Fly the Drake — Hebridean Sky


Short on time? Don't want to experience the potentially rough seas of the Drake Passage? Then this adventure may be the one for you.

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we invite you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer.

A boutique-style wilderness adventure, not a cruise. Feeling more like a private yacht than a cruise ship, our small expedition vessels give us privileged access to Antarctica, allowing you to go where larger ships can’t.

COMFORT: Avoid storms in the Drake Passage
SPEED: Get to Antarctica quickly and save time
STYLE: Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience

Veteran Antarctic aircraft pilots, experienced sea captains, an international team of polar guides and academics, and a team of seasoned travel professionals come together to create your experience. With passion, creativity and dedicated teamwork, we handcraft every expedition to be unique and personal.

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, our team will be waiting at the airport ready to accompany you to the hotel. Offering dedicated and personalized attention,
they will provide detailed information about your upcoming trip.

While in Punta Arenas, our travelers stay at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, this deluxe landmark property offers a premium hospitality experience in the character and tradition of Patagonia.

Explorers House is an exclusive facility in Punta Arenas where our team helps you prepare for your expedition. You can attend briefings, try on expedition gear, practice wearing a life jacket, and learn how to board a Zodiac. At Explorers House you can interact with our team, review checklists, and get answers to any questions you may have about your trip, so you will be ready and confident when you arrive in Antarctica.

Explorers House also functions as our own private club. It provides a modern environment where you can relax with a cup of coffee, review a wonderful collection of Antarctic books, and get to know your travel companions as excitement over the upcoming adventure builds. Explorers House was designed by renowned architects and was built using green building practices. It features a commercial solar panel system for the production of electricity and heat.

Unique in its kind, “Bigfoot” was especially designed and built for Antarctica. With its special traction system, it can adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain.

Travel with at least twelve polar guides. Professional, experienced, and passionate.
They are a well-staffed team of extraordinary leaders and experts. Charming and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.

Small ship offer great flexibility in the changeable Antarctic environment. Small-group disembarkation is efficient so you can spend more time ashore and less time waiting.

Excellent international cuisine is accompanied by a great selection of premium wines carefully chosen by our hospitality team to complement and enhance each meal.

The Airplanes:

We use three similar aircraft for flight operations: the BAE 146-200, the AVRO RJ 85, and the AVRO RJ 100. These aircraft were manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). They are high-wing aircraft with short runway requirements, which means they are particularly suited for this kind of destination. They are operated by Aerovías DAP, which have more than 25 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Model: BAE 146-200
Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Length: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
Service ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
Capacity: 75 passengers

The Ship: Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer) is a small, all-suite expedition vessel.

She was built in 1992, refurbished in 2005, and again in 2016 — undergoing an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation to transform it into one of the finest small ships in the world.

With an ice-strengthened hull, Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Although the vessel has capacity for up to 110 guests, we will accommodate a maximum of 71 travelers on our Air-Cruises, further increasing the comfort of our guests.

Suites in seven different categories of accommodation are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed.

A number of Suites include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.

Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, an exercise room, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.


Expedition Staff & Crew: 85
Passengers: 71 (maximum capacity 110)
Lifeboats: 4 partially enclosed, capacity of 192
Length: 90.6 m
Breadth: 15.3 m
Draft: 5.14 m
Propulsion: 2 main engines – 3,520 kW
Ice Class: 1C
Cruising Speed: 12.5 knots

Single Travellers

Single travellers can choose between:
• Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
• Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
• Sharing with another passenger of the same gender in a Window Suite. No supplement is applied, and we will take care of finding the matching companion.
Note: Sharing a cabin also implies sharing any hotel accommodation.

Included In The Rate

• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, exclusive access to Explorers House.
• Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
• Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Contingency Plan.
• IAATO passenger fee.

Specifically Not Included In The Rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
• Internet connection on board the ship.
• Personal travel insurance.
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Gratuities.
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.


  Single Suites
Suites with window and sitting area.
240 Sq.ft. (22 m2)
  Owner's Suites
Two-Room Suite with sitting room, private bedroom and private balcony.
370 Sq.ft. (34 m2), Including a 110 Sq.ft. (7.4 m2) Bacony
    Penthouse Suites
Suites with private balcony and sitting area.
325 Sq.ft. (30 m2), Including an 80 Sq.ft. (10.2 m2) Bacony
  Veranda Suites
Suites with private balcony and sitting area.
260 Sq.ft. (24 m2), Including a 40 Sq.ft. (3.7 m2) Balcony
  Deluxe Suites
Suites with bow and side windows and sitting area.
240 Sq.ft. (22 m2)
  Promenade Suites
Suites with window and sitting area.
220 Sq.ft. (20.4 m2)
  Window Suites
Suites with window and sitting area.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
  Triple Suites
Suites with window and sitting area.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
Number of Portholes per Cabin
Cabin # 250 252 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262
# of Portholes 3 2 4 4 3 3 2 2 3 3 4

Please note that the third berth in the triple suite is suitable for passengers up to 5’10” in height.