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Hebridean Sky - Antarctic Peninsula

12 Days FROM USD 9,995

Overview

Take a 12 day Antarctica cruise on the Hebridean Sky. An adventure, but in comfort! Explore Antarctica, the world’s last pristine region and its last frontier. Ice-filled channels, beautifully-shaped icebergs, vast glaciers and imposing mountains all contribute to the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Added to this are spectacular wildlife encounters with penguins, seals, whales and seabirds. Please note that some departures may take place on our sister ship, Island Sky.
 
 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACTSHSAP

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Hebridean Sky

CRUISE ITINERARY

Despite its small size, the city of Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the main starting point for voyages to Antarctica.

Explore the city and admire the views of the Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountains surrounding Ushuaia. Highlights of Ushuaia include the award-winning Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in Ushuaia’s former prison in buildings dating back to 1906, and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park that can be reached by the “End of the World Train”. Stroll along the main street of Avenida San Martin with its many cafes, shops and restaurants, explore the Argentinean leather markets and maybe taste a succulent lamb dish for which Patagonia is famous.

Ushuaia

The morning is free to explore Ushuaia at your leisure. Embarkation on the Hebridean Sky begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. You will be greeted by our 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 our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Embarkation

The Drake Passage spans 965 kms (600 miles) from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands.

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our team of Antarctic experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, preparing us for what lies ahead. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 4.

Drake Passage - Day 3 & 4

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will 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 Harbour, sheltered Paradise Harbour, the humpback whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, 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 orca sightings are also common.

Antarctica - Day 5 to 9

We will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive into Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 12.

Drake Passage - Day 10 & 11

We disembark the ship in the morning. Morning disembarkation allows you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia to explore further.

*** Important - Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation from your cruise ship.

Ushuaia disembarkation
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Pricing & date

Hebridean Sky - Antarctic Peninsula from USD 9,995
Departing Ending Duration
07 Jan 2020 18 Jan 2020 12
04 Feb 2020 15 Feb 2020 12
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Important Information

  • 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 (Trelew Airport “REL” for Oct 29 departure, which embarks in Puerto Madryn; Ushuaia Airport “USH” for all other departures) 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
    • 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 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, Single and Promenade categories: champagne  and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 Gift Shop certificate

     

    Excluded
    • Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn 
    • Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
    • Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn 
    • 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

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. Contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this vulnerable ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO and all activities are governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste, and all waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal, unlike some of the larger ships which do not facilitate this. This trip begins in Ushuaia where you will have time to sample local food and shop at local boutiques which we encourage individuals to take part in for experience and in support of the local community. We also try to create opportunity to see research and historical sites including the former research station/now museum of Port Lockroy and engage with local history. We discourage the buying of souvenirs made from endangered species or wrongfully taken from the environment i.e. shells. Our pre-departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice about how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This pack highlights initiatives such as waste reduction, and how to appropriately engage with wildlife and the environment around you.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

 

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