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Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula : Luxury (18 days)

Explore our planets frozen frontier on the ultimate 18 day voyage. Visit 3 of the Falkland Islands including the capital, Stanley. You will see brightly painted homes, 4 types of penguins and hopefully even the Peale dolphin. This voyage also includes breath-taking South Georgia, this beautiful island has towering snow-covered mountains, huge glaciers and low-lying grasslands that is home to vast penguin colonies.

The voyage continues to Elephant Island, home to the Chinstrap Penguin. Ernest Shackleton’s crew were stranded here back in 1916. You’ll spend the second half of your expedition discovering the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Sail past spectacular iceberg sculptures and glaciers and get up close to marine mammals and iconic penguins.

What not to miss

  • Zodiac cruises

  • All inclusive

  • Butler service with every suite

  • The best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising

What’s included

  • Fantastic Expedition Leaders

  • All meals aboard the Silver Explorer

  • Butler service

  • Zodiac cruises

  • Walking & hiking

  • Complimentary parka

  • 1 night pre cruise hotel

  • Charter flight to/from Ushuaia

  • Gratuities

  • Free Wifi

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula : Luxury (18 days)

Day 1 | Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to your home for the next two and a half weeks. Embark Silver Explorer and meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. A mandatory safety drill will take place before you set sail. During the afternoon you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and important members of the crew. At sail-away enjoy the mountain-lined shoreline of the Beagle Channel while you leave Ushuaia and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the end of the World’.

Day 2 | At Sea

The Expedition Team’s expert lecturers will present ornithological and historical insights into the Falkland Islands, our first destination. You might hear about the early European explorers and the different attempts at settling the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). You’ll also have a detailed introduction to the specific birdlife we expect to see during our voyage from our onboard Ornithologist.

Tonight, you are invited to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party hosted by the Captain, who will introduce his senior officers.

Day 3 | West Point Island and Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin as Silver Explorer approaches West Point Island in the remote Falkland Islands/Malvinas. On a land excursion enjoy a walk across rolling moorland to reach colonies of Black-browed Albatrosses that nest side-by-side with Rockhopper Penguins. Learn about the island’s unique vegetation. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer your questions and share their stories.

During lunch Silver Explorer will reposition to Saunders Island, the second-largest of the offshore islands. Apart from its historical importance –this is where the first British settlement was located. Saunders’ wildlife is quite varied. Depending on the weather conditions we will attempt a landing at the Neck, to see several penguin species, as well as other seabirds and land birds. Gentoo Penguins and King Penguins reside in the open dune and sand flat area, while Rockhopper Penguins, Imperial Shags and Black-browed Albatrosses frequent Mount Richards. Other key bird species are the Black–throated Finch, Ruddy-headed Goose and Falkland Steamer Duck.      

Day 4 | Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley is the capital of the remote Falkland Islands, and has a distinct British ambience. You can join a classic ‘city highlights’ tour which covers Stanley and surrounding environs. This excursion passes by older and newer portions of Stanley, stopping at the local harbour for small boats, both in current operations as well as half sunken hulks from 100 years ago - some of which are now being used as docks. Additional stops will be the shipwreck of the Lady Elizabeth, the peat cutting area, an outdoor whale bone display, war memorials and the museum.

Stroll through the charming streets of this colourful little town, lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs, and visit the 19th-century Anglican cathedral. Some lingering reminders of the 1982 Falklands conflict between Britain and Argentina may still be seen though the island has settled back to its quiet business of raising sheep.

Days 5 & 6 | At Sea

Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Gather in the Explorer Lounge to perhaps hear about Captain Cook’s first visit to South Georgia or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable onboard experts will present lectures and seminars in a variety of scientific fields. Other onboard diversions may include photography workshops, spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining.                                                                  

Days 7 to 9 | South Georgia

South Georgia is a breath-taking location of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands attracts an astounding concentration of wildlife: Southern fur seals, southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sooty, Grey-headed and the spectacular Wandering Albatross, plus thousands of King and hundreds of Macaroni Penguins.

