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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


  • 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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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 enjoy a complimentary stay at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort. Explore the trails, take a spa, head into town, or relax and soak in the surroundings. Take part in an optional evening briefing and ask questions as you meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast before boarding the Hebridean Sky in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina. Start to become familiar with ‘your home’ for the next 13 days as you wonder about the exciting journey ahead. In the early evening, set sail from Ushuaia and begin your voyage, charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Cross the Drake Passage and make your way ever closer to the white continent. Soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard as numerous Polar experts prepare you for the adventures ahead with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Cross the Antarctic Convergence where the temperature may drop significantly as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Travelers keen in Citizen Science can take part in collecting salinity samples and wind and temperature readings along the way. Witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species, some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.

Day 5-12 Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula spend as much time as possible exploring by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature's glory. Sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Matha Strait or Marguerite Bay. Given favorable ice conditions, push your exploration even further southward, looking for historic and wildlife sites. At Half Moon Island, visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-­eyed shags. As you sail south, hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to spot orcas and minke whales.

Set foot on the continent for the first time and explore the landscapes and wildlife of Paradise or Neko Harbor. Enjoy the amazing scenery, particularly the oddly-shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf.

By the time you reach your most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), make your way north, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail through spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, the Lemaire Channel, the Neumeyer Channel, and the Gerlache Strait. Put your feet on the continent one more time on sites like Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, Petermann Island and the Yalours, and observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas, and other seabirds as well as an abundance of penguins including colonies of the comical gentoo.

Day 13-14 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend time sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days as you leave this magical place on your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. Sail down the Beagle Channel and celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition at a special slideshow and dinner.

Day 15 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Ushuaia and say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Disembark in the morning and catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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Ushuaia - Hotels

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Triple Suite
Deck 3 - triple suite with window and sitting area. 225 sq ft
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Porthole Suite
Deck 2 - porthole suite with porthole and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Window Suite
Deck 3 - window suite with window and sitting area. 225 sq ft
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Promenade Suite
Promenade deck - promenade suite with window and sitting area. 220 sq ft
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Single Suite
Promenade deck - single suite with ensuite bath, queen size bed and window. 118 sq ft
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Deluxe Suite
Promenade deck - deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Veranda Suite
Veranda deck - veranda suite with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq ft including a 40 sq ft balcony
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Penthouse Suite
Penthouse deck - penthouse suite with private balcony and sitting area. 325 sq ft, including an 80 sq ft balcony
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Owners Suite
Penthouse deck - Owner's suite with two rooms, sitting area, and private bedroom. 370 sq ft, including a 110 sq ft balcony


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. 

- 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, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 Gift Shop certificate

- 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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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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