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The Hebridean Sky offers both traditional itineraries out of Ushuaia, Argentina and Antarctica fly-cruise departures which run group charter flight(s) between Punta Arenas, Chila and King George Island in Antarctica, where passengers embark and/or disembark the vessel. Charter flights to Antarctic run either round-trip our one-way.

The 297-ft (90.6m) M/V Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer) was built in Italy in 1991, was refurbished in 2005, and underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation in 2016 that transformed her into one of the finest small ships in the world. The all-suite, luxury expedition vessel has a maximum capacity for up to 115 guests for her traditionally sailing departures, and will be limited to 71 travelers for her Antarctica fly-cruise expeditions. She offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Hebridean Sky complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) regulations, has an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register ice class rating: 1C), and travels at a cruising speed of 12.5 knots.

Itinerary (Antarctica Express Air Cruise)
DAY 1: Ushuaia, Argentina - Embark

**PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary runs in reverse for some departures. Please contact us for details.**

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Enjoy a morning at leisure. You may opt for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia. In the late afternoon, head to the port of Ushuaia where you will embark your Antarctic expedition vessel. Once onboard, you’ll check into your cabin and enjoy a welcome briefing as you sail through this scenic waterway towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. You’ll disembark here and explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. (D)

DAY 2: Cape Horn - Drake Passage

After crossing Nassau Bay overnight, you will wake up in full view of legendary Cape Horn. Weather permitting, you will board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to set foot on this famous and rarely visited island. You’ll head into the water and visit its lighthouse and the Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, your captain will set course for Antarctica, and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Drake Passage

Spend the day at sea sailing through the Drake Passage, en route to King George Island, one of the main islands in the South Shetland archipelago. Throughout the day, you’ll attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations led by your expedition crew. In the company of these expert guides, you’ll watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge, from the outside decks or from the bridge. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales, such as Humpback and Minke, on their way to Antarctica. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment. The time has come to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. The South Shetland Islands finally come into view, where you will sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Here you will board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Disembark King George Island - Punta Arenas, Chile

Today your vessel reaches King George Island in the South Shetland Islands where you will disembark at Fildes Bay. You will have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery, visit the Chilean Base Frei, and the Russian Base Bellingshausen before you will bid farewell to Antarctica and head to the Aerodrome for your return flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

DAY 6: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home. (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Classic Antarctica Air Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrival into Punta Arenas, Chile where you will be welcomed by your expedition staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, you’ll gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. (D)

*Passengers must plan to be in Punta Arenas by 15:00 hours, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

DAY 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island - Embark

The adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. You will fly over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, as your expedition takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and remotest continent – Antarctica. There you will be able to explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and the Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. (B,L,D)

DAYS 3-6: Antarctic Peninsula

During this time you will explore a variety of sites around the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, you’ll disembark by Zodiac (whenever possible, 2-3 times per day) and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, you’ll attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.

While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Deception Island, and Paradise Bay, travel as far south as the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, and Petermann Island, and if time and weather conditions permit, your expedition may even venture over toward the Weddell Sea to include visits to historic locations such as Hope Bay and Paulet Island!

On Deception Island, in the South Shetland Islands, you will find an impressive volcano, still considered active and famous for its incomplete crater which that opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. This amazing geological formation is known as “Neptune’s Bellows”. Here, there is naturally occurring thermal activity. In this outstanding place, the warm coastal waters can get close to 65°C, in contrast with the freezing surrounding waters in this corner of the world. Here you will also explore Whalers Bay, an abandoned whaling station, and find many birds such as Cape Petrels, Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns, as well as Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nesting in or around the ruins of the whaling station. In Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs, glaciers and deep cut fjords, you will be able to enjoy one of the most magnificent views that the Antarctic territory has to offer. Splendid scenes of glaciers and mountains are enhanced by fascinating fauna, such as Gentoo penguins and Minke whales. This locations is also an opportunity to set foot on the actual Antarctic continent. Further south, you may visit the British Research Station and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island, and cruise through the scenic Lemaire Channel which is known for being one of the most beautiful spots in the area. If the weather allows and the channel is not blocked by ice that is typical of this inhospitable corner of the world, you will see playful seals that rest on wandering icebergs, as well as Minke whales that are frequently found in these cold waters. Your captain may even be able to chart a course a little further south to Petermann Island, which is endowed with a unique beauty due to its immense granite walls and the abundant snow that composes the scenery. Petermann Island has the largest and southernmost colony of Adélie and Gentoo penguins, hosts a colony of Antarctic Blue Eyed Shags, a species much appreciated for its solemn stance and singular presence, and Elephant Seals often come out in groups to enjoy the sun, basking on their sides over the rocks of the island. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Disembark King George Island - Punta Arenas