South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton’s arrival in 1916 following the sinking of his ship Endurance. Visit the graves of Shackleton and Frank Wild, and the whaling museum at Grytviken. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Cooper’s Bay
Enjoy a Zodiac cruise to see Macaroni and Chinstrap Penguins on the rocks and in the water.

Gold Harbour
A large King Penguin colony can be found near Bertrab Glacier. Seals can be seen sunning on the beaches.

Grytviken
Grytviken is a historic whaling station. You can still see the remains of the activity, including rusted hulls of long abandoned whaling and sealing ships, and some of the working-areas. At the burial site of famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton we will toast the great explorer and his many accomplishments. The remains of his faithful companion Frank Wild have been brought here too.

Salisbury Plain
Salisbury Plain is a favourite breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of King Penguins. It is amazing to see how they completely cover the beaches and hills.

Days 10 & 11 | At Sea

Participate in onboard activities, listen to further lectures from our onboard experts, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the Tor's Observation Library. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendour of the vast sea and sky. During the cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula we might see some of the giant tabular icebergs drifting from the Weddell Sea.

Day 12 | Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Awesome glaciers greet us as we approach Elephant Island – so named for its former abundance of elephant seals. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for 137 days. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as old moss colonies. Sometimes Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be found on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named Point Wild. A solitary statue can be seen there, honouring the Chilean pilot Luis Pardo, who took the cutter Yelcho across the Drake Passage to rescue Shackleton’s men.

Days 13 to 16 | Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula’ white wilderness, every turn can reveal a new and breath-taking vista. Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular icebergs and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales to surface from below the frigid waters. Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, we will cruise amidst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations led by our team of natural history experts.

A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favourable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife we may encounter. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula (mainland Antarctica)
Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 745-metre-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock. Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls, and Cape Petrels use this as a breeding area.

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel
Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for Gentoo Penguins. Snow Petrels and Cape Petrels may be seen, and Wilson’s Storm Petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. Conditions permitting, we will attempt to hike to the top of the island for some spectacular panoramic views.

Paradise Bay (Antarctic Peninsula)
The bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. From the ship, observe Argentina’s “Base Brown”, one of many Antarctic research stations. Blue-eyed Shags nest in the cliffs close to Base Brown, while Brown Skuas like to be around the base. Minke whales frequent the area.

Paulet Island
The island is home to 80-90 thousand Adelies that come here to breed. Kelp Gulls and Snowy Sheathbills are amongst the birds that breed on Paulet Island as well as a massive colony of Blue-eyed Shags.

Port Foster, Whalers Bay (Deception Island)
Deception Island is an excellent example of a caldera where it is believed that the volcano’s summit collapsed with one section sinking far enough to allow the sea to flood the interior. We plan to sail inside this breached wall through a narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows.  Our resident Geologist will take the opportunity to explain the unique volcanic features of the area, while our Historian might introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island. Depending on weather conditions several hikes to viewpoints might be offered.

Days 17 to 18 | Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to strong westerly winds and the currents pushed through the ‘narrow’ gap between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that glide in the air currents of our ship’s wake such as the Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters, and White-chinned Petrels. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as we travel towards Ushuaia.

Day 19 | Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder
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.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula : Luxury (18 days)

Your holiday in Antarctica

Silver Explorer


Silver Explorer is a purpose built luxury expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including the 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 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. 
 

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 118

  • Guests: 144

  • Length: 107.9 metres

  • Width: 15.8 metres

  • Ice Class: 1A

  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots

  • Registration: Bahamas

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • 2 Restaurants

  • Beauty Salon & Zagara Spa

  • Fitness Centre

  • Cognac & Cigar Bar

  • Observation Library

  • Boutique

  • Explorer Lounge

  • Panorama Lounge

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula : Luxury (18 days)

Adventurer Suite

157 – 167 SQ. FT./ 14 – 15 M2 WITH 2 PORTHOLES
PORTHOLE: 15.75in. diameter / 40cm diameter

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens ­– with your choice of nine pillow types.

