Trip Information

Duration
10 Days
Departs
December - February
Ship
Silver Cloud
From
£12999 per person
Offer
Antarctica - All Inclusive Book by 2 June 2020 and benefit from Free flights, Hotel and Transfers

Departure Dates:

  • 2020: 1st December, 11th December
  • 2021: 20th January, 5th February

This Expedition Includes:

  • Premium dining & beverages
  • In-suite mini bar
  • Guided small-group excursions
  • Complimentary parka, water-bottle and backpack
  • Onboard gratuities

Expedition Highlights:

  • 5 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with multiple Zodiac landings
  • Visit the Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins in the Aitcho Islands
  • Setting foot on mainland Antarctica via Paradise Bay
  • In-depth insights into Deception Island’s whaling history

Itinerary Summary

Explore Antarctica in style on this luxury expedition voyage aboard Silver Explorer. Setting sail from Ushuaia in southern Argentina, this 12-day voyage begins with a two-day crossing of Drake Passage before reaching the breathtaking Antarctica Sound. From here, you will spend the next four days cruising the Antarctic Peninsula where you will pass mountainous glaciers, enjoy close encounters with penguins and marine life and walk in the footsteps of the few whalers and scientists who have worked in the region.

You will then cross the Bransfield Strait to the South Shetland Islands, a cluster of nine islands just 478 miles south of Cape Horn. Noted for its sealing history which dates back to the 19th century, the South Shetland Islands are in close proximity to South America and are therefore one of the most visited areas in the region. On the ninth day, you will leave the Antarctic waters and make a second crossing of Drake Passage before finishing your expedition back in Ushuaia.

For the duration of your trip, you will be accompanied by a highly-trained Expedition Team. Chosen for their passion and knowledge, the team boasts experts from a variety of fields and they will be on-hand throughout to offer insight into Antarctica’s geography, wildlife and history.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 02-03 Crossing Drake Passage
  • Day 04 Antarctic Sound
  • Day 05-07 Exploring the Antarctica Peninsula
  • Day 08 South Shetland Islands
  • Day 09-10 Crossing Drake Passage
  • Day 11 Ushuaia, Argentina

About Your Ship

A ship with an illustrious history in the luxury cruise market, the 260-guest capacity Silver Cloud recently underwent an extensive refurbishment programme to transform her into a an ice-class ship. Offering itineraries in the Arctic, Antarctic and on the Norway’s rugged coastline, she is the perfect choice should you be looking to enjoy exciting experiences ashore and a sophisticated onboard experience.

Silver Cloud is equipped with 18 Zodiacs – more than similarly sized ships – which means landings and excursions can be co-ordinated swiftly and efficiently, weather permitting. Owing to the challenge of getting even a small expedition ship close to a landing zone in polar waters these large, inflatable rubber boats are essential.

Onboard, you will find Silver Cloud has a delightfully warm, yet spacious interior. An all-suite ship with more than 75% of the accommodation options offer a private veranda. The suite grades range from the quiet sanctuary of the Vista Suite to the grandeur and opulence of the Owner’s Suite.

Dining on Silver Cloud is certainly an one-of-a-kind experience. She offers the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant in Antarctica, Le Champagne, where the menu combines seasonally prepared dishes and the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. The other dining venues onboard Silver Cloud include the Italian restaurant, La Terraza and a Pool Bar & Grill; a more relaxed affair where seafoods and prime cuts are cooked to order.

Although much of the time on your Silver Cloud expedition will be spent exploring ashore or by Zodiac, there will also be ample time to relax and enjoy the ship’s luxurious surroundings and facilities. With amenities akin to that of a boutique hotel, Silver Cloud has a heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpools, a fitness centre, beauty salon, spa and internet cafe.

Other public spaces include a panoramic lounge, which proffers stunning ocean views; a show lounge and a top-deck observation lounge which is the ideal place for pre and post-dinner drinks.

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