Silver Explorer

King George Island to King George Island

Never has adventure been so easy. Just a two hour flight from Punta Arenas and the white continent is yours to explore.

King George Island to King George Island

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Antarctic Cruise
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Private Flight to Antarctica
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The frozen continent at the end of the earth is well worth the wait. The coldest, highest and driest of all seven continents, Antarctica begs discovery. Be humbled by the solitude and emptiness, as pods of seals lazily bask on floes, waddles of penguins dive (and thrive) in the icy waters and humpbacks – the most magnificent of all maritime beasts; breach gracefully before your very eyes.

Your itinerary

Day 1, AM
Punta Arenas
Arrival to Punta Arenas
a wind-whipped, fractured land of islands, glacial fjords and mountains, which drop away towards Antarctica. A hardy city, where the temperature hovers in single figures throughout much of the year, Punta Arenas nevertheless offers a warm welcome and refuge, ahead of - and following - epic adventures and expeditions south across the Drake Passage. Captain Scott stopped here in 1904 – testing the postal service sending 400 letters of his successful return - and the city welcomed the rescued Ernest Shackleton and his Endurance crew to these shores in 1916. Punta Arenas is a remote place, but with custom-free status, and more than 120,000 people calling it home it's also surprisingly cosmopolitan. The commercial centre of Magallanes Punta Arenas is fueled by Chilean oil and gas - and establishing itself as a global centre for Antarctic research, with teams from various countries basing themselves here. The town is built around the Plaza de Armas, its central square - be sure to kiss the toe of the Monumento del Indio Patagon statue, said to guarantee you good luck on your return.
Day 2, AM
Business Flight to King George Island
Business Flight to King George Island
Enjoy a 2-hour round trip flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Business Class Luxury.
Day 2, PM
Silver Explorer
Embark in King George Island
Embarkation on your new adventure vehicle begins in the afternoon. On the first day on board, meet the crew for a cruise expedition overview. The evening is spent onboard the ship sailing southwards.
Day 3, AM
King George Island
King George Island
At just 120 kilometers from the Antarctic Peninsula and the only airport in the South Shetlands, it is the connection between “real life” and “Antarctic life”. More than 10 different nations have year-round or summer-only scientific research stations on the island (considering that 90% of the island is covered in snow and ice, that is quite an achievement!). Maintaining a base on the island allows membership of the Antarctic Treaty. There is even a Russian Orthodox church, with a permanent on-site priest. The island might be home to a few international scientists, but they are very much outnumbered by the diverse wildlife that considers King George Island rightfully theirs.
Day 4, AM
Antarctic Sound
Antarctic Sound
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 call this whitewash kingdom home.
Day 4, PM
Antarctic Peninsula
Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula & Lectures
With a close eye on weather conditions, continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.
Day 5, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
D’Hainaut Island is a tiny rock island in Mikkelsen Harbour. It’s less than half a square mile in size, and it’s approached through a small bay that’s lined with dramatic cliffs of ice. It was first mapped by a French expedition in 1910. The island often remains snow-covered until very late in the season, and the captain of your Antarctic cruise vessel will expertly navigate through the shallow reefs that are in the bay. This island was used extensively for whaling, and there are artifacts and bones dotted around the island. D’Hainaut is one of the few Antarctic visitor sites where you can roam freely around the whole island, taking care not to disturb any of the artifacts and watching your step on the rocks, of course. There is a small historic refuge here that was built originally by the Argentine Navy in the 1950s, then again in the 1970s, and most recently in 2017. However, the refuge can’t be entered except in emergencies. There is also plenty of evidence of the whaling industry on the island. You can find the wrecks of several boats as well as many whale bones. There is a lively Gentoo penguin colony here, and you can often find Fur Seals basking in the sun.
Day 5, PM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Portal Point
Portal Point
Portal Point is a narrow, rocky point on the northeast of Reclus Peninsula. It was named by British explorers as it formed part of the “gateway” for the route to the Antarctic Plateau. In 1956, a refuge hut was established here, known as Cape Reclus Refuge. It was only used for two winters, and then abandoned. In 1996, the hut was removed and is now in the Falklands Island Museum. All that’s left of the refuge on the Point are the remains of its foundations, often not visible under the frequent snow cover. Indeed, this year-round snow is why there are no penguin colonies here. However, Portal Point is a popular place for Weddell seals to haul out, and while you are landing you will often see them in good numbers.
