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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 Puerto Williams and conclude your voyage in Cape Town, South Africa 22 days later.
An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harborObserve beautiful fur sealsSilversea zodiac trip.Sunset over Century City, CapetownRockhopper penguins
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
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Day 1: Puerto Williams | 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: New Island | West Point Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Remote and raw, New Island lies to the west of the Falkland Islands, and the humble human population here is far outweighed by the extraordinary birdlife that resides along its craggy coastline. Out in the tempestuous wilds of the South Atlantic Ocean, the island is a sanctuary of animal life - with crowds of rockhopper penguins, wrinkled seals and stern-looking albatross among its many residents. The penguins of the Falklands are a sight to see, fooling and falling on the beaches, before diving in and whipping through the waters. Home to five different species, including king penguins - who strut with their orange collars glowing against the pure white feathers of their chests. Sea lions, seals and elephant seals bark and lumber along the shoreline, while sleek orcas patrol and Peale’s dolphins cut through the waves.

A north-westerly outpost of the scenic Falkland Islands, you'll be welcomed ashore by the calls and cries of a huge colony of black-browed albatross. Indeed, the island was originally known as Albatross Island before being renamed to reflect its geographic location. While the albatrosses - that flash white feathers in the rugged cliffs above the waves - are the most well known residents, they are far from the only animal inhabitants of this remote, isolated land. A huge army of birdlife calls the island sanctuary home, overwhelming the tiny human population and sheep that roam West Point Island's grasses.

Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands

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  • 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: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6-10: South Georgia

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Look for Gough Island on a map, and you'll struggle to locate it, cast far into the expanse of the South Atlantic Ocean. An almost entirely uninhabited volcanic island, barely within the grasp of humans historically, just a small bunch of hardy researchers live here. They share their home - a full 1,700 miles to the west of Cape Town - with a stunning array of seabirds, including endemic species like the Gough moorhen and Gough bunting. Part of the UK overseas territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - the world's most remote inhabited archipelago - Gough Island forms part of a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a vital island sanctuary for rare and celebrated birdlife. 

Day 15: Tristan da Cunha, UK

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sailing to these lonely volcanic islands feels a little like dropping off the map, as you aim for the seemingly endless ocean horizon. A true adventure, the journey rewards generously, as you track down the world's most remote archipelago, and discover its incredible, endemic birdlife. A full 1,500 miles away from the nearest neighbour, St. Helena, it's fair to say that the Tristan Da Cunha archipelago is a long way off of the beaten path. Venture to the only inhabited island, where a hardy 250 souls live out their lives. Tristan Da Cunha was first discovered at the beginning of the 16th century by Portuguese explorer Tristao da Cuhna - who named the island after himself.

Day 16: Nightingale Island, UK

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uninhabited except for the majestic, million-plus seabirds that call this castaway island home, it doesn't get much more raw and remote than Nightingale Island. Adrift between South America and Africa, in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, the island takes its name from British explorer Gamaliel Nightingale and is the smallest of these distant volcanic lands. Craggy coastline and rugged cliffs rise imposingly from the waters of the South Atlantic, as you approach this remote volcano island - which erupted most recently in 2004. Largely free from human interference, Nightingale Island is known for the abundant birdlife that thrives here and is a shelter for some of the world’s rarest species.

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

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  • 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, disembark Silver Cloud.

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