Life-Changing Journeys to the Last Wild Place

Polar Latitudes

It's a journey, not a cruise...

From the minute we are born, we are born to explore. Join us on the voyage of a lifetime to the last wild place on earth. Discover Antarctica. You might discover yourself…

Notre partenaire Polar Latitudes est une organisation américaine, spécialisée dans les expéditions en Antarctique, et leurs voyages sont encadrés par des équipes professionnelles de spécialistes et naturalistes. La langue utilisée à bord est toujours l’anglais, et c’est pourquoi nous présentons ici leurs voyages dans cette langue.

Over the years I have had many conversations with colleagues about how to combine the best elements of polar travel, and in 2010 a group of like-minded polar professionals and I took these conversations a step further, and set out to create a new kind of company.
We decided early on that our mission would be to provide travelers to Antarctica with “best in class” experiences. To that end, we sought out the best guides, naturalists, and expedition crew members we had worked with over the years, and began persuading them to join us.

At the same time, we began an intensive search for the best possible vessel. There are many ways to encounter the Antarctic: From the deck of a small expeditionary ship, in a Zodiac or a kayak, or camping overnight along the shore. Our goal was to acquire a ship that would act as a platform for these experiences without sacrificing the comfort and ease that you would enjoy at a fine boutique hotel.
’m thrilled to say that Polar Latitudes has become the company we envisioned. Our vessels, the Hebridean Sky & Island Sky boast a level of comfort and safety unmatched in polar waters. Our world-class team has developed programs for both first-time visitors and those returning for a deeper exploration, and our onboard staff stands ready to fulfill their mission, to create and lead superior polar expedition cruises with a focus on you, our guest.

John McKeon, President

 

The most experienced crew on land, water, and ice

World class marine biologists, environmental scientists, ornithologists, and modern day explorers are all part of our expedition team – highly experienced, synced to your needs and interests, and with safety always top of mind. More than a team, though, this is a tight knit family. Most of us voyage together year after year, all share a deep love for Antarctica, and all take immense pleasure in making your trip one you’ll never forget.

Polar Latitudes is one of the few operators that require all operational staff to be certified as crew under the International Maritime Organization’s STCW standards. Furthermore, we are the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) guide qualification framework, a world first in training and certifying polar guides in the skills and experience required for our unique industry. Read more about why you should consider choosing PTGA accredited guides here.

Sometimes, the best plan is a change of plans

Antarctica is a spectacularly unpredictable environment. It’s one of the reasons we love going back again and again.

A 10-story iceberg suddenly appearing, a rarely accessible cove deciding to open its door, or a dozen curious whales breaking the water surface all around our vessel – these are just some of the experiences that can present themselves anytime, anywhere.

So while we offer a full range of programs and guided experiences on a daily basis, we also place a high priority on improvisation. If that means veering off course to get a glimpse of Antarctica rarely seen by human eyes, or suddenly calling a half-dozen Zodiacs into service to get a rare glimpse of a family of Orcas, it’s all part of the program with us.

Before / After

Begin your adventure at one of the Leading Hotels of the World

Located in a privileged environment, on a natural balcony 250 meters above sea level inside the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve, the Arakur Resort and Spa is much more than a luxury hotel. Surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment, it’s an experience that will be forever etched in your memory. All voyages that embark in Ushuaia begin with a stay at the Arakur. It is necessary to arrive in Ushuaia at least one day prior to the departure of the ship.

All expeditions to Antarctica combine very well with a tour in any part of Argentina, particularly in Patagonia. Contact us to design your itinerary and make a unique experience of your trip to the White Continent !

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The fleet

MS HEBRIDEAN SKY (HSK)

In the spring of 2016, Hebridean Sky underwent a ten million dollar refit, transforming her into the safest and most comfortable ship in her class. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, she has always been known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service, and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie.
Hebridean Sky continues that tradition while adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, ice-strengthened hull, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.

MS ISLAND SKY (ISK)

Island Sky and Hebridean Sky are truly sisters. Built in the same Italian Shipyard, both boast spacious, well-appointed suites, stylish common areas, ice-strengthened hulls, and redundant core technology that allows them to operate smoothly, even under the most challenging conditions.
Both ships are all-suite, all-inclusive small expedition vessels with touches of elegance throughout. In 2017, Island Sky received additional upgrades, including the addition of tinted sliding glass doors to all cabins on Promenade Deck 4.

Whether you’re voyaging on Hebridean Sky, or her sister ship Island Sky, superior comfort and attentiveness are the rule of every day. Recent ten-million-dollar upgrades on both ships ensures the very latest in safety and style, including state-of-the-art stabilization, ice-strengthened hulls, the very latest communication systems, and beautifully designed rooms and common areas.
We like to refer to our service, style and general atmosphere as “effortless luxury,” providing ubiquitous creature comforts and attention to detail, with none of the stuffiness that often accompanies the word “luxury.”

The voyages

22 days / 21 nights

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence makes South Georgia home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife will greet you at every turn.
This journey begins in beautiful Puerto Madryn, a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions, known as the best place in Argentina to see Southern Right whales.

Puerto Madrid - Ushuaia
Nov 01 – Nov 22, 2020 HSK
From USD 14'295
12 days / 11 nights

Adventures in Antarctica

An express voyage for those on a tight schedule, this 12-day version of our “classic” Celebrating Antarctica voyage offers the same abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities and possible stops at active scientific or historic bases as the original while allowing travelers to complete door-to-door travel within two weeks.

