Cape-to-Cape Adventure

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
132 Passengers

Expedition Highlights
• Follow in the footsteps of great Antarctic explorers
• See snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers and spectacular iceberg sculptures
• Encounter penguins: Magellanic, rockhopper, gentoo, macaroni, king, Adelie, and African (jackass)
• Watch for sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales
• Identify seabirds including albatross, shearwaters and petrels
• Discover historic sites of the early explorers and the remains of whaling operations
• Visit the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world
• Marvel at the dramatic views from South Africa’s Cape Point or Table Mountain.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2At Sea
Day 3New Island & West Point Island, Falkland Islands
Day 4Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5 & 6At Sea
Days 7 to 10South Georgia
Days 11 to 14At Sea
Days 15 & 16Tristan Da Cunha, UK
Days 17 to 20At Sea
Days 22 to 24Cape Town, South Africa

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark Silver Explorer and meet some of your fellow travelers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Day 2 — At Sea

Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure and to learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other onboard diversions includes spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 3 — New Island & West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Today’s adventure introduces us to the remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands. New Island is a wildlife and nature reserve, and an environmental conservation group protects its many birds and animals. Once ashore, we will hike into the rocky cliffs to a rookery where rockhopper penguins and blue-eyed shags share the same nesting area. We will observe black-browed albatross going about their daily routines and may even spot upland geese. Our onboard historian will tell us about ‘Barnard's barn’ – a stone structure once belonging to an early settler, as well as the wreck of the Protector III – an old minesweeper used for seal hunting, now grounded just off the shore.

In the afternoon, watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin as the Silver Explorer approaches this West Point Island. Upon arrival, photographic opportunities are everywhere as you walk across rolling moorland and admire colonies of black-browed albatrosses that nest side-by-side with feisty rockhopper penguins. Learn about the island’s unique vegetation including the rare Felton plant. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer your questions and share their stories.

Day 4 — Stanley, Falkland Islands

We begin our day in the capital city of the remote Falkland Islands by boarding 4x4 vehicles for an “off road” adventure. Our experienced local drivers will tell us about Falkland farm life en route to Bluff Cove where we will be able to wander amid approximately 1,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins, a growing colony of King penguins and visiting Magellanic penguins from nearby East Island. The site is very photogenic with a large lagoon and a long sandy beach that is occasionally patrolled by sea lions from East Island. Dolphins are regularly seen playing in the surf where the waves break on the beach, and there are a large variety of seabirds to see such as snowy sheathbills, southern giant petrels, pied oyster catchers, white-rumped sandpipers, two-banded plovers, dolphin gulls and South American terns. At the rustic Sea Cabbage Café we can warm up with complimentary hot drinks and homemade baked goods. Then take a look into the Bluff Cove Museum for a better understanding of life in the Falklands and, in particular, Bluff Cove and its fabulous lagoon wildlife. There may also be an opportunity to watch spinning and felting of local wool.

Stanley has a distinct British ambience, and following our morning at Bluff Cove; there will be time to stroll through the colorful town area along charming streets lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs. Sights include the 19th-century Anglican cathedral, a small local museum and some lingering reminders of the 1986 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea

Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and whales. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call and the adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.

Days 7 to 10 — South Georgia

This breath-taking destination 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 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, the Endurance. Visit Shackleton’s grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Cooper Bay

• An unforgettable view of huge icebergs can be seen surrounding Cooper’s Bay as we approach.
• Go ashore by Zodiac to see numerous breeds of penguins, such as macaronis and chinstraps, on the rocks and waters surrounding the island.

Gold Harbor

• A large king penguin colony can be found between Weddell Glacier and Gold Harbor.
• Seals can be seen resting on ice floes and sunning on the beaches.

Grytviken

• An historic whaling station, all that remain are the rusted hulls of long abandoned whalers.
• Now a museum, guests can learn about past whaling techniques and view various exhibits on exploration and discovery.
• At the burial site of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, we will toast the great explorer and his many accomplishments.