Today you will bid farewell to Antarctica as you return to the Frei Chilean Station at King George Island and head to the Aerodrome for the return flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

DAY 8: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home. (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Antarctic Peninsula)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day: Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of an optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, or take advantage of the complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. After you check into your included hotel, you may choose to explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Other options are a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia.
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Your morning is open for exploration of Ushuaia until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once onboard you will be greeted by your 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 the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)
DAY 3-4: Drake Passage
Awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable presentation hall. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-9: Antarctica
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula provides exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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 Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. As you head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley”, and if you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning Gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, you’ll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 10-11: Drake Passage
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow travelers will celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure . (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Puerto Madryn - Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Madryn, Argentina
PLEASE NOTE: An 22-Day itinerary will spend an additional day in Antarctica. 

Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day: Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of an optional free pre-arrival night.

Welcome to Puerto Madryn!  Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is one of Argentina's fastest growing cities and the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés. After you check into your included hotel, you are free to enjoy this city which is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions. You may choose to visit a sea lion colony or take a whale watching trip to view the Southern Right whales, watch for nesting cormorants and magnificent Elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Please contact us for your extension options in Puerto Madryn. 
DAY 2: Puerto Madryn - Embark
Your morning is open for more exploration until your afternoon transfer to the ship. Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, where you will be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward. (B, D)
DAY 3-4: Southern Ocean
The next three days are spent at sea, settling into shipboard life, spending time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, and listening to informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-6: Stanley, East Falkland Islands
The capital of the Falklands, Port Stanley, is the southernmost British outpost. With many reminders of its British heritage, such as red phone boxes and English pubs, the town boasts many unusual sights like a whalebone arch and many shipwrecks along the coast. Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove. (B,L,D)
DAY 7-8: Southern Ocean
These two days are at sea, with whales beneath, birds above,  as your voyage continues to legendary South Georgia. There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.(B,L,D)
DAY 9-12: South Georgia
You will awake this morning in King Haakon Bay, the historic launching point of Shackleton's treacherous traverse, of what was then an uncharted mountainous island. If weather and the authorities permit a landing, a private group of qualified climbers will go ashore to begin a three-day trek following in Shackleton's footsteps. Assuming conditions permit, those not participating in the climb may enjoy a leisurely walk along the bay or explore the area via Zodiac. You may see Elephant seals, Fur seals and King penguins on the beach, as well as burrowing petrels and pipits in the tussock grasslands. As you leave the island your ship will enter waters rich in Krill, so you will spend some time on deck, keeping an eye out for several species of whale that may be feeding here.
 
On day two in South Georgia, the plan will be to visit the Salisbury Plain King Penguin colony. The colony boasts an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs, which swells to 250,000 individuals in total during molting season. The colony has had an extraordinary population increase over the last century; only 350 breeding pairs were counted at this site in 1912. While you are lunching, the ship will reposition to Prion Island, an important breeding site for the Wandering albatross and the South Georgia pipit. This landing requires a special permit, and is highly regulated, but is one of the few places in the world where you can view Wandering Albatross on the nest.
 
Your third day will be spent exploring St. Andrew's Bay on South Georgia's exposed and rugged north coast. If conditions permit, you will land and visit the island's largest King penguin colony. In addition to King Penguins, St. Andrew's Bay is also home to over 6,000 Southern Elephant seal cows during the pupping season, making it one of the largest Elephant seal breeding beaches on the island. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Grytviken, and visit the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, in the company of special guest, Angie Butler. While researching her recent book on Shackleton's "right-hand man" Frank Wild, Angie discovered Wild's misplaced ashes, and worked with Wild's family to have them brought to Grytviken, where they now rest on the right hand side of Shackleton's gravesite. Grytviken means 'pot cove' in Norwegian and Swedish, and the site earned its name from the numerous sealers' try-pots (used for rendering seal or whale blubber) that have been found here. The ruins of Grytviken whaling station are at the head of the cove, surrounded by spectacular mountains. After visiting the cemetery you'll have ample opportunity to explore the remains of the whaling station, as well as a museum that contains whaling photographs and artifacts. A post office, and a full size replica of the James Caird are located in a building adjacent to the museum. The Norwegian Church built in 1913 is only a short walk away.
 
