Chilean Fjords & Antarctica

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
132 Passengers

Expedition Highlights:
• Cruise by Zodiac along the Garibaldi Glacier
• 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

 

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 Punta Arenas
Days 3-4 Drake Passage
Days 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 Drake Passage Return
Day 12 Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 — Punta Arenas

Embark Silver Explorer and meet some of your fellow explorers 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 — Garibaldi Fjord and Glacier

This morning, the Silver Explorer will enter the Garibaldi Fjord, a narrow passage strewn with floating ice in shades of blue and green. Ribbons of waterfalls snake down the steep mountainsides. At the head of this picturesque fjord, take in the quiet splendor of the retreating Garibaldi Glacier.

Days 3-4 — 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 color of a midnight sunset.

As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarize 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.

Days 5-9 — 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 colorful 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 favorable 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)

  • • As you step off the Zodiac to explore the island, it’s very likely you’ll be greeted by the locals…penguins! Penguin species here include gentoos and chinstraps. Other annual seabirds include the Southern giant petrels.
  • • While heading back to the ship, you may have company as a leopard seal or southern elephant seal follows alongside your group’s Zodiac.

Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent)

  • • Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 745-meter-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock.
  • • Adelie and gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and pintado petrels use this as a breeding area.
  • • Birds such as the all-white snow petrel and skuas may be seen from a distance.
  • • As you explore the area, a Weddell seal may be seen basking in the sunlight.
  • • Wait long enough and you might see the Adelie penguins standing along the rocks, finally making their way into the surf. •

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel

  • • The island was discovered by Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1897–99, and was named for a vice admiral in the French navy.
  • • Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for gentoo penguins.
  • • Snow petrels and pintado petrels also may be seen whilst Wilson’s storm-petrels nest in the higher scree of the island.
  • • During Zodiac tours, hauled-out Weddell and Antarctic fur seals may be seen. 

Paradise Bay (on the 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.
  • • Here, you will actually set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
  • • View the wildlife from sea level while cruising in your Zodiac with one of our experienced Expedition Team members. There’s a good chance you’ll come across a crabeater seal relaxing on a nearby ice floe, or if you’re very lucky, your Zodiac driver may locate a pod of Minke whales.

Paulet Island

  • • As you arrive, you may well be amazed by the sight of Adelie penguins covering the entire island. The island is home to 80-90 thousand Adelies that come here to breed.
  • • On a nearby hill, view a massive colony of blue eyed shags.
  • • Kelp gulls and snowy sheathbills are amongst the birds that breed on Paulet Island, and Wilson’s storm-petrels are regularly seen.
  • • Listen as your Expedition Team guide tells of Otto Nordenskjold and his party that over-wintered on the island in 1912. Remnants of their hut still remain.
  • • If time permits, take a Zodiac cruise to view impossibly blue icebergs, Crater Lake and the Adelie penguins making themselves at home on the ice floes.

Petermann Island, Wilhelm Archipelago

  • • The island is named for German geographer August Petermann and was first discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74.
  • • Our onboard Geologist will take the opportunity to point out various geological features such as the many basaltic dikes along the shoreline, and the more granite composition of the small summit, where rock surfaces show glacial polish and some glacial grooving.
  • • During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie penguins, gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

Pleneau Island, Wilhelm Archipelago

  • • Pleneau Island lies at the south end of the Lemaire Channel, and was first explored during Charcot’s 1903–05 French Antarctic Expedition. The island was named for the expedition’s photographer, Paul Pleneau.
  • • Amongst the common breeding birds are Gentoo Penguins, kelp gulls and south polar skuas.
  • • See the gentoo penguins during a landing and southern elephant seals that are often hauled-out in wallows.
  • • Enjoy spectacular glacial and ice scenery.

Port Foster, Whalers Bay (Deception Island)

  • • Deception Island is home to a collapsed volcano and 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 will introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island.
  • • Still visible on the island are the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s.

Port Lockroy, Goudier Island

  • • The British built a listening station here during WWII, which was then used as a research station in the 1950s, and since 1962 as a museum and gift shop.
  • • Snowy sheathbills and gentoo penguins roam outside the museum.
  • • Perhaps sight a whale or two on your Zodiac cruise.

Days 10-11 — 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 12 — Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

* 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