Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - 7 day

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

You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.

Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snow-capped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.

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

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 to 5 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Day 6 Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 7 Depart 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. In the afternoon, a representative will meet you at the group hotel, where 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 and 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.

Day 6 — Disembark and 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 your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 7 — 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. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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).

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge

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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)