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Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Hebridean Sky
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This 16-day itinerary allows you to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula in more depth, giving you time to experience the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea. The stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere else you will ever visit.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia
Day 2 : Ushuaia
Day 3 : Embark
Days 4-5 : Drake Passage
Days 6-7 : South Shetland Islands
Days 8-10 : Antarctic Sound
Days 11-13 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14-15 : Drake Passage
Day 16 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer
  • Relax and take in the scenery while sail through the Beagle Channel
  • Discover the picturesque Neko Harbor and sheltered Paradise Harbor
  • Observe Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins on their habitat

Ship

Hebridean Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Crabeater seal Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay Antarctic landscape Penguin jump in Antarctica Ushuaia

Day 1 Ushuaia

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 to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 Ushuaia

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. On board, 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 our 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
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 you enter 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. Witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 6-7 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 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.

Your first sight of land will be the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. Visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting, visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Day 8-10 Antarctic Sound

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Head south across the Bransfield Strait, sail towards the Antarctic Sound. Located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Antarctic Sound is located within the Weddell Sea. A massive clockwise current pushes cold, ice-filled waters north, making this part of the Antarctic Sound dramatically different from the Western Peninsula. Here explore an area rich in Heroic Age history and take in the varied ecology found surprisingly this far north. Adelie penguins thrive in the colder, ice-filled waters.

The ice ultimately directs what adventures have in these lesser-traveled waterways, but the opportunity to experience the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere we will visit this trip.

Day 11-13 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Heading Southwest, enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, or Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. 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 and Crabeater 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 14-15 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 our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 16 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.

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  
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