Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Island Sky Antarctic Cruise Ship
Island Sky 2017-18
106 Passengers

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground in no time, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the 7th Continent. Fully immersed in the Antarctic environment, you’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all.

You may go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Or you may plan to climb one more peak for a better vantage point and find yourself in a rookery of curious penguins. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.

Expedition in Brief:
• Experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
• Fly over the Drake Passage
• Marvel at all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights, including crossing the Antarctic Circle
• Take advantage of such inclusions as domestic flights, gratuities, and drinks aboard our all-suites ship, the Island Sky
• Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 to 5 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 6 & 7 The Antarctic Circle
Days 8 & 9 Northbound Along the Peninsula
Day 10 Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 11 Depart Punta Arenas

Includes one pre-expedition and one post-expedition hotel night accommodation in Punta Arenas.

Day 1 — Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins with an included flight from international gateway Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. You will be transferred to the included group hotel. Later, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Days 3 to 5 — Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

As your captain and expedition team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbor to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience.

Your expedition team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Days 6 & 7 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach 66°33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

As you toast the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the continent.

Days 8 & 9 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to King George Island. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Your expedition team will always be on the lookout for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Day 10 — Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas

After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your expedition team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile brings your adventure to an end. After the group transfer to your hotel, enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel.

Day 11 — Depart Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Punta Arenas airport for your included return flight to Santiago.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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There are no triple occupancy cabins available on this ship.  Shared Occupancy is applicable only in Standard and Superior Suites.  Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above for Standard and Superior and 2x the price listed above for Premium and above suites.

Stand-up paddleboarding: $225 (maximum 7 passengers).

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   Owner's Balcony Suite
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Explorer Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and a large private balcony.
Averaging 237 sq. ft. (22 sq. m)
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Erikson Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and a private balcony.
Averaging 225 sq. ft. (21 sq. m)
  Corner Suite
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Marco Polo Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and large windows with exterior views.
Averaging 237 sq. ft. (22 sq. m)
  Premium Suite
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Marco Polo Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and a large window with exterior views.
Averaging 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m)
  Superior Suite
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Columbus Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and a large window with exterior views.
Averaging 237 sq. ft. (22 sq. m)
  Standard Suites
Equipped with two single beds which can be configured as a double bed upon request. Located on the Magellan Deck, it features a separate sitting area, spacious closets, private facilities with walk in shower, television, vanity with stool, small refrigerator, and portholes with exterior views.
Averaging 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m)