Hebridean Sky, The Antarctic Peninsula ex Ushuaia Return

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Hebridean Sky. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.

Departure date: 4 February 2020
Embark port: Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruise line: Polar Latitudes
Ship: Hebridean Sky

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
04/02/20 Ushuaia, Argentina Hotel
05/02/20 Ushuaia, Argentina Embark
05/02/20 Beagle Channel Chile
06/02/20 Drake Passage
07/02/20 Drake Passage
08/02/20 Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
09/02/20 Deception Island, Antarctica
10/02/20 Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island
11/02/20 Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
12/02/20 Port Lockroy, Antarctica
13/02/20 Drake Passage
14/02/20 Drake Passage
15/02/20 Ushuaia, Argentina Disembark
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10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Hebridean Sky. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.

DAY 1 USHUAIA
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

DAY 2 EMBARKATION
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, 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 our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

DAYS 3–4 DRAKE PASSAGE
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

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

DAYS 5–6 South Shetland Islands
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

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

DAYS 7-9 Antarctica
As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell and Crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

DAYS 10–11 DRAKE PASSAGE
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

DAY 12 USHUAIA DISEMBARKATION

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