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 albatrosses, 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

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Steeple Jason Island & West Point Island, Falkland Islands
Day 4 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5 & 6 At Sea
Days 7 to 10 South Georgia
Days 11 to 14 At Sea
Days 15 Gough Island, UK (Subject to government approval)
Day 16 Tristan da Cunha, UK
Day 17 Nightingale Island, UK
Days 18 to 21 At Sea
Days 22 & 23 Cape 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. After settling in, your expedition leader will introduce some of the important crew members and your expedition team. While we sail out of Ushuaia you will be able to see the many snow-covered mountains lining the Beagle Channel and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while we have our sail away cocktail on the open decks.

Day 2 — At Sea

Gather in the theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure and to learn about the Falkland’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable lecture staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other on-board diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the fitness center, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 3 — Steeple Jason Island & West Point Island, Falkland Islands

On Steeple Jason is the Steinhart Station, a field research station built in 2003 for monitoring wildlife. Only used for sheep-grazing until the 1980s, Steeple Jason was never properly inhabited; therefore birdlife was less disturbed and includes Southern Rockhopper Penguins, Magellanic Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Slender-billed Prions, caracaras and Blackish Cinclodes (known locally as tussac-birds), as well as Black-browed Albatrosses. Roughly 70% of the world’s population of Black-browed Albatrosses is said the breed on the Falkland Islands and Steeple Jason has the largest colony. The Magellanic Penguin is near the southern part of its range here, while the more cold-tolerant Gentoo also occurs substantially south into Antarctica. Sea lions and fur seals can be seen along 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 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. 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 4×4 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 next to 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 birds to see such as Snowy Sheathbills, Southern Giant Petrels, Pied Oystercatchers, 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 1982 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 visits in South Georgia 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 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 Shackleton’s and Frank Wild’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 Macaroni and Chinstrap, on the rocks and waters surrounding the island.

Gold Harbor
-A large King Penguin colony can be found near Bertrab Glacier.

-Seals can be seen resting on ice floes and sunning on the beaches.

Grytviken
-A historic whaling station, all that remains today are the rusted hulls of long abandoned whalers and working sheds.

-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, the seal pups will be quite active and aggressive.

Days 11 to 14 — At Sea

As we cross the South 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 have 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 — Gough Island, UK (Subject to government approval)

A dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island was originally known as Gonçalo Álvares (the captain of Vasco da Gama’s flagship). The volcanic island covers an area of 91 km² and is uninhabited except for the personnel of a South African weather station (usually six people).  It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence.

Gough Island and Inaccessible Island comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gough and Inaccessible Islands as they are protected wildlife reserves and an “Important Bird Area”.  If conditions allow we will offer a Zodiac cruise and look for Tristan Albatross, Atlantic Petrel, Gough Moorhen, Gough Bunting, and Northern Rockhopper Penguins -some of the many birds using this mid-Atlantic island as their nesting ground.

During the afternoon we will continue on our voyage and we will watch for whales in the surrounding waters as we approach volcanic Tristan da Cunha.

Day 16 — Tristan da Cunha, UK

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.

Weather and landing depending, we hope to 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, Tristan Thrush, and Tristan Wandering Albatross – a critically endangered species with fewer than 1,500 breeding pairs left in the world. The archipelago is also where 90% of the world’s Northern Rockhopper Penguins come to breed.

Day 17 — Nightingale Island, UK

Weather permitting; we hope to land on either the uninhabited Nightingale Island 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 18 to 21 — At Sea

Enjoy a variety of onboard activities. Our days at sea are filled with educational lectures and interesting entertainment options. 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.

On the last day your on-board videographer will screen his Voyage-DVD, letting you remember all those special moments during your voyage.

The captain will invite you to his (your) farewell cocktail party and the chef and restaurant manager want to surprise you with the special farewell dinner.

Days 22 & 23 — Cape Town, South Africa

Arriving in the early afternoon 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.

After breakfast on Day 23, disembark Silver Explorer.

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 and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members as well as guest speakers and their lecture topics scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Suite
728 Sq Ft / 67 m² [Including private veranda (158 Sq Ft / 15 m²)]
Teak style veranda with 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 • Choice of bathroom amenities • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Laundry service • Illy espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer's table • Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Grand Suite
618 Sq Ft / 57 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Teak style balcony with 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 • Choice of bathroom amenities • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Laundry service • Illy espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer's table • Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Silver Suite
422 Sq Ft / 39 m² [Including 2 French balconies (30 Sq Ft / 3 m²)]
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests
Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling 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 • Choice of bathroom amenities • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Laundry service • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer's table
   Medallion Suite
400 Sq Ft / 37 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Wifi available (fees apply) • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Laundry service
   Expedition Suite
388-397 Sq Ft / 36-37 m² with two view windows or two large picture windows
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests
Two large picture windows (Deck 4 suites); Two view windows (Deck 3 suites) • 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 • Choice of bathroom amenities • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Laundry service
   Veranda Suite
206-216 Sq Ft / 19-20 m² [Including a French balcony (16 Sq Ft / 1.5 m²)]
French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Suites 512 and 513 have a fixed queen bed) • Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
   Vista Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with large picture window
Large picture window: 47in x 43in / 120cm x 110cm • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Wifi available (fees apply)
   View Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with view window
View Suites can accommodate young children on sofa bed
View window • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View Suites 310, 311, 312, 313) • Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Wifi available (fees apply)
   Explorer Suite
175-190 Sq Ft / 16-18 m² with view window
View window (31.5in x 31.5in / 80cm x 80cm) • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Wifi available (fees apply)
   Adventurer Suite
157-167 Sq Ft / 14-15 m² with 2 portholes
Two portholes (15.75in / 40cm in diameter) • Sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination • Choice of bathroom amenities • Writing desk • Hair dryer • Personal safe • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • Wifi available (fees apply)

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• iPod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalised stationery
• Umbrella
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

Connecting Suites: 702/704, 703/705, 500/502, 501/503, 504/506, 505/507, 510/512, 511/513