voyage Log
• In Owner’s Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 Gift Shop certificate
• Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
• Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
• Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
• Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
• Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except as listed above in inclusions)
• Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wi fi from personal devices in excess of the 100 minutes provided
• Staff gratuities
Difficulty rating: 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge: Available upon request
Notes: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. Contact us for more details
Price Dependent Upon: Season and availability
Trip Code: ACTSUTU
Price: From AUD $22360
Departure: 31-Dec-2018 , 12-Feb-2019
Duration: 20 days
DAY 1: Ushuaia
Despite its small size, the city of Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the main starting point for voyages to Antarctica.
Explore the city and admire the views of the Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountains surrounding Ushuaia. Highlights of Ushuaia include the award-winning Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in Ushuaia’s former prison in buildings dating back to 1906, and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park that can be reached by the “End of the World Train”. Stroll along the main street of Avenida San Martin with its many cafes, shops and restaurants, explore the Argentinean leather markets and maybe taste a succulent lamb dish for which Patagonia is famous.
DAY 2: Embarkation
The morning is free to explore Ushuaia at your leisure. Embarkation on the Hebridean Sky begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. You will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.
DAY 3: Southern Ocean
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our Antarctic experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean, preparing us for what lies ahead. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.
DAY 4: West Falklands
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.
DAY 5: 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 centred 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 are all waiting to be explored. 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 6: Southern Ocean - Day 6 & 7
There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. On board presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
DAY 8: South Georgia - Day 8 to 11
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellated and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
DAY 12: Scotia Sea - Day 12 & 13
Heading further south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.
DAY 14: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland- Day 14 to 17
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east we cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea; this large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of wales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Our route will focus on 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. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbour, sheltered Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay (a favourite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or 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 are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.
DAY 18: Drake Passage - Day 18 & 19
We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.
DAY 20: Ushuaia disembarkation
We disembark the ship in the morning. Morning disembarkation allows you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia to explore further.
*** Important - Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation from your cruise ship.
Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.