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Expedition Cruise to the White Continent aboard the Hebridean Sky or Island Sky

Overview

Antarctica is like no other place on the planet, and to experience its ethereal splendor is a rare privilege to savor for a lifetime. This unique expedition cruise first explores the Antarctica's South Shetland Islands, then ventures south—far south!—to the legendary Antarctic Circle at 66° 33’ S. Few people have visited this extreme latitude, one of the five major parallels of the earth, with its eerie and spectacular light lasting nearly 24 hours in the austral summer. The Antarctic Circle marks the northern limit of the area within which, for one day or more each year, the sun does not set or rise! When you reach this imaginary boundary at the bottom of the world, you’ll toast the achievement with a glass of champagne on deck. As you explore the wonder of the Antarctica Peninsula aboard the Hebridean Sky or Island Sky expedition vessel (depending on departure), you'll also enjoy Zodiac adventures among fantastic icebergs and walks ashore to observe seals, sea lions, colonies of penguins, and seabirds—all against a backdrop of some of the most incredible scenery on earth. Throughout the voyage, expert naturalists share their in-depth knowledge of this amazing continent.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia. Transfer to Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or simply relax at the lovely Arakur. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Ushuaia / Embark

After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until a 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.

Days 3-4
Drake Passage

As the ship makes its way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where you’ll 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. You’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you’re lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 5-6
South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, as much time as possible will be taken to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. They will 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 likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may 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.

Days 7-9
Antarctic Circle

As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you sail toward the Antarctic Circle. From the most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), the ship will make its way back north, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, or the living museums of Detaille or Horseshoe Island, are some of the less visited places of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are significantly farther south, making sea ice more common. The ice ultimately directs what adventures you will have in these lesser traveled waterways.

Days 10-12
Antarctic Peninsula

Heading north, the ship enters Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbour, sheltered Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, favored by humpback whales, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. A stop may be made 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.

Days 13-14
Drake Passage

As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 15
Ushuaia / Disembark

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Highlights

Highlights

Venture to extreme southern latitudes as you cross the Antarctic Circle and witness one of the planet’s last frontiers
Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and become one of the privileged few who have set foot on the Great White Continent
Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, a supremely scenic strait where orca and humpback whales are frequently found
Board Zodiacs to search for humpback, minke, and orca whales; as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals
Photograph a variety of subjects, from mighty glaciers descending from lofty peaks and electric-blue icebergs to an array of unique wildlife

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $10,995  
Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart: Ushuaia, Argentina
Lodging: 13 nights aboard expedition ship, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals aboard ship included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

14-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
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