This Antarctica cruise starts from Ushuaia at the tip of Argentina. On board Hebridean Sky you will cross the Drake passage to the Antarctic peninsula. The exact itinerary varies according to ice, sea and weather conditions but the crew will ensure an unforgettable journey to see whales, penguins and magnificent scenery. It’s always a busy itinerary and while the ship offers a lot more comfort than many it certainly feels like an expedition.
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|Day 1||Fly to Buenos Aires|
|Day 2||Fly to Ushuaia|
|Day 3||Embark on Antarctica Cruise|
|Day 4||Drake Passage|
|Day 5||Drake Passage|
|Day 6||Antarctica Peninsula|
|Day 7||Antarctica Peninsula|
|Day 8||Antarctic Peninsula|
|Day 9||Antarctic Peninsula|
|Day 10||Antarctic Peninsula|
|Day 11||Drake Passage|
|Day 12||Drake Passage|
|Day 13||Disembark and Fly Home|
Fly to the cosmopolitain capital of Buenos Aires. We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Head south today as you fly to Ushuaia perched at the very tip of the continent. It’s the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park, as well as Antarctica. Take time to hike one of the nature trails from your hotel or relax and enjoy the sweeping views of the Beagle channel
Afternoon transfer to the ship. You will be greeted by the 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 the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant and Sea Lion colonies
It takes 2 days to tackle the Drake Passage. Along the way there are fantastic opportunities to spot Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins. The expedition leaders will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also be held in the comfortable lounge.
Another day sailing through the Drake Passage. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but by the end of today the ship is usually approaching the South Shetland islands
With 5 days to explore Antarctica the Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at seal wallows, bird colonies, penguin rookeries and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Wilhelmina Bay, favoured by Humpback Whales, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We 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 aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and it’s common to see Orca.
Wildlife spotting continues as the ship returns to Ushuaia through the Drake passage with time to reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future
Voyage to Antarctica in comfort with fantastic guides, fine dining and a feeling of camaderie