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Valparaiso To Ushuaia

SOUTH AMERICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Leave your guidebooks and travelogues behind and imbibe in the sheer marvel of Patagonia. Nothing, but nothing, can prepare you for the sight of this remarkable medley of landscapes. Cruise glaciers and narrows, meander through lakes and fjords and travel to the end of the world as you know it. Each singular sight a marvel, nowhere else on earth do the pieces of the natural landscape make up such a breathtaking jigsaw.
Voyage 7922

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Cruise itinerary

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Valparaíso's dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago's port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America.

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.
Niebla is a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia where Chile’s Corral Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Today Niebla is a beach resort, but in 1671 it was a defensive fortress built by the order of the Viceroy of Peru to prevent attacks against the town of Valdivia by pirates and corsairs. Niebla is well-known for its lively markets, the remains of the colonial fortress declared a National Monument in 1950 and restored in 1992, and a museum dedicated to its history.
For most of its history, windy Puerto Montt was the end of the line for just about everyone traveling in the Lake District. Now the Carretera Austral carries on southward, but for all intents and purposes Puerto Montt remains the region's last significant outpost, a provincial city that is the hub of local fishing, textile, and tourist activity.Today the city center is full of malls, condos, and office towers—it's the fastest-growing city in Chile—but away from downtown, Puerto Montt consists mainly of low clapboard houses perched above its bay, the Seno de Reloncaví.

Bright, wooden huts teeter on stilts over Castro's estuary waterfront, inviting you into a patchwork of colour that’s sure to brighten any day. These traditional palafitos give the warmest of welcomes, as you prepare to experience Chile at its most vibrant. Castro has faced something of a tumultuous past, having been hit by a by a succession of earthquakes and fires - the most recent a devastating earthquake in 1960. But this city is incredibly resilient, and today the capital of Chiloe Island makes for a fantastic base for exploring the archipelago that surrounds it.  

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.
The English Narrows warrant time spent on the outer decks as the Captain and local Chilean Pilots expertly maneuver through the slalom course of islands and channel markers. The waterway is home to Magellanic Diving Petrels, Steamer Ducks, and the rare endemic Chilean dolphin. This small dolphin is shy of ships and enjoys spending its time in constricted straits with heavy tidal rips such as the English Narrows.
The Pio XI Glacier is classified as a tidewater glacier, which means the river of ice starts in the high mountains and then courses downhill all the way to sea level where it slowly melts into the salty ocean bit-by-bit. The Pio XI Glacier is an offshoot of the South Patagonian Ice Field and approaching from the sea, the ice sprawls out in front of the ship in a wide band that reflects a remarkable shade of brilliant blue.
The White Narrows is one spectacular facet of the vast expenses of the Chilean Fjords. On approach through Chile’s largest national park, Bernardo O’Higgins, the famous White Narrows become evident as mountains loom in on both sides of the fjord, and one can only marvel at the hardy native plants clinging to barren rock. With only approximately 80 meters (260 feet) of clearance from one side of the passage to the other, the sharp turns of the ship, skillfully executed between rocky outcrops, are fascinating to watch from the outer decks.
With a population of roughly 18,000, Puerto Natales is the capital of the Ultima Esperanza Province. Founded in 1911, it quickly developed into a major residential center and shipping port for the area’s products. Nestled on a gently-sloping point amid spectacular scenery, the town overlooks the Ultima Esperanza Gulf and has a nice view of the Balmaceda Mountain. It provides services for the region’s intense livestock activity. Many of its inhabitants work at the Argentinian coal mines in Rio Turbio and return home over the weekend.
The White Narrows is one spectacular facet of the vast expenses of the Chilean Fjords. On approach through Chile’s largest national park, Bernardo O’Higgins, the famous White Narrows become evident as mountains loom in on both sides of the fjord, and one can only marvel at the hardy native plants clinging to barren rock. With only approximately 80 meters (260 feet) of clearance from one side of the passage to the other, the sharp turns of the ship, skillfully executed between rocky outcrops, are fascinating to watch from the outer decks.
Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home.

The approach to the Garibaldi Glacier is through one of Chile’s newest and largest national parks: Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini (more than 9,000 square kilometers or 5,600 square miles). It is not only a national park, but has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its swaths of distinct ecosystems and its special landscapes. The Garibaldi Fjord itself is a narrow passage strewn with floating ice in shades of sapphire blue and teal green. Ribbons of waterfalls snake down the steep mountainsides.
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.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 16,560 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 15,030 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 13,500 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 12,690 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 9,540 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 7,470 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 7,110 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 6,480 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,210 with early booking bonus
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included in the cruise fare

  • 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
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.

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.

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.

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 to cruise the Chilean Fjords and visit Torres del Paine National Park. You will be amazed by the dramatic scenery and the resilient wildlife of the fjords with a chance to spot killer whales, sea lions and penguins in this wildest of landscapes. Next to Easter Island, Torres del Paine National Park is Chile’s most emblematic national park. Encounter fascinating local cultures against the backdrop of some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains and deep fjords. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, history and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

Castro, Chiloé Island, Chile
The churches of Chiloé represent a unique example of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture in Latin America (UNESCO World Heritage).

Cruise the Chilean Fjords, Chile
The passage between Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas is the life line for transport to Chile’s southernmost region - it shows an untamed landscape where just a few hundred inhabitants live along a coast of some 1200km.

Pio XI Glacier, Chile
Now about 66 km (41 mi) in length, it is the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica. Enjoy the opportunity to do a ship and/or Zodiac cruise to see the crystal clear blue ice of a glacier in the Chilean Fjords.

Puerto Natales (for Torres del Paine)
To work within the local tidal range Silver Explorer will likely spend two nights in Puerto Natales. Guests will have the choice to go to the Torres del Paine National Park for a full day excursion or the Milodon Cave for a half day excursion. Torres del Paine is a preeminent national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia.

 

Cultural Highlights:

• Meet Chilotes (natives of Chiloe) and some Baqueanos, the Chilean version of cowboys (although they are actually herding sheep), in Magallanes on an estancia near Punta Arenas.

Wildlife Watch List:

• Penguins (Magellanic)
• Seals (Southern fur seals and possibly elephant seals)
• Whales (blue whales in Chiloe’s Golfo Corcovado, humpback whales, Southern right whales)
• Birds of note: Lesser Rhea, Black-necked Swan, Magellanic Steamer Duck, Magellanic Cormorant, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Andean Condor

Please note: 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.

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