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Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands

Antarctica Cruise

  • Silver Cloud (Polar Voyages)
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 200 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2019, 2020 View Departure>
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    • Nov 16 Mon Offer
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Summary : If it is change that you are after, if it is peace and tranquility, if it is grandeur like you have never experienced then it can only be Antarctica. The fabled land is an ice-crowned wonder, the wildlife superb, the setting both extreme and pristine. No place on Earth can compare, so join us and set sail to step foot on the world final frontier. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the ship.

Day 2
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or curling up with a good book, these days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3
New Island / West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of Black-browed Albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty Rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic Penguins and Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.

Day 4
Stanley, Falkland Islands

Quaint Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents.

Day 5 – 6
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or curling up with a good book, these days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7
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’.

Day 8
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. Adelie and gentoo penguins breed at these places, as do kelp gulls and cape petrels, snow petrels and skuas.

Day 9 – 13
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

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.

Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the South Shetland Islands. 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.

Day 14 – 15
Drake Passage

As you cross the Drake Passage, keep an eye out for seabirds and whales. Black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels glide in the air alongside the ship.

Day 16
Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud and transfer to the airport.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Photography Academy:
Utilize the ship's new Photo Studio as a hub for the multifaceted enrichment program. With both private and group lessons, guests can learn to master the art of digital photography through the Academy, which provides an array of specialty workshops for both beginners and pros. Among the topics covered is an introduction to photography, social media, and the use of Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® software tools to edit images to get just the right look. Additionally, guests can schedule a 20-minute, one-on-one appointment with a photo-editing expert to receive guidance on a host of topics, including: gear recommendations, instruction on proper camera use, camera menu options, and help with posting to Facebook and Instagram.

Kayaking:
Kayaking will be offered complimentary and will run on a first-come-first-serve sign up basis. Guests cannot pre book the kayak tours. Participation requires good physical condition and right of participation is reserved. The kayak guides will make the final determination if a guest is fit to participate. Kayaking will be weather dependent. Minimum age 16. Guests should know how to use a rudder on a kayak.

Included:
Transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi aboard ship; kayaking; parka; backpack; all meals onboard ship; butler service; select wines, champagnes, spirits, and soft drinks; gratuities (except spa). Royal, Grand, and Owner’s Suites receive laundry service throughout the voyage as well as dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage) and two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare that except mentioned as included; transfers and luggage handling; meals on board at La Dame Restaurant unless mentioned above as included; some alcoholic premium beverages; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry (unless mentioned as included) and spa options; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Richard Sidey (two penguins, passenger walking), © Ray Stranagan (landscape, penguins and zodiac)

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