Day 5, PM
Goudier Island
Goudier Island
Goudier Island is a small, low-lying island of bare, polished rock. Often surrounding by sea ice, snow cover usually melts away by the end of the summer. Goudier is home to “Base A” - established by the British in wartime in 1944 - which was used as a scientific research station until the early 60s. After fallen into disrepair, the station was restored in the 1990s, and is now looked after by a Heritage Trust. The base is permanently occupied, and the inhabitants still conduct important survey work on the penguin colony for the British Antarctic Survey. You will usually be briefed by the Base Leader before you land ashore, and only 35 visitors are allowed inside the Base at any time. This is to ensure the artifacts and the fabric of the base are preserved. This “time capsule” gives a fascinating insight into the work and lives of early Antarctic research pioneers and how they lived. Access to the rest of the island is usually restricted to marked paths, both to protect wildlife and because the surface is uneven and slippery. However, you will be able to observe the resident penguin colony, and can also spot other birds and seals on the shores and in the sea.
Day 6, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Jougla Point
Jougla Point
Found at the western end of Wiencke Island in Port Lockroy, Jougla Point is a very rocky peninsula with many small coves. It was first mapped in 1903 by a French Antarctic expedition. The approach to the point is nothing short of dramatic! You will have stunning views of glaciers, snow cornices and steep, crevassed snowfields as you enter the harbour. Your landing here will be against rocks on the northeastern end of the point. Like many bays and coves in the area, Jougla Point has artefacts and remains from the whaling industry. You will see whale bones where the carcasses were dragged ashore for processing. Your expert Antarctic guides will take you to observe the Gentoo penguin colony as well as the blue-eyed shag nesting areas. Other wildlife you can observe are kelp gulls and skuas, with seals a frequent site. You will be able to roam freely around the beach area to observe and photograph, with your guides on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure visitors keep away from any closed breeding areas.
Day 6, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Damoy Point
Damoy Point
Damoy Point is a rocky headland on the west coast of Wiencke Island.Topography: Damoy Point is a rocky isthmus off the west coast of Wiencke Island, Antarctic Peninsula. It’s key points of interest are two very well preserved expedition huts. The first, known as Damoy Hut, was built in 1973 and was used by the British Antarctic Survey as a summer air facility and a personnel transfer station, but hasn’t been used since 1973. The interior is in excellent condition, and almost looks as if it could be put back into use straight away. There are even tin cups hanging on the kitchen wall as if ready to give travel-weary scientists a restoring cup of tea! Just outside Damoy Hut is a refuge built by Argentina in the 1950s. This is not open to visitors, and is still in use as an emergency refuge should the need ever arise. Apart from these historic buildings, visitors will see genroo penguins who breed here, as well as plenty of seals and sea birds.
Day 6, PM
Antarctica- Visitor Site Detaille
Detaille Island
Detaille Island is a small island in the Lallemand Fjord. It’s not much more than a rocky outcrop with gravel beaches, but it contains one of the best preserved historic monuments in the Antarctic. Detaille was home to “Base W” of the British Antarctic Survey. It was constructed in 1956, and was in use until 1959 when it was closed. Due to bad weather, the supply ship that was sent to take the men and equipment off the island couldn’t get any closer than 30 miles away. This meant that the men had to leave very quikly and with only the personal belongings that they could carry so the ship could depart as quickly as possible. Because of these circumstance, Base W is almost completely intact. As you look around the hut you will be greeted with the eerie sight of tables still set out with condiments, shelves neatly stacked with tin and jars, and everyday equipment like washing machines, tools, and even coats, longjohns and bottles of gin and whisky (empy!). Preserved by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, this is a remarkable insight into the early post-war scientific explorations of the amazing continent.
Day 6, PM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Horseshoe Island
Horseshoe Island
Horseshoe Island is well named. The 3000ft high peaks here are arranged in a crescent shape, and were first mapped by air by intrepid British explorers in the 1930s. You will land at the northwestern tip of the island in Sally Cove. From here, it’s a short walk north the the amazingly preserved hut known as “Base Y” or Horseshoe Station. This was established in the 1955 as a scientific base, and was closed permanently in 1960. Although unused for over 60 years, Base Y is in a remarkable state of preservation and represents a fully-equipped exploration and scientific base of the time. Inside the hut you will be able to carefully explore by torchlight as you see artefacts from a bygone age. These include the original base generator, tools, light fixtures, tins and packets of original rations and more. Although this time-capsule building is the star of the show, it’s not unusual to encounter seals and skuas on or near to the landing site here.
