The all-suite MS Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea-Explorer) combines luxury with adventure to offer one of the most sophisticated cruising experiences of Antarctic waters. Built in an Italian shipyard and undergoing a multi-million renovation in Sweden in 2016 interiors convey an atmosphere of a traditional private yacht where wood panelling and brass feature heavily. It is at the top end of the comfort scale with many of the trappings of a floating 5*hotel including Molten Brown bath products, twice daily turn down service, satellite phones and flat screen TV’s in all suites as well as top-notch cuisine in a delightful restaurant.
Her unique blend of luxury and adventure in a laid back environment makes her stand out from other boats of her size – unlike many of the luxury cruises MS Hebridean Sky doesn’t specify any dress code, rather she offers a relaxed cruise atmosphere with a sophisticated and convivial vibe. Famous for impeccable service, friendly, laid back but super professional staff and a charming atmosphere this is a ship to choose for interesting conversations around the dinner table with like-minded guests who also like a little luxury in their adventure – in short understated Antarctic elegance at it’s best.
Ranging from 20 to 50 square metres the all suite cabins are fabulous with dark Mahogany interiors and charming living areas. All have ocean views and 12 have private balconies. The restaurant offers an excellent range of meals with buffet breakfast and lunch and an elegant 4-course dinner with a daily changing a la carte menu.
Get tips for catching ‘that’ perfect penguin shot from the on-board photography coach
Fly over the notorious Drake Passage as this ship used for Antarctica XX1 cruise (not sure if you use her solely with Antarctica XX1 or use on other cruises
Flexible all suite accommodation with your choice of queen or twin beds and a sofa that can be converted into a bed for a third person
Luxuriate in fantastic Marble-appointed bathrooms kitted out with Molten Brown toiletries
Enjoy world-class cuisine – with very special dining opportunities and daily changing menu, alfresco dining options and an Antarctic BBQ night on all cruises
Get the most out of your excursions thanks to the high staff to passenger ratio
Kayak through the famously freezing waters for the chance to see whales breach metres in front of you – a once in a lifetime experience
Visit research stations and penguin colonies
Trek across the frozen ocean sea-ice
Become an Antarctic aficionado thanks to daily on-board lectures presented by experts in the fields of Geology, History and Oceanography