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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia

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This 20-day polar voyage aboard the Hebridean Sky features the unspoiled scenery, exhilarating wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : Southern Ocean
Day 4 : West Falklands
Day 5 : Stanley, East Falkland
Days 6-7 : Southern Ocean
Days 8-11 : South Georgia
Days 12-13 : Scotia Sea
Days 14-17 : Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 18-19 : Drake Passage
Day 20 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the museum, shops, and pubs of Stanley, East Falkland
  • Cruise the most scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Stop at historic Grytviken Whaling Station, home of the whaling museum
  • View penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas

Ship

Hebridean Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia. Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World.”

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you are 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 an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Day 3 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team is sure to be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. On board experts begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held in the ship's comfortable lounge.

Day 4 West Falklands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Magellanic 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chosen for its sheltered harbor 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 are all available. It is also possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Day 6-7 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
There is plenty of wildlife spotting as the ship makes its way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enters Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 8-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
South Georgia holds a unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence, yet it remains outside the limit of the yearly sea ice - this makes the 3,755 square kilometer island an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you 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 by the hundreds of thousands! 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 12-13 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Heading farther south, informative presentations continue and you can wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 14-17 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east, 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 your ship's path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides.

The route here aims to highlight 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, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may also make a 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 18-19 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your onboard lecture series continues, as well as wildlife spotting, as your ship sails back North to Ushuaia. Reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.

Day 20 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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Ushuaia - Hotels

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Deck 3 - triple suite with window and sitting area. 225 sq ft
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Deck 2 - porthole suite with porthole and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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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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Promenade deck - deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Veranda deck - veranda suite with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq ft including a 40 sq ft balcony
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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

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 October 2016- March 2017:
- One night hotel accommodations in embarkation city 
- 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
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- All landing fees
- Digital Voyage Log
- In Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 Gift Shop certificate

Excluded October 2016- March 2017:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia 
- Arrival transfer from airport to group hotel in Ushuaia 
- 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
- Staff gratuities


Included October 2017- March 2018:
- 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

Excluded October 2017- March 2018:
- 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.

Included

  • 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 19 Dinners
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