Day 7, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Stonington Island
Stonington Island
For such a tiny, rock island (it’s less than half a mile by quarter of a mile), Stonington holds a lot of the human history of Antarctica. It was home to not one, but two winter expeditions. In 1939, the US Antarctic Service chose it as the location to build what became known as East Base. The buildings and artefacts here are now protected as a monument. Visitors can enter the main hut to experience something of what it woud have been like to spend the winter here. Later in the 1940s, the British chose the same small island for the location of their “Base E”. Again, visitors can enter the main hut and also the generator shed. Like the American base, there are other ancillary buildings that can’t be entered due to their status as protected monuments. There are permanent shutters on the windows of Base E, so your guide should provide you with torches if you venture inside. In a solemn reminder of the harshness of the continent, there is also a grave site where 2 expedition members are buried in coffins covered by simple stone cairns. An important breeding site for birds, Stonington Island supports a colony of over 130 pairs of imperial shags, as well as nesting sites for skuas and terns.
Day 7, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Paulet Island
Paulet Island
Paulet Island is a striking sight. This circular rock is only 1 mile in diameter, yet it has a volcanic cone that rises to over 1100 feet at its center. First mapped in 1839, Paulet Island is home to a huge penguin colony. Some 100,000 breeding pairs of Adelie penguins live here, a truly remarkable sight and sound! You will also see other sea birds on your visit, including shags, snow petrels and kelp gulls. Another fascinating aspect of Paulet Island is the historic shelter that dates back to 1903. A Swedish ship was crushed by the ice pack nearby, and survivors of the wreck built a stone hut to shelter them from the harsh winter conditions. There is also a cairn built on the highest point of the island that they used to attract attention for any rescue. There is also a grave marker for one expedition member who did not survive. Because the island is so densely packed with wildlife, visitors will be escorted in small groups by experienced Antarctic guides. This ensures that the breeding birds are disturbed as little as possible, and that the shelter site is protected. Fur seals are often also seen on the shores here, and in the peak breeding season you may find that some of the walking trails around the island are closed due to the sheer numbers of wonderful creatures that choose to raise their young here.
Day 7, PM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Devil Island, Vega Island
Devil Island, Vega Island
Devil Island is well-named! This narrow, rocky island has a low valley in the middle, with two peaks at either end. This gives it an uncanny “devil’s horns” look! Devil Island gives an opportunity for some photographing some breathtaking views. From the landing site you are greeted by some spectacular volcanic formations. From here, you can hike to the top of one of the peaks, which overlooks an Adelie penguin colony nestling below in a natural bowl formation. But the star of the show here is the remarkable 360 degree viewpoint you get from the top. Stunning antarctic vistas that you don’t want to miss, so ensure camera batteries are charged and spare memory cards are ready! From the high vantage point you might spot fur seals, crabeater seals, and a variety of seabirds. It really makes the short, but steep climb worth it. Your expert Antarctic guides will show you the way and point out any wildlife you may have missed.
