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Classic Antarctica (Silver Explorer)

Classic Antarctica (Silver Explorer)

From USD $14,900

Description

Awesome, Amazing, Life-Changing
Experience Antarctica with an expedition cruise and discover a frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier. A place unlike anywhere else on earth where unique nature and wildlife species exist and in fact thrive despite the harsh climate. An Antarctic cruise will bring you through the wonders of the surreal landscape.

Marvel at calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. During your Antarctica cruise, you will observe seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes, perfectly at ease in the company of visitors. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands. Feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale surfacing from beneath the frigid waters. These astounding animal encounters are opportunities found nowhere else on earth, and yours to experience with us and an Antarctic cruise aboard Silver Explorer. Witness iceberg sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. Visit historic whaling sites. Encounter penguins, seals and possibly even whales in their natural habitat.

Trip Name
Classic Antarctica (Silver Explorer)
Days
12
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 108 metres Passenger Capacity: 144 Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008 / 2018 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.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
Embark Silver Explorer, settle in and attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. During the afternoon you will be introduced to some of the important crew members and your Expedition Team. At sail-away bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’.
Day 2 - Days 2–3 — Drake Passage
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. 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. Have your camera ready to capture the magical colour of a midnight sunset. As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the friendly Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by our expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. When available, visit the Bridge and meet our Captain and officers; information will be posted in the daily onboard newsletter.
Day 3 - Days 4–8 — Antarctic Peninsula
While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can reveal a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it’s apparent to everyone that we are moving closer into Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. 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. 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 on complimentary excursions 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: Aitcho Islands - South Shetland Islands (just off the Antarctic Peninsula at the entrance to the English Strait), Brown Bluff - Tabarin Peninsula (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent), Cuverville Island - Errera Channel, Paradise Bay (on the Antarctic peninsula), Paulet Island, Petermann Island - Wilhelm Archipelago, Pleneau Island - Wilhelm Archipelago, Port Foster - Whalers Bay (Deception Island), Port Lockroy - Goudier Island
Day 4 - Day 9 — Drake Passage Return
Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. 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 5 - Days 11 - 12 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarkation.
Day 6 - 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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $14,900Adventurer Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $15,500Explorer Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $16,600View Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $17,500Vista Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $24,100Veranda Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $28,400Medallion Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $30,200Silver Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $33,200Grand Suite. From
06-01-202216-01-2022USD $36,500Owner's Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers
    • Set foot on the continent of Antarctica
    • Encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins
    • Spot seals – elephant, Antarctic fur, Weddell, leopard and crabeater
    • Watch for whales – humpback, Minke, orca, pilot, and beaked
    • Identify seabirds – snowy sheathbill, Antarctic cormorant, kelp gull, Antarctic tern, cape petrels, wandering albatrosses, southern fulmars, blue eyed shags, southern giant petrels, skuas, black-browed albatrosses, Wilson’s storm-petrels, sooty shearwaters

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