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Antarctica expedition cruises

Island Sky

The Island Sky is an all suites, all inclusive small expedition vessel with touches of elegance throughout.

Class: Antarctic Category 1
Style: Luxury polar expedition
Passengers: 108 maximum
Length: 297 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots

Cabin prices: ££, £££, ££££

Introducing 'Island Sky'

The ship carries a maximum of 108 passengers, cared for by a crew of 70 staff, and provides an abundance of public space for wildlife viewing, relaxation and taking in lectures and briefings.Every suite has private bathroom facilities and an exterior view, while some suites include a private balcony. All suites have flat screen televisions and DVD players.

This ship also includes some 'fly cruises' in its schedules which avoid sailing across the Drake Passage.

 

 

On board 'Island Sky'

Cabins

Island Sky cabin Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 1

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Penthouse Suite

Penthouse Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 5

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 8

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 2

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Promenade Suite

Promenade Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 13

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Window Suite

Window Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 15

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Porthole Suite

Porthole Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 9

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Island Sky cabin Triple Suite

Triple Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 2

Bed configuration:

Decks

Island Sky deck Deck 2

Deck 2

(Deck level: 5)

Island Sky deck Deck 3

Deck 3

(Deck level: 4)

Island Sky deck Promenade Deck

Promenade Deck

(Deck level: 3)

Island Sky deck Veranda Deck

Veranda Deck

(Deck level: 2)

Island Sky deck Penthouse Deck

Penthouse Deck

(Deck level: 1)

Voyages in detail

Important

Everyone visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic must recognise the obvious: that conditions can intervene at short notice and a voyage's planned itinerary must be altered. Make sure you read 'A very important note on published itineraries' in 'How to choose an Antarctic cruise'.

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Some of the sites that may be visited

South Georgia Museum

(planned for Day 7)

South Georgia Museum is housed in the villa at Grytviken that was formerly the whaling station manager’s residence, Grytviken being the island’s first whaling station. The museum was established by Nigel Bonner in 1991 as a whaling museum, but now covers all the main aspects of the island’s history, including its human heritage and its natural history.

Exhibits include discovery, exploration, Shackleton, surveying and mountaineering expeditions, sealing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the early days of whaling, techniques of modern whaling in the middle part of the 20th century, whalers’ social life, maritime history, and natural history.

Displays also cover the 1982 conflict and subsequent British military presence which ended in 2001.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s gravestone is close by and there is a picturesque church that was brought over from Strommen, Norway in 1913.

Grytviken

(planned for Day 8)

Grytviken was South Georgia's first whaling station. The station manager’s house is now the South Georgia Museum.

Whaling was not the first bi-product of European, American and antipodean exploration. Penguins had earlier been exploited for their oil, and seals for their fur.

Whaling replaced the penguin industry early in the 20th century and brought devastation to the whale population of the South Atlantic. The Falklands introduced the first control in 1908, having granted a lease to an Argentine company to process whales at Grytviken.

Ernest Shackleton is buried in the Whalers' cemetery here. He died here in 1922 during his Quest expedition, having visited earlier in 1916 after his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Wilhelmina Bay

(planned for Day 14)

Wilhelmina Bay, discovered and named after the Queen of the Netherlands by Adrien de Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic Expedition 1897 -99, when the latter made a valuable contribution to understanding the geography of the northwest coast of Graham Land. De Gerlache named the whole area Palmer Archipelago after the pioneering sealer and he himself was honoured with Gerlache Strait at the request of other expedition members. After sighting Alexander Island in February 1898 their ship became stuck in ice and they were forced to overwinter with great difficulty in the Bellingshausen Sea – the first men to do so in Antarctica. They eventually returned to Chile.

Kayaking in Wilhelmina Bay

      courtesy Antarctica XXI (Philip Stone)

Neko Harbour

(planned for Day 14)

Along the eastern side of Andvord Bay, the sheer ice cliffs lining the coast are interrupted by a tiny rocky point called Neko Harbour. This is an excellent place for ice-cliff viewing. Ground space is hard to find here but it does not stop a small colony of Gentoo penguins nesting a good distance up the cliff. If you follow them please don’t step in their short legged “websteps” as this will make their icy climb more difficult. Perhaps a last stop on mainland Antarctica but beware straying too far. Extreme care should be taken due not only to hidden glacier crevasses but also huge waves created by falling ice. Other wildlife includes Snowy sheathbill, Skuas and Kelp gull.

Paradise Bay

(planned for Day 14)

This harbour lives up to its name and even looks fantastic on a cloudy day! Named by 20th century whalers it is still the place to spot Minke, Humpback and Killer whales. The scenery is spectacular and most boats stop here if they are passing. Zodiac cruises through the recently calved iceberg bits are also popular. A beautiful and memorable place.

Lemaire Channel

(planned for Day 16)

Lemaire Channel, illogically named after an African Belgian Explorer, is a dramatic deep fjord guarded by looming volcanic cliffs. Sufficiently narrow to be blocked by icebergs, take every advantage you can to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Leopard and crabeater seals enjoy chilling out on the ice floes. See if you can spot Gentoo penguins and Antarctic shags, humpback and Minke whales.

  • Elevator serving all passenger decks
  • Upgraded WIFI Internet
  • Library with computers
  • Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • DVD Movie Library
  • Medical room
  • Sundeck
  • Indoor restaurant
  • Outdoor cafe
  • Live entertainment
  • Land excursions
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Citizen Science Project: get involved and help facilitate scientific research
  • Photography: improve your photography skills with the help of the onboard photography coach

 

Maximum number of passengers

108

Naturalist guides

Crew members

70

Overall length (ft)

297

Cruising speed

12

Gross tonnage

Draft

13

Other technical information

Staff and Crew: 70
Guests: 108
Length: 297 feet (91 meters)
Breadth: 50 feet (15 meters)
Draft: 13 feet (4 meters)
Propulsion: 2 B&W Man diesel engines, 4750 horsepower
Ice Class: 1D
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Registration: Bahamas
Lifeboats: 4 fully enclosed

This information has been provided by the boat operator and is subject to alteration

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Sailings for 'Island Sky'

Our prices

Prices are per person. The prices shown here are the current prices charged locally by each boat in their chosen currency. We charge our UK customers the equivalent price converted to British pounds at the current exchange rate. This helps keep prices low and protects you from currency fluctuations.

Our price promise

Our prices should be the best available anywhere. If you find a better price elsewhere please let us know: we will certainly try to match or beat it.

Complete trips

An expedition cruise is only part of your complete trip. Discuss your ideas with us. Our well-travelled experts can arrange your international flights from the UK, and design all the other parts of your trip in Argentina, Chile or elsewhere to fit the exact dates of your cruise and the things you want to do, and to make the best use of your time and budget. There is no obligation until you are ready to go ahead.

Your financial protection

By booking your trip with us you also benefit from our 100% financial protection and the knowledge that if anything goes wrong, or your plans change, our friendly experienced and resourceful travel specialists are here to help you.

Special offers

Special offers are often available (some are very generous) but they may only be open for short periods. Contact us to find out which offers are available now.

Cruise Starts Ends Nights Owner's Suite Penthouse Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Suite Promenade Suite Window Suite Porthole Suite Triple Suite