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Hebridean Sky - Antarctic Peninsula 11 Days

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Take an 11 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

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Trip Code: ACTSHS11

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 8

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 11.

Drake Passage - Day 9 & 10

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

Departing Ending Duration
18 Dec 2019 29 Dec 2019 12
17 Jan 2020 28 Jan 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

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  • 2 (light adventure)
  • No single supplement if willing to share. Please contact us for more details.

  • 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

GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC

RECOMMENDATION XVIII-1, ADOPTED AT THE ANTARCTIC TREATY MEETING, KYOTO, 1994

Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements, referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System. The Treaty established Antarctica as a zone of peace and science.

In 1991, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which designates the Antarctic as a natural reserve. The Protocol sets out environmental principles, procedures and obligations for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment, and its dependent and associated ecosystems. The Consultative Parties have agreed that as far as possible and in accordance with their legal system, the provisions of the Protocol should be applied as appropriate. The Environmental Protocol was ratified in January 1998.

The Environmental Protocol applies to tourism and non-governmental activities, as well as governmental activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. It is intended to ensure that these activities, do not have adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment, or on its scientific and aesthetic values.
This Guidance for Visitors to the Antarctic is intended to ensure that all visitors are aware of, and are therefore able to comply with, the Treaty and the Protocol. Visitors are, of course, bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.


PROTECT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.

Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
Do not use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.


RESPECT PROTECTED AREAS

A variety of areas in the Antarctic have been afforded special protection because of their particular ecological, scientific, historic, or other values. Entry into certain areas may be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by an appropriate national authority.
Activities in and near designated Historic Sites and Monuments and certain other areas may be subject to special restrictions.

Know the locations of areas that have been afforded special protection and any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.
Observe applicable restrictions.
Do not damage, remove, or destroy Historic Sites or Monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

RESPECT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Do not interfere with scientific research, facilities or equipment.

Obtain permission before visiting Antarctic science and support facilities; reconfirm arrangements 24-72 hours before arrival; and comply with the rules regarding such visits.
Do not interfere with, or remove, scientific equipment or marker posts, and do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps, or supplies.
BE SAFE

Be prepared for severe and changeable weather and ensure that your equipment and clothing meet Antarctic standards. Remember that the Antarctic environment is inhospitable, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous.

Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic environment, and act accordingly. Plan activities with safety in mind at all times.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Take note of, and act on, the advice and instructions from your leaders; do not stray from your group.
Do not walk onto glaciers or large snow fields without the proper equipment and experience; there is a real danger of falling into hidden crevasses.
Do not expect a rescue service. Self-sufficiency is increased and risks reduced by sound planning, quality equipment, and trained personnel.
Do not enter emergency refuges (except in emergencies). If you use equipment or food from a refuge, inform the nearest research station or national authority once the emergency is over.
Respect any smoking restrictions, particularly around buildings, and take great care to safeguard against the danger of fire. This is a real hazard in the dry environment of Antarctica.

KEEP ANTARCTICA PRISTINE

Antarctica remains relatively pristine, the largest wilderness area on Earth. It has not yet been subjected to large-scale human perturbations. Please keep it that way.

Do not dispose of litter or garbage on land. Open burning is prohibited.
Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams. Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly.
Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks or buildings.
Do not collect or take away biological or geological specimens or man-made artifacts as a souvenir, including rocks, bones, eggs, fossils, and parts or contents of buildings.
Do not deface or vandalize buildings or emergency refuges, whether occupied, abandoned, or unoccupied.​​