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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Hebridean Sky
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Board the Hebridean Sky in Ushuaia and begin your 12-day adventure in the 7th continent. Chart a course through the Drake Passage, cross the wildlife-rich Lemaire, Neumayer & Penola Channels, and reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife, including penguins, albatrosses, seals, dolphins, and whales.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia
Day 2 : Ushuaia
Day 3 : Embark
Days 4-5 : Drake Passage
Days 6-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Attend presentations on Antarctic wildlife and history
  • Cross the Drake Passage, enjoy bird watching and spot for icebergs
  • Enjoy daily off-ship excursions, exploring on shore and by Zodiacs
  • Experience close encounters with gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins

Ship

Hebridean Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Antarctic landscape Beth meets a penguin Camping in the Polar regions Zodiac excursion in Antarctica Whale sighting in Polar waters!

Day 1 Ushuaia

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

  • City
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Your optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers. All guests need to arrive at the hotel no later than the evening of day two.

Day 3 Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Onboard, you’ll be greeted by your Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be 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 4-5 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 6-9 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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.

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 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 10-11 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 12 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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Porthole Suite
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Promenade Suite
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Veranda Suite
Averaging 260 sq. ft and a 40 sq. ft. balcony. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds, private balcony and sitting area.
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Owners Suite
Averaging 385 sq. ft and a 110 sq. ft. balcony. Two room suite with sitting area and bedroom, queen size bed or two twin-sized beds,

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.

Included    
• Two nights hotel accommodation in Ushuaia     
• Transfer from the airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 90 days prior to departure.    
• Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation    
• Group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia,or central location following disembarkation. No drop at Airbnb / private homes which are often inaccessible for the transfer vehicles.       
• Shipboard accommodations        
• All scheduled Landings/excursions    
• All meals onboard    
• Coffee/tea/cocoa  24 hours daily    
• House wine/beer/soft drink  with dinner    
• Expedition jacket  (yours to keep)    
• A  pair of  boots for use during the voyage    
• WiFi  from  the public computers in the library    
• 200MB 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 and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, and complimentary mini-bar.  Mini-bar is restocked once daily.        

Excluded    
• 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, WiFi  from personal devices in excess of  the 200MB    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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