Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
144 Passengers

Follow in the footsteps of Scott, Fiennes and Admunsen and set foot on the great white continent of Antarctica. South Georgia is home to huge King Penguin colonies and heart-stopping landscape, fertile marine waters and huge rivers of ice. A visit to the Falkland Islands and Shackleton's grave make this 19-day adventure unforgettable.

Expedition Highlights:
• Follow in the footsteps of the great Antarctic explorers: Amundsen, Byrd, Charcot, Cook, Fiennes, de Gerlache, Hillary, Shackleton, Stromness and Weddell.
• See snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers and spectacular icebergs.
• Encounter Rockhopper, Gentoo, Macaroni, King, Adelie, Magellanic and Chinstrap Penguins.
• Watch for seals, dolphins, and whales.
• Identify seabirds including albatross, shearwaters and petrels.
• Visit historic sites of the early explorers and the remains of whaling operations.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 West Point Island and Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Day 4 Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5 & 6 At Sea
Days 7 to 9 South Georgia
Days 10 & 11 At Sea
Day 12 Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands
Day 13 Antarctic Sound
Days 14 & 15 Antarctic Peninsula
Day 16 South Shetland Islands
Days 17 & 18 Drake Passage
Day 19 Ushuaia, Argentina

NOTE: The following departures include
1-night pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires
Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia on Day 1
Charter flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires on Day 19

- Dec 18 - Jan 05, 2018
- Jan 05 - Jan 23, 2018

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark Silver Explorer and meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. During the afternoon you will be introduced to your expedition team and important members of the crew. At sail-away enjoy the mountain-lined shoreline of the Beagle Channel while you leave Ushuaia and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’.

Day 2 — At Sea

The expedition team presents talks that will prepare you for the exciting adventures ahead. Tonight, you are invited to attend a special Welcome-Aboard cocktail party hosted by the captain, who will introduce his senior officers and various members of the Silver Explorer crew.

Day 3 — West Point Island and Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin as Silver Explorer approaches West Point Island during the early morning. Walk across rolling moorland to reach colonies of Black-browed Albatrosses that nest side-by-side with Rockhopper Penguins. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer your questions and share their stories while you have a cup of tea and some home-baked cookies and cakes.

During lunch Silver Explorer will reposition to Saunders Island, the second-largest of the offshore islands. Apart from its historical importance –this is where the first British settlement was located- Saunders’ wildlife is quite varied. Depending on the weather conditions we will attempt a landing to see several penguin species, as well as other seabirds and land birds. Gentoo Penguins and King Penguins reside in the open dune and sand flat area, while Rockhopper Penguins, Imperial Shags and Black-browed Albatrosses frequent Mount Richards. Other key bird species are the Black–throated Finch, Ruddy-headed Goose and Falkland Steamer Duck.

Day 4 — Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley is the capital of the remote Falkland Islands, and has a distinct British ambience. Stroll through the charming streets of this colorful little town, lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs. Visit the 19th-century Anglican cathedral and wander through the small local museum. Some lingering reminders of the 1986 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina may still be seen though the island has settled back to its quiet business of raising sheep.

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea

Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Gather in the theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields present lectures and seminars. Other on-board diversions may include photography workshops, spa treatments, a workout in the fitness center, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Days 7 to 9 — 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 grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Cooper’s Bay
An unforgettable view of huge icebergs can be seen surrounding Cooper’s Bay as we approach. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise 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
A historic whaling station, all that remain are the rusted hulls of long abandoned whalers and some of the working-areas. 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. The remains of his faithful companion Frank Wild have been brought here, too.

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.

Days 10 & 11 — At Sea

Participate in on-board activities, listen to some of the lectures given, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked library. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendor of the vast sea and sky. During the cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula we might see some of the giant tabular icebergs coming from the Weddell Sea.

Day 12 — Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Awesome glaciers greet us as we approach Elephant Island – so named for its former abundance of elephant seals. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for 137 days. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be found on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named Point Wild. A solitary statue can be seen there, honoring the Chilean captain Luis Pardo, who took the cutter Yelcho across the Drake Passage to rescue Shackleton’s men.

Day 13 — Antarctic Sound

We will start our Antarctic experiences at the top of the Antarctic Peninsula, venturing into Antarctic Sound and its magnificent array of tabular icebergs, historical sites and Adelie and Gentoo Penguin rookeries. Depending on weather and ice conditions Silver Explorer might visit Brown Bluff, Hope Bay and cruise the Antarctic Sound.

Brown Bluff, (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent) is an ice-capped, 745-metre-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock. The coastal area at the base of Brown Bluff is used by Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls, and Cape Petrels as a breeding area. Under good climatic conditions a walk onto a nearby glacier might be feasible.

Hope Bay has one of the largest Adelie Penguin colonies in Antarctica and a Zodiac cruise past the Argentine Station “Esperanza” will show some of the penguins, Weddell seals and Blue-eyed Shags.

Days 14 & 15 — Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula’ white wilderness, every turn can reveal a new and breathtaking adventure. Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular icebergs 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 in this spectacular wilderness- surely events that you will not forget.

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel has large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for Gentoo Penguins. Snow Petrels and Cape Petrels may be seen, and Wilson’s Storm Petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. During Zodiac tours, we hope to see hauled-out Weddell and leopard seals. Conditions permitting, we will attempt to hike to the top of the island for some spectacular panoramic views.

Paradise Bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. From the ship or Zodiac, observe Argentina’s “Base Brown”, one of many Antarctic research stations, and view the wildlife from sea level while cruising in our Zodiacs. There is a good chance you will come across a crabeater seal relaxing on a nearby ice floe. Blue-eyed Shags nest in the cliffs close to the base, while Brown Skuas like to be around the buildings. Minke whales frequent the area.

Petermann Island is named for geographer August Petermann and was discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74. During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Petermann has various geological features, especially rock surfaces showing glacial polish and some glacial grooving. To reach Petermann Island the Lemaire Channel has to be crossed. This is one of the most spectacular channels with steep snow-covered mountains on both sides and icebergs of different sizes at the southern end.

Day 16 — South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands run parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula and have both scientific stations and large penguin colonies. Depending on conditions we might visit the Aitcho Islands, Deception Island or Half Moon Island.

Port Foster (Deception Island) is an excellent example of a breached caldera flooded by seawater. We plan to sail into Port Foster 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 might introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island. The British base’s Biscoe House was destroyed by a mudflow after a volcanic eruption in the late 1960s but can still clearly be seen. Depending on weather conditions several hikes to viewpoints might be offered.

Days 17 & 18 — 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. 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 19 — Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport.

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.

* 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
   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