silver cloud south georgia and antarctica cruise

Explorer's Antarctica

  • Overview
    Marvel at the spectacular colourful hues of icebergs up close and listen to the overwhelming sound of calving glaciers. Traverse the legendary Drake Passage and keep a lookout for a multitude of seabirds and whales. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical midnight sunset, before you finally set foot on the Earth’s frozen frontier.
    Duration: 20 days
    Passengers: 296 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia; Embarkation Day

      At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.

    • Day 2/11 - At Sea

      While we're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

    • Day 3 - New Island

      The remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands can best be seen on New Island. The westernmost of the inhabited islands of the archipelago, it is a wildlife and nature reserve, and an environmental conservation group protects its many birds and animals. There are rookeries where Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags share the same nesting area. Black-browed Albatrosses can be seen going about their daily routines and it is easy to spot Upland Geese. More than 40 species of birds breed on the island. Near the landing site is ‘Barnard’s barn’ — a restored stone structure going back to the early 19th century.

    • Day 4 - West Point Island

      Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of Black-browed Albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty Rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic Penguins and Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.

    • Day 5 - Stanley

      Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colours, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region's frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route.

    • Day 7/9 - South Georgia

      South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sooty, Grey-headed and the spectacular Wandering Albatross, plus thousands of King and Macaroni Penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton’s arrival in 1916 following the sinking of his ship Endurance.

    • Day 12 - Elephant Island

      Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island — so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.

    • Day 13 - Antarctic Sound

      The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.

    • Day 14/16 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.

    • Day 17/18 - Drake Passage

      Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.

    • Day 19 - Ushuaia; Disembarkation

      At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.

    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

    All-inclusive package

    Includes charter flights*, hotels and transfers in Santiago de Chile
    *Economy Class Air round trip from Santiago de Chile to Ushuaia

    Included

    Wandering Albatross

    Spectacular in flight and on the ground, with the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet; gracefully and effortlessly glides for thousands of kilometres across the Southern Ocean to their nesting site on South Georgia.

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    One of the true wildlife experiences on our planet, often the wildlife displays here are referred to as the greatest on Earth. Set amongst awe inspiring scenery and home to King penguins, Wondering albatross and Elephant seals, it’s hard to imagine how early pioneers survived in this harsh landscape.

    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.

    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.

  • 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

    Charter Flights

    Charter flights are included from Santiago to Ushuaia.

    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

    - Internet & Phone
    - Laundry
    - Spa treatments
    - Gratuities
    - Expedition extensions
    - Passport / visa & immigration fees
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Private transfers
    - Additional hotel nights
    - International & Internal airfare
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  • Vessel

    SILVER CLOUD

    Spacious yet intimate, designed to cross oceans and yet able to slip up rivers and into hidden harbours with ease, the yacht-like Silver Cloud carries just 248 guests in incomparable comfort and style. Combining spacious ocean-view suites and private verandas with stunning dining and entertainment options, our inaugural ship launched a new ocean standard and continues to epitomize the vessels vision of world-class cruise accommodations, service and amenities.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury Accommodation
    • Pool Deck
    • Panorama Lounge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library.
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 248
    Crew #: 208
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 18
    Refurbished: 2015
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1994
    Length: 155m
    Width: 21
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 16927
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Vista Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Large picture window, twin/qeen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 40,300pp
AUD 40,300pp

Veranda Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 54,500pp
AUD 54,500pp

Deluxe Veranda Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 56,800pp
AUD 56,800pp

Medallion Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 81,400pp
AUD 81,400pp

Owner's Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Large teak veranda, 1 or 2 bedroom Suite, marble bathroom and much more. Enquire now for exact cabin pricing information.
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Grand Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Large teak veranda, 1 or 2 bedroom Suite, marble bathroom and much more. Enquire now for exact cabin pricing information.
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Royal Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Large teak veranda, Living room, twin/queen bed and much more. Enquire now for exact cabin pricing information.
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Silver Suite

21 Dec 2017 - 09 Jan 2018
Large teak veranda, Living room, twin/queen bed and much more. Enquire now for exact cabin pricing information.
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