Hebridean Sky Antarctica Cruises
A classic premium expedition ship recently transformed into one of the finest small ships in the world
A polar cruise on board the Hebridean Sky
Hebridean Sky is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. The ship was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small ships in the world. For our air-cruises, Hebridean Sky accommodates 75 passengers. The ship offers a classically elegant base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Suites in eight different categories of accommodation are spacious, with premium appointments throughout.
Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed (cabins 601 and 602 only offer a queen-size bed). A number of Suites include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed suitable for individuals who are no more than 1.70 m (5′ 6″) tall. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.
Pictures and Deck Plans of the Hebridean Sky
Cabin Categories on board the Hebridean Sky
All expedition cruises on board the Hebridean Sky
Amenities on board the Hebridean Sky
Private Flight to Antarctica
Hebridean Sky's take on sustainable traveling
Foremost among our sustainability goals are actively reducing the impact and emission of our vessels, investing in new technology, and continuously improving our existing resources. We have also installed a new low-emission engine in our veteran vessel, Ortelius. This engine complies with all the latest environmental legislation. Another of our important commitments to sustainability is our use of low-sulfur marine gas oil (LSMGO), which has a sulfur content of less than 0.1 percent.\n\nWe limit onboard waste production by recycling as often as we can as well as banning single-use plastics. This ship does not use straws, plastic cups, or any individually wrapped butter, yogurt, and jam. This vessel has a water treatment system and desalination system that uses reverse osmosis, allowing us to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles on board. Rather, guests receive a reusable water bottle they can refill on the vessel. Bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable shampoo and soap in recycled packing, further limiting our use of plastics.
More info about the Hebridean Sky
Small Ship (<121 Guests)
Ice Class 1C
Reviews of Hebridean Sky
The Hebridean Sky was an excellent ship. Very clean and comfortable. The ship crew was great, very polite, professional and helpful. The dining staff was very attentive. The quality and diversity of menu was excellent. All of the public areas were clean and comfortable. (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)
The expedition went from Puerto Madryn, Argentina, to the Falkland Islands, then South Georgia Island, then several Antarctic islands and the Peninsula, disembark at Ushuaia, Argentina. I chose this tour because there were fewer days at sea and more varied excursions than a trip via Drake's Passage. Overall, this expedition is a spectacular experience--scenery, wildlife, expedition team, food, ship's staff. However, seasickness needs to be controlled from day 1. Fortunately, the ship's doc walked around with a pocket full of Meclizine, which was effective. The land excursions are particularly exciting if you are a birder--birds there are not afraid of humans, so it is possible to observe natural behavior up close. Most excursions required zodiac transfer from sea to land, which was handled really well. A good parka was given to each passenger, and rubber boots were available for the wet landings. Walking sticks were also available. Lots to do on board, for instance citizen science projects, such as checking ocean temperature, a quiet library with an internet connected PC, a very social lounge area, programs about the science & history of the area, good deck access for outdoor viewing. Cabins tend to be compact, but used only to sleep or change clothes (Copied from Trip Advisor)
I would say that the highlights were the landings and zodiac cruising. The landscape and wildlife were in a word amazing! Otherworldly! The expedition team MADE the experience... so informative and caring! I was surprised that the Drake crossing was SO SMOOTH! Wonderful Crew and perfect weather. The morning we spent on Useful Island... it was a pre-breakfast landing and it was just perfect... I will never forget it! (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)
The expedition crew was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. They were obviously enjoying the trip and landscapes and wildlife as much as we were. The other passengers were also friendly and personable. 100 (+/- 10) passengers made it possible to meet almost everyone. The aft deck on the Hebridean Sky was a bonus....a great place outdoors to have lunch and watch birds ans WHALES (100s of them). The sheer size of the penguin rookeries was breathtaking. (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)