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Nov 20 – Dec 01, 2020 HSK
From USD 7'995
13 days / 12 nights

Celebrating Antarctia

Our most popular Antarctic Peninsula voyage offers an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities as well as possible stops at active scientific or historic bases.

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 21 – Feb 02, 2021 ISK
Feb 06 – Feb 18, 2021 HSK
Feb 13 – Feb 25, 2021 ISK
Feb 16 – Feb 28, 2021 HSK
From USD 8'995
20 days / 19 nights

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence makes South Georgia home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife will greet you at every turn.
We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 03 – Jan 23, 2021 ISK
Jan 19 – Feb 08, 2021 HSK
Feb 23 – Mar 15, 2021 ISK
From USD 14'295
16 days / 15 nights

Antarctica Revealed

This 15-night itinerary will allow us to explore more in-depth the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, giving us time to experience the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea.
The opportunity to experience the stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere we visit on our other Peninsula trips.

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 06 – Jan 21, 2021 HSK
From USD 11'495
16 days / 15 nights

Crossing the Circle

Sailing in comfort aboard one of our luxurious and comfortable ships, we begin this 15-night expedition at the tip of South America. We will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle.
The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter. Our aim is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice. Should we arrive at 66°33’S, we will become members of very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 31 – Feb 15, 2021 ISK
From USD 11'495
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Activities

We’re serious about what we do. We also have fun.

There are as many reasons to sign up for an Antarctica voyage as there are people who do. But one thing people universally say when they return to port is that ours was one of the most fun trips they’ve ever been on. We’re proud of that. By day 3 the kayakers all know each other by name, the photography buffs are sharing astounding iceberg photographs with our photography coach and each other, dinners have become lively, celebratory affairs, and even our tight knit kitchen crew has a personality (and a song) all their own.

Citizen Sciences
There’s important work being done every day, at some of the most renowned climate research facilities around the world, to record and study the incredible changes happening in remote places like Antarctica. As you might imagine, gathering critical on-site data on a regular basis would be a virtually impossible task for these groups. So we do it for them, in partnership with research facilities like NASA and the Scripps Institute.
If you’d like to get a first-hand look at how climate change is impacting our birds, sea life, glaciers, oceans, and weather patterns, and help scientists better understand our evolving planet, you’re welcome to join our Citizen Science program. And don’t let the word “science” scare you. We make it informative, interactive, and fun.

Photography
Whatever your level of experience, and whatever camera you happen to carry, our award-winning photography coaches will help you bring home images that capture the unparalleled natural beauty and sheer magic of your Antarctica adventure. On every voyage, a dedicated photography coach will be at your disposal with invaluable tips and advice on how to capture the natural beauty of this unique landscape and all that inhabit it – in the unique light and weather conditions that can make Antarctica both special and challenging to photography lovers of all skill sets.

Kayaking
(Additional costs)
To experience Antarctica up close and personal, there’s really no better seat than the one in your own kayak, just inches above the water, navigating among icebergs and glacial ice dating back 30,000 years. Gliding through an otherworldly landscape with a small team, led by our expert guides and occasionally joined by a family of playful penguins or seals, this is about as intimate and magical as it gets.
Prior to your first kayaking adventure, our guides will do a thorough job of handing out and explaining all your gear, as well as the basic rules of operating an ocean kayak. Each morning, we’ll meet as a group, assess the weather conditions, and plan out the day.
Ideally, we’ll paddle daily; but of course, that’s always subject to the will of Antarctica’s unpredictable weather and ice. And there’s no pressure or commitment to join every outing. Even the heartiest of souls will sometimes skip an outing in favor of some extra sleep, a Zodiac outing, or a few hours curled up in our library with a good book.

Camping
(Additional costs)
What’s camping in Antarctica like? Long after most passengers are tucked away in their cabins, chances are you’ll still be lying awake, cozy in your tent and sleeping bag, captivated by the ethereal sounds of gently lapping waves, creaking glaciers and perhaps the blow of a whale passing in the night.
The air seems even more pure than in the daytime, the scale of your surroundings even more humbling, and by morning you’ll find yourself wondering how you could possibly describe this once-in-a-lifetime experience to friends back on board.
After dinner and a full briefing on board, day turns into dusk, and we head ashore to camp. We set up our tents on a breathtaking spot near the edge of the water, surrounded by a landscape rarely seen by human eyes.
On top of an insulated pad, you’ll lay cozy and warm in your sleeping bag, and proceed to get a small (albeit more toasty) taste of what it must have been like for the very first Antarctic explorers to camp on this continent. In the morning, we’ll break down our tents and head back to hot coffee and tea, perhaps a nice warm shower and, most definitely, a hearty breakfast.

Rates & Cabins

Prices for these voyages to Antarctica are from Ushuaia (Puerto Madryn for some trips), returning to Ushuaia. Up to 2 pre-voyage nights are included at the hotel Arakur in Ushuaia.
Rates vary depending on the voyage selected, its duration, the type of cabin and its occupancy (double, triple or single).

For the season 2020-2021, the prices range from USD 8’995 to USD 32’995

Early Booking Discount !
Applies to February 2021 Departures ONLY, get a discount from USD 1’000 to USD 1750 depending on the departure and cabin.
To qualify, confirmed bookings must be under deposit by February 28, 2020

Both vessels, Hebridean Sky & Island Sky, offer the following cabins :

  • Porthole Suites
  • Triple Suites
  • Window Suites
  • Promenade Suites
  • Deluxe Suites
  • Veranda Suites
  • Penthouse Suites
  • Owner Suite