MS Hebridean Sky
An elegant & small expedition ship, offering a classic luxury feel
At a Glance
Incredible wildlife and breathtaking scenery
A fantastic expedition team, made up of highly skilled and experienced guides and lecturers
Guests are invited to participate in scientific research projects on board
Chance to camp out on the Antarctic peninsula, a real once in a lifetime experience
Comfortable, spacious cabins, all exterior facing and some with private balconies
The Drake Passage which the ship traverses can be very rough at time - but there are fly cruises on offer with Antarctica XXi which avoid the need to traverse the passage
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Best time to Visit
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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
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Experience the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands on board the fantastic small expedition ship, the Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer), whose journeys offer incredible wildlife observation, daily landings and lectures on board.
The ice-strengthened Hebridean Sky sets sail from the port of Ushuaia and takes guests on spectacular 11-night journeys to the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as longer journeys which also take in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
The ship sleeps up to 110 passengers in 56 exterior facing cabins, some with their own private balconies. On board facilities include a library, bar/lounge, exercise room and a wraparound sun deck with jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the incredible scenery.
There is a fantastic on board expedition team supporting the cruises, made up of naturalists, professional photographers and lecturers.
Explore this last true wilderness on earth observing magnificent waterways, glaciers, rugged mountains and abundant wildlife. The wildlife, which you may encounter on your epic voyage include penguins, shags, terms, seals, orcas and humpback whales.
Passengers on board the ship will enjoy daily guided shore visits and for those looking for something extra on selected cruises there is the option to participate in kayaking and camping on the Antarctic Peninsula.
The cruises run between November and mid March, which is the Antarctic summer, when passengers can enjoy long hours of daylight. In addition to the longer 10-20 night cruises there are also shorter fly-cruises with the Hebridean Sky on offer.
The Hebridean Sky has 56 double cabins with exterior view, distributed across five decks.
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MS Hebridean Sky's comfortable Veranda Suites are spacious and well appointed, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private veranda. Interiors feature rich wood paneling, ample lighting and mirrors to bounce natural light throughout, as well as a flat screen television, telephone, mini-bar, independent climate controls, espresso machine, walk in closet and stone en suite bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes. They are 260 square foot/ 24 square metres.
MS Hebridean Sky's comfortable Penthouse Suites are spacious and well appointed, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private veranda and extra square footage for you comfort. Interiors feature rich wood paneling, amply lighting and mirrors to bounce natural light, as well as a flat screen television, telephone, complimentary mini-bar, independent climate controls, espresso machine, walk in closet and stone en suite bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes.
The Owner's suite is a two room suite with a separate sitting room, bedroom and balcony. The average size is around 370 square feet/ 34 square metres.
The single suites are comfortable but smaller set over 240 square feet/ 22 square metres. The suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom and a picture window.
MS Hebridean Sky's comfortable Deluxe Suites are spacious and well appointed with large picture windows. Interiors feature rich wood panelling, ample lighting and mirrors to bounce natural light throughout, as well as a flat screen television, telephone, independent climate controls, closet and stone en suite bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes. They are 240 square foot/ 22 square metres.
The Promenade suites feature a sitting area, a picture window, private bathroom and two twin beds that can be made into a queen bed. They are 220 square foot/ 20 square metres.
MS Hebridean Sky's comfortable Window Suites are 225 square feet in size and features a large picture window. Interiors feature rich wood panelling, ample lighting and mirrors to bounce natural light, as well as a flat screen television, telephone, mini-bar, independent climate controls and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.
The Triple suites feature a sitting area, a picture window, private bathroom and two twin beds that can be made into a queen bed. They are 225 square foot/ 21 square metres.
The Hebridean Sky has a dining room and a bar/lounge area. Breakfast and lunch is served buffer style and dinner is a la carte. There is also afternoon tea in the club.
A complimentary expedition jacket will be included with your voyage.
There will be live entertainment on board.
There is a DVD library on-board and a lounge with audiovisual facilities.
There is a medical clinic and a passenger service manager.
|Citizen Science Programme||
Guests are invited to take part in the Citizen Science programme, which harnesses the power of travellers in remote and difficult locations to participate in academic research. The Hebridean Sky takes part in projects such as surveying penguin populations, mapping cloud patterns and tracking ice changes.
|Zodiac Excursions and Landings||
Each trip aims to maximise wildlife observation in a respectful and environmentally sound way, using zodiacs between ship and shore. Typically two disembarkations are aimed for per day, this will either be a shore landing or zodiac excursion.
Kayaking is offered as an option excursion on certain departures. There are a limited number of spaces and it is always popular so we recommend booking in advance. Antarctica and South Georgia are truly the last best frontiers for kayaking. Paddling in these pristine, icy wilderness areas will overwhelm even the most seasoned adventurer. It is a rare opportunity, for few have experienced these magical places by kayak. Go where the Zodiacs can’t, get away from motor noise, get closer to wildlife and enjoy the region’s immense silence. Some sea or open water kayaking experience is required.
|Camping on the Ice||
Enjoy a truly once in a lifetime experience and spend a night camped out on the ice in Antarctica! Get a taste of Antarctica as it was experienced by the early explorers, while knowing that in the morning you’ll enjoy a hot shower and a hearty breakfast back on board our luxurious ship. There are a limited number of spaces to camp overnight on the ice so we recommend booking in advance.
Not for the faint hearted the Polar Plunge is a bucket list experience for some! Don your swimming gear and plunge into Antarctica’s icy waters before heading back onto the boat to warm up with a hot drink. A thrilling experience and one you’re sure to always remember.
Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.
In terms of size and amenities, the AD, like the baby bear's porridge, felt just right. There were enough passengers to engender a lively atmosphere, but not so many that excursion opportunities would have to be rationed. (According to the international agreement that regulates tourism activities in Antarctica, only 100 passengers are allowed on shore in any one place at any one time. Some cruise ships carry three to four hundred passengers and use a rota system for excursions; others are more like floating small towns and allow for no disembarkations whatever.)
Sailing towards the Antarctic Sound brings you to a dramatically different landscape, rich in Adelie penguins and little-travelled waterways. Largely covered in sea ice for much of the year, the region offers a wealth of flora and fauna to discover.
Exploring the Lemaire Channel
Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.
Fly to King George Island
Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and you cross the legendary Drake Passage in just a few hours, arriving into the South Shetland Islands to meet your ship at King George Island.
South Shetland Islands
Sailing around the South Shetland Islands offers an opportunity to observe some of the continent’s most iconic wildlife species and a landscape of spellbinding beauty.
Spectacular South Georgia
Longer Antarctic expeditions include time exploring South Georgia, arguably the highlight of your cruise. With breathtaking scenery, huge congregations of king and macaroni penguins and amazing birdlife, there is so much to discover here.
The Drake Passage
The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.
The Falkland Islands
With clear skies, seamless horizons and large numbers of penguins and albatross to be found on white sand beaches and amongst tufts of vibrant tussock grass, The Falkland Islands are rich in natural beauty and a visit here is culturally fascinating too.
Visiting Port Lockroy
Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.
One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.
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