Trip Information

Duration
10 Days
Departs
January & February
Ship
Silver Cloud
From
£9629
Offer
Flight Inclusive Offer & Reduced Deposit! Includes return Economy flights from UK - Book by 02 June 2020 plus reduced deposit and $1000 onboard credit!

Departure Dates:

  • 2020: 16th November, 1st December, 11th December, 21st December
  • 2021: 30th November, 11th December
  • 2022: 5th January, 15th January, 4th February, 14th February,

This Expedition Includes:

  • Guided small-group excursions led by an expert Expedition Team
  • Complimentary parka, water-bottle and backpack
  • Premium dining & beverages
  • Onboard gratuities

 

Expedition Highlights:

  • 5 days of exploration in Antarctica
  • Frequent opportunities for excursions by Zodiac
  • Visit the breathtaking South Shetland Islands
  • Spot penguins, seals and whales

Itinerary Summary

This 10-day expedition cruise in Antarctica represents an excellent way to explore the fabled White Continent in a short space of time. Sailing aboard the luxurious Silver Cloud and operating round trip from Ushuaia, you will spend five full days in region as well as having the opportunity to visit the South Shetland Islands.

Your expedition begins with a two-day crossing of the infamous Drake Passage. While this area of water has often been the subject of unnerving maritime tales, only on rare occasions is it as bad as it is made out to be. In fact; crossing the passage can be quite an enjoyable experience and we highly recommend you head to the deck at some point where you will be able to spot lengthy trails of seabirds following the ship’s path.

When the crossing is completed, you will arrive at The Antarctic Sound; an other-worldly stretch of water populated by mountainous icebergs and small islands such as Hope Bay, which are home to swaths of Gentoo Penguins.

Silver Cloud will then cut a path into the Antarctic Peninsula, which is where you will be based for the following three days. Your time here will be spent enjoying a variety of excursions, both on foot and by Zodiac. Weather and conditions permitting, you will have countless opportunities to spot some of the region’s spectacular wildlife with seals, Orca whales and a variety of penguins all prominent in the area.

On the 8th day you will begin your journey back to South America, but not before stopping at the South Shetland Islands for a full-day’s’ worth of exploration. Rich in whaling history and home to several of the world’s most important research stations, the South Shetland is comprised of 24 islands. The most frequently visited, King George Island, is the region’s largest and boasts a landscape populated by snow-capped mountains – it’s also home to the southernmost church on earth!

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia
  • Day 02-03 Drakes Passage
  • Day 04 Antarctic Sound
  • Day 05-07 Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 08 Antarctica South Shetland Islands
  • Day 09-10 Drakes Passage
  • Day 11 Ushuaia

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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