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DUNEDIN (South Island) To DUNEDIN (South Island)

NEW ZEALAND expedition cruise Silver Explorer

It is almost impossible to comprehend the breadth of geological events that created Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Sheer cliffs rise vertically upward from the ocean to dwarf the ship and bathe you in “Lord of the Rings” grandeur. Breathtaking for both the experienced and the uninitiated, anyone looking to visit a place unmarked by the passage of time will be spoilt their extraordinary beauty.
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Cruise itinerary

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Clinging to the walls of the natural amphitheater at the west end of Otago Harbour, the South Island's second-largest city is enriched with inspiring nearby seascapes and wildlife. Because Dunedin is a university town, floods of students give the city a vitality far greater than its population of 122,000 might suggest.
Stewart Island is home to New Zealand's newest national park, Rakiura National Park. The third and most southerly of New Zealand's main islands, Stewart Island is separated from the South Island by the 24-km (15-miles) Foveaux Strait. Its original Māori name, Te Punga O Te Waka a Maui, means "the anchor stone of Maui's canoe." Māori mythology says the island's landmass held the god Maui's canoe secure while he and his crew raised the great fish—the North Island.

New Zealand fiord country along with Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Incredibly beautiful, wild and remote, the region is an intriguing combination of rugged mountain ranges, dense rainforest, solitary alpine lakes, sparkling rivers and splashing waterfalls. Much of Fiordland is virtually unexplored wilderness and still the habitat of rare birds. As the ship cruises the beautiful Doubtful, Dusky and Milford Sounds, experience the majestic fiordland of South Island's western coast.
Despite being discovered by Cook more than 240 years ago, Dusky Sound is one of the few truly untouched destinations left on earth. Found on the southwest corner of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound has the auspicious title of “titanic mason” given to it by the Maoris, as no other explanation seems to fit; it is almost impossible to comprehend the sheer breadth of geological events that created this seemingly perfect sculpture, as the sheer cliffs that rise vertically upward from the ocean dwarf the ship.
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 simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
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 simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Clinging to the walls of the natural amphitheater at the west end of Otago Harbour, the South Island's second-largest city is enriched with inspiring nearby seascapes and wildlife. Because Dunedin is a university town, floods of students give the city a vitality far greater than its population of 122,000 might suggest.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 33,570 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 30,420 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 27,540 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 25,830 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 21,780 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 15,480 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 14,850 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 13,770 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 13,230 with early booking bonus
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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$ 33,570 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 30,420 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 27,540 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 25,830 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 21,780 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 15,480 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 14,850 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 13,770 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 13,230 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 exciting journey towards the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. By combining the South Island’s Fiordland with the Sub-antarctic Islands, there is the chance to possibly see ten different species of penguins on this voyage as well as a variety of albatrosses and mollymawks. Apart from endemic birds the plant life on these islands is quite fascinating and it will become obvious why most of these islands have UNESCO World Heritage status.
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:

Stewart Island and Ulva Island, New Zealand
To gain an insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community one can explore Oban and the surrounding bays at one’s own pace. Neighbouring Ulva Island is a world renowned open bird sanctuary looked after by the Department of Conservation. Small groups of not more than 12 guests will be led by professional local guides to ensure a maximum experience of natural history. As Ulva has no invasive species, the walk through the natural forest will be a wonderful opportunity to see the endemic plants and birdlife.

Fiordland, New Zealand
We will explore Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site that includes among others Milford and Doubtful Sounds. The breath-taking views of Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) and the majestic carved peaks and dramatic waterfalls are awe-inspiring as one marvels at Mitre Peak’s striking figure. Using Zodiacs and the ship to explore, the Captain and Expedition Leader will work together to create the perfect schedule for the visit in Fiordland National Park and to see the resident pod of dolphins, penguins and seals.

Macquarie Island, Australia
Macquarie Island is known as Australia’s Sub-Antarctic jewel and is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of elephant, leopard and fur seals and millions of penguins. The island has been designated a World Heritage site. Since 1948 the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has maintained a permanent base, the Macquarie Island Station, which usually varies from 20 to 40 people over the year. Weather and tides will play heavily on the decisions made by the Captain and Expedition Leader to make the most of the two days visiting the island. Macquarie holds a King Penguin colony of more than 200,000 pairs, as well as colonies of Rockhopper, Royal and Gentoo Penguins. In addition one might see some of the 72 species of birds including the Wandering, Black-browed, Grey-headed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross.

Campbell Island, New Zealand
We will use our Zodiacs to land on Campbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost sovereign territory some 700 kilometers southeast of South Island. High and rugged in the south (up to 1,867 feet), it slopes off more gently to the north where smoothed ridges and open valleys suggest considerable recent glaciation. Farmed since 1894, Campbell Island was used for sealing and whaling, wartime coastal defense, and meteorological observation. Becoming a nature reserve in 1954, it is now an uninhabited and World Heritage site administered by the Department of Conservation.

Enderby Island and Auckland Island, New Zealand
Enderby Island and Auckland Island are composed of eroding volcanic remains. Under New Zealand’s ecological management, which included the removal of all introduced mammals, the rata forests are regenerating and herbaceous plants are resurging. Enderby Island is home to the rare Yellow-eyed Penguin, New Zealand Bellbirds and Red-crowned Parakeets, as well as Southern Royal Albatross that nest on the plateau. Auckland Island has an abundance and diversity of seabirds, including Gibson’s Albatross and White-capped Mollymawks. It is also the primary breeding ground for the most rare and endangered sea lions in the world, the New Zealand (Hooker) sea lion, and the breeding ground for 30% of the world’s population of the Yellow-eyed Penguin.

The Snares, New Zealand
The Snares is a small island group approximately 200 kilometers south of New Zealand's South Island and covers a total of approximately 3.5 square kilometers. Unlike other Sub-Antarctic islands that were greatly affected by the whaling and sealing industry in the nineteenth century, The Snares remains one of the last near pristine areas in New Zealand. Depending on sea and weather conditions we intend to use the fleet of Zodiacs on board the Silver Explorer to go in search of the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, listening for Tuis and bellbirds and looking for New Zealand fur seals.

 

Cultural Highlights:

  • Learn about the various conservation projects going on to help the UNESCO World Heritage sites visited.

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • Penguins: Snares Crested, Erect-crested, Fiordland, Little Blue, Yellow-eyed, Rockhopper, King, Royal and Gentoo Penguins
  • Humpback whales, Minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, pilot whales, orcas
  • New Zealand sea lions
  • Birds of note: Wandering, Black-browed, Royal, Grey-headed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Campbell Island Shag, Campbell Teal, New Zealand Bellbirds, Red-crowned Parakeets, Red-billed Gull

 

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 and wildlife activity. 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.

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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.