Salisbury Plain

• A favorite breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of king penguins; it is amazing to see how they completely cover the beaches and hills.
• In early March, we may also be able to watch adorable seal pups at play.

Days 11 to 14 — At Sea

As we cross the southern Atlantic, leisurely days at sea are yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team, relax in one of the lounges with that book you’ve been meaning to read, and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to take in the solitude of the vast sea and sky.

Days 15 & 16 — Tristan Da Cunha, UK

We will watch for whales in the surrounding waters as we approach the volcanic Tristan Da Cunha island group. Recognized as the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, its closest neighboring landmass is the island of St. Helena some 2,430 km away. The main island is home to fewer than 300 hardy residents. Today we enjoy guided walks with the local inhabitants of the village while our onboard geologist will lead a walk to the 1961 Volcanic cone and lava flow. Learn how the islanders were evacuated and how it affected their lives. Once at the top, we will have a beautiful scenic view of the whole settlement – a photo opportunity not to be missed. We will meet with some of the island children and hear what Tristan life is like through their eyes during our visit to St Mary’s School. Our onboard ornithologist will point out birdlife, hopefully including the Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, sooty albatross, albatross, Tristan thrush, and Tristan wandering albatross – a critically endangered species with fewer than 1,500 breeding pairs left in the world. Tristan is also where 90% of the world’s northern rockhopper penguins come to breed.

Weather permitting, we hope to land on either the uninhabited Nightingale Islands or Inaccessible Island, a protected wildlife reserve and World Heritage Site. You will see the most magnificent wildlife, flora and fauna all unspoiled by people. All guests will receive a certificate verifying that they have indeed visited this extremely remote world destination.

Days 17 to 20 — At Sea

Enjoy a variety of onboard activities. Our days at sea are filled with educational lectures and interesting entertainment options. Attend a special performance by Marty Henne or a fascinating lecture by David Guggenheim. All accommodations feature an interactive television system allowing you to watch your choice of movies or documentary films and even recorded broadcasts from The Theatre in the comfort and privacy of your suite or stateroom.

Days 22 to 24 — Cape Town, South Africa

Arriving in the early evening on Day 22 you are free to enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the vibrant V & A Waterfront in Cape Town Harbor on your own.

For our first full day in Cape Town, we begin with a scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard towards Cape Point – the most south-westerly tip of Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve we will enjoy a guided walk through the reserve accompanied by a botanical specialist. The reserve occupies 7,750 ha of indigenous flora and fauna, as well as Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs. A funicular railway will take us to the top of the point, where we can take in the breath-taking views. Following lunch, pay a visit to the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach before continuing on our scenic route back to the quayside.

Alternatively you can join your Expedition Team and local guides for a visit to the top of Cape Town’s world famous Table Mountain. We will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in a Swiss engineered Rotair cable car. The journey from the base to the summit takes just under 4 minutes and one can enjoy spectacular views, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Table Mountain gets her name from the flat topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground.

After breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer.

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In addition to the rates listed above guests are also required to purchase Charter Air Service roundtrip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, including transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier, on day of embarkation/disembarkation for an additional charge of $1140 per person.  For the Cape to Cape trip the one way Charter Air is $570.

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In addition to the rates listed above guests are also required to purchase Charter Air Service roundtrip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, including transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier, on day of embarkation/disembarkation for an additional charge of approximately $1140 per person (to be determined).

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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NOTE: If a Cabin Category is BLANK for a given date, it is waitlisted and not available at this time. Fares are cruise only.  There is NO Twinshare rate available on this ship and single supplement is 2x the Twin Price listed above.

In addition to the rates listed above guests are also required to purchase Charter Air Service roundtrip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, including transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier, on day of embarkation/disembarkation for an additional charge of approximately $1140 per person (to be determined).

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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