Hebridean Sky 21

capacity
100 guests (73 for Air Cruises)
year built
1992
remodeled
2016
crew members
85
length
297 feet
beam
36 feet
draft
15 feet
cruising speed
12.5 knots
flag
Marshall Islands
ice class
1C

Hebridean Sky 21 is a small, all-suite expedition vessel that accommodates 73 passengers on air cruises (although she has the capacity for 100 guests), making her a comfortable choice for small ship cruising. With an ice-strengthened hull, Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for exploring Antarctica. Enjoy adventurous exploration with elegance and intimacy that can be hard to find on larger ships.

This version of Hebridean Sky’s cabin configurations and amenities is for her charter by Antarctica21. The Hebridean Sky also sails with a slightly altered configuration for other polar itineraries. To see this version of the vessel, visit Hebridean Sky.

Hebridean Sky 21 Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Hebridean Sky 21 review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our polar experts have been aboard Hebridean Sky 21 firsthand. Please read our Hebridean Sky 21 review below then contact our Antarctica cruise experts to compare the Hebridean Sky 21 with other small cruise ships and expedition ships offering Antarctica cruises.

Built in 1992 under the name M/V Sea Explorer then refurbished in 2016, Hebridean Sky 21 features an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small ships sailing the polar regions. With eight accommodation categories, Hebridean Sky 21 provides luxury options for all travelers. Her 85 members of expedition staff and crew offer service that is second to none on once-in-a-lifetime voyages.

Choose the Hebridean Sky 21 if you are seeking an elegant, luxury ship for your Antarctic expedition. Her relative small size compared to other polar vessels gives the feel of a private yacht, yet her cabins remain roomy, some with sliding glass doors and private balconies.

Common Areas Aboard Hebridean Sky 21

Public areas include The Club lounge, library, presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, dining room, outdoor BBQ area, medical clinic, wraparound deck, a gift shop and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are used for exploration in Antarctica, as well as 4 fully enclosed lifeboats.

Dining Aboard Hebridean Sky 21

Every meal aboard Hebridean Sky 21 is a special affair. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, including a staffed, made-to-order hot station offering dishes like custom omelettes in the morning and stir fry with your hand-selected ingredients at lunch. At breakfast, a sizable table of fruit, yogurt and granola is featured beside one long buffet of hot items. At lunch, a large salad bar is complemented by multiple hot items and creative desserts prepared daily by a dedicated pastry chef. A back deck BBQ may be held when weather permits. Complimentary beer and house wine is poured with lunch and dinner. The crew members of Hebridean Sky 21 put special emphasis on dietary restrictions (with advance notice), ensuring the head chef and maître d’ meets every guest with a special diet and discusses the details, at the start of the voyage.

Dinner aboard Hebridean Sky 21 is an elegant, plated affair. Guests will find tables of varying sizes, set with formal flatware and glasses for water and wine. Printed menus offer various options to complete a four-course meal (appetizer, soup or salad, entree and dessert), and flawless servers keep the food flowing. Milestone celebrations, such as birthdays, may be marked by a special song performed by the crew. An open seating arrangement enables guests to mingle over each meal. Both American and international dishes are served with pride, with healthy options always present.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Hebridean Sky 21

All accommodations are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each suite features a sitting area with couch and chair, a full vanity, a large closet, desk with flatscreen TV and multi-port charger, a mini bar (restocked daily or by request), a private bathroom and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. All cabins have a picture window and a number of suites include private balconies.