Skip the Drake Passage and Fly to Antartica


Next year travel to Antarctica could be faster now that Quark Expeditions have introduced a fly cruise programme to support their new all inclusive ship Island Sky a former Renaissance Cruises expedition ship, that joined Noble Caledonia in 1992.

The Fly/Cruise programme, offers explorers the thrill of Antarctica in as little as seven days.

The ‘Fly the Drake’ programme offers travellers who are short on time, the best of Antarctica in as little as seven days.

With a total of 12 fly/cruise departures on offer passengers can skip Drake Passage sailings one way or both ways, with itineraries ranging from seven to 11 days giving more access to the peninsular rather than on the ship crossing the Drake.

Fly/cruise passengers explore the same spectacles offered on full-length voyages of Antarctica and are led by Quark’s expedition guides, historians, marine biologists and ornithologists.

With a focus on off-ship experiences passengers are taken to popular landing sites such as gentoo penguin-inhabited Neko Harbour, historical sites such as Port Lockroy, World Heritage Site Vega Island, and whale watching hotspot Wilhelmina Bay, as well as other favourites.

The new all-suites, all-inclusive Island Sky is the only ship in Antarctica where the all-inclusive voyage price features flights from Santiago or Buenos Aires, as well as alcoholic beverages and all tips.

This small cruise ship itself features all suites, each with exterior views and premium amenities.

Island Sky is a superior cruise option – along with the classic adventure ship Sea Adventurer – to experience Antarctica in a shorter period of time than traditionally required.”

Quark Expeditions Specialise in expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and sub-polar regions. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, it offers travellers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth.

Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard programme focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience.

The company is known for its commitment to safety and sustainability, and was the first to offer passengers — free of charge — carbon-neutral voyages in Antarctica aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages.