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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 32 days later.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-7 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8 : South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Ushuaia
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : New Island | West Point Island
Day 14 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 15 : At Sea
Days 16-20 : South Georgia
Days 21-23 : At Sea
Day 24 : Tristan da Cunha, UK
Day 25 : Nightingale Island, UK
Day 26 : Gough Island, UK (Subject to government approval)
Days 27-30 : At Sea
Day 31 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 32 : 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 Wind

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 Garden Route near Cape Town, South Africa

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Embark Silver Wind 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 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. 

Day 4-7 Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Few voyages ignite the imagination like a journey down to one of the planet’s most remote, extreme and enchanting wilderness, Antarctica. An adventure in its purest form, only a handful of people will ever be lucky enough to experience the majestic beauty of these monochrome landscapes first-hand. The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters of this whitewash kingdom, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula - which sprawls up like a tentacle towards Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southerly point, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’. Taking its name from the first ship to brave the passageway between the peninsular and the Joinville Island groups back in 1902, the Sound is a raw, sensory assault of imposing iceberg slabs, broken away from the disintegrating Larsen Ice Shelf. Come face-to-face with stadium-sized islands of ice and meet the extraordinary birdlife that calls this whitewash kingdom home. 

Watch on, as colonies of Gentoo penguins hop around, and cape petrels sweep overhead, as the continent’s unique wildlife thrives around you. If you’re planning your first venture into Antarctica, you’ll want to brush up on your photography skills in advance, to capture this unforgiving continent in all of its unrestrained glory.

Day 8 South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews. Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth

Day 9-10 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 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 11 Ushuaia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A southerly frontier - on the cusp of wild nature and extraordinary adventures - the excitement in Ushuaia is palpable. Prepare for memorable exploits amid the extremes of this southerly location - as you adventure into the colossal scenery of the fractured Tierra del Fuego and beyond. Known as the 'End of the World' Ushuaia looks out across the Beagle Channel, and is surrounded by the Martial Mountains to the north. Despite its remote location, Ushuaia is a surprisingly busy and lively resort, with lots to keep its visitors entertained. For many people, Ushuaia is their last glimpse of anything resembling a city, before they jump off the map into the wilderness, to answer the call of immense national parks or Antarctic expeditions. One of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet - Argentina's land of fire, National Park Tierra del Fuego, is a place of titanic natural forces and limitless beauty.

Day 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today 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 13 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. 

Day 14 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 15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 16-20 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Charcoal-black mountains ladled with snow, giant glaciers and thriving wildlife combine to make South Georgia one of the great natural islands. Adventure to these far flung lands - where the animals are in charge and humans come a distant second. Here you'll witness a cacophony of calling birds, natural set pieces like elephant seals clashing and thrashing, and crowds of colourful king penguins stretching out as far as the eye can see. An overseas territory of the UK, these isolated, subantarctic islands once formed a remote whaling centre - and you can still visit the former whaling stations. Nowadays the giants of the sea are free to cruise the icy waters uninhibited.

Day 21-23 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Day 24 Tristan da Cunha, UK

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  • 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 25 Nightingale Island, UK

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  • 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 26 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 27-30 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 31 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 32 Cape Town, South Africa | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast on March 30, disembark Silver Wind

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Notes

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:
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  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
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  • Fuel surcharges
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  • 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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