Day four will find you exploring Fortuna Bay. In addition to a good sized King penguin colony, the bay is also home to a large colony of breeding Southern Elephant seal cows. If conditions permit, you will return to Fortuna Bay after lunch for the “Shackleton Walk”, recreating the final leg of Shackleton’s historic journey by walking from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay. This is a moderately difficult walk and those who prefer to stay onboard for the quick repositioning to Stromness will find plenty to enjoy in its scenic beauty, historic buildings, and abundant wildlife. Those who choose not to do the walk may also appreciate a stroll to the beautiful Shackleton Waterfall located at the end of the valley. After reuniting with the traverse team at Stromness, you will return to the ship to toast them and hear more about their adventures.
 
On your fifth day exploring, you will discover Gold Harbor, one of the most stunning sites in all of South Georgia. At the head of the bay is the spectacular Bertrab Glacier, which hangs over vertical cliffs. Gold Harbor is home to both Gentoo and King penguin colonies. Elephant seals dominate the beaches while Southern Giant petrels constantly patrol the site for feeding opportunities. In the afternoon, you'll visit Cooper Bay, home to the only Macaroni Penguin colony that is reasonably accessible by boat. The plan will be to either land on a small beach or cruise in zodiacs to catch a glimpse of this notoriously difficult to view penguin species. If landing is possible, access to the Macaroni colony does involve climbing up a steep, tussock covered slope, littered with Fur seals. Chinstrap penguins are also prevalent at this site. (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: Scotia Sea
As your ship voyages south over the next two days, your onboard expert in Antarctic wildlife, history and geology will give lectures and presentations preparing you for the meeting with the White Continent. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-18: Antarctica & South Shetland Islands
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula provides exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east you will cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea. This large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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.
 
Early on the morning of Day 16 your ship will pass by Elephant Island, and if conditions allow, you will board a zodiac for a cruise or landing on this exposed and remote local. The focus will be the site where Shackleton's party beached, after the Endurance sank in the Weddell Sea. Twenty-two men remained here, living under a lifeboat, while Shackleton and two companions took the James Caird and sailed for South Georgia. After four months, on August 30, 1916, Shackleton returned to rescue his men with the vessel Yelcho. A bronze bust of the Yelcho's Captain, Luis Pardo Villalon, can be seen within the Chinstrap penguin colony. In 2013 a group of explorers and filmmakers set out from the same spot, in an effort to replicate Shackleton's journey using only the equipment and gear available to the original group. Your onboard special guest, Seb Coulthard, was the expedition engineer on that project and will have many tales to tell, about both the original expedition and the 2013 recreation.
 
The trip may include 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. The plan will also be to visit an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. If you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning Gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 19-20: Drake Passage
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow travelers will celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. (B,L,D)
DAY 21: Ushuaia, Argentina - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure . (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
*PLEASE NOTE: Some departures operate in reverse order, alternatively spending five days in South Georgia, and one day in the Falkland Islands. Please inquire for details. 

Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day: Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of an optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, or take advantage of the complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. After you check into your included hotel, you may choose to explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Other options are a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia.
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Your morning is open for exploration of Ushuaia until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once onboard you will be greeted by your 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 the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)
DAY 3: At Sea
The day is spent at sea, settling into shipboard life, spending time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, and listening to informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. (B,L,D)
DAY 4-5: Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. You will spend the next two days exploring the Falkland Islands, seeing the human face of the region, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. On the beaches of the islands, Elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling to establish territories at the start of the breeding season or even simply relaxing at the sea shore. Sea lions and fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s seventeen species – King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni. What’s more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth. The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Macaroni penguin rookeries while Striated caracaras patrol overhead and Upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea. The capital of the Falklands, Port Stanley, is the southernmost British outpost. With many reminders of its British heritage, such as red phone boxes and English pubs, the town boasts many unusual sights like a whalebone arch and many shipwrecks along the coast. Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove. (B,L,D)
DAY 6-7: At Sea
These two days are at sea, with whales beneath, birds above,  as your voyage continues to legendary South Georgia. There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.(B,L,D)
DAY 8-11: South Georgia
For the next four days, you will explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia, an unmissable destination for jaw-dropping landscapes, an astounding array of wildlife and captivating history. This sub-Antarctic island is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula, and this long and narrow, whale bone shaped island is jam packed with wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs. Its unique position, inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice, makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Several whale species can be spotted, including Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, Fin whales, Sperm whales, Orcas, and Southern Bottlenose whales. Landing sites feature huge Elephant Seals, aggressive Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King Penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. As your captain travels down South Georgia's leeward coast, the plan will be to make stops every day including the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants and whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, is buried. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, and a rich historical tapestry are all available to you as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 12-13: Scotia Sea
As your ship voyages south over the next two days, your onboard expert in Antarctic wildlife, history and geology will give lectures and presentations preparing you for the meeting with the White Continent. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. (B,L,D)
DAY 14-17: Antarctica & South Shetland Islands
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula provides exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east you will cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea. This large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While there is always a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. The route will stress 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 Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay or the majestic Neumayer Channel, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. If you stop at Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning Gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as you cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 18-19: Drake Passage
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow travelers will celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. (B,L,D)
DAY 20: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure . (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Crossing the Antarctic Circle)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day: Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of an optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, or take advantage of the complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. After you check into your included hotel, you may choose to explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Other options are a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia.
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Your morning is open for exploration of Ushuaia until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once onboard you will be greeted by your 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 the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)

