silver explorer luxury antarctic cruise

Classic Antarctica

  • Overview
    Home to so much diverse wildlife, the heart-stopping landscape of Antarctica is made up of frigid waters and huge rivers of ice. A team of passionate and expert professionals will accompany you throughout this unforgettable adventure. Zodiac cruises take you to see icebergs, glaciers and wildlife; with walks and hikes ashore to see huge penguin colonies and seals.
    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 130 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • 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 2/9 - Drake Passage

      The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

    • Day 4 - 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 5/6 - 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 7 - South Shetland Islands

      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 10 - 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina
    *Economy Class Air round trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia

    Included

    Whales

    Whale numbers swell in Antarctica over the southern summer. Arriving in Antarctica from November onwards, whale numbers reach their peak around December and January. Sightings and particularly breachings reach a pinnacle in February and March, when the Krill is closer to the surface. Some 10 species of whales are found in Antarctic water each summer, with the most abundant species being the Humpack.

    Antarctica's Babies

    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. "During January and February Antarctica's babies are born and fledging, its a magical time as new
    life comes to Antarctica. The experience of seeing newly hatched penguins and seals pups just days old, is an
    experience that will last forever.

    Shoot to your shutter's content!

    For aspiring photographers, the best time to shoot the Antarctic landscape is definitely October, November and March. At these times the sun is much lower in the sky and thus creates beautiful twilight hues and shadows, which contrast the landscape magnificently.

    Of course, if it is wildlife and Antarctica’s babies you are hoping to shoot, then January and February are the best times. Alternatively, consider an early season South Georgia & Antarctica expedition for the best of wildlife and photo opportunities in Antarctica.

  • 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

    Charter Flights

    Charter flights are included from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

    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 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
Check Voyage Dates, Pricing and Availability

Adventurer Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Twin portholes, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 17,700pp
AUD 17,700pp

Explorer Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
View window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 18,800pp
AUD 18,800pp

View Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
View window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 20,400pp
AUD 20,400pp

Vista Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Large picture window, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 21,400pp
AUD 21,400pp

Veranda Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
French balcony, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 26,500pp
AUD 26,500pp

Medallion Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Teak style balcony, sitting area, twin/queen bed and private facilities
AUD 36,200pp
AUD 36,200pp

Silver Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
French balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more
AUD 38,600pp
AUD 38,600pp

Grand Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Teak balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more
AUD 43,600pp
AUD 43,600pp

Owner's Suite

15 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Teak balcony, living room, twin/queen bed and private facilities and much more
AUD 48,600pp
AUD 48,600pp