Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula - Silver Cloud

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Venture to the furthest reaches of the planet on a lovely ship offering seating areas in all cabins. Relais & Chateaux fine dining and a highly credentialed expedition staff complete the adventure.

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8.1*

ECO SCORE

254

PASSENGERS

10

DAYS

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ACTIVITY LEVEL

Antarctica: Drink It In

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Silver Cloud

Antarctica – just saying the name brings to mind an otherworldly destination. Join the ranks of explorers like Shackleton and Amundsen. Traverse the Drake Passage to get close—actually very close with our daily Zodiac landings—to the snow and ice that so fascinated them. From admiring waddles of penguins on the South Shetland Islands to exploring the Antarctic Peninsula’s mighty glaciers, this is an unforgettable austral adventure. The Silver Cloud's ocean view suites are some of the most spacious in luxury cruising. All include the services of a butler thanks to the highest service ratio at sea and almost all have a private teak veranda so that you can breathe in the fresh sea air by merely stepping outside your door.
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    • If you like comfort and fine dining along with your Antarctic adventure, this all-suite expedition ship is for you.
    • Highly credentialed experts offer presentations, join you on shore, and even join you for dinner on this spacious and comfortable ship.
    • This operator has fantastic, high-level guides and expedition staff however, they don't overload you with information on these trips.

Travel Curator’s Insights:

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Rates:
From $13,200 per person
All embarking crew and guests will require vaccinations. Policies and protocols provided before you book.

Nov 27-Dec 6, 2022
Dec 7-16, 2022
Feb 15-24, 2023
Feb 25-March 7, 2023
Jan 5-15, 2024
Feb 11-21, 2024
Feb 21-March 2, 2024
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Dec 2022, Feb 2023, Jan-Feb 2024
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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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Water

Ships equipped with freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water.

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Transportation

Introduced a new environmental ship fleet that prevents anchors from damaging reefs!

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Conservation

Established the Silversea fund to protect unique marine ecosystems.

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Itinerary 

Day 1 - Ushuaia

A southerly frontier - on the cusp of wild nature and extraordinary adventures - the excitement in Ushuaia is palpable. Prepare for memorable exploits amid the extremes of this southerly location - as you adventure into the colossal scenery of the fractured Tierra del Fuego and beyond. Known as the 'End of the World' Ushuaia looks out across the Beagle Channel, and is surrounded by the Martial Mountains to the north. Despite its remote location, Ushuaia is a surprisingly busy and lively resort, with lots to keep its visitors entertained. For many people, Ushuaia is their last glimpse of anything resembling a city, before they jump off the map into the wilderness, to answer the call of immense national parks or Antarctic expeditions.


One of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet - Argentina's land of fire, National Park Tierra del Fuego, is a place of titanic natural forces and limitless beauty. Snow-covered mountains poke the sky, while glaciers spill down between peaks, and gaping fjords open up. With incredible wildlife - from penguins to whales - the park offers some of South America's most amazing hiking opportunities and panoramas. When it comes to food in Ushuaia, locals cook up fierce flavours using the freshest ingredients. King crab is one of the most popular dishes, while sea bass - hauled freshly from the waters - and mounds of meaty mussels - known as cholgas - are also on the menu here.


Days 2 & 3 - Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. Your first sight of this most-unexplored place will most likely be the South Shetland Islands.


Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest and bravest explorers as you explore famed, snow-covered landmasses like Elephant and Deception Island. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry – even in rough seas you’re never alone, and will often be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses and maybe even a protective pod of humpbacks and hourglass dolphins or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. If this is your first visit to this magical continent, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with our blog for first timers to Antarctica.

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Day 4 - South Shetland Islands

The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews.


Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth. The triple peaks of Mount Foster tower above the archipelago, and you’ll feel your heart pumping a little quicker, as you sail into the core of Deception Island’s magnificent collapsed volcano caldera. Hike the luna landscapes within, and even dip into the improbably warm, geothermally-heated waters of Pendulum Cove. Elephant Island, meanwhile, is written deep into the annals of Antarctic expedition legend, as the site where Ernest Shackleton and the stricken crew of the Endurance miraculously survived a harsh Antarctic winter, in 1916.


Days 5-7 - Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary.


The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

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Days 8 & 9 - Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. Your first sight of this most-unexplored place will most likely be the South Shetland Islands.


Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest and bravest explorers as you explore famed, snow-covered landmasses like Elephant and Deception Island. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry – even in rough seas you’re never alone, and will often be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses and maybe even a protective pod of humpbacks and hourglass dolphins or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. If this is your first visit to this magical continent, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with our blog for first timers to Antarctica.


Day 10 - Ushuaia

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your included flight.


Please Note: When travelling in remote regions tide, wind, ice and weather conditions determine the details of our itinerary. While we will do our best to maintain all suggested activities, some of these may be subject to change. Come with an open mind and a great sense of adventure, together we can turn any voyage into a wonderful Expedition.

Silver Cloud

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalize your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has one of the highest crew to guest and space to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 20 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations.

• Capacity: 254 guests
• Cabins: 151 cabins
• Specialists: Highly credentialed naturalists & guides, nearly 1:1 guest to staff ratio.

ACHIEVEMENTS 

2019 "Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the World", Condé Nast Traveler
2019 "Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line", Travel + Leisure
2019 "Best Cruise Ships in the World" Condé Nast Gold List

"The Silver Cloud is more spacious than other expedition vessels as it was originally designed for more passengers than she carries today. With many beautifully appointed public spaces and many 2-room suite styles, the Silver Cloud is an outstanding luxury option for travelers hoping to head off the beaten track in style. This operator's VP of expedition cruising is one of the top experts in the business known for designing outstanding itineraries. If comfort and cuisine are very high on your list while adventuring, the Silver Cloud is an excellent choice."

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Rates

 

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OWNER'S STE.

One bedroom, living room, dining area, 827 ft² / 77 m² incl. veranda, marble bath with tub and shower.

From in USD:

$41,280pp

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SILVER SUITE

One bedroom:581 ft² / 54 m² Including living room and veranda. 2 marbled bathrooms. Accommodates 3 guests.

From in USD:

$26,600pp

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VERANDA

One bedroom: 295 ft² / 27 m² including seating area and veranda. Some take 3 guests.

From in USD:

$15,700pp

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GRAND SUITE

One bedroom:1,019 ft² / 95 m² with veranda, Two bedroom: 1,314 ft² / 122 m² with veranda. 2-4 Guests.

From in USD:

$36,200pp

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MEDALLION

One bedroom: 517 ft² / 48 m² Including living room and veranda. Accommodates 3 guests.

From in USD:

$22,700pp

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VISTA SUITE

One bedroom: 240 ft² / 22m² includes seating area. Two large outside windows. Accommodates 2 guests.

From in USD:

$13,280pp

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ROYAL SUITE

One bedroom: 736 ft² / 69m² including veranda, Two bedroom: 1,031 ft² / 96m² including veranda.

From in USD:

$32,500pp

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DLX VERANDA

One bedroom:295 ft² / 27 m² including sitting area and veranda. Central location. Accommodates 2 guests.

From in USD:

$17,900pp

I've sent many discerning travelers with this luxury operator and my clients have loved the over-the-top service, outstanding cuisine and beautiful accommodations that come in tandem with exciting shore visits. The best of all possible worlds!

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Economy Class Roundtrip; 1 night pre-cruise and 1 day-use post-cruise; Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship); In-country flights when required by itinerary; Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team; Parka; Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team; Spacious suites; Butler service in every suite; Unlimited Free Wi-Fi; Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest; Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining; Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits; In-suite dining and room service; Onboard entertainment; Onboard gratuities.