Silversea Expedition Cruises To MACQUARIE ISLAND

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Silversea Luxury Cruises - Macquarie Island

Almost 1,500 km southeast of Tasmania and within the ‘Furious Fifties’, Macquarie Island was officially discovered in 1810 and named after the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. The amount of fur seals seen at that time led to extensive sealing in the early 19th century. When the Russian southern polar expedition under Bellingshausen went ashore in November 1820, the sealers had already depleted the fur seal colonies and started turning their attention to elephant seals. Eventually even penguins were hunted for oil. View more

As the island is about half-way between Tasmania and Australia, several expeditions to Antarctica have stopped there and either set up bases or collected specimens. Douglas Mawson had a wireless station set up acting as relay at what today is known as Wireless Hill. After Macquarie changed from NSW to Tasmanian jurisdiction, it was made a wildlife sanctuary (1933), a conservation area (1971), a state reserve (1972) and finally in 1978 became the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve. Since 1947 a continuously operating research station (Macca Station) exists in Buckles Bay. Although Macquarie is home to up to 100,000 seals and close to 4 million seabirds, including Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Royal Penguins, as well as Wandering, Grey-headed, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross breeding there, the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 for its geological importance as it is an uplifted portion of seabed at the edge of two tectonic plates.

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DUNEDIN (South Island) To DUNEDIN (South Island)
  • Departure
    Dec 21 2020
  • Duration
    14 Days
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    Silver Explorer
From US$ 15,800
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DUNEDIN (South Island) To DUNEDIN (South Island)
  • Departure
    Jan 04 2021
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Explorer
From US$ 14,400
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DUNEDIN (South Island) To DUNEDIN (South Island)
  • Departure
    Jan 18 2021
  • Duration
    22 Days
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    Silver Explorer
From US$ 29,970
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DUNEDIN (South Island) To MELBOURNE
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    Feb 09 2021
  • Duration
    15 Days
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An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.