Falklands, South Georgia-Sandwich-Orkney and Antarctica

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
144 Passengers

A journey to the end of the earth like nothing you have ever experienced before. This Shacklton infused trip touches on the most epic of all destinations. This is explorers Antarctica: a chance to visit the Sandwich Islands, multiple Zodiac landings, glacier hikes, rarely visited outposts and wildlife observation are just the beginnings of this thorough Antarctic adventure.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Steeple Jason and West Point Islands
Day 4 Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5 & 6 At Sea
Days 7 to 10 South Georgia
Day 11 At Sea
Days 12 & 13 South Sandwich Islands
Days 14 & 15 At Sea
Day 16 South Orkney Islands
Day 17 Elephant Island
Day 18 Antarctic Sound
Days 19 & 20 Antarctic Peninsula
Day 21 South Shetland Islands
Days 22 & 23 Drake Passage
Day 24 Ushuaia, Argentina

NOTE: This departure includes—
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 24

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.

Day 2 — At Sea

While we're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 3 — Steeple Jason and West Point Islands

Steeple Jason Island illustrates the remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands. Rising sharply from the sea, Steeple Jason is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic islands in the archipelago. The island is of significant importance to conservationists, as it is the home to the world’s largest Black-browed Albatross colony. Large numbers of Striated Caracara, Falkland Skuas, Southern Rockhopper Penguins, Magellanic Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Slender-billed Prions and Southern Giant Petrels also breed here. Sea lions, Peale’s dolphins, Commerson’s dolphin and fur seals can be seen along the shore.

Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of Black-browed Albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty Rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic Penguins and Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.

Day 4 — Stanley, Falkland Islands

Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region's frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route.

Days 7 to 10 — South Georgia

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find 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 Endurance.

Days 12 & 13 — South Sandwich Islands

The South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia are sub-Antarctic islands that are governed together as a British overseas dependency. The South Sandwich Islands are extremely remote and untouched, being 470 miles southeast of South Georgia. They are a 240-mile chain of 11 islands that form part of the "Scotia Arc", and even today they experience active volcanism. Captain James Cook, on his search for a rumored southern continent, discovered the islands in 1775. Most of the islands are rugged and mountainous rising steeply from the sea with snow-covered peaks. The islands have been recognized by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area.

Day 16 — South Orkney Islands

The South Orkney Islands are a group of four main islands in the Scotia Sea about 375 miles northeast of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. They are claimed by both Britain and Argentina, which each have bases on the islands, but under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, all sovereignty claims are to be held dormant. They were discovered in 1821 by two sealers, the American Nathaniel Brown Palmer and the British George Powell, who named them Powell's Group. The islands were renamed in 1823 by James Weddell, after the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Day 17 — Elephant Island

Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island — so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.

Day 18 — Antarctic Sound

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.

Days 19 & 20 — Antarctic Peninsula

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 and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.

Day 21 — South Shetland Islands

Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow-–even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.

Days 22 & 23 — Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 24 — Ushuaia, Argentina

We disembark the Silver Explorer in the morning.

* 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