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Traveller Information

Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica!


Information for passengers travelling on board the MS Hebridean Sky & MS Island Sky.

We are thrilled you will be travelling on this incredible adventure to the White Continent. Here you will find additional details that we require from you, information to help you plan for your trip as well as some ideas on other destinations you might like to visit in South America either before or after your Antarctica cruise. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.





Arrival Puerto Madryn/ Ushuaia, Departure in Puerto Madryn/ Ushuaia

Day One of your itinerary is an arrival day, please book your flights to arrive anytime this day. If you wish to arrive earlier to explore please contact us to enquire about pre cruise accommodation and flight options. On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart Puerto Madryn or Ushuaia after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.
Fuel Surcharges
Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.  
International Flights to meet your cruise
International flights to join your Antarctica cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post cruise itinerary options in South America.  
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.  
Terms and Conditions
By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click HERE to view.






International Maritime Regulations require that we create a manifest for each expedition. To fulfil our obligation certain information is required. Below are a few forms that will need to be completed. Forms must be returned NO MORE THAN 100 days prior to departure.
ALL passengers must:
✔ Complete Passenger Details Form - this will be emailed to you by your booking agent to be completed online. This must be completed no later than 100 days prior to your voyage departure date. Included in these forms you will need to provide your size Expedition Parka, see below for more details.






All passengers on board will receive the Polar Gear expedition parka on the first day you are onboard the ship. Acclaimed nautical gear producer Helly Hansen created this custom-made version of their SALT jacket specifically for Polar Latitudes. A nautically inspired and well-fitting jacket, it’s ideal for cruising, sailing or onshore activities. The jacket’s protective collar helps keep body warmth from escaping on windy days. Made with 2-layer HELLY TECH® breathable and waterproof fabrics, the jacket is a fully waterproof outer layer. 
We also loan you a pair of rubber boots for you to use during the voyage. They are great for getting in and out of Zodiacs and are plenty warm with a good pair of thermal socks.







The following activities are available on selected voyages. Please see below for more information. Contact your booking agents to check availability and pricing:
-Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you will glide between ice flows, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information.
-Camping is an incredible opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of being in the Antarctic elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure. Available selected voyages. Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information.
The ship also offers the below complimentary activities which you can sign up for on board;
-Citizen Science Our Citizen Science program is complimentary and open to everyone on board who wants to help us with real-world scientific research. There are a number of projects you can take part in and participation availability can vary, so be sure to check out the sign-up sheets when you board the ship.
-Photography Photography coaches are available to all passengers without limit, and our coaches remain available all day onboard our vessels, to give advice on Zodiac cruises, on shore landings, or on deck; when you want to photograph seabirds on the wing, if a pod of whales swims by, or during an amazing sunset.






We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.










Optional Activity

Experience the sights and sounds of being in the elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure.


Optional Activity

Paddle through the majesty of the icebergs with your guide and live the experience of seeing varied birds, seals and whales in their natural habitat.  


About the
MS Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer) has always been known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie.


About the
MS Island Sky

MS Island Sky has always been known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and he is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. 



Check out our Antarctica Travellers Guide to help you prepare for your Antarctica adventure. Includes information about joining cities, what to pack and more.


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