Sail past sculpted icebergs and calving glaciers while on the lookout for some of the region’s captivating wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and seabirds.
- Overnight flight from Dublin to Santiago, Chile
- All transfers airport / hotel / port
- 1 night pre-cruise in 5* Mandarin Oriental Santiago Hotel
- Flight from Santiago to Puerto Williams
- 10 nights on board 6-star Silver Cloud based on two sharing
- Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
- Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
- Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
- In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – available 24 hours
- Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
- Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
- Gratuities always included in your fare
- Onboard entertainment
- Flight from Puerto Williams to Santiago
- One night in 5* Mandarin Oriental Santiago Hotel, after your cruise
- Flight from Santiago to Dublin
- One check-in bag of 20kg per person
- Taxes and gratuities
There is nowhere on Earth more awe inspiring than Antarctica. This voyage is a gateway into an otherworldly world that promises never-ending glaciers, huge mountains, extreme temperatures and awe-inspiring majesty. Add a plenitude of wildlife flying, swimming, and waddling around Antarctica’s shores plus surprisingly rich and varied history and you have a voyage that will keep on giving long after you’ve returned home.
Follow in the footsteps of Irish hero Tom Crean on this stunning 6* cruise to explore the Antarctic. The ultimate bucket list holiday. . This fantastic offer includes 2 nights in a 5-star Santiago hotel.
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.
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Booking RemarksPrices are per person based on two sharing
Prices shown include all reductions and offers
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
Duration Notes10 night cruise and 2 nights in 5* Mandarin Oriental Santiago Hotel
Santiago (San Antonio), Chile
Following your overnight flight to Santiago, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one-night stay before your cruise.
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to the port at Porto Williams to board the magnificent 6* Silversea Silver Cloud. You will have the day to settle in and explore the facilities on board before your ship departs this evening.
Puerto Williams, Chile
Puerto Williams is a Chilean city located on Navarino Island on the southern shores of the Beagle Channel. It claims to be the “southernmost city in the world”, however owing to its small size – 2500 residents approximately – the much larger Argentinean city of Ushuaia, which sits on the northern side of the same channel, also claims that title. The surrounding scenery is magnificent. The wild windswept mountains rise above the tree line and are regularly dusted with snow. The city itself has the dramatic backdrop called “Dientes de Navarino” (literally “teeth of Navarino”), which rival the famous Torres del Paine further to the north. The area was originally used by the Yaghan people, hunter-gatherers who despite enduring the harsh regional climate, could not weather the arrival of Europeans. The current city was established as a naval base in 1953 and honours the British-Chilean naval commander John Williams Wilson of the 16th century. Initially it served to protect territorial possessions and fishing rights of the area, as well as offering logistical support to Antarctic bases. More recently it has become a departure point for scientific and tourism trips to the Antarctic region. In contrast to the bustle and traffic of a very commercial Ushuaia, Puerto Williams offers a quieter, more relaxed experience. It charms the visitor with a small village feel, complete with rustic buildings and the homely smell of drifting wood smoke. A haven of peace at the end of the world.
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.
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
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.
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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.
The Drake Passage or Mar de Hoces—Sea of Hoces—is the body of water between South America’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean.
Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising)
Cape Horn is a rocky headland on Hornos Island, in southern Chile’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago. It’s surrounded by wild seas off the southern tip of South America where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet. The albatross-shaped Cape Horn Monument commemorates the lives of thousands of seafarers who perished attempting to sail around the cape. A secluded lighthouse and the tiny Stella-Maris Chapel are nearby.
Puerto Williams, Chile
Santiago (San Antonio), Chile
On arrival in Ushuaia, after you disembark the cruise ship you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago.
On arrival in Santiago you will be transferred to your 5-star hotel for a one night stay.
Santiago (San Antonio), Chile
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.