Day 7, PM
Antarctica- Visitor Site Brown Bluff
Brown Bluff
Topography: 1.5km long cobble and ash beach rising increasingly steeply towards towering red-brown tuff cliffs, which are embedded with volcanic bombs. The cliffs are heavily eroded, resulting in loose scree and rock and ice falls on higher slopes and large, wind eroded boulders on the beach. At high water the beach area can be restricted. Permanent ice and tidewater glaciers surround the site to the east and west occasionally filling the beach with brash ice. Potential Impact: Disturbance of wildlife. Trampling of moss and lichen on moraine. Landing Requirements: "Max pax on board: 500 Comments: Maximum 3 ships per calendar day, of which no more than 1 may be a vessel carrying more than 200 passengers.* A ship is defined as a vessel which carries more than 12 passengers." Visitor Requirements: Maximum number of visitors at any time, exclusive of expedition guides and leaders: 100 Visitors per guide: 20 Curfew time period (from/to), in order to establish a rest period for wildlife: 22:00-04:00 Landing Area: The eastern end of the beach, to the east of the three large boulders at the western end of the snow slope - protected by two reefs. Closed Area: Closed Area A: Kelp gull and Gentoo penguin colony in the boulder area behind the landing beach, extending from the three large boulders up the small gully running south-southeast behind the moraine ridge. <br />Closed Area B: From the edge of the Adélie penguin colony (close to the end of reef),including all the beach and up the slope encompassing the whole colony. <br /> Guided Walking Area: Visits to the edge of the Adélie penguin colony should be closely supervised. <br />Visits to the snow petrel nests on the slopes behind the penguin rookeries should be done in closely guided groups with a ratio of 1 guide to 5 visitors – where the guide knows the location of the nest in advance. A minimum distance of 20 metres should be kept from the nest. Care should be taken not to disturb loose rocks. <br />Glacial walking - The route along the snow covered ground on the edge of the moraine ridge to the east of the landing beach should be clearly marked, or guided. Visitors should conduct the walk in single file. <br /><br /> Free Roaming Area: Visitors may roam freely along the main flat beach area between the landing site and the closed areas. Visitors should remain above the high tide mark as far as possible, leaving beach free for penguins to access the sea. Behavior Ashore: Take care not to displace penguins along the shoreline.Take care not to disturb nesting sea birds.Visitors should remain above the high tide mark and at high water be aware it may be necessary to have visitors walk in small groups escorted by guides. Cautionary Notes: "Strong winds are a feature of this area, and pack and brash ice are frequently blown onto the beach area. Rock falls occur from the cliffs and steeper scree slopes. The primary landing beach may be crowded with wildlife. Landing beach is prone to swells from the north and the north-east. Hazardous rocks and reefs lie immediately off shore. Scientific equipment may be found in the area, take care not to disturb the equipment."
Day 8, AM
South Shetland Islands
Sail to the South Shetland Islands & Lectures
Sail for two days the legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The exceptional crew aboard your Antarctic cruise consists of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. There is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes.
Day 8, AM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Turret Point
Turret Point
Topography: Turret Point is marked by conspicuous rock stacks that form the eastern limit of King George Bay west of Three Sisters Point. There is a cobble beach on the southern coast and melt pools inland. The beach gently slopes to an extensive, heavily crevassed glacier. Potential Impact: Trampling of vegetation en route to the glacier and disturbance of wildlife, particularly southern giant petrels. Landing Requirements: "Max pax on board: 200 Ships at a time: 1 Comments: Maximum 2 ships per day (midnight to midnight).* A ship is defined as a vessel which carries more than 12 passengers." Visitor Requirements: Maximum number of visitors at any time, exclusive of expedition guides and leaders: 100 Visitors per guide: 20 Curfew time period (from/to), in order to establish a rest period for wildlife: 22:00-04:00 Landing Area: Primary: along an exposed broad cobble beach to the south, which may be packed with ice.<br /><br />Secondary: to the west. If this is used, be sure to stay clear of nesting sites for southern giant petrel at both ends of the beach (Closed Areas A and B).<br /> Closed Area: Closed Area A: Biodiverse fragile area including nesting southern giant petrels, kelp gulls, chinstrap penguins, blue-eyed shags and elephant seals wallows.<br />Closed Area B: Nesting southern giant petrels.<br />Closed Area C: Elevated area above the beach with nesting southern giant petrels.<br /> Guided Walking Area: Visitors to the glacier should be guided in small groups following the streambed to avoid trampling of vegetation. Free Roaming Area: Visitors may roam freely, but under supervision, between the landing beaches, avoiding the closed areas. Behavior Ashore: Be careful near Antarctic fur seals, they may be aggressive.Walk slowly and carefully. Maintain a precautionary distance of 5 metres from wildlife and give animals the right-of-way. Increase this distance if any change in behaviour is observed.When on the same level as, or higher than, nesting southern giant petrels, maintain a precautionary distance of at least 50 metres. Increase this distance if any change in the birds’ behaviour is observed.Do not walk on any vegetation. Cautionary Notes: While weather conditions can change rapidly anywhere in the Antarctic, this location is particularly prone to such changes.
