Trip Information

Duration
18 Days
Departs
November - February
Ship
Silver Explorer
From
£15,839 Per Person
Offer
Antarctica - All Inclusive Book by 2 June 2020 and benefit from Free flights, Hotel and Transfers

Departure Dates:

  • 2020: 19th December
  • 2021: 6th January, 30th January

This Expedition Includes:

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

Expedition Highlights:

  • 2 days exploring the Falkland Islands
  • Walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook and Ernest Shackleton on South Georgia Island
  • Cruise past huge tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound
  • Enjoy landings by Zodiac on the South Shetland Islands

Itinerary Summary

Set sail on a once-in-a-lifetime journey south to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands on this Silver Explorer expedition cruise. During your time in the region, you will be given privileged access to a region few are fortunate enough to explore at such close quarters.

Your experience begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, from where you will head east towards the the Falklands, stopping in West Point Island, Saunders Island and Stanley.

Your time in the Falkland’s will consist of learning about the islands’ natural and human history as well as serve as your first introduction to the region’s rich spectrum of wildlife. Thanks to the Falkland’s isolated position and relatively untouched ecosystem, the islands’ wildlife has continued to thrive so expect to come face-to-face with the islands penguins, which include Gentoos, Magellanic and Rockhoppers and over 30 different types of bird, including black-browed albatrosses of which the Falklands boast over two thirds of the world’s population.

After leaving the Falklands you will continue to cross the South Atlantic Ocean, bound for South Georgia Island. Steeped in history and set against a backdrop of towering snow-topped mountains, South Georgia offers you the chance to walk in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Captain James Cook, who claimed the island for Britain in 1775, and Ernest Shackleton, who arrived on South Georgia following the sinking of MS Endurance in the early 1900s.

Following an overnight departure from South Georgia, Silver Explorer will sail towards Antarctica for an immersive five day programme of exploration and discovery. After a morning stop-off on Elephant Island for sightings of elephant seal, you will head past the mountainous glaciers that line the Antarctic Sound before arriving in the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, you will explore protected bays and inlets by Zodiac; disembarking to explore on foot when the opportunity arises.

The fifth day of your time in Antarctica will see you land on the South Shetland Islands, which lie just 500 miles south of Cape Horn. Running parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula and almost completely covered in thick ice, the South Shetland Islands are home to seals, penguins and seabirds and as such present excellent photo-taking opportunities.

Your remaining two days will be spent at sea crossing Drake Passage bound for Ushuaia. This will give you plenty of time to reflect on your Antarctic experience while reliving the highlights of the expedition with your fellow travellers.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 02 Day At Sea
  • Day 03 West Point Island, Falkland Islands
  • Day 03 Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
  • Day 04 Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Day 05-06 Day At Sea
  • Day 07-09 South Georgia, Georgia & Sandwich Islands
  • Day 10-11 Day At Sea
  • Day 12 Elephant Island, Antarctica
  • Day 13 Antarctic Sound
  • Day 14-15 Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 16 South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
  • Day 17-18 Drake Passage
  • Day 19 Ushuaia, Argentina

About Your Ship

Silver Explorer is a luxury expedition ship that is renowned for cruising the icy waters of the polar regions as well as offering itineraries in other destinations including Africa and Northern Europe. She has been in operation under various names since 1989 and was most recently known as Prince Albert II.

Silver Explorer is a 1A ice-rated vessel, which means she is perfectly equipped for navigating some of the world’s harshest nautical landscapes. Perhaps most famous for her Antarctica programme, which runs between late November and early February, Silver Explorer is the perfect ship for an up-scale expedition cruise experience and is claimed to be “The World’s Most Luxurious Expedition Ship”.

The ship is equipped with a fleet of 8 Zodiac boats and these are used to make dry/wet landings as well as make trips to smaller inlets that the ship cannot enter. The Zodiacs are used multiple times throughout the day and it is the crew’s intention that every guest should experience approximately two outings per day. Every trip on the Zodiacs and any time spent on land are done so accompanied by a highly trained Expedition Team.

Silver Explorer’s itineraries are accentuated by a programme of lectures, seminars and briefings which take place in The Theatre. Capable of hosting all 132 of the ship’s guests, it is here you will learn about the region you are exploring, with special focus being given to the area’s wildlife, history and geology.

The accommodation options onboard Silver Explorer are perhaps among the most luxurious you might encounter on an expedition ship. The accommodation grades range from spacious Adventurer Suites to the grand Owner’s Suite. All of the suites on Silver Explorer boast ocean-views, queen size beds, a separate sitting area and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub/shower.

Dining primarily takes place in the ship’s main restaurant and here you can enjoy a variety of regionally-influenced dishes prepared by using fresh local ingredients.  For a more informal option – and when the conditions permit – The Grill serves up light bites, tapas and cocktails and provides a stylish outdoor setting with glorious views of the passing landscapes.

Unlike smaller expedition vessels, there are no set meal times or assigned seating arrangements on Silver Explorer. This means that you can dine with whomever you wish – at a time that suits you.

The Panorama Lounge is the ship’s main hub during the evenings and provides the perfect environment for which to enjoy a nightcap with new friends. Accompanied by the relaxing sounds of the ship’s resident pianist, the Lounge boasts stunning ocean views and a calming, informal atmosphere.

Silver Explorer also features an internet cafe, a library, a shopping boutique, a fitness suite and a beauty salon.

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