silver explorer luxury antarctic cruise

Ross Sea Luxury Expedition

  • Overview

    Discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia & the 'Real Antarctica', the Ross Sea.

    Allow yourself to be transported to seemingly another world where the wildlife is king and we are just its subjects. Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail onboard the Silver Explorer for a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

    HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

     - 7-Days exploring the Sub-Antarctic Islands including 2-days at Macquarie Island. 

     - 6-Days in the Ross Sea

     

    Duration: 23 days
    Passengers: 140 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Dunedin, NZ
    Disembarkation Point: Dunedin, NZ
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Dunedin, New Zealand: Embarkation day

      Clinging to the walls of the natural amphitheatre at the west end of Otago Harbour, the South Island's second-largest city is enriched with inspiring nearby seascapes and wildlife. Because Dunedin is a university town, floods of students give the city a vitality far greater than its population of 122,000 might suggest. Its manageable size makes it easy to explore on foot—with the possible exception of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street and home to the annual "gutbuster" race, in which people run up it, and the "Jaffa" race, in which people roll the namesake spherical chocolate candy down it. Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was founded in 1848 by settlers of the Free Church of Scotland, a breakaway group from the Presbyterian Church.

      The city's Scottish roots are still visible; you'll find New Zealand's first and only (legal) whisky distillery, a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns, and more kilts, sporrans, and gillies than you can shake a stick at! The Scottish settlers and local Māori came together in relative peace, but this wasn't true of the European whalers who were here three decades before, as places with names such as Murdering Beach illustrate. Dunedin has always had a reputation for the eccentric. Wearing no shoes and a big beard here marks a man as bohemian rather than destitute, and the residents wouldn't have it any other way. The University of Otago was the country's first university and has been drawing writers ever since its founding in 1871, most notably Janet Frame and the poet James K. Baxter. Dunedin also has a musical heritage, which blossomed into the "Dunedin Sound" of the 1970s and '80s.

    • Day 2 - At Sea Towards Sub-Antarctic Islands

      Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    • Day 3/4 - Enderby & Auckland Islands

      Today we are exploring Enderby and Auckland Islands.

    • Day 5 - At Sea

      Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    • Day 6/7 - Macquarie Island

      For the next two days we are exploring the gem in this region of the Southern Ocean, Macquarie Island.

    • Day 8/10 - At Sea Towards Antarctica

      Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    • Day 11/16 - The Ross Sea

      Named in honour of the British explorer James Clark Ross who came in 1841 trying to reach the south magnetic pole commanding HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, the Ross Sea is a relatively ice-free part of the Southern Ocean. Since the Ross Sea allows an easier access to the South Pole than the Weddell Sea, most attempts to reach the pole were made via the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf. A number of historical huts and modern scientific stations have been set up along the Ross Ice Shelf and the shore. At the entrance to the Ross Sea, Cape Adare has the first hut built in Antarctica.

    • Day 17/19 - At Sea Towards New Zealand

      Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    • Day 20 - Campbell Island

      Today we are exploring Campbell Island

    • Day 21 - At Sea Towards Ulva Island

      Today we are at sea heading towards Ulva Island. Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    • Day 22 - Ulva & Stewart Islands

      Stewart Island is home to New Zealand's newest national park, Rakiura National Park. The third and most southerly of New Zealand's main islands, Stewart Island is separated from the South Island by the 24-km (15-miles) Foveaux Strait. Its original Māori name, Te Punga O Te Waka a Maui, means "the anchor stone of Maui's canoe." Māori mythology says the island's landmass held the god Maui's canoe secure while he and his crew raised the great fish—the North Island. Today the island is more commonly referred to by its other Māori name, Rakiura, which means "the land of the glowing skies." This refers to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets and to the southern lights, or aurora australis. The European name of Stewart Island dates back to 1809. It memorializes an officer William W. Stewart on an early sealing vessel, the Pegasus, who was the first to chart the island. The island covers some 1,700 square km (650 square miles).