DAY 3-4: Drake Passage
Awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable presentation hall. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-12: Antarctic Peninsula & Circle Crossing
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Antarctic Peninsula provides exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Your expedition will spend EIGHT DAYS exploring the peninsula, with the express purpose of traveling south to cross the Antarctic Circle. In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, your Expedition Team will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Your 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. The hope will also be to land at Half Moon Island to visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. Making your way further south, you can hope for a first landing on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbor or Neko Harbor. The scenery here is amazing; particularly the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf. Your trip may also include the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.  You 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 assertive Antarctic Fur seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common. (B,L,D)
DAY 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, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow travelers will celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. (B,L,D)
DAY 15: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Antarctic Peninsula - In Depth)
DAY 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day: Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of an optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right on the Beagle Channel! Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, or take advantage of the complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. After you check into your included hotel, you may choose to explore the trails, take a spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or head into Ushuaia and browse the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Other options are a cruise on the Beagle Channel, a trek in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit a nearby historical estancia and museum. An optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Please contact us for your extension options in Ushuaia.
Day 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Your morning is open for exploration of Ushuaia until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once onboard you will be greeted by your 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 the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. (B, D)
Day 3-4: Drake Passage
Awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. These experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable presentation hall. As you cross the Antarctica convergence, you will notice a significant change in the environment as colder temperatures surround you and the first icebergs come into view, and you will know that the White Continent is approaching. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the afternoon/evening of Day 4. (B,L,D)
Day 5-6: South Shetland Islands
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, your Expedition Team will plan to take as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, with an aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula and 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. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7-9: Antarctic Sound
As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you will sail towards the Antarctic Sound. Located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Antarctic Sound is located within the Weddell Sea. A massive clockwise current pushes cold, ice-filled waters north, making this part of the Antarctic Sound dramatically different from the Western Peninsula. Here you will endeavor to explore an area rich in Heroic Age history and take in the varied ecology found surprisingly this far north. Adelie penguins thrive in these colder, ice filled waters. The ice ultimately directs what adventures you will have in these lesser-travelled waterways, but the opportunity to experience the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere you will visit this trip. (B,L,D)
Day 10-12: Antarctic Peninsula
Heading Southwest, you enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, or Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 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, the presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow travelers will celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. (B,L,D)
DAY 15: Ushuaia - Disembark
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast, meeting your driver to transfer you to the Airport or your stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Weather

When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Antarctica is known as the “coldest, highest, driest, windiest place on earth”. However, please keep in mind that you will not be venturing into the interior of the continent and you will be visiting during the Southern Hemisphere summer (November through March). That said, weather in Antarctica can vary dramatically from day to day, even from moment to moment. With summer temperatures ranging from 20-40° F, you may experience snow, rain, high winds, and bright warm sun all in the same day. It is best to approach an Antarctica expedition with a sense of adventure, as the climate is unpredictable. Weather may be a bit cooler early in the season (November) and late in the season (March), but there will not be a dramatic difference in temperatures throughout the tourism season. If you are used to winter in places like the northern United States, Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia, you will be more than prepared for summer temperatures at teh Antarctic Peninsula.


You may also wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you are likely to observe at different points during the season, details below:
 
o    Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later on in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited occasionally by ice-strengthened expedition ships on special itineraries).

Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
o    December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
o    February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.

