Antarctica, S. Georgia and Falklands—Z

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

• Tour the beautiful Falkland Islands to view huge populations of rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguins, as well as the regal black-browed albatross.

• Witness the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia—king, macaroni, gentoo, and chinstrap—as well as large numbers of elephant and fur seals crowding the beaches.

• Set foot on the Antarctic continent and revel in the incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs—a photographer’s dream.

• Learn about early polar exploration and whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

NOTE: Dates listed in this itinerary include travel days to/from the USA. International travel to/from USA is not included in the posted rate for this trip.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia
Day 3 Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Days 6 & 7 Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Days 8 to 10 South Georgia
Days 11 & 12 At Sea
Day 13 Elephant Island
Days 14 to 18 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 19 & 20 Drake Passage
Days 21 & 22 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA

This Special Island Sky voyage Includes:
• Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
• 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
• Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
Not Included:
• Airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/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, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
• Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Days 1 & 2 — Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia

Board your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 3 — Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky

Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Or, enjoy a city tour in Ushuaia, with free time to explore on your own. Board the Island Sky this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.

Day 4 — At Sea

Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead.

Day 5 — Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

On Saunders Island, you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, Magellanic penguins, as well as nesting black-browed albatross.

Days 6 & 7 — Cruising the South Scotia Sea

Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.

Days 8 to 10 — South Georgia

Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of our leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia; some of them are pending final government approval.

Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay.

Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.

Stromness Bay – Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.

Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here.

Gold Harbor – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbor is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.

Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

Day 13 — Elephant Island

Today arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.

Days 14 to 18 — Antarctic Peninsula

As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is also the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops; in the past we have visited the locations below. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience.

Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.

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.

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. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the 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 occupy the island itself.

Days 15 & 16 — Drake Passage

During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters.

Days 21 & 22 — 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 on Day 22.

* 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)