Antarctic Peninsula

 

WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE

EXPEDITION SPIRIT

Travel aboard the Hebridean Sky, a ship that has retained the rugged spirit of early expedition vessels but with luxurious conveniences and comforts.

TRAVEL WITH EXPERTS

Your voyage will be framed by enthusiastic expedition leaders with hands on knowledge to help you understand and explore this vast landscape.

ANTARCTICA

Visit a land of extremes and majesty. The enchanting landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula is a place few people get to see and one that no one will forget.

INTREPID TRAVEL

Pass through the famed Drake Passage on your way to the serene Antarctic Peninsula and emerge with your sense of adventure fulfilled.

LESS IS MORE

Fewer passengers on-board create more opportunities to go ashore and plenty of time for the expedition team to provide a more immersive experience for their guests.

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

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This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.

Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today. Your day is free to relax, or enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. The outfitter’s optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 – Embark

Morning free to explore Ushuaia until the mid-afternoon transfer to the ship, where you will be greeted by your 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 3-4 – Drake Passage

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your expedition team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area.The expedition experts will begin the presentation series with informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on expedition safety and environmental regulations will also be held in the comfortable presentation hall.The length of our crossing will depend on the sea conditions, but we are usually in sight of the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula on the evening of Day 4.

Day 5-9 – Antarctica

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress 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 Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an 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 10-11 – Drake Passage

The presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue as you sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. You will arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 12.

Day 12 – Ushuaia, Argentina – Disembark

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

Timing is Everything

During the early season (October – November), the ice is beginning to break up and it is mating season for the penguins and other birds. You are likely to witness courtship displays, nest building, and egg tending from several penguin species. During the high season (December -January), penguin chicks are hatching and you are likely to see them chasing after adult penguins in search of food. If your trip is during the late season (February – March), you will have the best chance of spotting whales and fur seals near the Antarctic Peninsula. The penguin colonies are also very active, as the chicks begin to molt and the adults go out to sea in search of food.

Out to Sea!

You will travel by ship for approximately 2 days over open ocean before reaching the calm waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Hebridean Sky has a new fin stabilizer system that provides a smoother trip, but you will still experience sea motion while crossing the Drake Passage.

Adventure Specialists

We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.

Beginnings

On Day 1 of your trip, you will arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina to relax and attend an optional evening briefing with the outfitter and your fellow travelers. This night your hotel stay is included and the following morning, you will embark on your journey.

Endings

On the last morning of your trip, you will disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina for your return flight home.

Price Includes

One night hotel stay in Ushuaia before embarking on your trip; all shuttle service from the start of the trip; all meals and beverages on-board including complimentary wine or beer with dinner; expedition jacket; a pair of boots for use during the voyage; Wi-Fi use from public computers in the library; daily international news service; all port fees; digital voyage log; and all scheduled daily activities.

Weather

The weather on the Antarctic Peninsula will be chilly, but equivalent to most winter temperatures in North America. Depending on which time of year that you visit, the daily high temperatures will be between 20 – 35°F with January being the warmest month. During this time of year, depressions can come in from the west and bring some precipitation and winds.

Antarctica

Cruise through the Southern Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula where you will visit the earth’s southernmost continent, home to stunning tundra landscape and an array of unique wildlife. The Antarctic coast is made up of a glaciated mountain range with striking, iceberg-flanked passageways. The least populated continent on Earth also offers some of the most breathtaking scenery.

Group Size

This intimate vessel holds a maximum of 114 guests and 13 expedition staff. The smaller number of guests means that your group will have access to go ashore in areas that larger vessels cannot. The smaller group size also allows each guest to have an immersive experience and access to their knowledgeable guides.

The Boat

Meet the Hebridean Sky – newly renovated, charming, and elegant. Finest in its class, this vessel has been designed with safety and comfort in mind. It offers a host of new amenities, which includes state of the art fin stabilization, better fuel efficiency, and completely redecorated interior spaces, including art and artifacts on loan from the Scott Polar Museum. All the accommodations onboard are suites that feature exterior views, sitting area, mini-bar, and private bathroom. The small touches are what make this vessel intimate and reflect the expedition spirit as you sail to Antarctica.

Meals

You can look forward to world-class cuisine on the Hebridean Sky. For the early risers, hot coffee and sweet rolls will be waiting or enjoy the regular breakfast of made-to-order eggs, fresh rolls, bacon, fresh fruits, and more. Choose between full lunch service in the main dining room or a light buffet in the bar. The menu changes daily and will offer a choice of four entrées each day including a vegetarian and healthy dining option. For dinner, enjoy soup and appetizers before selecting one of the delicious and exquisitely plated daily entrées with your complimentary wine or beer. Remember to save room for dessert and indulge in a decadent creation by the on-board Pastry Chef with your perfectly paired dessert wine. The outfitter can also cater to all dietary restrictions.

QUICK FACTS

Length: 12 days
Price: $7,295 – $21,795 per person
Season: November – March
Min. Age: 13 years
Activity: Expedition Cruise
Adventure Level: Strong

Overview of Antarctic Peninsula

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