Maps

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTripleWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sSingle Suite
612/3/1812/8/18$4,995$5,995$6,295$6,495$6,995$7,795$8,595$8,595
           
712/26/181/1/19$4,995$5,995$6,295$6,495$6,995$7,795$8,595$8,595
           
61/29/192/3/19$4,995$5,995$6,295$6,495$6,995$7,795$8,595$8,595
           
72/21/192/27/19$4,995$5,995$6,295$6,495$6,995$7,795$8,595$8,595

-An Antarctic Flight and a Pre-Embarkation, or Post-Disembarkation, hotel night are included within the listed rates.
-A dedicated single cabin must be available for the single rates listed here. A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions and Hiking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Pricing
DaysState DateEnd DateTripleWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sSingle Suite*
812/6/1812/13/18$12,995$14,895$15,795$16,995$17,995$20,995$23,995$23,995
           
812/11/1812/18/18$12,995$14,895$15,795$16,995$17,995$20,995$23,995$23,995
           
812/16/1812/23/18$12,995$14,895$15,795$16,995$17,995$20,995$23,995$23,995
           
812/21/1812/28/18$13,495$15,495$16,495$17,795$18,795$21,995$24,995$24,995
           
82/1/192/8/19$13,495$15,495$16,495$17,795$18,795$21,995$24,995$24,995
           
82/6/192/13/19$13,495$15,495$16,495$17,795$18,795$21,995$24,995$24,995
           
82/11/192/18/19$13,495$15,495$16,495$17,795$18,795$21,995$24,995$24,995
           
82/16/192/23/19$13,495$15,495$16,495$17,795$18,795$21,995$24,995$24,995

-Round-Trip Antarctic Flights, Pre-Embarkation and Post-Disembarkation hotel nights are included within the listed rates.
-A dedicated single cabin must be available for the single rates listed here. A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Hiking, Kayaking and Snowshoeing.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Antarctic Peninsula

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sSingle Promenade*
1111/23/1812/3/18$6,995$7,995$9,495$9,995$10,395$11,495$12,295$13,595N/A
            
121/18/191/29/19$9,995$12,495$14,595$14,995$15,395$16,495$18,995$21,995N/A
            
121/7/201/18/20$9,995$12,995$14,995$15,495$15,795$16,995$19,595$22,795N/A
            
122/4/202/15/20$9,995$12,995$14,995$15,495$15,795$16,995$19,595$22,795N/A
            
142/27/203/11/20$9,995$14,295$16,295$16,795$17,295$18,795$21,295$22,995N/A

-One-Two Pre-Embarkation hotel night(s) included within the listed rates.
-A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Puerto Madryn - Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sDedicated Single Promenade*
2211/3/1811/24/18$14,295$16,595$18,495$18,995$19,395$21,595$24,295$27,295N/A
            
2111/2/1911/22/19$14,295$16,995$18,995$19,295$19,795$21,995$24,595$27,795N/A

-One-Two Pre-Embarkation hotel night(s) included within the listed rates.
-A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sSingle Promenade*
2012/31/181/19/19$16,995$20,795$22,995$23,695$23,995$26,995$29,695$32,295N/A

-One-Two Pre-Embarkation hotel night(s) included within the listed rates.
-A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sDesignated Single
152/26/193/12/19$10,995$14,795$16,595$16,995$17,495$19,295$21,995$23,995N/A

-One-Two Pre-Embarkation hotel night(s) included within the listed rates.
-A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Antarctic Peninsula - In Depth

Pricing
DaysStart DateEnd DateTriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner'sDesignated Single
152/14/202/28/20$10,995$15,495$16,995$17,595$17,995$19,995$22,795$24,995N/A

-One-Two Pre-Embarkation hotel night(s) included within the listed rates.
-A single supplement applies for single use of a twin cabin. Please inquire for single supplement pricing. A solo traveler willing to share a twin or triple cabin with another passenger (or passengers) of the same gender can avoid the single supplement.
-Activities offered on all departures are: Zodiac Excursions, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Buenos Aires - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Wine and beer with dinner onboard Antarctica cruise
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Expedition Parka - Included on some departures
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Monday, December 3, 2018 to Saturday, December 8, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 to Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 to Thursday, December 13, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 to Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018 to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018 to Friday, December 28, 2018
Friday, February 1, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019 to Monday, February 18, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019 to Saturday, February 23, 2019

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Friday, November 23, 2018 to Monday, December 3, 2018
Friday, January 18, 2019 to Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 to Saturday, February 15, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Puerto Madryn - Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Saturday, November 24, 2018
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Friday, November 22, 2019

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Monday, December 31, 2018 to Saturday, January 19, 2019

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Antarctic Peninsula - In Depth

Trip Dates
Friday, February 14, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020
Cabins

The M/V Hebridean Sky accommodates a maximum 71 or115 passengers, depending on departure date, in 48-60 deluxe and spacious, suites which are configured as twins triples and singles, all with premium appointments throughout. Each suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. Several Suites include private balconies accessed via a sliding door.

