silversea silver cloud antarctica and south georgia cruise

South Georgia & Antarctica Luxury Experience

  • Overview
    Join us for a journey to the last untouched continent including a visit to breathtaking South Georgia. Huge King Penguin colonies, its whaling history and Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition with the Endurance make South Georgia special. Antarctica offers spectacular icebergs and calving glaciers, as well as the possibility of up-close encounters with penguins ashore, seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes, and humpback or minke whales surfacing close to the ship. Weather depending, we will take daily Zodiac departures in Antarctica and cruise amidst colorful icebergs, or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and research stations on excursions led by our team of natural history experts. Go kayaking in Antarctica under the guidance of certified instructors, and cross the incredible Drake Passage to look for pelagic birds, including petrels and prions. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team. South Georgia – In South Georgia we will land at old whaling stations, depending on landing conditions hope to visit a huge King Penguin colony, see the South Georgia Museum in Grytviken and do Zodiac cruises looking for wildlife. Antarctic Sound, Antarctica – We will travel to see tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. The Sound is referred to romantically as the “parking lot” for these massive continental icebergs, which rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on ice conditions Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica – We will explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the Silver Cloud, on Zodiac cruises and via landings to see seals and penguin colonies. This promontory of land is the furthest-north extension of mainland Antarctica. Your excursions will be expertly planned by your Captain and Expedition Leader according to weather and ice conditions. South Shetland Islands, Antarctica – Several landing sites and remains of whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. This grouping of islands is 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula and holds sixteen research stations run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain and several other countries. Sites for your activities will be selected based on weather and ice conditions. Drake Passage – We will pass through the Drake Passage, a 600-mile wide expanse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. This is an excellent area for whale-watching and pelagic birding. Look for albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels, as well as Cape Petrels, prions and storm-petrels.
    Duration: 16 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, Argentina; 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.

    • Day 2/9 - 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 5/7 - 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.

    • Day 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14/15 - 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 16 - 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.

    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

    Wandering Albatross

    Graceful and effortless, the Wandering Albatross glides for thousands of kilometres across the Southern Ocean to their nesting sites on South Georgia. With the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet, they are spectacular in-flight and on the ground. The Wandering Albatross mate for life, returning to the same place and the same partner when it is time to breed.

    Antarctic Peninsula: The great Antarctic Safari:

    No matter which itinerary you choose you are certain to experience a wonderful array of wildlife including sea elephants and sea lions; Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals; Minke and Orca, Humpback whales and magnificent Wandering albatrosses.

    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.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Arrival and departure transfers are provided as per the itinerary. Pre and post-cruise accommodation is provided in Punta Arenas

    Dynamic Cabin Pricing

    Cabin prices on board the Fram 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.

    Bar, Gratuities & Wifi

    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

    Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions

    Silver Cloud: All-inclusive package

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

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - In-suite dining and room service
    - Beverages including select wines / premium spirits / coffee / soft drinks and your own tailored mini-bar
    - Butler service
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Laundry
    - Spa treatments
    - Additional hotel nights
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
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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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Owner's Suite

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