Day 8, AM
Penguin Island Map
Penguin Island
Penguin Island was first record in 1820 during a British expedition. It was so-named because of the vast numbers of penguins that could be seen along its shoreline from the ship as it passed by. Penguin Island lies just off the south coast of the much bigger King George Island. It’s ice-free and is oval-shaped, some 1 mile long. It’s standout geological feature is the 560ft tall Deacon Peak - a volcanic cone that is though to have last been active about 300 years ago. Penguin Island is an internationally-recognised important area for birds. As well as colonies of Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, the island is also home to large breeding colonies of southern giant petrels, antarctic terns and kelp gulls. You can often see Weddell seals and sometimes southern elephant seals on the beaches here, too. For those feeling fit, there is a marked path that will take you up to the top of Deacon Peak. This offers unparalleled views over the whole island and beyond across King George Bay. Do note, however, that this part of the antarctic is known for its quickly changing weather, so if the opportunity to presents itself, take it!
Day 8, PM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Baily Head, Deception Island
Baily Head on Deception Island
Deception Island is made up of the cone of an active shield volcano. It last erupted in 1969. Its flooded caldera makes a remarkable natural harbour, although Baily Point is on the eastern outer flank of the cone. The geography here makes a natural bowl, with the long rocky beach leading up to a curving ridge above. To the north is an impressive glacier. As you approach the beach you will begin to hear the amazing noise that a colony of over 200,000 chinstrap penguins can make! During the summer, the glacial melt stream forms a penguin “highway” that the birds follow to and from the sea, hundreds moving at a time. Your expert Antarctic guides will take you to the edge of the breeding groups, allow you to experience this remarkable sight without disturbing the birds. Other regular visitors to the Point include Antarctic Fur Seals who regular haul up on to the beach, with crabeater, elephant, Weddell and leopard seals also sometimes being seen in the surrounding waters. Overhead you will find skuas, petrels and sheathbills, all of whom also like to nest in the sheltered rocks of Baily Point.
Day 8, PM
Antarctica Visitor Site- Telefon Bay
Telefon Bay on Deception Island
Topography: At the easternmost end of Telefon Bay, a gently sloping beach leads to a broad shallow valley which rises sharply to a number of unnamed volcanic craters. These are up to 45m in depth, although they are slowly being filled in by sediment and ice. The prominent ash cliffs that form the east and west sides of the valley are remnants of an older crater that was modified during an eruption in 1967, which broadened the valley itself. Potential Impact: Erosion of paths on crater ridge. Disturbance of scientific equipment. Landing Requirements: "Max pax on board: 500 Ships at a time: 1 Comments: Maximum 3 ships per day, of which no more than 2 may be a vessel carrying more than 200 passengers.* A ship is defined as a vessel which carries more than 12 passengers." Visitor Requirements: Maximum number of visitors at any time, exclusive of expedition guides and leaders: 100 Visitors per guide: 20 Landing Area: Beach immediately to the south-west of the crater. Guided Walking Area: Visitors will be guided up to the crater in small closely supervised groups, with one guide per group of 1-15. Visitors should be closely supervised at the crater edge. Free Roaming Area: Visitors may roam freely under supervision in the landing beach area. Behavior Ashore: Take care not to displace penguins along the shoreline.Stick to established paths where possible and move in single file on steep slopes.Walk slowly and carefully close at the crater edge.Do not tread on vegetated areas which are susceptible to trampling.Visits are to be undertaken in line with the Management Plan for Deception Island Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) No. 4.Maintain at least a 20m distance from seismic monitoring equipment and other types of scientific equipment, which normally will be marked with a red flag. Do not touch or disturb other types of scientific instruments, markers or field depots. This equipment measures seismic activity and other volcanic indicators and are part of seismic network of Deception Island real time surveillance. A map of Deception Island seismic instrumentation, including seismic monitoring equipment will be available and updated for every season.Maintain a precautionary distance of 5 metres from wildlife and give animals the right-of-way. Increase this distance if any change in behaviour is observed. Cautionary Notes: "• All visits must be planned to take into account the significant risk posed by the threat of volcanic eruption. • Exercise extreme caution when approaching the steep edge of the crater lip. The soil is friable and may collapse underfoot. • If seals are hauled out on the beach, slow down before landing."
