Ultra Luxury Antarctica Expedition

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Sail past sculpted icebergs and calving glaciers while on the lookout for some of the region’s captivating wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and seabirds. Prepare to be astounded by exploring the mountainous South Shetland Islands and enjoy the chance to see pelagic seabirds as you cross the Drake Passage. This is not just a journey, this is your chance to explore one of the most remote place on the planet.

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Follow in the footsteps of Irish hero Tom Crean on this stunning 6* cruise to explore the Antarctic. This fantastic offer includes 1 night in a 4 star Santiago hotel pre-cruise.

As Admunsen and Shackleton before you, be amongst the lucky few to set foot on the great white continent of Antarctica. This is where penguin colonies, seals, sea lions and a huge amount of wildlife thrive. Expect to be amazed as you experience Antarctic wildlife as never before. This is a singular journey that will never be forgotten.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Santiago, Chile
  • All transfers airport / hotel / port
  • 1 nights pre-cruise in Santiago hotel with room only
  • Flight from Santiago to Ushuaia
  • 9 nights on board 6-star Silver Cloud
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Return flight from Argentina to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person
  • Taxes and gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Santiago, Chile

Following your overnight flight to Santiago, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one-night stay before your cruise.

After your night in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia on Argentina’s southern tip to board the Ultra Luxury Silver Cloud.

Day 3 Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to the dock to board the magnificent 6* Silversea Silver Shadow. You will have the day to settle in and explore the facilities on board before your ship departs this evening.

At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego’s historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk’nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.

Day 4-5 Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funnelling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 6 Antartic Sound

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story – like Hope Bay or Paulet Island – are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.

Day 7-9 Antarctica Peninsula

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.

Day 10 Antarctica South Shetland Island

Some 770 kilometres (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.

Day 11-12 Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funnelling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 13 Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival in Ushuaia, after you disembark the cruise ship you will be met at the port and transferred to the airport for your flights back to Ireland.

Accommodation

2-nights in a 4* Buenos Aires hotel 1 night in a 4* Ushuaia hotel pre cruise (call for details).

9-nights on board the 6* Silversea Silver Cloud.

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • 10% Discount if paid in full within 30 days of booking
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 25%
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Gratuities always included in your fare with Silversea
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Silversea Terms and Conditions apply

  Cost per person: €11,700pp
  Number of nights: 12

08 December 2019 Was €13,000 now €11,700 Vista Suite
08 December 2019 Was €15,400 now €13,860 Veranda Suite
08 December 2019 Was €22,750 now €20,475 Single Vista Suite

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