Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Island Sky Cruise Ship
Island Sky
114 Passengers
Adventure Options

Sailing in comfort aboard the luxurious and comfortable Island Sky, we begin this 14-night expedition at the tip of South America. We will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle.

The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter. Our aim is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice. Should we arrive at 66°33’S, we will become members of a very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Embarkation
Days 3 & 4 Drake Passage
Days 5 & 6 South Shetland Islands
Days 7 to 9 Antarctic Circle
Days 10 to 12 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 13 & 14 Drake Passage
Day 15 Ushuaia, Disembarkation

Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina

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 hotel.

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 you 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 to 9 – Antarctic Circle

As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we sail towards the Antarctic Circle. From our most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we will make our 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 we will have in these lesser travelled waterways.

Days 10 to 12 – Antarctic Peninsula

Heading north we enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. 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 13 & 14 – 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 15 – Ushuaia disembarkation

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

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Penthouse & Veranda suites cannot be booked as a share option for single travelers.

Adventure Options:
   Kayaking - $695
   Camping - $125

In addition to the free internet access available on the computers in the ship’s library, all passengers will receive 100 minutes of Wi-Fi access for use on their personal device.

There may be a fuel surcharge on all bookings.

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Kayak
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A limited number of twin cabins may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.
Penthouse & Veranda suites cannot be booked as a share option for single travelers.

Adventure Options:
   Kayaking - $695
   Camping - $125

In addition to the free internet access available on the computers in the ship’s library, all passengers will receive 100 minutes of Wi-Fi access for use on their personal device.

There may be a fuel surcharge on all bookings.

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    Owner's Suite
Two-Room Suite with balcony, sitting room and bedroom.
385 Sq.ft. (34 m2), Including an 110 Sq.ft. (10.2 m2) Balcony
    Penthouse Suites
Suites with private balcony and sitting area with side chairs and table.
325 Sq.ft. (30 m2), Including an 80 Sq.ft. (7.4 m2) Balcony
  Veranda Suites
Suites with private balcony and sitting area with side chairs and table.
260 Sq.ft. (24 m2), Including a 40 Sq.ft. (3.7 m2) Balcony
  Deluxe Suites
Suites with tinted sliding glass door onto the Promenade deck and side window, sitting area with sofa.
240 Sq.ft. (22 m2)
  Promenade Suites
Suites with tinted sliding glass door onto the Promenade deck and sitting area with sofa.
220 Sq.ft. (20.4 m2)
  Window Suites
Suites with window and sitting area with sofa.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
  Porthole Suites
Suites with porthole and sitting area with sofa.
235 Sq.ft. (22 m2)
  Triple Suites
Suites with window and sitting area with sofa.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
Please note that the third berth in the triple suite is suitable for passengers up to 5’10” in height.