MS Hebridean Sky
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.
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
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.
When to visit
Join the ship's Citizen Science programme and make a difference on your voyage by participating in projects from tracking migrating whales to analyzing glaciers.
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.