Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent

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Highlights

  • Land on the Antarctic continent and its incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs.
  • Spend five full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. 
  • Cruise Lamaire Channel with its incredible scenic mountains while looking for humpbck, orca and minke whales. 
  • Learn about early polar explorers and the southern ocean whaling history.

Voyage to the 7th Continent in luxury on the Island Sky. Sail through the Lamaire Channel with its impossibly snow capped rugged peaks, massive glaciers with penguins waving as you sail past. Enjoy the views from the lounges while you sip your favotire beverage.  Touch the 7th Continent with penguins greeting you with welcoming squakes. 

 

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  • Itinerary
  • Date & Rates
  • Vessel
  • Map
Itinerary:

Jan. 22 - 23, 2018: Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia

Fly to Buenos Aires (not included in trip cost), and arrive in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to our group hotel, Arakur Ushuaia Rresort and Spa, with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.

Jan. 24: Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky

This morning, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a hike in the Land of the Fire, named by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 perhaps for the original natives' tactic of lighting beach fires to repel his landing parties. 

Jan. 25 - 26 At Sea - Drake Passage

Named for the 16th-century English seaman, the Drake Passage is a deep waterway spanning 600 miles from the southern tip of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Join naturalists on deck to watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, pintado and white-chinned petrels. Attend informative lectures on the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic realm. 

Jan. 27 - 31: Antarctic Peninsula

As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. Our leaders have been to Antarctica numerous times, and their experience in the region enables them to adapt quickly to change, making sure every option is considered, and every opportunity seized. If the weather is in our favor, landings may be offered before breakfast or even after dinner. There is also a possibility that you may visit a research station to witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. Though the expeditionary nature of our voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops, we plan to visit the following islands, bays, and coves where outstanding birdlife, dramatic scenery, and unique marine life can be seen close at hand. This list serves only as a guideline of the places you may experience:

Crystal Sound / Antarctic Circle – Dependent on ice conditions, we will attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle in Crystal Sound, so named for research conducted here on the structure of ice crystals. Board Zodiacs for a cruise among element-sculpted icebergs as you search for leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals hauled out on ice floes. Minke and humpback whales are also frequently sighted during this time of year.    

Detaille Island – Conditions permitting, step ashore on Detaille Island and explore the remains of the British Antarctic Survey Base that was abandoned in 1959. 

Vernadsky Research Base – Permission pending, visit the Ukrainian-operated Vernadsky Research Station. Take a tour of the station and meet with a group of scientists to learn about their research and life in the Antarctic.  

Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula and is often referred to as the “Kodak Gap” or “Nikon Niche” due to the wonderful photo opportunities it offers. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the surrounding waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins may be found on the island itself. 

Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay – Weddell seals can occasionally be found hauled out on the beach here, and a gentoo penguin colony overlooks a spectacular glacier, which is sometimes quite active in calving icebergs. In Zodiacs, cruise among these fantastic shapes sculpted by wind and water. Later, the Island Sky navigates the scenic waters of Paradise Bay, where Chile and Argentina both maintain bases.

Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.  

Feb. 1 - 2: Drake Passage

Enjoy two days at sea to relax, sort through your photos, and attend lectures recapping your Antarctic adventures. On deck, keep watch for seabirds and the whales that are frequently seen in these waters.

Feb. 3 - 4: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight. Arrive in the USA the next day.

 

Date & Rates:

2018

Tour Code
Ship Dates Embark/Disembark N/D Cat. 1 Cat. 2 Cat. 3 Cat. 4 Cat. 5 Cat. 6
  Island sky Jan. 22 - Feb 3, 2018 Ushuaia/Ushuaia 13/14 $12,980 $14,280 $15,580 $16,580 $17,980 $20,480

Rates are based on double occpuancy.  

Single supplement: 1.6 times the share rate. 

Inclusions: Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Exclusions: Airfare from your home city/London and Stockholm/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, and alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Airfare: You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/home city. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.

Deposit: 30% per person. Balance is due at 120 days prior to travel. All rates are based on double occupancy and are in USD. Depsoit is non-refundable. 

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance. All trips to Antarctica require additional evacuation insurance. 

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration.  Our insurance carrier is Travel Guard. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vessel:

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, spa pool, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather.

All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Ship Details & Deck Plan

  • Tonnage: 4,200
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Year Refurbished: 2011
  • Number of Guests: 100
  • Number of Crew: 72
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Length: 297 feet
  • Beam: 50 feet
  • Draft: 14 feet

ISLAND SKY DECKPLAN 2014

GENERAL

  • Five decks of guest facilities.
    - Magellan Deck – guest suites, restaurant, doctor’s of ce.
    - Columbus Deck – guest suites, lounge, reception.
    - Marco Polo Deck – guest suites, club, library.
    - Erikson Deck – guest suites with balconies, bridge, outdoor bar, and café. - Explorer Deck – guest suites with balconies, salon, and sun deck.

  • Stairs and an elevator service all guest decks.

  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.

  • Smoking is permitted in designated areas.

    SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be recon gured into one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American-style outlets (two at prongs) at 110 volts.

  • Magellan Deck suites are 230 square feet and have two to four portholes.

  • Columbus Deck suites are 240 square feet with large picture windows.

  • Marco Polo Deck suites range between 225 to 240 square feet and feature large picture windows.

  • Erikson Deck suites are 270 square feet including private balconies.

  • Explorer Deck suites are 325 square feet including private balconies.

    DINING

    • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
    • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
    • Breakfast is served in the restaurant with a la carte and buffet options.
    • When weather permits, meals can be served on deck, but are usually served in the main restaurant. • Afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge; coffee and tea are available in the club.

    SERVICES

  • Island Sky carries a eet of Zodiacs and a small tender.

  • Public spaces include a large lounge, club and bar with piano, and library with games, reference books, novels, DVDs, and

    computers with Internet access.

  • There are two sun decks: one on the aft of the Erikson Deck with an outdoor bar and café, and one on the Explorer Deck.

  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s of ce are available. Rates are posted on board.

  • The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts. 

 

Map:

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