  •  Two portholes

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with shower

Explorer Suite

175 – 190 SQ. FT./ 16 – 18 M2 WITH VIEW WINDOW
VIEW WINDOW: 31.5in. x 31.5in. / 80cm x 80cm

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

  •  View window 
  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  •  Marbled bathroom with shower

View Suite

192 SQ. FT. / 18 M2 WITH VIEW WINDOW

VIEW WINDOW: 31.5in. x 31.5in. / 80cm x 80cm

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

  •  View window 

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with shower

Vista Suite

VISTA SUITE — 192 SQ. FT. / 18 M2 WITH LARGE PICTURE WINDOW

LARGE PICTURE WINDOW: 47in. x 43in. / 120cm x 110cm

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

  •  View window (View Suite)

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with shower

Veranda Suite

VERANDA SUITE — 206 - 216 SQ. FT./ 19 - 20 M2 INCLUDING FRENCH BALCONY (16 SQ. FT. / 1.5 M2)

A cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

  •  French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (Veranda Suite)

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with shower

Medallion Suite

400 SQ. FT. / 37 M2 INCLUDING PRIVATE BALCONY (86 SQ. FT. / 8 M2)

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

  •  Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower

  •  Afternoon canapés upon request

  •  Dinner at officer’s table

Silver Suite

SILVER SUITE — 422 SQ. FT./39 M2 INCLUDING 1 FRENCH BALCONY (30 SQ. FT. / 6.3 M2)

Silver Suites can accommodate three guests

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony.

  •  Two French balconies with floor-toceiling glass doors

  •  Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower

  •  Afternoon canapés upon request

  •  Dinner at officer’s table

Grand Suite

618 SQ. FT. / 57 M2 INCLUDING PRIVATE BALCONY (86 SQ. FT. / 8 M2)

Grand Suites can accommodate three guests

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

  •  Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  •  Living room with sitting area

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower

  •  Walk-in closet

  •  Illy® espresso machine

  •  Afternoon canapés upon request

  •  Dinner at officer’s table

  •  Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

Owner's Suite

728 SQ. FT. / 67 M2 INCLUDING PRIVATE BALCONY (158 SQ. FT. / 15 M2)

Owner’s Suites can accommodate three guests

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board.  For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

  •  Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  •  Living room with sitting area

  •  Twin beds or queen-sized bed

  •  Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower

  •  Walk-in closet

  •  Illy® espresso machine

  •  Afternoon canapés upon request

  •  Dinner at officer’s table

  •  Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula : Luxury (18 days)

Cruise Only Prices 2018 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
19 November - 07 December  17 £17400
17 December - 04 January  17 £18100

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
04 January - 22 January  17 £25740
03 February - 21 February  17 £51400
17 December - 04 January  17 £15750

Cruise Only Prices 2020 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
16 January - 03 February   17 £15840
03 February - 21 February  17 £15120

Cruise prices are accurate at time of publication. All suites are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin/double suite – please contact us for details of other suite types.

Deposits

  • If under 120 days until cruise sails, full payment is required at booking

  • If over 120 days until cruise sails, 25% deposit is required at booking

Flights + Extra Accommodation

Our BSpoke team can organise international flights, business upgrades and pre and post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

Solo Travellers

Aboard our Silver Cloud, Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos Expedition Cruises it is not possible to be paired with another traveller who you don’t know in a twin suite. If you are travelling solo you will be required to pay a supplement. The supplement varies between voyages so please speak to your Expedition Cruise Expert who will be able to advise the cost.

Extra Services | Spa + Restaurant

To pre-reserve spa treatments and restaurant reservations please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert within 120 days of sailing (subject to change).

Optional Activities | Sea Kayaking

Weather depending, Silver Explorer offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of Antarctica in peaceful silence. Silver Explorer carries 12 kayaks, it is complimentary to take part in the kayaking however this is on a first come first served basis, you can register your interest onboard.

Please note you will need to have had some previous kayaking experience.

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