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Antarctic Explorer: Island Sky

This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and seabirds as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

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EARLY BOOKING 2017/18: Book before 31 May and save on selected voyages and cabin categories!

Only applicable to the following departures and cabin categories:
Mar 2, 2018 - Standard cabins* 20%, Premium cabins** 25%

Please take note of the above dates and use applicable Promo Codes: EBDQ20 or EBDQ25 during the booking process - contact us for updated availability.

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*Standard cabins: Standard Suites & Superior Suites
**Premium cabins: Premium Suites, Corner Suites & Deluxe Balcony Suites
Valid on new bookings until 31 May 2017, applicable to 2017/2018 season only. Excludes triple cabins and owner suites. Must quote the Promocodes above and provide full names at time of booking. Not combinable with any other promotion and applies to voyage only - not applicable for transfer packages, land-based programs, Adventure Options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance, or flights. The right is reserved to limit, change or discontinue promotion at any time without notice. No cash value.

  • An Antarctica cruise that is perfect for first time visitors.
  • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Be aboard Island Sky - a luxurious and small ice strengthened vessel
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, elephant seals, whales and more!
  • New: All Inclusive Expedition!

    • Domestic Flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (roundtrip), as indicated in the selected itinerary (you only need to book your international airfare from home to Buenos Aires, Argentina,  as per the itinerary.
    • Accommodation - one-night pre-cruise hotel night in Ushuaia
    • Group transfers
    • Gratuities on board
    • All Beverages (non-alcoholic & alcoholic)
    • All meals.
    • Parka and boots.

    Day 1 — Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, Argentina Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (flight ticket included in the cost of your ticket) and on arrival transfer to your hotel. With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. Day 2 — Embarkation Day Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent! Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead. Days 5 to 7 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world. Days 8 and 9 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences. Day 10 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia - fly to Buenos Aires You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning where you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

    Expedition Vessel: M/S Island Sky

    Island Sky

    Island Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests, built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2016. One of the finest small ships in the world, M/S Island Sky is hallmarked by its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now with the addition of more adventurous itineraries, alternative adventure options as well as an on-board Passenger Service Representative, Island Sky is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!

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    Dates, Costs & Booking

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    Date Selected: 28th Dec 2017


    Adult (1) US$11795
    Sub total US$11795

    Expedition Options

    Name Description Price
    Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (4-star) Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on lower or higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year. US$510
    Camping in Antarctica Camping in the polar regions is unlike any camping done in other parts of the world. The equipment supplied is designed for low temperature adventures. Depending on the choice of itinerary and dates of travel, campers may experience only a few hours of twilight. At other times, campers may feel as if they can touch the stars. No two polar camping adventures are alike. US$250
    Sea-Kayaking in Antarctica If you have paddled the waters of New England or Alaska; if you have kayaked off the coast of California or Canada's Maritimes, you are ready for polar sea‐kayaking. Polar kayaking takes place in one of the roughest and toughest environments on Earth.  When you settle yourself in one of our kayaks, you should already be comfortable getting in and out of the boat. You should have practiced an emergency wet exit. Once you have booked your optional adventure, you receive a set of preparation notes that lists the gear supplied plus the gear you must bring with you. US$950

    Essential Information

    Rates and Share Bookings Prices shown are per person in US Dollars on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.7 times the twin share rate. Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% (minimum $1000 per person) at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $1000 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

    Included

    • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast.
    • Domestic Flights from Buenos Aires (roundtrip), as indicated in the selected itinerary
    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
    • All Beverages (non-alcoholic & alcoholic)
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
    • Gratuities
    • All shore landings per the daily program. Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program. Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage. A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings. An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep. Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin. Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
    • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    • All luggage handling aboard ship.
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.

    Excluded

    • Airfares unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
    • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Laundry or other personal charges unless specified.
    • Telecommunications charges.