  • Triple Suite (1-2) two twin or one queen bed, two windows, separate sitting area with sofa bed, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (225 ft² / 21 m²)

  • Porthole Suite (0-10) two twin or one queen bed, portholes, separate sitting area with sofa, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (240 ft² / 22 m²)

  • Window Suite (4-17) two twin or one queen bed, windows, separate sitting area with sofa, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (225 ft² / 21 m²)

  • Single Suite (2) one queen bed, window, separate sitting area with sofa, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (118 ft² / 11 m² or **Fly-Cruise: 240 ft² / 22 m²)

  • Promenade Suite (13) two twin or one queen bed, window, separate sitting area with sofa, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (220 ft² / 20.4 m²)

  • Deluxe Suite (2) two twin or one queen bed, two windows (bow & side), separate sitting area with sofa, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (240 ft² / 22 m²)

  • Veranda Suite (8)  two twin or one queen bed, private veranda, separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in wardrobe, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (260 ft² / 24 m², including a 40 ft² /3.7 m² Balcony)

  • Penthouse Suite (4) two twin or one queen bed, sofa, window, private veranda, separate sitting area, two wardrobes, private facilities, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (325 ft² / 30 m², included a 80 ft² /7.4 m² Balcony)

  • Owner’s Suite (1) Two rooms:  bedroom with two twin or one queen bed, vanity table, window, private facilities and walk-in closet, and a separate sitting area, with sofa, table w/four chairs, wardrobe, window, private large veranda, mini-bar, safe, telephone, AC, Flat-screen TV & DVD player, (385ft² / 34 m², included a 110 ft² /10.2 m² Balcony)

VIEW FLY-CRUISE ITINERARY DECK PLAN - HERE

VIEW CRUISE ITINERARY DECK PLAN - HERE
 

Boat Details

Ship Amenities

  • The M/V Hebridean Sky offers a variety of spacious open decks, comfortable observation lounges and public spaces including “The Club” (panorama lounge and bar), a library, a lounge with audio-visual facilities, a wraparound sun deck, a medical clinic, an elevator serving all passenger decks and the bridge which is open and accessible to all passengers throughout the voyage. The ship's two dining options include the main dining room and the outdoor café, either option capable of seating all passengers in one sitting, and serve an excellent international cuisine accompanied by premium wines.
  • The vessel is equipped with adventure gear, 10 Zodiacs and a Zodiac platform to facilitate shore excursions.

Ship Services

  • Manned by a 71-member nautical crew and 14 expedition staff. The expedition team includes an expedition leader, expedition leader assistant, guides/naturalists/Zodiac drivers and a doctor.

Fly-Cruise Itineraries:
  • Equipped with a unique Antarctic vehicle named "Bigfoot", which assists in quick and efficient Antarctic baggage transport and was especially designed and built to adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic Terrain.
  • Transfer to/from the M/V Hebridean Sky in Antarctica is provided by aircraft (BAE-146), a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations.

VIEW AIRCRAFT DETAILS - HERE


VIEW FLY-CRUISE ITINERARY DECK PLAN - HERE

VIEW CRUISE ITINERARY DECK PLAN - HERE


 

Hebridean Sky Deck Plan (click for enlargement)
antarctica travelMarisa, we've been back a week and I'm writing to say how wonderful our trip was. Thanks you for all your guidance and planning. Buenos Aires was so interesting. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was top notch-- and very funny. The hotel was in a good location and the all-day tour in Ushuaia was memorable. The ship was well-run and the food was both interesting and plentiful. The crew was professional. The expedition leaders were kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  I can't give you credit for the fantastic weather and incredible scenery but it was an amazing trip. Thank you. - Susan Ogden/Rose Marie Wilson (Akademik Ioffe) 


The trip was fantastic of course! South Georgia is an amazing place! After docking at Ushuaia, the driver was waiting there on the pier and coordinated well with the ship and the port officials, provided me with useful materials and delivered me to the Alto Andino. I liked the Alto Andino. It was quiet, clean and has a nice secure luggage store, which I used when I arrived, as it was too early to check in. They did let me check in early, shortly after lunch, when a room became available. And, when I came back to the hotel after dinner with friends, there was a message from my driver about the pickup time for departing to the airport. The transfer at BA went without a hitch, nice driver and nice car, and being Saturday, light traffic as well! Anyway, thank you! Your planning and support is greatly appreciate and I will be sure to let my friends know about your great company! - Philip H. Walters (South Georgia In Depth onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

