Why we like the Island Sky

  • One of the ​most​ elegant small luxury expeditionary ship's in Antarctica
  • Her wooden panelling and polished brass gives the feeling of a private yacht
  • She was purpose built in Italy for exactly this type of expeditionary cruising and is ice strengthened
  • Only 108 guests aboard ensures there's plenty of space and that everyone can go ashore together
  • ​State-of-the-art retractable stabilisers which reduce roll by 80% help ensure sea days are comfortable​
  • All of the suites are ​at least double the size of the average polar cabin. Some have French doors & balconies
  • Al fresco lunches can be enjoyed on the sun deck on sunny days, even in Antarctica 
  • A convenient stern platform makes getting in & out of the zodiacs quick and easy
  • Newly renovated rear BBQ deck with outdoor heating and side walls - to make sitting out on deck irresistible

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Alex says

Walking around the Island Sky I felt as if I were on my own private yacht. The suites are huge, and the public spaces bright and airy. I especially liked the location of the exit doors, allowing you to get from the bar to the promenade in seconds if a humpback whale swims past!

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Voyages aboard Island Sky

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What our customers think

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There were 98 passengers on board the Island Sky and we were surprised by the age range, 22 to 78 with an average of 62. It made for a wonderful atmosphere with people mixing to chat and eat together.

David Irwin United Kingdom February 2019

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My wife is more of the adventurous type and I'm more of the resort type. The trip on the Island Sky with the expedition team exceeded both of our expectations.

Terrie Mandina United States Of America December 2018

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It was wonderful; the ship's crew could not do enough for anyone, and the food was excellent.

Mick UK March 2018

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It was a beautiful ship! Our rooms were really large. The food was delicious and the entire crew on the ship was so friendly. It's the perfect size ship to get to know pretty much everyone.

Jill & Family Texas December 2017

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I loved the Island Sky; it was large enough to supply everything we needed yet small enough to provide warmth and cosiness that allowed 108 travellers to meld together like a family.

Bob Clements United States Of America November 2018

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The Island Sky is definitely the ship to go on (or it's sister ship).

James Riner United States Of America December 2018

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Swoop provided excellent service; they have a lot of experience in Antarctica and recommended me the perfect voyage. There were many discussions but they helped me narrow it down.

Dominic & Jennifer New York December 2017

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The ship more than met my expectations. The staff was superb, the food was excellent, and the cabins outstanding.

Ralph Pollack United States Of America February 2019

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Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

All Suites Feature: Exterior views, your choice of queen or two twin beds, sitting area with sofa and/or side chairs, flat screen TV with DVD/CD player, telephone, en-suite temperature controls, personal safe, mini-Bar, marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries, hair dryer, American outlets at 110 volts.

Owner's Suite

  • Located on Penthouse Deck with Observation Area
  • Your choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Two room suite with sitting area and bedroom
  • 10.2 sq m (110 sq. ft.) private balcony
  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine

Penthouse Suite

  • Located on Penthouse Deck with Observation Area
  • 7.4 sq m (79 sq. ft.) private balcony and sitting area
  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine
  • Penthouse Suite #600 is the smallest of the six available suites.

Veranda Suite

  • Located on Veranda Deck with Outdoor Café and Sun Deck
  • 3.7 sq m (40 sq. ft.) private balcony and sitting area
  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine

Deluxe Suite

  • Located on Promenade Deck with Club and Library
  • Tinted Sliding Glass Door to bring Antarctica into your suite and give easy access to Promenade Deck
  • Sitting area
  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine available on request

Promenade Suite

  • Located on Promenade Deck with Club and Library
  • Tinted Sliding Glass Door to bring Antarctica into your suite and give easy access to Promenade Deck
  • Sitting area
  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine available on request

Twin Window Suite

  • Located on Deck 3 with Lounge
  • Window and sitting area
  • Cabin 331 has an awkward shape
  • Cabin 333 is smaller than the others

Triple Suite

  • Located on Deck 3 with Lounge
  • Suites with window and sitting area
  • Cabin 332 has an awkward shape

Porthole Suite

  • Located on Deck 2 - suites with porthole and sitting area
  • Cabin 262 has 4 portholes and is the biggest and brightest
  • Cabins 252, 258 & 259 only have 2 portholes
  • Cabins 250, 256, 257, 260 & 261 have 3 portholes
  • Cabins 254 & 255 have 4 portholes

Deck Plan

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • Internet & WiFi: 200mb of complimentary WiFi is provided. It is $45 to top up an extra 500mb. There are also two computers in the library which have free WiFi. 
  • Satellite phone card: Available as a pre-paid PIN card. Expect costs of about $0.25/minute when calling to the USA
  • Mail: It is possible to send mail from the ship.

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. Final prices for these additional services will be posted onboard the ship.

  • Plugs: North American 120V two-flat-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

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