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Grand Antarctica - Unique Air Cruises to the White Continent

The world's first air-and-cruise programme to the White Continent. FLY over the mythical Cape Horn and the feared Drake Passage towards the Peninsula and then CRUISE into the usually smooth and scenic Antarctic waters. Join us on this unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote and pristine places on Earth – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable and beautiful continent – Antarctica, the last true wild frontier

3 unique fly and cruise itineraries to choose for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Antarctica. Check out updated 2018 & 2019 departures dates from Punta Arenas, Chile.

Book with us and get a special 5% discount in any cabin category.

 

MV Ocean Nova © Antarctica XXI

 

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The Antarctic continent would roughly be round in shape, if it weren’t for the Peninsula, a long mountain range of rock and ice that breaks the apparent radial symmetry of the "White Continent". It begins approximately at 75°S, extending northwards to 62°S, almost reaching the southern tip of South America. Therefore, the Peninsula is the closest to any other mainland and most accessible part of Antarctica, generally reached via a two-day tour de force across the stormy Drake Passage on a ship. That was until now that we offer the option of visiting the most pristine corner on Earth via a unique itinerary, combining a short and comfortable 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to the South Shetland Islands, with the experience of a small 68-passenger expedition cruise across the calm and scenic waters of the Antarctic Peninsula! Join us on the most innovative circuit to discover the landscapes and wildlife of the 'White Continent'.

 

Landing in Antarctica © Antarctica XXI

 

OPTION A

Option A. Classic Antarctica (8 days, 7 nights)

 

Detailed Itinerary and Activities 

 

Classic Antarctica Cruise Trip MapFlying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

 

Day 1 • Start of the Air-Cruise 

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. 


Day 2 • Scheduled flight to Antarctica 

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. 


Days 3/6 • Exploring Antarctica 

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. 


Day 7 • Scheduled return flight from Antarctica 

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program). 


Day 8 • End of the Air-Cruise 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

 

Departures 2017/2018

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Dec 2-9, 2017 $10,995 $11,895 $15,995
Dec 7-14, 2017 $10,995 $11,895 $15,995
Dec 12-19, 2017 $10,995 $11,895 $15,995
Dec 17-24, 2017 $10,995 $11,895 $15,995
Dec 22-29, 2017 $12,495 $14,495 $20,795
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2018 $12,495 $14,495 $20,795
Jan 17-24, 2018 $11,795 $13,495 $18,795
Jan 22-29, 2018 $11,795 $13,495 $18,795
Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2018 $11,795 $13,495 $18,795
Feb 8-15, 2018 $11,795 $13,495 $18,795
Feb 13-20, 2018 $11,795 $13,495 $18,795
Aboard M/V Hebridean Sky
Trip starts/ends Triple Suite Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 11-18, 2017 $12,995 $14,595 $14,995 $15,995 $16,995 $19,995 $19,995 $21,995
Dec 16-23, 2017 $12,995 $14,595 $14,995 $15,995 $16,995 $19,995 $19,995 $21,995
Dec 21-28, 2017 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
Dec 26 - Jan 2, 2018 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Departures 2018/2019

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Dec 7-14, 2018 $11,395 $12,395 $16,395
Dec 12-19, 2018 $11,395 $12,395 $16,395
Dec 17-24, 2018 $11,395 $12,395 $16,395
Dec 22-29, 2018 $12,995 $14,995 $21,495
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2019 $12,995 $14,995 $21,495
Jan 17-24, 2019 $11,995 $13,995 $19,395
Jan 22-29, 2019 $11,995 $13,995 $19,395
Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2019 $11,995 $13,995 $19,395
Feb 8-15, 2019 $11,995 $13,995 $19,395
Feb 13-20, 2019 $11,995 $13,995 $19,395
Aboard M/V Hebridean Sky
Trip starts/ends Triple Suite Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 6-13, 2018 $12,995 $14,895 $15,795 $16,995 $17,995 $20,995 $23,995 $23,995
Dec 11-18, 2018 $12,995 $14,895 $15,795 $16,995 $17,995 $20,995 $23,995 $23,995
Dec 16-23, 2018 $12,995 $14,895 $15,795 $16,995 $17,995 $20,995 $23,995 $23,995
Dec 21-28, 2018 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
Feb 1-8,2019 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
Feb 6-13, 2019 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
Feb 11-18, 2019 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
Feb 16-23, 2019 $13,495 $15,495 $16,495 $17,995 $18,795 $21,995 $21,995 $24,995
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

 

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,1 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.

• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Stationon King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on boardship ofering a wide choice of dishes.

