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Ushuaia to Cape Town

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
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Visit the most remote archipelago in the world on this mind-stretching adventure. Be prepared for astounding diversity: sea-lions, seals, dolphins, albatrosses and penguins are just some of the wildlife you can expect to see. Absorb the vastness of the South Atlantic Ocean with unforgettable views as the spectacular scenery unfolds before you. Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina and conclude your voyage in Cape Town, South Africa 22 days later.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands
Day 4 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Days 7-10 : South Georgia
Days 11-13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Gough Island, UK (Subject to government approval)
Day 15 : Tristan da Cunha, UK
Day 16 : Nightingale Island, UK
Days 17-20 : At Sea
Day 21 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 22 : Cape Town, South Africa | Disembark

Highlights

  • Stroll through the charming streets of the colorful town of Stanley
  • Visit Shackleton’s and Frank Wild’s grave & the whaling museum at Grytviken
  • Admire a large king penguin colony near Bertrab Glacier
  • Explore volcanic Gough Island, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover unbelievable natural wonders in Cape Town

Ship

Silver Cloud Expedition

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rockhopper penguins An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Observe beautiful fur seals Silversea zodiac trip. Sunset over Century City, Capetown

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Embark Silver Cloud and meet some of your fellow travelers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. After settling in attend a mandatory safety drill. Later your Expedition Leader introduces some of the important crew members and your Expedition Team. While you sail out of Ushuaia be able to see the many snow-covered mountains lining the Beagle Channel and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while you have your sail away cocktail on the open decks.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gather in the Theatre Lounge to hear fascinating tales of adventure and to learn about the Falkland’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 3 Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Steeple Jason was used for sheep-grazing until the 1980s, but never properly inhabited, therefore birdlife has been less disturbed and includes southern rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins, slender-billed prions, caracaras, and blackish cinclodes (known locally as tussac birds), as well as black-browed albatrosses. Roughly 70% of the world’s population of black-browed albatrosses is said to breed on the Falkland Islands and Steeple Jason has the largest colony. The Steinhart Station, a field research station, was built on Steeple Jason in 2003 to monitor wildlife. Sea lions and fur seals can be seen along the shore.

In the afternoon, watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin as the Silver Cloud approaches West Point Island. Upon arrival, photographic opportunities are everywhere as you walk across rolling moorland and admire colonies of black-browed albatrosses that nest side-by-side with rockhopper penguins. Learn about the island’s unique vegetation. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer your questions and share their stories.

Day 4 Stanley, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stanley has a distinct British ambience and you begin your day in the capital city of the remote Falkland Islands by boarding a local bus for a ‘city tour’ with a local guide. You can also 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 (the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world) and wander through the Falkland Islands Dockyard Museum. For stamp collectors a visit to the Philatelic Bureau is a must. Walking along Ross Road you come to a monument to honor the victims of the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and whales. Attend informative lectures that prepare you for the upcoming visits in South Georgia and the adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs at the Connoisseur’s Corner, or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.

Day 7-10 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
This breathtaking 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 and Frank Wild’s grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken. Here are some of the places you may visit:

Cooper Bay
Go ashore by Zodiac to see numerous breeds of penguins, such as macaroni and chinstrap, on the rocks and waters surrounding the island.

Gold Harbour
A large king penguin colony can be found near Bertrab Glacier. Seals can be seen resting on ice floes and sunning on the beaches.

Grytviken
A historic whaling station, all that remains today are the rusted hulls of long abandoned whalers and working sheds. At the South Georgia Museum guests can learn about past whaling techniques and view various exhibits on exploration and discovery. Visit the burial site of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Salisbury Plain
This is a favorite breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of king penguins; it is amazing to see how they completely cover the beaches and hills. In early March, the seal pups are quite active and aggressive.

Day 11-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As you cross the South Atlantic, leisurely days at sea are yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team, relax in one of the lounges with that book you have been meaning to read, and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to take in the solitude of the vast sea and sky.

Day 14 Gough Island, UK (Subject to government approval)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island was originally known as Gonçalo Álvares (the captain of Vasco da Gama’s flagship). The volcanic island covers an area of 91 km² and is uninhabited except for the personnel of a South African weather station (usually six people). It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence.

Gough Island is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gough and Inaccessible Islands, a protected wildlife reserve and an “Important Bird Area”. If conditions allow take a Zodiac cruise and look for Tristan albatross, Atlantic petrel, Gough moorhen, Gough bunting, and northern rockhopper penguins - some of the many birds using this mid-Atlantic island as their nesting ground.