Day 9, AM
King George Island
King George Island
At just 120 kilometers from the Antarctic Peninsula and the only airport in the South Shetlands, it is the connection between “real life” and “Antarctic life”. More than 10 different nations have year-round or summer-only scientific research stations on the island (considering that 90% of the island is covered in snow and ice, that is quite an achievement!). Maintaining a base on the island allows membership of the Antarctic Treaty. There is even a Russian Orthodox church, with a permanent on-site priest. The island might be home to a few international scientists, but they are very much outnumbered by the diverse wildlife that considers King George Island rightfully theirs.
Day 9, AM
Business Flight to King George Island
Business Flight to King George Island
Enjoy a 2-hour round trip flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Business Class Luxury.
Day 9, PM
Disembark & goodbyes
Disembark and Say Goodbye
It's time to head back to land, as you say your goodbyes to your amazing crew and your new adventure buddies.

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Welcome aboard the Silver Explorer, an expedition cruise ship intricately designed to navigate the remote waters of the Antarctic regions. The Silver Explorer is equipped with an 1A ice-class strengthened hull and can push through ice with ease. With a maximum passenger capacity of 144 and a crew of 118, the Silver Explorer is the smallest cruise ship in the Silversea fleet, offering a more intimate cruise experience. The 12 Zodiac boats aboard the cruise ship allow its passengers to visit the most off-the-beaten path locations, while the expert Expedition Team offers valuable knowledge to each exciting Antarctic cruise excursion. The award-winning itineraries make the Silver Explorer the ideal combination of unforgettable adventure and exceptional service. The Silver Explorer strives to provide comfort, scenic charm, and impeccable service during your stay. All suites aboard the cruise ship offer ocean views and butler service. The Silver Explorer offers 20 suites with French balconies, where you can enjoy your morning coffee with the picturesque view of the Antarctic horizons. The largest suite aboard, the Owner’s Suite, is an impressive 782sq feet (ca. 73 m²). Upon arrival, all passengers are greeted with flowers, a fresh fruit basket, and a fully-stocked cabinet with your preferences. Other suite amenities include binoculars, a personal safe, complimentary movies and documentaries, Wi-Fi, marble bathrooms, and your preference of toiletries to name a few. Gratuities are also included on your Antarctic cruise. No other tips are necessary, nor does the crew expect them. The Silver Explorer is rightly named. This ship was built with the spirit of exploration in mind. Its itinerary program consists of luxury adventure Antarctic cruises anywhere from 10 to 21 days long. The Silver Explorer is equipped with an Expedition Team of specialists who are passionate about the amazing Antarctic and experts at spotting wildlife. You may even receive a 2am wake-up call if there’s an orca whale nearby. Head over to The Theater during your voyage for expert presentations, where you will hear tales of adventure or learn about endemic flora, fauna, and wildlife. When passengers are not enjoying the exciting included excursions, the Silver Explorer offers plenty of entertainment, relaxation and fitness options. Your Antarctic cruise is not complete without martini or wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, or afternoon outdoor tea parties. The lounges also offer a variety of board games. Passengers can also take advantage of the Internet Café, which offers web-surfing stations and complimentary black and white printing. Relax in the Connoisseur Lounge, and sip on the finest cognac and vintage wines while enjoying a cigar. Or get pampered aboard at the luxury Zagara Beauty Spa and Salon. The spa is fully equipped with a sauna, steam room, and treatment room. An absolutely perfect way to wind down after a hike. If you’d like more physical activity during your cruise, head over to the small gym or jogging track aboard the Explorer.

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All CO2 emissions of your trip (e.g. local transport, hotel) will be 100% compensated for you by a Gold Standard climate protection project.

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The Silver Explorer takes pride in its international cuisine, offering contemporary fare with exceptional service and sophistication. The menus feature regional specialties, unique to the cruise destinations. You can expect the freshest seafood aboard your Antarctic cruise. During days at sea, passengers can savor a line of signature dishes called La Collection du Monde, prepared by the renowned Chefs of Relais & Chateaux. At The Restaurant, guests can enjoy smart-casual open-seating dining. For a more interactive culinary experience, The Grill invites passengers to prepare their own food directly at the table using grill stone. Not only is every bite cooked to perfection, but it is also one of the healthiest meal options available aboard the Silver Explorer. During the day, The Grill is transformed into a rotisserie and gourmet burger and salad bar. A plethora of options for all tastes and preferences.

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