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USHUAIA To USHUAIA

ANTARCTICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Calling intrepid explorers! Traverse the legendary Drake Passage and set foot on Earth’s least-visited and most mysterious continent. Travelling to Antarctica is a thrill in and of itself, yet there is so much to see here: once you have stood in awe of icebergs and glaciers you will never be the same. Spot whales, penguins, seals and a wealth of seabirds as you learn about the rich history of the region.
Voyage 7004

Book by 30 November, 2018 and enjoy Reduced Air Fares + Included Hotel and Transfers

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Cruise itinerary

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At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
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. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. 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 and 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 usually the first land seen in Antarctica. 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.
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 34,200 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 32,580 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 27,720 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 26,010 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 19,440 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 15,120 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 14,400 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 13,050 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 12,510 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Included one night pre cruise hotel
  • Included transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • Included charter flight to/ from Ushuaia
  • Included luggage handling
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *In case Promotional Flights are not available or for guests not utilizing the promotional bundle offer, we are pleased to offer a $1,000 Air credit. Terms and conditions.
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 34,200 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 32,580 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 27,720 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 26,010 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 19,440 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 15,120 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 14,400 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 13,050 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 12,510 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us for an extended journey to the last untouched continent. Antarctica will show spectacular icebergs and calving glaciers and the possibility of up-close encounters with penguins ashore, seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and humpback or minke whales surfacing close to the ship. While in Antarctica we will attempt daily Zodiac departures and we will cruise amidst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries on excursions led by our team of natural history experts. Keep your eyes peeled for petrels and prions in the historic Drake Passage. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:
Antarctic Sound, Antarctica
We will travel to see tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. This body of water is named after a famous Swedish expedition ship that was the first to navigate through it. The Sound traps massive continental icebergs which rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on ice conditions Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible.

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

We will explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the Silver Explorer, on Zodiac cruises and landings to see seals and penguin colonies. This will be conditioned on weather and ice conditions. This promontory of land is the furthest-north extension of the Antarctic mainland.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Several landing sites and remains of whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. This grouping of islands is 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula and holds several research stations run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain and other countries. Sites will be selected based on weather and ice conditions.

Drake Passage
We will pass twice through the Drake Passage, a 600-mile wide expanse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. This is an excellent area for whale-watching and pelagic birding. Look for albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels, as well as Cape Petrels, prions and storm-petrels.


Wildlife Watch List:

• Penguins (Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins)
• Seals (Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals)
• Whales (humpback whales, Minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, pilot whales, orcas)
• Birds of note: Blue-eyed Shag, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill, Antarctic Terns, Arctic Terns

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

Clothes for all types of weather, boot rentals, accessories and more »

Packing List »

Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.

restaurants & public areas

Your time on board will be time well-spent. Discover the dining options where you'll savour culinary excellence, and the exciting venues where you'll mingle with international travellers while enjoying our all-inclusive lifestyle.