Day 15 Tristan da Cunha, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Recognized as the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, its closest neighboring landmass is the island of St. Helena some 2,430 km away. The main island is home to 301 hardy residents (census March 2016). Weather and landing depending, hope to enjoy guided walks with the local inhabitants of the village while the onboard Geologist leads a walk to the 1961 volcanic cone and lava flow. Learn how the islanders were evacuated and how it affected their lives. Once at the top, have a beautiful scenic view of the whole settlement – a photo opportunity not to be missed. Meet with some of the island children and hear what Tristan life is like through their eyes during your visit to St Mary’s School. The onboard Ornithologist points out birdlife, hopefully including the Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, sooty albatross, Tristan thrush, and Tristan wandering albatross – a critically endangered species with fewer than 1,500 breeding pairs left in the world. The archipelago is also where 90% of the world’s northern rockhopper penguins come to breed.

Day 16 Nightingale Island, UK

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather permitting, land on the uninhabited Nightingale Island, a protected wildlife reserve and World Heritage Site. Observe the most magnificent wildlife, flora and fauna all unspoiled by people. Receive a certificate verifying that you have indeed visited this extremely remote world destination.

Day 17-20 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Enjoy a variety of onboard activities. Your days at sea are filled with educational lectures and interesting entertainment options. All accommodations feature an interactive television system allowing you to watch your choice of movies or documentary films and even recorded broadcasts from the Theatre Lounge in the comfort and privacy of your suite.

On the last day your onboard Videographer screens his Voyage DVD, letting you remember all those special moments during your voyage. The Captain invites you to a Farewell Cocktail Party and the Chef and Restaurant Manager want to surprise you with the special Farewell Dinner.

Day 21 Cape Town, South Africa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving in the morning be able to explore the natural wonders of Cape Town. You can choose to ascend Table Mountain by cable car and hike in the protected area, having a look at the many endemic plants and animals. Later travel by bus to Signal Hill for dramatic views over Table Bay and Cape Town. Or you can go on an excursion to see an African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The scenic drive to Boulders Beach goes along the Atlantic seaboard and later continue through the prestigious suburbs of Bishopscourt and Constantia into the region where South Africa’s wine industry began over 3 centuries ago. At one of the local wine estates enjoy a formal wine tasting (paired with canapés). In the evening you are free to enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the vibrant V & A Waterfront in Cape Town Harbour on your own.

Day 22 Cape Town, South Africa | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast on Wednesday, 21 March, disembark Silver Cloud.

Silver Cloud Expedition

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$14,700
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Vista Suite
240 ft² / 22m². Decks 4 and 5. Twin beds or queen-sized bed, large picture window with panoramic views, sitting area, and marble bathroom with shower.
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Veranda Suite
295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda (veranda 49 ft²/ 4.5 m²). Decks 6 and 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Some suites accommodate three guests (Suites 505-510 and 605-610). Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, sitting area, and marble bathroom with shower (some w/ tub/shower combination).
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Deluxe Veranda Suite
295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda (veranda 49 ft²/ 4.5 m²). Decks 5, 6, and 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Some suites accommodate three guests. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, sitting area, and marble bathroom with shower (some w/ tub/shower combination).
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Medallion Suite
437 ft² / 40.6 m² including veranda (veranda 81 ft² / 7.6 m²). Decks 5, 6, and 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Medallion Suites accommodate three guests. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, living room with convertible sofa, sitting area, dining area, and marble bathroom with shower.
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Silver Suite
541 ft² / 50 m² including veranda (veranda 92 ft² / 8 m²). Deck 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Silver Suites accommodate three guests. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, living room with convertible sofa, sitting area, dining area, and marble bathroom with shower.
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Royal Suite
736 ft² / 69m² including veranda (veranda 126 ft² / 12 m²) for one-bedroom. Two-bedroom adjoining with Veranda suite: 1,031 ft² / 96m² including veranda (veranda 175 ft² / 16.5 m²). Deck 6. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, dining area, and marble bathroom with tub & separate shower.
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Grand Suite
1,019 ft² / 95 m² including veranda (veranda 145 ft² / 14 m²) for one-bedroom. Two-bedroom adjoining with a Veranda Suite: 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda (veranda 194 ft² / 18.5 m²). Deck 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Two teak verandas with patio furniture and floor-to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, dining area, and marble bathroom with tub & separate shower.
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Owner's Suite
One-Bedroom: 587 ft² / 55 m² including veranda (veranda: 89 ft² / 8 m²). Two-Bedroom with adjoining Vista Suite: 827 ft² / 77 m² incl. veranda (veranda: 89 ft² / 8 m²). Deck 7. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Large teak veranda with floor-to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, dining area, and marble bathroom with tub & separate shower.

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.

A limited number of suites are available for purchase upon request on a single- or third-guest occupancy basis. 

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:
  • 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
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations whilst ashore
  • Casino gaming, laundry, or valet services
  • Purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, 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 and may not be available at all times.
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