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The Silversea Explorer through ice
12 Day Voyage from £7,050

Depart from Punta Arenas in Chile and journey to Antarctica and then sail on to Ushuaia, Argentina Adventure.

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 and pilot
  • 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




Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile

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 splendour 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 colour of a midnight sunset.


As the ship sets sail on its initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the friendly Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by your expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. When available, visit the Bridge and meet the Captain and officers; information will be posted in the daily onboard newsletter.


Days 5 - 9 : Antarctic Peninsula

Beyond the furthest reaches of Tierra del Fuego and beyond imagination lies the last great frontier - Antarctica's vast white wilderness. Landscapes formed by the harshest wrath of nature, yet blessed by an isolated independence. A place unlike anywhere else on earth, where unique nature and wildlife species exist and, in fact, thrives despite the harsh climate. Witness the dramatic beauty of spectacular iceberg sculptures, marvel at calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for Humpback, Minke and Orca whales surfacing from below the frigid waters. Each day you will attempt at least two Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, will visit a variety of penguin rookeries and scientific research stations. Perhaps a Zodiac cruise amidst colourful icebergs or a special excursion with an expert guest naturalist will be the highlight of your day's agenda.


A flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine your best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife you may encounter. Here are some of the places you may visit:


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

  • Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 745-metre-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 make 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 Almirante Brown Station, 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, you may find your Zodiac surrounded by minke whales.

Port Lockroy, Goudier Island

  • Built by the British as a listening station for enemy activities during WWII, 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.

Paulet Island

  • As you arrive, you may well be amazed by the sight of Adelie penguins covering the island. The island is home to the 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.

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.
  • Your resident geologist will take the opportunity to explain the unique volcanic features of the area while your historian will introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island. It is said that it was from here that Nathaniel Palmer allegedly became the first American to sight the Antarctic continent in 1820 when he stood at Neptune's Window and looked out across Bransfield Strait.
  • Still visible on the island are the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s.


Days 10 - 11 : 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 float in the air currents of your ship's wake. Varieties like the Black-browed albatross, Sooty shearwaters and White-chinned petrels.


As you return to Ushuaia, listen to additional presentations offered by on board specialists and swap prized photos with new found friends.


Day 12 : Ushuaia, Argentina

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


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.






2014 : 21 November Voyage 7424




Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina - CRUISE ONLY PRICES : 2014


Suite 21 November  
  Voyage 7424  

Adventurer Class 7,050  
Explorer Class
View Suite 8,150  
Vista Suite
Veranda Suite 10,150  
Expedition Suite
Medallion Suite 14,150  
Silver Suite 15,150  
Grand 1 Suite
Owner's 1 Suite 19,250  


† This category is wait list only.


All above prices are in £s per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double suite.


Single occupancy supplements are available on request.


Best Available Fare:

Fare shown is in Pounds Sterling, per guest based on double occupancy. Fare is capacity controlled and does not guarantee suite availability. Additional restrictions may apply.


Port charges and Handling Fees are included in the cruise fares and are not subject to savings programme.


All prices are in British Pound Sterling, Cruise-Only per person based on double occupancy.


Ushuaia Charter Air Service :

Fares are cruise only. In addition to the rates listed above guests are also required to purchase Silversea's Ushuaia Charter Air Service* between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, including transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier, on day of disembarkation for an additional charge of £375 per person to be added at time of booking.




  • Voyage in cabin grade of your choice including full board.
  • Premium beverages on board.
  • Gratuities on board.
  • 24 hour suite service.
  • Complimentary hosted adventures ashore.
  • Complimentary professional parka and backpack


  • International flights between UK and Punta Arenas and Buenos Aires to UK. See FLIGHT PACKAGE below
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling




FLIGHT PACKAGES Economy Business
UK to Buenos Aires prices from    

London £2,700 £4,400



  • Return economy/business class flights from UK, including applicable taxes and current fuel surcharges (except departure tax from South America which has to be paid for locally).
  • Applicable transfers.

All above prices are in £s per person.