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FALKLANDS & ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION CRUISE – BUENOS AIRES to USHUAIA

from $12,740

DATE: 2019 – NOV. 22-DEC. 10

DURATION: 19 DAYS/18 NIGHTS

EMBARK: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

DISEMBARK: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

SHIP: Silver Cloud Expedition

FROM: $12,740* 

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Free Economy air, reduced Business Class Airfare, or $1,500 cruise credit available.

Pre- and Post-Cruise tours are available.

 

All about the FALKLANDS & ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION CRUISE – BUENOS AIRES to USHUAIA.

Go beyond your boundaries and explore the world as never before. Discover the stunning marine mammals and Magellanic Penguins at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Peninsula Valdes. Spot species such as humpback whales, Commerson’s dolphins and orcas but also Black-browed Albatross and Blue-eyed Shag. Antarctica’s fascinating nature will no longer hold any secrets for you.

Join us for a journey to the last untouched continent peppered with indulgences of South America’s most remote locations. Leaving Buenos Aires heading south, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valdes Peninsula. From there, journey onwards to several of the Falkland Islands, where you will look for Black-browed Albatross, Rockhopper Penguins and Imperial Cormorants. Antarctica boasts spectacular icebergs and calving glaciers, as well as the possibility of up-close encounters with penguins ashore, seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes, and humpback or minke whales that surface close to the ship. Weather depending, we will take daily Zodiac departures in Antarctica and cruise amidst colorful icebergs, or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and research stations on excursions led by our team of natural history experts. Go kayaking under the guidance of certified instructors, and keep your eye peeled for the lovely black and white Commerson’s dolphins in the Falklands. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

Valdes Peninsula, Argentina – 
Founded originally by Welsh immigrants in 1865, Puerto Madryn is the capital of the Argentinian province of Chubut and the gateway to the Valdes Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valdes Peninsula is an important nature reserve and breeding ground for several endangered marine mammals, as well as hundreds of thousands of Magellanic Penguins.

New Island, Falkland Islands –
New Island has National Nature Reserve status, and with more than two million seabirds is classified as an Important Bird Area. The island hosts large numbers of breeding Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins, and has more than 13,000 pairs of breeding Black-browed Albatross.

West Point Island, Falkland Islands – 
Look for Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins while approaching the settlement of West Point Island, where just one family lives. Hike to a Black-browed Albatross colony next to Rockhopper Penguins and Imperial Cormorants. Visit the home of the owners for some tea and home-baked cakes and cookies.

Stanley, Falkland Islands –
Explore the port at Stanley, the Falkland Islands’ capital. See the totem pole and the whalebone arch in front of the town cathedral, or have a beer at one of the charming local pubs. The dockside Falkland Islands Museum is also worth a visit, covering the natural and cultural history of the region.

Elephant Island, Antarctica – 
If the weather and ice conditions cooperate, you may take a Zodiac cruise to see where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s men were stranded for more than four months. A bust here commemorates the Chilean captain who finally helped Shackleton rescue the men in mid-winter.

Antarctic Sound, Antarctica – 
We will travel to see tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. The Sound has the massive continental icebergs, which rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on ice conditions Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible.

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica – 
We will explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the Silver Cloud, on Zodiac cruises and landings to see seals and penguin colonies. This promontory of land is the furthest-north extension of the Antarctic mainland. Your excursions will be conditioned on weather and ice conditions with selections for activities made expertly by your Captain and Expedition Leader.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica – 
Several landing sites and remains of whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. This grouping of islands is 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula and holds sixteen research stations run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain and other countries. Sites will be selected based on weather and ice conditions.

Kayaking –
Weather depending, Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of Antarctica in a peaceful silence.

Cultural Highlights:

• Meet the residents of New Island and West Point Island and see the capital of the Falkland Islands at Stanley.
• Learn about the cultural and natural history of the region at the Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley.

Wildlife Watch List:

• Penguins (Magellanic, Rockhopper, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins)
• Seals (South American and Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals)
• Whales (humpback whales, Minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, pilot whales, orcas, Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins)
• Birds of note: Blue-eyed Shag, Upland Goose, Grass Wren, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Striated Caracara, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill

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.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transfers, tour, Tango Dinner Show and two nights pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires.
  • All meals aboard ship, and as indicated.
  • Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor aboard
  • Room service
  • Butler service
  • All excursions
  • Expedition leaders and guest speakers
  • Gratuities to ship crew.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Pre- and Post-cruise tours

Travel Insurance

Air Fare (Unless Free Air is available)

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

    You will be met and transferred to your deluxe hotel. Remainder of the day is free. Arrive a day or two early to see more of the area.

