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Antarctica penguins
19 Day Voyage from £11,350

Follow in the footsteps of brave and daring explorers with names like Roald Amundsen, James Weddell, James Clark Ross, and Ernest Shackleton on this - the Explorer's Antarctica.

A frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. This is the modern explorer's final frontier. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch leopard seals and sea lions perfectly at ease in the company of visitors, feel the unspeakable magnificence of spotting a whale as it surfaces from beneath cold ocean waters.


Astounding animal encounters - opportunities found nowhere else on earth. And the best part of it all is that upon returning to our start point, it will somehow seem different, because our journey has provided a true understanding between nature and voyager.



Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina

Tierra del Fuego might well be considered the "Land at the End of the World" but, for you today, it is just be the beginning. A spectacular jumping off point and return port for your Antarctic expedition.


Depart from Buenos Aires J. Newbery Domestic Airport, fly to Ushuaia International Airport and transfer to the port. Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your 19 day Silversea Expedition - "Explorer's Antarctica". Meet some fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board the Silver Explorer. This evening, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.


Day 2 : At Sea

The welcoming 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 whereat the Captain will introduce his senior officers and various members of the Silver Explorer crew.


Day 3 : New Island, Falkland Islands, West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Today's adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of the remote Falkland Islands. New Island is a wildlife and nature reserve, and its many birds and animals are protected by an environmental conservation group. Once ashore, you will hike into the rocky cliffs to a rookery where rockhopper penguins and blue-eyed shags share the same nesting area. You can observe black-browed albatross going about there daily routines and may even spot some upland geese. Your onboard historian will tell you about 'Barnard's Barn' - a stone structure once belonging to an early settler, as well as the wreck of the Protector III, an old minesweeper used for seal hunting, now grounded just off shore.


Later, watch for the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson's dolphin as you approach West Point Island. Upon arrival, you can 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 including the rare Felton plant. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer our questions and share their stories.


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 colourful little town, lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs. Visit the 19th-century Anglican cathedral, wander through a small local museum, and see lingering reminders of the 1986 Falklands War.


On board the Prince Albert II observation lounge

Days 5 - 6 : At Sea

As you begin to venture farther south, you experience midnight sunsets on deck and view nature's splendour through your cameras and binoculars. It is very possible to have sightings of Humpback and Killer or Orca whales and perhaps even the Wandering albatross, which can be recognised by its black wing tips and large wingspan.


Days 7 - 9 : South Georgia

This breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands attract an astounding concentration of wildlife including: Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species like the 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, the Endurance. You visit Shackleton's grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken.


Here are some of the places you may visit:


Cooper's Bay

  • An unforgettable view of huge icebergs can be seen surrounding Cooper's Bay as you approach.
  • Go ashore by Zodiac to see numerous breeds of penguins, such as macaronis and chinstraps, on the rocks and waters surrounding the island.

Gold Harbour

  • A large king penguin colony can be found between Weddell Glacier and Gold Harbour.
  • Seals can be seen resting on ice floes and sunning on the beaches.
  • It is an unforgettable experience to cruise by Zodiac between the glaciers.


  • An historic whaling station, all that remain are the rusted hulls of long abandoned whalers.
  • 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, you will toast the great explorer and his many accomplishments.

Salisbury Plain

  • A favourite breeding ground for king penguins, it is amazing to see how they completely cover the beaches and hills.


Days 10 - 11 : At Sea

Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region's distinctive wildlife and nature. Knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields present lectures and seminars. On board diversions may include wine tasting, photographic workshops, spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.


Day 12 : Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae greet us as we approach Elephant Island - so named for its 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 105 days. 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 found on the spit of land Shackleton's men named 'Point Wild'.


Days 13 - 16 : 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 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 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 19 : 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 : 22 December Voyage 7427
2015 : 19 January Voyage 7502
  14 November Voyage 7525




Explorer's Antarctica - CRUISE ONLY PRICES : 2014/15


  2014 2015
Suite 22 December 19 January 14 November
  Voyage 7427 Voyage 7502 Voyage 7525

Adventurer Class 12,550 11,350 11,350
Explorer Class
13,350 11,950
View Suite 14,550 13,150
Vista Suite
15,250 13,750
Veranda Suite 16,250
Expedition Suite
19,450 19,450
Medallion Suite 22,750 22,750
Silver Suite 24,350
Grand 1 Suite
Owner's 1 Suite 30,850 30,850


† 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* round trip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, including transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier, on day of embarkation/disembarkation for an additional charge of £750 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 Buenos Aires. See FLIGHT PACKAGE below
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling




FLIGHT PACKAGES Economy Business
UK to Buenos Aires prices from    

London £2,900 £4,700



  • 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.