• Daily served dinner on board ship ofering a choice of three main courses.

• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.

• Cofee, 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 landingin Antarctica.

• Contingency Plan as described below.

• IAATO passenger fee.

 

Excluded in the rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifcally, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

• Personal insurance.

• Extra expenses (communication, laundry,souvenirs, etc.).

• Gratuities.

• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passportexpenses, and any arrival and/or departuretax, if applicable.

 

OPTION B

Option B. Polar Circle Air Cruise (10 days, 9 nights)

 

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Polar Circle Air Cruise Trip MapFlying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the Polar Circle Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

 

Day 1 • Start of the Air-Cruise 

ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. 


Day 2 • Scheduled flight to Antarctica 

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. 


Days 4/8 • Exploring Antarctica 

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. 


Day 9 • Scheduled return flight from Antarctica 

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program). 


Day 10 • End of the Air-Cruise 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

 

Departures 2017/2018

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Jan 1-10, 2018 $14,495 $16,795 $23,995
Feb 1-10, 2018 $14,495 $16,795 $23,995
Feb 18-27, 2018 $14,495 $16,795 $23,995
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Departures 2018/2019

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Jan 1-10, 2019 $14,995 $17,495 $24,595
Jan 22-31, 2019 $14,995 $17,495 $24,595
Feb 18-27, 2019 $14,995 $17,495 $24,595
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

 

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,1 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.

• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Stationon King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on boardship ofering a wide choice of dishes.

• Daily served dinner on board ship ofering a choice of three main courses.

• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.

• Cofee, 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 landingin Antarctica.

• Contingency Plan as described below.

• IAATO passenger fee.

 

Excluded in the rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifcally, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

• Personal insurance.

• Extra expenses (communication, laundry,souvenirs, etc.).

• Gratuities.

• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passportexpenses, and any arrival and/or departuretax, if applicable.

 

OPTION C

Option C. Antarctica Express Air Cruise (6 days, 5 nights)

 

Detailed Itinerary and Activities


Antarctica Express Aire Cruise Trip MapLeaving from Ushuaia, the Antarctica Express Air-Cruises take you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. From there you cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.

 

Day 1 • Start of the Air-Cruise 

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. 


Day 2 • Cape Horn and Drake Passage 

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. 


Day 3 • Drake Passage 

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. 


Day 4 • Drake Passage and Antarctica 

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening. 


Day 5 • Antarctica and scheduled return flight 

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program). 


Day 6 • End of the Air-Cruise 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.Note: The December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018 departure (AE03-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.

 

Departures 2017/2018

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2017 $4,695 $5,695 $6,995
Jan 14-19, 2018 $4,695 $5,695 $6,995
Aboard M/V Hebridean Sky
Trip starts/ends Triple Suite Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 8-13, 2017 $4,995 $5,995 $6,295 $6,495 $6,995 $7,795 $8,595 $8,595
Dec 31 - Jan 6, 2018* $4,995 $5,995 $6,295 $6,495 $6,995 $7,795 $8,595 $8,595
*Denotes reverse itinerary, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia.
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Departures 2018/2019

 

Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Trips starts/ends Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2018 $4,695 $3,695 $5,695 $4,695 $6,995 $5,995
Jan 14-19, 2019 Sold out Sold out Sold out
Aboard M/V Hebridean Sky
Trip starts/ends Triple Suite Window Suite Promenade Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Penthouse Suite Single Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 3-8, 2018 $4,995 $3,995 $5,995 $4,995 $6,295 $5,295 $6,495 $5,495 $6,995 $5,995 $7,795 $6,795 $8,595 $7,595 $8,595 $7,595
Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2019* $4,995 $3,995 $5,995 $4,995 $6,295 $5,295 $6,495 $5,495 $6,995 $5,995 $7,795 $6,795 $8,595 $7,595 $8,595 $7,595
Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2019 $4,995 $3,995 $5,995 $4,995 $6,295 $5,295 $6,495 $5,495 $6,995 $5,995 $7,795 $6,795 $8,595 $7,595 $8,595 $7,595
Feb 21-27, 2019* $4,995 $3,995 $5,995 $4,995 $6,295 $5,295 $6,495 $5,495 $6,995 $5,995 $7,795 $6,795 $8,595 $7,595 $8,595 $7,595
*Denotes reverse itinerary, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia.
All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.
Single travellers can choose between booking a dedicated single cabin, booking a Window or Promenade Suite for single use (only a limited number are available and an 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person) or sharing a Window Suite with another passenger of the same gender.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

 

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,1 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.

• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Stationon King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on boardship ofering a wide choice of dishes.

• Daily served dinner on board ship ofering a choice of three main courses.

• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.

• Cofee, 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 landingin Antarctica.

• Contingency Plan as described below.

• IAATO passenger fee.

 

Excluded in the rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifcally, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

• Personal insurance.

• Extra expenses (communication, laundry,souvenirs, etc.).

• Gratuities.

• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passportexpenses, and any arrival and/or departuretax, if applicable.

 

AIRCRAFT

The Aircraft

 

Grand Antarctica - Unique Air Cruises to Antarctica


The BAE-146 aircraft was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which makes it particularly suited for landing and take-off in Antarctica. The aircraft is expertly operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

 

Grand Antarctica - Unique Air Cruises to Antarctica

 

Specifications
Model BAE 146-200
Engines 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Capacity 71 passengers (16 in Preferred Seats)
Wingspan 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise Speed 465 mph (750 km/h)
Service Ceiling 31,200 ft (9,500 m)

 

OCEAN NOVA

M/V Ocean Nova


M/V 'Ocean Nova', our expedition vessel to Antarctica - Grand Antarctica with FS Expeditions - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

The MV Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.All guests aboard Ocean Nova are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, with three cabin categories: dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.

 

MV Ocean Nova © Antarctica XXI

 

Accommodation (Cabin) Details
Category Average Size Details
Single Cabin 87 ft2 – 8 mt2
Suites with window and sitting area
Twin Cabin 106 ft2 – 10 mt2
Two lower beds
Triple Cabin 150 ft2 – 14 mt2
Two lower beds and one upper bed
Specifications
Passengers 72 maximum
Expeditions Staff & Crew 46
Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity 100)
Length 73.0 m
Breadth 11.0 m
Propulsion Diesel engines 2,000 horsepower
Ice Class 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Draft 3.7 m
Cruising Speed 12 knots in open water
Deck Plan
MV Ocean Nova Deck Plan

 

HEBRIDEAN SKY

M/V Hebridean Sky

 

MV Hebridean Sky © Antarctica XXI

 

Hebridean Sky, formerly called Sea Explorer, is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small-ships in the world.Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.Suites in all eight categories are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window and two twin beds that, upon request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. A number of suites also include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.

 

MV Hebridean Sky © Antarctica XXI

 

Accommodation (Cabin) Details
Category Average Size Details
Owner’s suite 370 ft2 /34 mt2 Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom
Single suite 240 ft2 / 22 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Penthouse suite 325 ft2 / 30 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Veranda suite 260 ft2 / 24 mt2 Suites with private balcony and sitting area
Deluxe suite 240 ft2 / 22 mt2 Suites with bow and side windows, and sitting area
Promenade suite 220 ft2 / 20 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Window suite 225 ft2 / 21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Triple suite 225 ft2 / 21 mt2 Suites with window and sitting area
Specifications
Passengers 100 maximum
Expeditions Staff & Crew 85
Lifeboats 4 fully enclosed, capacity of 192
Length 90.6 m
Breadth 15.3 m
Propulsion 2 main engines - 3,520 kW
Ice Class 1 C
Draft 5.14 m
Cruising Speed 12.5 knots in open water
Deck Plan
MV Hebridean Sky Deck Plan

 

IMPORTANT

Important Information

 

Planning Your Trip

 

The Nature of Expedition Travel

Our air-cruise expeditions are suitable for adventurous travellers who enjoy full mobility and reasonably good health. Expedition travel to Antarctica requires flexibility and adaptation to ever-changing circumstances.

About Your Arrival And Departure

If you are joining an Air-Cruise starting in Punta Arenas, you must plan to arrive with a fight that is scheduled to land in Punta Arenas no later than 2 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary. The same deadline applies to travellers arriving directly at the hotel on Day 1.That afternoon, all travellers must attend a mandatory safety and Antarctic guidelines briefing, and an information session covering important practical details. You must also attend a fitting session for your expedition boots. Participation in these activities is essential for the success of the expedition. Travellers who miss the 2 PM arrival deadline will be considered “no-show”. They will not be able to participate in the expedition and will receive no refund. Remember that scheduling tight connections is never wise when travelling to remote places with limited services. Protect your travel investment by building some buffer in your travel plans in case of problems with luggage delivery, fight delays etc. In case your fight into Punta Arenas is delayed for reasons beyond your control, ANTARCTICA XXI will do every thing possible to accommodate your late arrival. However, ANTARCTICA XXI cannot assume any responsibility for any resulting complications, including your inability to join the expedition. For Antarctica Express Air-Cruises: boarding in Ushuaia is between 3 PM and 4 PM. At 4 PM boarding will close. ANTARCTICA XXI strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return fight from Antarctica. Please ask your travel consultant for assistance. See also the sections on possible fight delays and related contingency plans further down.

