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The 297-ft (90.6m) M/V Island Sky was built in Italy in 1992, and is a sister ship to the Hebridean Sky (as well as the NG Orion and Sea Spirit). She was refurbished in 2015 with additional significant upgrades added in 2017 that transformed her into one of the finest small ships in the world. The all-suite expedition vessel has a maximum capacity for up to 118 guests which is limited to 112 for her Antarctic Voyages, and offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Island Sky complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) regulations, has an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register ice class rating: 1D), a Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology, and travels at a cruising speed of 12.5 knots.

Itinerary (Antarctic Peninsula)
Itinerary (Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
Itinerary (Crossing the Antarctic Circle)

Maps

Antarctic Peninsula

Pricing
DAYSSTART DATEEND DATETRIPLE SUITEPORTHOLE SUITEWINDOW SUITEPROMENADE SUITEDELUXE SUITEVERANDA SUITEPENTHOUSE SUITEOWNER'S SUITE
*1112/18/1912/28/19$8,995$11,495$13,495$14,395$14,695$15,495$16,995$18,995
           
*1112/27/191/6/20$8,995$11,495$13,495$14,395$14,695$15,495$16,995$18,995

*An additional pre-trip early arrival hotel night is offered upon request. Please enquire for details.

-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, Citizen Science, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Access to special programs onboard (such as hiking & photography)
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • 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)
  • 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 on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Pricing
DAYSSTART DATEEND DATETRIPLE SUITEPORTHOLE SUITEWINDOW SUITEPROMENADE SUITE DELUXE SUITEVERANDA SUITEPENTHOUSE SUITEOWNER'S SUITE
*201/23/202/11/20$17,595$21,795$23,995$25,595$25,795$27,995$30,795$32,995
           
*202/23/203/13/20$14,295$16,995$18,995$19,695$19,995$21,995$24,595$27,795

*An additional pre-trip early arrival hotel night is offered upon request. Please enquire for details.

-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, Citizen Science, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.
 

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Access to special programs onboard (such as hiking & photography)
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • 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)
  • 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 on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Pricing
DAYSSTART DATEEND DATETRIPLE SUITEPORTHOLE SUITEWINDOW SUITEPROMENADE SUITEDULUXE SUITEVERANDA SUITEPENTHOUSE SUITEOWNER'S SUITE
*152/10/202/24/20$10,995$15,495$16,995$17,995$18,395$19,995$22,795$24,995

*An additional pre-trip early arrival hotel night is offered upon request. Please enquire for details

-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, Citizen Science, Camping, Hiking, and Kayaking.
-All prices are PER PERSON.
 

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Access to special programs onboard (such as hiking & photography)
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Buenos Aires services (hotel & airport transfers)
  • 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)
  • 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 on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 to Saturday, December 28, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019 to Monday, January 6, 2020
Thursday, January 21, 2021 to Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021 to Thursday, February 25, 2021

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 to Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Sunday, February 23, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020
Sunday, January 3, 2021 to Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 to Monday, March 15, 2021

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Monday, February 10, 2020 to Monday, February 24, 2020
Sunday, January 31, 2021 to Monday, February 15, 2021
Cabins

Cabin Details :

Deck 2
·         Porthole Suite (9) 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)

Deck 3
·         Triple Suite (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)

·         Window Suite (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)

Deck 4 / Promenade Deck
·         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, Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival, Nespresso machine, Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks), (240 ft² / 22 m²)

Deck 5 / Veranda Deck
·         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, Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival, Nespresso machine, Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks), (260 ft² / 24 m², including a 40 ft² /3.7 m² Balcony)

Deck 6 / Penthouse Deck
·         Penthouse Suite (5) 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, Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival, Nespresso machine, Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks), (325 ft² / 30 m², including 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, Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival, Nespresso machine, Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks), (385ft² / 34 m², including a 110 ft²

VIEW DECK PLAN - HERE

Boat Details

Ship Amenities:
The Island Sky offers a variety of spacious open decks, comfortable observation lounges and public spaces including the Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform, lounge and bar with live entertainment, a library with computers, upgraded WIFI internet, a lounge with audio-visual facilities, DVD Movie Library, a wraparound Promenade 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 world class international cuisine accompanied by premium wines. Breakfast and some lunches are served buffet-style. The rest of the meals are by table service. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available around the clock. The ship is equipped with 10 Zodiacs, a Zodiac platform to facilitate shore excursions.
 
Ship Services:
The vessel is manned by a 75-member nautical crew and expedition staff. The expedition team includes an expedition leader, passenger services manager, education coordinator, guides, historians/naturalists, Zodiac drivers, kayak guides, voyage photographer, musician and doctor.

Island 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)