Carrie and Jonathan, we arrived back from Antarctica over the weekend.   I just wanted to thank both of you for arranging such an outstanding trip!  The guides, hotels, and logistics were all excellent—and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Fortunately, despite my foot injury, I was able to fully partake in all the sightseeing and activities and didn’t feel that I had to curtail anything I wanted to do.  We’ll be sure to contact you for future trips in South America.  - Nancy Voye (Antarctic Peninsula onboard NG Explorer)

Carrie and Justin, I just wanted to send the two of you a message to thank you for all your help putting together our trip to the Antarctic.  The trip was absolutely fantastic – definitely the best trip we have ever taken! I would strongly recommend the Akademik Ioffe team to anyone that asks. The places we visited and the excursions we were able to participate in were definitely first-rate, and I would credit the staff for making this happen.  They selected great places to visit, and really made each zodiac or on-shore excursion a special experience. The Antarctic is just mind-blowing.  We did get south of the Circle – which sounds like it was a bit of an accomplishment – and had really great weather for the entire trip.  So again, thanks for making a totally fabulous trip a reality for us. -Ron & Bonnie Milzer (Antarctic Circle Voyage onboard Akademik Ioffe)
Antarctica - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime, offering abundant wildlife and unique landscapes. Travelling to the end of the world is an unparalleled experience. It’s hard to go wrong with any option but for those with specific interests we recommend reviewing our guide to Antarctica Cruises found here or contacting an Adventure Travel Coordinator.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Antarctica cruise itineraries are set and cannot be changed, but you can certainly add pre/post cruise services (hotels, tours, transfers, flights, etc.) in Argentina and Chile. Southern Explorations is happy to assist with any additional services you require.
Q: When is the best time to go to Antarctica?
A: Travel to Antarctica occurs during the Austral Summer with cruise expeditions departing from late October through March. You may wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you’d like to observe, or any specific adventure activities you would like to do, such as snowshoeing, skiing, mountaineering, whale watching, and more, which are only offered on certain departures.
Q: When is the most affordable time of year to travel to Antarctica? What’s the best way to get a deal on an Antarctica cruise?
A: It is a popular misconception that the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to wait until the last possible moment to book. While this works out sometimes, this scenario is rarer and rarer as Antarctica’s popularity as a tourist destination increases. A few years ago, operators had trouble filling their boats with paying passengers, so last-minute deals were common. Now, most Antarctica cruise departures sell out far in advance, so there is no reason for operators to offer last-minute deals. Currently the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to book early, as many operators offer early booking discounts.
 
Generally, it is a good idea to confirm your cruise at least eight months to one year in advance. The time period around the holidays (Christmas/New Year's) tends to sell out further in advance. Fly cruises, during which you fly over the Drake Passage rather than crossing it onboard the vessel, also tend to sell out early, so it is a good idea to book more than one year in advance if you choose this type of cruise.
 
Prices are higher for travel in late December, January, and early February, as this is high season. Prices are lower early season (November/early December) and late season (late February/March).
Q: What can I expect to see at different points during the season?
A:
  • Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited via helicopter on special Emperor penguin voyages).

    Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
  • December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up, which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
  • February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.
Q: What is the weather like in Antarctica?
A: Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, coldest place on earth, but keep in mind that all tourism trips occur during Austral summer. The average summer temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area is around 25 to 32°F (-4 to 0°C), although sometimes it will feel substantially colder due to the wind chill factor and water splashing up while riding in zodiacs. You can expect to encounter varied conditions including rain, snow, high winds, bright sun, and fog.
Q: What is a typical day like in Antarctica? 
A: All three meals are eaten on board the ship. After breakfast, you will head out for your morning excursion for 2 to 5 hours, then get back on board to eat lunch while the ship navigates to the next landing site. Here you will once again disembark on land for 2 to 5 hours before dinner.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Antarctica? 
A: You do not need to be extremely physically fit to travel to Antarctica, but should be comfortable walking short distances over uneven terrain, including snow, ice, and rock. Most ships also have a steep metal gangway that you must descend and ascend to embark/disembark the small zodiac boats that ferry passengers to shore. Your guides will always be there to assist you.
Q: While in Antarctica, will I get to get off the ship and walk around on land?
A: Yes! You will make landings every day you are in Antarctica, and the cruise staff will ensure you spend as much time on land as possible. This is true of every Antarctica cruise we offer. There is no cruise during which you stay onboard the ship the entire time.
Q: How much time do I need to visit Antarctica?
A: Standard Antarctic Peninsula cruise itineraries are 10 to 12 days long. The shortest Antarctica voyage we offer is 6 days long, with our longest being 32 days. Please inquire for details about specific voyages.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: All Antarctica cruises have different deposit policies, with the deposit amount typically ranging from $1500 per person to 25% of the total trip costs. Final payment is usually due between 100 days and 120 days prior to travel.
 