Participation Form

Participants are required to fill and sign an on-line Participation Form, and to return it to ANTARCTICA XXI at least 120 days prior to departure.

Medical Insurance

ANTARCTICA XXI requires participants to be adequately covered by a travel insurance policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica as a result of a medical emergency during the trips, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions.

Itinerary

Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants.

Cancellation Insurance

ANTARCTICA XXI strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Baggage And Baggage Allowance

The maximum weight allowed on the fights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 Lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage. For Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises, excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas and will be handed over to travellers upon their return from Antarctica. For Antarctica Express Air-Cruises, excess luggage will be disembarked at Port Williams and will be sent to Punta Arenas by air cargo at the traveller’s expense. It will be available for pick up in Punta Arenas upon the traveller’s return from Antarctica. The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the fight operation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance. Note that at certain points during the expedition you will be required to handle your own luggage.

Expedition Language

The official expedition language of our Air-Cruises is English. The voyage will take travellers to remote destinations where the interaction with our polar guides is essential. In the interest of safety and for the enjoyment of the experience, we strongly recommend that travellers who do not understand English are accompanied by someone who does, such as a friend, a family member, or a Tour Leader.

Possible Flight Delays And Contingency Plan

Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of fights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.

Contingency Plan


ANTARCTICA XXI has been organizing Antarctic air-cruises since 2003. Over these years we have gained extensive experience in the delicate coordination of land, air and sea operations in the extreme Antarctic environment. While historically a majority of fights has operated on the scheduled day, in some instances weather conditions have required that adjustments to the departure time of Antarctic fights be made to avoid protracted delays. In the unlikely event that the fight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavorable weather conditions, we will apply a Contingency Plan. The Contingency Plan is included in the cost of your expedition. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while we adapt to the weather. A change in the fight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or return back to Punta Arenas, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers you financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent us from reaching Antarctica.

The Details

In case the outbound fight to Antarctica is moved forward

In some cases it may be necessary to move forward the Antarctic fight to the afternoon or evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. This will result in early departure from Punta Arenas and early arrival in Antarctica.

In case the outbound fight to Antarctica is delayed

The group will remain in Punta Arenas while waiting for an improvement in the weather andf or the opportunity to fly to Antarctica. Included are accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, meals, and guided excursions to local attractions. If by 2 PM on Day 4 of the itinerary it is still impossible to reach Antarctica, the trip will be interrupted and the cruise fare will be refunded.

In case the return fight to Punta Arenas is moved forward

In those cases when the forecast suggests the likelihood of unfavorable weather conditions in Antarctica persisting for several days, the flight back to Punta Arenas may be moved forward to the previous evening as a way to avoid a protracted delay in Antarctica. Accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar is included upon arrival. All other inclusions will remain per the original itinerary.

In case the return fight to Punta Arenas is delayed

The group will remain in Antarctica and wait for the opportunity to fly to Punta Arenas. Included are meals and accommodation on the ship, and local excursions. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, the trip will end at the airport. Travellers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of their airline tickets or onward travel plans. Please refer to the Contingency Plan section of our Terms and Conditions for further details.


Useful Tips

Suggested Clothing

The average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area during the austral summer is about 0°C (32°F), although sometimes it may feel a little lower because of the wind chill factor. For this reason, it is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing. The suggested clothing for Antarctica is very similar to that recommended for skiing: thermal underwear, a couple of warm and wicking mid layers, and windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as the outer layer. You will also need a hat, as carf, waterproof and insulated gloves, and sunglasses with high UV protection. The pre departure material provides further details.

Waterproof Boots

As most landings in Antarctica are “wet landings”, the best footwear is knee-high waterproof boots. You will not need to carry them with you since ANTARCTICA XXI will provide you with a pair of thermal rubber boots before arriving in Antarctica.

Face Protection

Good quality UV filtering sunglasses are essential. Glacier glasses have leather flaps at the sides to stop the light from passing through. Due to the high reflectance of UV radiation, you will also need good sun block lotion for your face (protection factor 30 and above) and lip balm.

 

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Photo Gallery

 

Check out our photo gallery with images from our recent expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

 

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How to Book

 

Tour Registration

 

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$2,500 per cabin. Full payment of the tour fee is due 120 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

• If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

• If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

• If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available. 


This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

 
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