The Antarctic Peninsula

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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Tour Description

Take a 12 day Antarctica cruise on the Hebridean Sky or Island Sky - an adventure, but in comfort! Explore Antarctica, the world’s last frontier and it's last pristine wilderness. Accompanied by expert guides who will educate and delight you on everything there is to know about the polar region, your Antarctica cruise will take you across the legendary Drake Passage and around the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

Shore excursion by Zodiac will take you through ice-filled channels, around beautifully-shaped icebergs and vast glaciers, and in the shadow of imposing mountains. Added to this breathtaking scenery are the spectacular wildlife encounters, both at sea and on land. Scores of penguins of many varieties dot the shore and ice floes, elephant seals laze on the beaches of the South Shetland Islands, minke and humpback whales feed in the nutrient-rich waters, countless numbers of seabirds fill the skies and seals and sea lions zoom in and around the ice. Your Antarctica cruise will leave you with unforgettable memories of this incredible place. 

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Antarctica is home to whales, seals, penguins and birds

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, or take advantage of our complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. You’ll be staying at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions
Overnight in Ushuaia

Day 2
Ushuaia Embarkation

This morning, we’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, we’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we’ll relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Overnight on-board your cruise ship

Day 3-4
Drake Passage

As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we 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. We’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.
Overnight on-board your cruise ship

Day 5-6
South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We 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.

Our first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We 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.
Overnight on-board your cruise ship

Day 7-9

As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored 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 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.
Overnight on-board your cruise ship

Day 10-11
Drake Passage

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

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Flights are to depart after 1200 noon. Contact us for pre & post cruise optional extras

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 1 night Hotel in Ushuaia & 10 night on-board Hebridean Sky or Islands Sky in a Triple Cabin Share
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin Upgrades avaialble
  • Included Copy 31 In Owner’s Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocol
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast at hotel in Ushuaia & All meals while on-board your cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
  • Included Copy 20 Welcome/Farewell cocktail
  • Included Copy 20 House wine / beer / soft drink with dinner
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except as listed in the inclusions)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
  • Included Copy 20 All scheduled Landings / excursions (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • Included Copy 20 A pair of boots for use during the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Wi fi from the public computers in the library
  • Included Copy 20 100 minute WiFi card (for use on your personal devices)
  • Included Copy 20 Daily international news service
  • Included Copy 20 All port fees
  • Included Copy 20 All landing fees
  • Included Copy 20 Digital Voyage Log
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included: Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wi fi from personal device
  • Included Copy 7 Not Included:Staff gratuities
  • Included Copy 31 Camping & Kayaking may be available. Please ask for more details. Additional costs may apply
Hebridean Sky | Antarctic Cruise Ship

114 (70 crew) Passengers

Island Sky | Antarctic Cruise Ship

108 Passengers


  • Included Ushuaia city tour on your leisure
  • Included Beagle Channel boat tour
  • Included Drake passage crossing
  • Included Photograph seabirds in Antarctica
  • Included Zodiac expeditions through the icebergs
  • Included Discover the wide variety of Antarctic wildlife
  • Included Discover elephant seals, albatrosses and penguins colonies in Antarctica
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12 days

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$11,495 USD

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