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Melissa Hookway

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01242 386 477

01242 386 477

Best Time To Go

October - February

Holiday Length

13 nights

Price guide

From £9,995pp

This price is a guide – based on two people sharing a porthole cabin.
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Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula

Embark on the expedition vessel Island Sky for an unforgettable cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula. Set sail from South America’s southern tip, accompanied by a team of experts including marine mammal specialists. This captivating journey maximises whale watching opportunities, whilst allowing you to explore lesser travelled areas of the Peninsula. Spot the abundance of wildlife found here, including whale, dolphin, penguin, orca and many species of seal. Witness whale feeding grounds, penguin rookeries and seal wallows on your Antarctic adventure of a lifetime.

Departure dates (2019)
Per person from
2 March £9,995

The price shown is per person, based on two sharing. It excludes international flights. Single supplement available on request. Minimum participant age is 10 years. Subject to availability, please speak to a travel consultant to find out more.

This departure is aboard Island Sky.

View the Island Sky deck plan and cabin layout (PDF - 100KB)


Enjoy the leather markets and lamb dishes Patagonia is famous for as you visit the world’s southernmost city – Ushuaia. Wander around the award-winning museum and board the ‘Train at the End of the World’ in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The Arakur Hotel & Resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and your home for the night. An optional evening briefing gives you the chance to meet your fellow travellers before you set sail.


This morning, explore more of Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until your afternoon transfer to the ship. On board Island Sky, you’ll be greeted by the expedition team and the ship’s officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the captain’s welcome dinner. After eating, relax and take in the scenery during the early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, passing Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Drake Passage

As you sail ever closer to the white continent, the expedition team will be out on deck looking for the whale and dolphin that breach these icy waters. Learn about all things Antarctic during the team’s presentations, covering wildlife, history, the environment and safety. Finally, arrive in the freezing climes of the Antarctic Ocean. Depending on conditions, you’ll reach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day Four. Keep a keen watch for pelagic whale as the ship approaches the continental shelf.  

South Shetland Islands

Over the next few days, explore the rugged South Shetland Islands. Visit Half Moon Island with its stunning mountainous backdrop, or the glaciated Livingston Island where 19th-century sealers would camp. Take a dip in the waters of Deception Island, warmed by volcanic activity.  As Island Sky navigates the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, the expedition team will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.


Heading further south, explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands. There’s the chance to visit the picturesque Neko Harbour, humpback whale hotspot Wilhelmina Bay and the striking Lemaire Channel. Stop off at historic and active scientific bases, such as Poland’s Arctowksi, Ukraine’s Vernadskiy and the UK’s Port Lockroy. The region offers excellent opportunities to view marine mammals, with seal resting along the coast whilst whale and orca splash in the waters.

Drake Passage

As the Island Sky heads northward and you leave this magical place behind, cross the Antarctic Convergence once more. Make the most of the remaining opportunities to spot wildlife. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow.


Disembark from Island Sky in the morning for a flight to Buenos Aires, or stay in Ushuaia for more sightseeing. Though back on dry land, your head will swim with the memories of your Antarctic adventure for years to come.

Latin America & Antarctica team

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