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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

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Become a member of a very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it so far south on the Antarctic Ocean, to 66º33´S. Discover the Antarctic Peninsula and explore by zodiac the nature´s glory that Antarctica has to offer. Sail south to the Antarctic Circle, looking for wildlife and historic sites on this 15-day polar voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-12 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 13-14 : Drake Passage
Day 15 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Travel to 66 degrees and 33.7 minutes south
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter Antarctic Ocean waters
  • View spectacular sights of icebergs and abundant Antarctic wildlife
  • Board Zodiac boats for a closer exploration of the landscapes and wildlife

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Hebridean Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lemaire Channel from Hebridean Sky Deck Encountering a curious humpback Deck on the Hebridean Sky A seal pup poses yawns in the sunlight Kayak Antarctica

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, and stay at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets. Your optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you are free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, be greeted by your Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing is followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on your early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you can notice a distinct drop in temperature as the ship enters the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You are likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you are lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 5-12 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  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.

Hope to land at Half Moon Island to visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. Making your way further south hope for your first landing on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbor or Neko Harbor. The scenery here is amazing; particularly the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf.

Your trip may also include 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 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 assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 13-14 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. 

Day 15 Ushuaia | Disembark

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

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Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.

Polar Latitudes’ captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However itineraries in polar regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated. 

Included in your fare:
- 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 (Ushuaia Airport = “USH”) 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
- One glass of 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 Wi-Fi 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, and complimentary mini-bar.

Excluded in your fare:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia 
- Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
- Pre- or post-voyage expenses in Ushuaia 
- 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

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard Hebridean Sky if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$1,350 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to cover only the increase in fuel costs.

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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