Set foot on the last continent- a place that’s all but untouched by humanity- and revel in the beauty and overwhelming power of nature on a Silversea Cruise to Antarctica. With a comprehensive, alluring, and exciting set of sailings to Antarctica, Silversea cruisers will get an authentic and awe inspiring experience on their Antarctic expedition. Often referred to as Earth’s last great wilderness frontier, you’ll share the landscape with bellowing elephant seals, playful dolphins, and curious penguins while onboard a Silversea Antarctic cruise.
One of the best things about a Silversea Antarctic cruise is the unique opportunity cruisers have to become one with nature. Each ship has an expedition team that will guide passengers through this untouched continent. Additionally, the team will lead on-board enrichment programs intended to inform passengers about the land, the unique and exotic animals that call Antarctica “home”, and the efforts that are in place to study its beauty and grandeur. With ships that are designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, Silversea cruisers will experience the thrill and excitement of a true Antarctic expedition.
Silversea Cloud & Explorer
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Cloud or Explorer. The Silversea Silver Cloud is designed to provide an intimate sailing experience and accommodates each of its 296 privileged guests with six-star cruise amenities, including cigar lounges, a spa complete with men and women’s saunas and steam rooms, and locally-grown, sustainable, and fresh cuisine at Le Terrazza. The Silversea Silver Explorer is perfect for those who crave adventure, as its eight inflatable boats allow guests to explore places that would otherwise be in accessible. Regardless of the ship, cruisers will enjoy a privileged and luxurious lifestyle that’s quite simply second-to-none.
Things to Do in Antarctica
A typical Silversea Antarctic expedition will embark from Ushuaia, a popular port near the southern tip of Argentina, and will instantly head off into the wild. With stops that include excursions to the Falkland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, and Drake Passage, cruisers will have the unique opportunity to get an up close and personal experience with the Antarctic environment. If the weather conditions are right, some of the itineraries even allow cruisers to set foot on the White Continent.
Due to their small size, Silversea cruise ships can sail closer to Antarctica and its otherworldly landscapes than many other ships. Keep your eyes open and camera ready for the giant glaciers and icebergs that make Antarctica the coldest continent on earth. If you’re concerned about staying warm while onboard, don’t be- Silversea delivers the highest in luxury, with gourmet meals, full-sized marble bathrooms, and the unique ability to form lasting friendships with fellow cruisers. With cruises that range from 10 to 22 days in length, you can explore as much or as little of Antarctica as your schedule allows.
Antarctica Cruise Tips
Since the continent is unspoiled, it’s important for travelers to keep it that way. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) is an organization founded to advocate, promote, and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. Before you plan your trip, visit their website for helpful tips, including examining your clothes and equipment thoroughly before packing to avoid transporting dirt and other organic material to the continent.
When it comes to packing for your Antarctic cruise, the key is waterproof everything. From trousers to gloves, if there’s a waterproof version available, purchase it. Antarctic cruisers will be very cold (and not to mention wet) without a pair of knee-high rubber boots. Several companies allow passengers to rent essential gear, so check with your cruise line to see if that’s an option. If it’s not, you can still rent some cold-weather essentials from a local snow-and-ski or adventure store.