Whale Science Voyage

Science plays a fundamental role in protecting our beloved Antarctic, so in 2014, a Citizen Science program that offers travelers the option to contribute to major research studies focused on Antarctica was created.

Antarctic Peninsula
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This itinerary runs around a Partnership with researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), scientists who want to gather data on the feeding habits of Humpback whales. Their goal is to have as much time as possible on the water, tagging whales with suction cup electronic devices to record their behavior.

Duration: 14 days
Embarks: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Disembarks: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Language: English


Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day:
Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of our optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Day 1, Ushuaia:
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2, Embarkation:
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid- afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 3-4, Drake Passage:
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, our Expedition Team and Marine Mammal experts will be out on deck and on the bridge, looking for the whales and dolphins that may be seen as we travel south. They will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history, including helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety. The WHOI* Team will present us with an overview of their study’s goals and methods. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.
Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions, but we should approach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day 4. We will keep especially keen watch for Pelagic whales as we approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf.

Day 5-7, Antarctica:
Exploring the South Shetland Islands, we may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island. Or perhaps we will sail the ship into an active volcano with an opportunity to take a dip in the relatively balmy waters that surround Deception Island. Bransfield Strait, once the site of an abandoned whaling station, gives us an excellent chance to see whales, who often return to its rich waters.
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Expedition Leader, Captain, and the WHOI Team will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and previous sightings to maximize our whale watching opportunities, while also exploring some of the lesser travelled areas of the Peninsula. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The WHOI Team will begin their research, giving us periodic updates on the study’s progress. Interested guests can participate in two special Citizen Science projects for this voyage only, Water Sampling and Whale Surveys, to add supporting data to the WHOI Team’s study.

Day 8-11, Antarctica:
Heading further South, we will be sure to explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands. This may include trips to picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
At this time of year, most areas have amazing marine mammal viewing opportunities with Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors during this season and Orca sightings are also common. Our water sampling and whale surveys continue, as we support the WHOI Team’s research.

Day 12-13, Drake Passage:
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 14, Ushuaia disembarkation:
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

• One night hotel accommodation in embarkation city in 2019-20 departures
• Two nights hotel accommodation in embarkation city on 2020-21 departures
• Transfer from airport in embarkation city (Trelew Airport “REL” for the Nov 1 2020 voyage which embarks in Puerto Madryn; Ushuaia Airport “USH” for all other departures) to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 90 days prior to departure
• Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
• Group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia, or central location following disembarkation. We cannot drop at Airbnb / private homes which are often inaccessible for our transfer vehicles.
• Shipboard accommodations
• All scheduled Landings / excursions
• All meals onboard
• Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
• House wine / beer / soft drink with dinner
• Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
• A pair of boots for use during the voyage
• WiFi from the public computers in the library
• 200 MB WiFi card (for use on your personal devices)
• Daily international news service
• All port fees
• All landing fees
• Digital Voyage Log
• In Owner’s Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe and Promenade categories: champagne and
chocolates on arrival, and complimentary mini-bar. Mini-bar is restocked once daily.

• Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
• Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
• Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
• Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
• Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except as listed above in inclusions)
• Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in
excess of the 200 MB provided
• Staff gratuities

Dates & Rates

Ship: Hebridean Sky | Date: 27 Feb 2020 / 11 Mar 2020 More info about this Ship
Porthole Suite
Single Suite
Owner's Suite
Penthouse Suite
Veranda Suite
Deluxe Suite
Promenade Suite
Window Suite
Triple Suite
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Ship: Hebridean Sky | Date: 26 Feb 2021 / 12 Mar 2021 More info about this Ship
Promenade Suite
Window Suite
Triple Suite
Porthole Suite
Single Suite
Owner's Suite
Penthouse Suite
Veranda Suite
Deluxe Suite

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.


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