  2. Day 2 BUENOS AIRES TOUR AND TANGO DINNER SHOW

    Enjoy a full day tour of Buenos Aires, ”Paris of South America”, arranged exclusively for Explor Cruises’ guests. Visit the unique neighborhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Lunch is included. This evening, you will be taken to a Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño, Includes round trip transfers and a tango lesson of 1 hr before the dinner. Return to your hotel late.

  3. Day 3 BUENOS AIRES - EMBARKATION

    Enjoy a free day to explore Buenos Aires prior to your afternoon transfer to board the Silver Cloud. Departure is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

  4. Days 4-5 AT SEA

    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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  5. Day 6 PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA

    Ranged along the clear and tranquil Golfo Nuevo are restaurants, cafés, dive shops, and hotels, all busy—but not yet overcrowded—with tourists from around the world. Puerto Madryn is more a base for visiting nearby wildlife-watching sites like Península Valdés and Punta Tombo than a destination in its own right. The town’s architecture is unremarkable, and beyond a walk along the coast there isn’t much to do. Indeed, even the few museums serve mainly to introduce you to the fauna you’ll see elsewhere.

  6. Day 7 AT SEA

    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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  7. Day 8 NEW AND WEST POINT ISLANDS, THE FALKLANDS

    The remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands can best be seen on New Island. The westernmost of the inhabited islands of the archipelago, it is a wildlife and nature reserve, and an environmental conservation group protects its many birds and animals. There are rookeries where Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags share the same nesting area. Black-browed Albatrosses can be seen going about their daily routines and it is easy to spot Upland Geese. More than 40 species of birds breed on the island. Near the landing site is ‘Barnard’s barn’ — a restored stone structure going back to the early 19th century. Lying in the sandy shallows in front of the barn is the wreck of Protector III, an old minesweeper used for seal hunting.

    Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of Black-browed Albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty Rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic Penguins and Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.

  8. Day 9 STANLEY, THE FALKLAND ISLANDS

    Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colours, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region’s frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route. Darwin found the islands’ flora and fauna fascinating – no doubt you will, too.

  9. Day 10 AT SEA

    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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  10. Day 11 ELEPHANT ISLAND

    Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island — so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.

  11. Day 12 ANTARCTIC 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.

  12. Days 13-15 ANTARCTIC 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. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

  13. Day 16 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

    Some 770 kilometers (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. Leopard seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals, Southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals can be seen in the water and on the beaches.

  14. Day 17-18 CROSSING DRAKE PASSAGE

    The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling 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.

  15. Day 19 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

    After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud. Transfer to airport – or stay to explore more of Patagonia and South America – Torres del Paine, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza wine region, and so much more!

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is 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 four 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 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22 passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

GUESTS: 254
CREW: 223
LENGTH: 514.14 Feet / 156.7 Meters

SUITES

Silversea’s ocean view suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote – guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner’s Suite
This stylish apartment offers the superlative in levels of space, comfort and service on board. A perfect mix of expedition experience with luxury lifestyle. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedroom by adjoining with a Vista Suite.

Grand Suite
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. The ideal space for sharing stories with fellow explorers and new friends. With enough space to roam both in and outside, this suite is perfect relaxing and recounting the highlights of your day. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Royal Suite
Stately. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for relaxing after a days’ exploring and looking through your photos. With lectures being streamed live to your room, this is the pinnacle of good living at sea. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Silver Suite
Stylish and sophisticated with larger verandas, excellent for taking pictures and bird-watching. Situated midship, this suite is perfection in design and comfortable living. A huge walk in wardrobe, a beautiful marbled bathroom and a spacious living area completes the picture. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.

Medallion Suite
With a room configuration that favors watching the sun rise from the comfort of your bed and losing yourself in the mesmerizing seascapes, this suite is the perfect answer to adventure cruising. A large walk-in wardrobe, and an expansive living make the Medallion Suite a your home away from home on the high seas. Medallion Suites accommodate three guests.

Deluxe Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, with a preferred central location, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming.Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun to an antarctic sunrise. The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers preferred central location with identical accommodation to a Veranda Suite.

Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun to an antarctic sunrise. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests (Suites going from 505 to 510, and from 605 to 610).

Vista Suite
Your home away from home while you embrace the intrepid explorer within. The suite’s seating area has plenty of room to relax while you go over your notes, ready for the next adventure. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views, ideal for appraising the local wildlife.

RESTAURANTS

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you’ll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.