Silversea Luxury Cruises To South Orkneys

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The South Orkney Islands are a group of four main islands in the Scotia Sea about 375 miles northeast of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. They are claimed by both Britain and Argentina, which each have bases on the islands, but under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, all sovereignty claims are to be held dormant. They were discovered in 1821 by two sealers, the American Nathaniel Brown Palmer and the British George Powell, who named them Powell's Group. View more

The islands were renamed in 1823 by James Weddell, after the Orkney Islands in Scotland. William Speirs Bruce, a Scottish polar scientist overwintered on one of the islands and established a meteorological station that is still operational, making it the oldest research station continuously staffed in the Antarctic. The wildlife is amazing. Abundant birds including gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguins, snow petrels, cape petrels, kelp gulls, sheathbills, Antarctic shags, terns, skuas and many more. Especially in the later summer Antarctic fur seals often haul out on the beaches.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.