      It measures about 75 km (46 miles) from north to south and about the same distance across at its widest point. On the coastline, sharp cliffs rise from a succession of sheltered bays and beaches. In the interior, forested hills rise gradually toward the west side of the island. Seals and penguins frequent the coast, and the island's prolific birdlife includes a number of species rarely seen in any other part of the country. In fact, this is the surest place to see a kiwi. The Stewart Island brown kiwi, or tokoeka, is the largest species of this kind of bird. Unlike their mainland cousins, these kiwis can be seen during the day as well as at night. It's a rare and amusing experience to watch these pear-shape birds scampering on a remote beach as they feed on sand hoppers and grubs. Māori have visited Stewart Island for centuries. Archaeologists' studies of 13th-century Māori middens (refuse heaps) indicate that the island was once a rich, seasonal resource for hunting, fishing, and gathering seafood. A commonly eaten delicacy at that time, the titi, also known as the muttonbird, still occasionally appears on menus. In the early 19th century, explorers, sealers, missionaries, and miners settled the island. They were followed by fishermen and sawmillers who established settlements around the edges of Paterson Inlet and Halfmoon and Horseshoe bays. In the 1920s Norwegians set up a whaling enterprise, and many descendants of these seafaring people remain. Fishing, aquaculture, and tourism are now the mainstays of the island's economy. Even by New Zealand standards, Stewart Island is remote, raw, and untouched. The appeal is its seclusion, its relaxed way of life, and its untouched quality. Stewart Island is not for everyone: if you must have shopping malls, casinos, or umbrella drinks on the beach, don't come here. Visitors should be prepared for the fact that Stewart Island can be chilly, windy, and rainy, even in the middle of summer.

    • Day 23 - Dunedin; Disembarkation Day

      Dunedin - Disembarkation day.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Adelie Penguins

    Adelie penguins are the most abundant of all penguin species and are there estimated to be some 5 million birds. They have been an incredibly successful species living further south than any other species and have one of the oldest continually used rookeries, which has existed for some 6,000 years.

    An iceberg in your whiskey

    Don’t miss your chance for a whiskey or water refreshed by millenary Antarctic ice. While luxury bars in the world’s top cities can double the menu price for adding glacier ice on your whiskey, here it’s quite at hand. What could better than contemplating the latitude you have reached with a noble drink in hand as your expedition cruise heads back to port.

    Ross Sea highlight: Visit Mars for a Day

    McMurdo Dry Valleys in the Transantarctic Mountains are the world’s most extreme deserts. A bizarre and fascinating place comparable to the planet Mars.

    Macquarie Island

    Macquarie Island is home to the Wandering Albatross, King Penguins and Elephant seal colonies of wild proportions. In terms of wildlife and island ecology, it is surprising similar to South Georgia, if you did not make it to South Georgia on your Antarctica cruise, this is an excellent option to consider.

    The sub-Antarctic islands around New Zealand are home to numerous pelagic and rare endemic bird species. Although, these expeditions are music to birders ears, you certainly do not have to be a birder to enjoy the immense scenery and wildlife of wild proportions.

  • Inclusions

    Dynamic Cabin Pricing

    Cabin prices on board this vessel are dynamic, that is the cabin pricing fluctuates with changes in bookings and exchange rates. Cabin prices below are not guaranteed and are subject to change and availability at the operators discretion. Please feel free to contact us for the most accurate pricing on this voyage.

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Included in the cost of your suite are all arrival and departure transfers and 1 nigh pre-cruise accommodation

    Bar & Gratuities

    On board the Silver Cloud select wines and premium spirits, coffee and sof drinks are included, as are all crew gratuities and Wifi throughout the ship

    Expedition Gear

    On board your expedition you will recieve a high quality speciality Haglofs parka

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Gratuities included in your fare
    - All expedition shore landings and lectures
    - In-suite dining and room service
    - Beverages including select wines / premium spirits / coffee / soft drinks and your own tailored mini-bar
    - Butler service
    - Free Wifi

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    SILVER EXPLORER

    Purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury Accommodation
    • Library
    • Beauty Salon
    • Fitness Centre
    • Observation Library
    • Internet Cafe
    • Panorama Lounge
    • Theatre
    • Spa
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 130
    Crew #: 117
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 108m
    Width: 15
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 6130
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just AUD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
silver explorer adventurer suite

Adventurer Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
Twin portholes, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 37,500pp
AUD$ 37,500pp
silver explorer explorer suite

Explorer Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
View window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 39,200pp
AUD$ 39,200pp
silver explorer explorer suite

View Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
View window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 42,600pp
AUD$ 42,600pp
silver explorer vista suite

Vista Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
Large picture window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 45,450pp
AUD$ 45,450pp
silver explorer veranda suite

Veranda Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
French balcony, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 63,900pp
AUD$ 63,900pp
silver explorer medalion suite

Medallion Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
Teak style balcony, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 76,300pp
AUD$ 76,300pp
silver explorer silver suite

Silver Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
French balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 81,500pp
AUD$ 81,500pp
silver explorer grand suite

Grande Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
Teak balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ 90,300pp
AUD$ 90,300pp
silver explorer owner's suite

Owner's Suite

18 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021
Teak balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more. Due to the Silver Explorer's dynamic pricing structure, please enquire now for exact cabin pricing details.
AUD$ $POA
AUD$ $POA