Summary : A frosted wilderness of glistening white—enhanced by blue ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art—awaits you. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch for elusive leopard seals and lounging crabeater seals perfectly at ease in their natural environment, and feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale cresting the ocean's surface. Marvel at the king penuins of South Georgia with their regal orange plummage. Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while taking full advantage of the luxurious all-inclusive lifestyle aboard Silver Cloud, including spacious suites and comfortable common areas.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$22,500 to $84,000
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Ushuaia. Transfer from the airport to the ship to embark Silver Cloud. Meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board.
A mandatory safety drill will take place before you set sail. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team and important members of the crew.
Take the opportunity to relax after your long flight and have a leisurely breakfast before you join one of the talks by your Expedition Team members. These talks will cover a wide range of subjects –from geology to history, biology and even botany (to be seen in the Falkland Islands). Enjoy wine tastings, the boutique, 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.
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 with much history to learn about and discover.
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, or writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
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 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. 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, Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels, and Skuas.
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.
Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are 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.
Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that may float in the air currents of the ship’s wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. As you return to Ushuaia, take advantage of the opportunity to listen to additional presentations offered by onboard specialists and swap prized photos with new found friends.
After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Santiago.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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.
Unique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio offers a vibrant, creatively inspiring space where you can not only master the art of digital photography with Masterclasses, but also offers an editing suite where you can print images using state-of-the-art equipment plus a dedicated photo manager.
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.
Round-trip economy class charter flight between Santiago/Ushuaia; one pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago; transfers between airport, hotel, and ship; ship accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; most onboard meals (La Dame Restaurant excluded); butler service onboard ship; kayaking; most wines, champagnes and spirits, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water and soda onboard ship; parka; onboard gratuities (except spa); port charges and handling fees. 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.
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)