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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - 20 Days

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Departures

25 Jan 2018 - 13 Feb 2018 aboard Hebridean Sky
31 Dec 2018 - 19 Jan 2019  aboard Hebridean Sky
12 Feb 2019 - 03 Mar 2019 aboard Island Sky

Prices

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Day 1

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

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

Hotel:  Arakur Resort & Spa


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 3

Day 3

Southern Ocean 

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Presentations will begin with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 4

Day 4

West Falklands

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 Magellanic 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 5

Day 5

Stanley, East Falkland 

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and 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 Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 6-7

Days 6-7

Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 8-11

Days 8-11

South Georgia

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. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. You will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 12-13

Days 12-13

Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, you enjoy continued informative presentations and watch for wildlife as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 14-17

Days 14-17

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

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.  You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 18-19

Days 18-19

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 20

Day 20

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

 

 

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - 22 Days

Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia

Departures

03 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018  aboard Hebridean Sky

Prices

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Day 1

Day 1

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. Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions - 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. 

Hotel: Peninsula Valdés


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 3-4

Days 3-4

Southern Ocean 

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Presentations will begin with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 5

Day 5

West Falklands

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 Magellanic 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 6

Day 6

Stanley, East Falkland 

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and 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 Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 7-8

Days 7-8

Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 9-12

Days 9-12

South Georgia

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. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. You will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 13-14

Days 13-14

Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, you enjoy continued informative presentations and watch for wildlife as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 15-19

Days 15-19

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

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.  We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 20-21

Days 20-21

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Day 22

Day 22

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

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The Antarctic Peninsula - 11 days

Ushuaia to  Ushuaia

Departures

23 Nov 2018 - 03 Dec 2018  aboard Hebridean Sky
30 Nov 2018 - 10 Dec 2018 aboard Island Sky
09 Dec 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 aboard Island Sky

Prices

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This succinct 11-day version of the Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers the same abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities and possible stops at active scientific or historic bases as the original while allowing travelers to complete door-to-door travel within two weeks.

 

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Day 1

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

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

Hotel:  Arakur Resort & Spa


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 3-4

Days 3-4

Drake Passage

As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where you’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species.  If you’re lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 5 

Day 5 

South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we 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.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Your first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 6-8

Days 6-8

Antarctica

As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 9-10

Days 9-10

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 11

Day 11

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

 

 

The Antarctic Peninsula - 12 days

Ushuaia to  Ushuaia

Departures

15 Jan 2018 - 26 Jan 2018 aboard Hebridean Sky
25 Feb 2018 - 08 Mar 2018 aboard Hebridean Sky
18 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018  aboard Island Sky
28 Dec 2018 - 08 Jan 2019 aboard Island Sky
18 Jan 2019 - 29 Dec 2019 aboard Hebridean Sky

Prices

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Our 12-day Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities as well as possible stops at active scientific or historic bases.

 

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Day 1

Day 1

Arrive Ushuaia

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

Hotel:  Arakur Resort & Spa


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 3-4

Days 3-4

Drake Passage

As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where you’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species.  If you’re lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 5-6

Days 5-6

South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we 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.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Your first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 7-9

Days 7-9

Antarctica

As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Days 10-11

Days 10-11

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky or Island Sky, BLD


Day 12

Day 12

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

 

 

Crossing the Antarctic Circle - 15 days

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Departures

12 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018 aboard Hebridean Sky
26 Feb 2019 - 12 Mar 2019 aboard Hebridean Sky

Prices

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Sailing aboard the luxurious Hebridean Sky, this 15-day adventure charts a course across the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Crossing the Circle at 66°33’S, the aim is for you to become members of very small band of adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

 

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Day 1

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

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

Hotel:  Arakur Resort & Spa


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 3-4

Days 3-4

Drake Passage

As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where you’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species.  If you’re lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 5-6

Days 5-6

South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we 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.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Your first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 7-9

Days 7-9

Antarctic Circle

As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you'll sail towards the Antarctic Circle. From your most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), you will make your way back north, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, or the living museums of Detaille or Horseshoe Island are some of the less visited places of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are significantly further south making sea ice more common. The ice ultimately directs what adventures you'll have in these lesser traveled waterways.

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 10-12

Days 10-12

Antarctic Peninsula

Heading north you'll enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski 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.

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Days 13-14

Days 13-14

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Ship: Hebridean Sky, BLD


Day 15

Day 15

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

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Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula - 14 days

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Departures

02 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019 aboard Island Sky

Prices

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Join Annette Bombosch, PhD, and special guests for a unique 14-day expedition focusing on Marine Mammals.

As the Antarctic summer comes to a close in March, Humpback whales are very active, socializing and feeding in preparation for the long migration ahead. Resident whale species like the Minke and Orca are abundant, and we stand a good chance of encountering Southern Right whales. Leopard seals are also very busy hunting naïve penguin chicks as they make their first journeys to the sea.

 

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Day 1

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

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

Hotel:  Arakur Resort & Spa


Day 2

Day 2

Embarkation

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

Ship: Island Sky, BLD


Days 3-4

Days 3-4

Drake Passage

As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where you’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

The length of the journey depends on sea conditions, but you should approach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day 4.  Keep an especially keen watch for Pelagic whales as you approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf.

Ship: Island Sky, BLD


Days 5-7

Days 5-7

Antarctica

Exploring the South Shetland Islands, we may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island.  Or perhaps we will sail the ship into an active volcano with an opportunity to take a dip in the relatively balmy waters that surround Deception Island.  Bransfield Strait, once the site of an abandoned whaling station, gives us an excellent chance to see whales, who often return to its rich waters.

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Expedition Leader, Captain, and Marine Mammal experts will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and previous sightings to maximize our whale watching opportunities, while also exploring some of the lesser traveled areas of the Peninsula.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Ship: Island Sky, BLD


Days 8-11

Days 8-11

Antarctica

Heading further South, we will be sure to explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands.  This may include trips to picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.  We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowski or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

At this time of year, most areas have amazing marine mammal viewing opportunities with Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal.  Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors during this season and Orca sightings are also common.

Ship: Island Sky, BLD


Days 12-13

Days 12-13

Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way back north, you will continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing into Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, you'll celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Ship: Island Sky, BLD


Day 14

Day 14

Ushuaia Disembarkation

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

Meals: B

 

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