Antarctica cruise cancelation policies vary widely from ship to ship. The cancelation penalty from the time of booking up until 90 or 120 days prior to departure can be as little as $500 per person or as much as $5000+ per person. Generally, all cruises will have a 100% cancelation penalty within 90 days of departure. Please inquire for details about cancelation penalties for specific ships. 
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: Accommodations and amenities on board Antarctica cruises vary from simple 3-star to luxury 5-star. Please inquire for details.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: Most Antarctica cruises do not include any airfare, though some include roundtrip flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and “fly cruises” include flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica or to the Falkland Islands. Southern Explorations is happy to arrange any flights you require within Argentina or Chile. Please inquire about airfare inclusions for specific cruises.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: The Antarctica cruise ships we offer range in size from a capacity of 54 to 200 passengers. “Mega ships” with thousands of passengers on board are not allowed to make landings in Antarctica, so all vessels are relatively small. 
Q: Do I need travel insurance, what all do I need, and how much does it cost?
A: All Antarctica cruises require that passengers purchase travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. The cost of medical evacuation transport from Antarctica is high, and as it is the responsibility of the traveler, this coverage is imperative. Though trip cancellation insurance is not required, it is highly recommended. The cost of travel insurance varies from individual to individual and depends on many factors, such as cost of trip covered, age of traveler, where you live, etc. We recommend contacting Berkshire Hathaway or Travel Guard, or click here to compare other trip insurance companies.
Q: Where do Antarctica cruises begin and end?
A: Most Antarctica cruises begin/end in either Ushuaia, Argentina or Punta Arenas, Chile. Occasionally cruises depart directly from Buenos Aires, Montevideo, or other port cities, but this is rare. When departing from Ushuaia, you board the cruise at the pier in town and cross the Drake Passage onboard the vessel. Trips departing from Punta Arenas are "fly/cruise" programs that fly you (one-way or both-ways) by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula to embark your expedition ship there. There are also some cruises that start with a flight from Punta Arenas to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Please check your itinerary for any inclusions, or needed additions, such as pre- or post-trip hotel nights and domestic flights to your embarkation cities. Southern Explorations can book any needed pre- or post-trip hotels, domestic flights, tours and transfers, and include them within your trip costs.
Q: What can I expect while crossing the Drake Passage? Will I get seasick?
A: The Drake Passage is the body of water between Cape Horn (the southernmost tip of South America) and the Antarctic Peninsula. On most Antarctica cruise ships it will take a full two days to cross the Drake Passage.  This passage has some of the roughest recorded sea conditions in the world (the “Drake Shake”), but it can also be pristinely calm (the “Drake Lake”). Conditions in this waterway can vary at any time of year depending on weather, and it is impossible to predict how rough it will be in advance. Some passengers experience seasickness, and others do not. It is advisable to come prepared by packing motion sickness remedies. All ships also have doctors onboard, and these medical professionals are extremely adept at assisting passengers with any seasickness concerns. Once in Antarctica, sheltered waters are normally encountered with little problem for rough seas. NOTE: There are also options to do what is called a "fly/cruise" program where you fly by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula and then join up with your expedition cruise ship there, thus avoiding crossing the Drake Passage onboard the vessel.
Q: Can I bring my photographic drone to Antarctica?
A: The governing body of Antarctic tourism is called the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Southern Explorations is a member of this organization. IAATO members have agreed that they will not allow the recreational use of UAVs (drones) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica. Through the unique global partnership that is the Antarctic Treaty system, the entire continent is formally designated as a 'natural reserve, devoted to peace and science'. Antarctica is regarded as the last great wilderness on our planet, still pristine with wildlife and landscapes that show little evidence of direct human activity. Visiting and operating in an environment like this comes with a responsibility to do so carefully and with minimal impact. UAVs are a relatively new phenomenon and IAATO Is therefore taking a cautionary approach, as it is possible they could have a negative impact on the environment. Also, as you can imagine, many drones flying over a penguin colony would not only be potentially detrimental to the birds (adult penguins are distracted by drones, which allows a Skua to swoop in and eat their eggs or swipe one of their chicks), but will also greatly diminish the experience of other passengers seeking to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the Seventh Continent. So, please, leave the drones at home!
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking, you will receive a link to our online trip portal which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary. This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.