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Antarctic Sound Expedition

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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Spend 13 days exploring the icy wilderness of the world’s most remote continent. Cross the fabled Drake Passage and discover the natural wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Spy seals, whales and a vast array of seabirds, and marvel at the dreamlike landscape of sculpted icebergs and calving glaciers. Join an team of passionate and expert professionals throughout this unforgettable adventure attempting to cross the Antarctic Circle. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-9 : Antarctic Sound & Antarctic Peninsula
Day 10 : South Shetland Islands
Days 11-12 : Drake Passage Return
Day 13 : Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Cross the Antarctic Circle to get closer to the ice’s splendor
  • Follow in the footsteps of Antarctic explorers
  • Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers
  • Set foot on the continent of Antarctica to meet Adelie and gentoo penguins

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hide and seek with a young seal New friendships during Antarctic tour View the pristine beauty of Antarctica Whale sighting in Polar waters! Zodiac excursion during an Antarctica nature tour

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. This afternoon attend a mandatory safety drill and during sail away bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’. 

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 the 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 late night sunsets.

As you sail, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. When available, visit the Bridge and meet our Captain and officers.

Day 4-9 Antarctic Sound & Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can reveal a new and breath-taking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it’s apparent to everyone that you are moving closer into Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. The further south you go the more you can find ice. Remote and otherworldly as Antarctica is, the spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers are irresistible. The possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals, watching seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes or humpback, Minke, and orca whales surfacing from below the frigid waters are truly unique.

Enjoy daily Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, cruise amidst colorful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by your team of natural history experts.

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

Start your 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 Paulet Island and cruise the Antarctic Sound.

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 Cape pigeon use this 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” shows some of the penguins, Weddell seals and blue-eyed shags. 

Paulet Island
 is home to Adelie Penguins, kelp gulls and snowy sheathbill as well as a massive colony of blue-eyed shags. The crew of Otto Nordenskjold’s relief ship Antarctica had to over-winter on the island in 1903. Remnants of their hut still remain.

Cuverville Island's  large bare rock areas provide nesting sites for gentoo penguins. snow petrels and Cape petrels may also be seen whilst Wilson’s storm petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. Conditions permitting climb part of the hill for spectacular panoramic views. During Zodiac tours around the many icebergs, hauled-out Weddell seals may be seen. 

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. View the wildlife from sea level while cruising by Zodiac. There’s a good chance you can come across a crabeater seal relaxing on an ice floe or locate minke whales in the bay.

Lemaire Channel is one of the most spectacular channels with steep snow-covered mountains on both sides and icebergs of different sizes at the southern end.

Petermann Island is named for German geographer August Petermann and was first discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74. Rock surfaces show glacial polish, some glacial grooving and nice samples of frost shattering. During your landing, be able to observe rookeries of Adelie penguins, gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. 

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. Southern elephant seals are often hauled-out in wallows. Enjoy spectacular glacial and ice scenery from the island during a Zodiac cruise in Pleneau Bay.

Attempting the Antarctic Circle crossing. On your way south pass Vernadsky, the former British Faraday Station, and see how far you can sail based on the ice conditions.
 

Day 10 South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The South Shetland Islands run parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula and were the first part of Antarctica seen during the early 19th century, although claims exist that early European explorers might have been there some 200 years before. Here are some of the places you may visit:

Aitcho Islands -As you step off the Zodiac to explore the island be greeted by gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Other annual seabirds include the southern giant petrels. leopard seal are often seen prowling the shore for penguins.

Deception Island, Port Foster and Whalers Bay -Deception Island is an excellent example of a breached caldera flood by seawater. Plan to sail into Port Foster through a narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows. Your resident Geologist is on hand to explain the unique volcanic features of the area while your naturalists might 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.

Day 11-12 Drake Passage Return

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Navigating your return through the Drake Passage, you can watch for seabirds and wildlife you 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 you travel towards Ushuaia.

Day 13 Ushuaia, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

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Notes

Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

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.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Included one night pre-cruise hotel
  • Included transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • Included charter flight to/ from Ushuaia
  • Included luggage handling
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society.
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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