Expedition Cruise to Antarctica aboard Silversea's Silver Wind
January 24 - February 5, 2021
Depart USA January 23, 2021
JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT - Awaken your soul to the wonder of Antarctica
In the age of Wi-Fi, smartphones and geotagging, Antarctica still remains the Terra Incognita. The fragile wilderness contained in the White Continent still looms in all its purity. That’s why an expedition to the world’s last unexplored frontier can be thrilling, life changing and humbling all at the same time. Revel in the beauty and overwhelming power of nature. Admire the abundant wildlife. Meet the personal challenge of reaching Earth’s last great wilderness frontier. You’ll cruise across seas of glass, passing giant prisms of ice riding an ink-blue sea. And you’ll share the landscape with bellowing elephant seals and raucous rookeries of penguins, unafraid and unperturbed by your presence. Add the polished luxury of Silversea and you can add the Realm of Ice to your list of adventures without sacrificing a sliver of comfort. An Antarctica Expedition with Silversea Cruises is unlike any other form of travel - thrilling and awe-inspiring all at the same time.
DEPOSIT BY October 31, 2019 to ensure these rates!
A major upgrade in December 2018 will see Silver Wind looking better than ever. As well as benefiting from a strengthened ice-class hull, new state-of-the-art equipment for cruising in remote regions, a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for on-water exploration, and an upgraded Theatre, the second extensive refurbishment will enhance the ship’s comfort and Silversea’s hallmarks of luxury.
All suites will undergo another full upgrade; the Spa & Salon will each be completely refurbished; the Reception/Atrium will be overhauled; and additional improvements will be made to La Dame, La Terrazza, the Main Bar, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge, the Pool Bar, public bathrooms, and the Theatre, among other spaces.
Accommodating fewer guests (just 254) and retaining her characteristic sense of small-ship intimacy, Silver Wind will offer higher space ratios, a higher crew-to-guest ratio, and more upper suites, among other enhancements. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease. So whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences, in traditional Silversea comfort.
Guests: 254; Crew: 212
One bedroom: 240 ft²
Classic Veranda - $18,800.00 per person based on double occupancy
Deluxe Veranda - $21,900.00 per person based on double occupancy
The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers preferred central location with identical accommodation to a Classic Veranda Suite.
One bedroom: 295 ft² including veranda
One bedroom: 441-667 ft²
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
One bedroom: 581 ft² including veranda
One Bedroom - $39,800.00 per person based on double occupancy
Two Bedroom - $58,600.00 per person based on double occupancy
One bedroom: 736 ft² including veranda
Two bedroom: 1,031 ft² including veranda (adjoining to Classic Veranda Suite)
Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional veranda
One Bedroom - $46,700.00 per person based on double occupancy
Two Bedroom - $65,500.00 per person based on double occupancy
One bedroom: 1,019 ft² including veranda
Two bedroom: 1,314 ft² including veranda (Adjoining to Classic Veranda Suite)
One Bedroom - $52,800.00 per person based on double occupancy
Two Bedroom - $72,200.00 per person based on double occupancy
One bedroom: 587 ft² including veranda
Two bedroom: 827 ft² including veranda (Adjoining to a Vista Suite)
Enjoy Beyond Group Travel's exclusive amenity of $250 shipboard credit per suite!
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Round trip economy air fare* is included in the cruise fare.
Round trip business class air fare*, over-water segment only, is an additional $2,998.00 per person (subject to change and availability).
An air credit of $1,000.00 per person (subject to change) will be provided for any traveler handling their own air itinerary.
A deposit of 25% of the applicable fare is required to confirm your reservation.
Final Payment is due by September 26, 2020.
Book and pay in full by January 3, 2020 and save 10%!
A $100 per person administrative fee will be assessed by Beyond Group Travel for any cancellation or itinerary change after deposit. Other terms & conditions apply and assessed by Silver Sea Cruises.
Your passport must be valid through August 6, 2021!
Terms & Conditions
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The right gear is essential for enjoying the full experience of you Antarctica without the limitations of weather. To help you properly outfit for your adventure we have teamed up with Ship to Shore Traveler, a one-stop outfitting service. Rely on them for fine quality gear and accessories, both for purchase or rental. And do heed the advice of all smart travelers — don’t overpack! Launderettes are available onboard. Click here for Packing Suggestions & Checklist.
Click here to read Karen Edward's Article "First Time to Antarctica? Here’s What You Should Know".
U.S. Passports & International Travel
Access the U.S. Department of State for up to date information and requirements for traveling.
Familiarize yourself with health and immunization requirements for your destination at the Center for Disease Control's Website.
Few experiences can compare to a visit to Antarctica. You’ll pass diamond-blue icebergs the size of city blocks. You will make Zodiac® landings on remote beaches where few have ever set foot, enjoying personal, up-close encounters with the many marvels. And you’ll gaze amazed at nature in its most pristine, unadulterated form.
Our expeditions operate during the austral summer months, when the continent is at its most spectacular. The pack ice begins to melt from late November to early December, signaling the mating season for penguins and other birds. Antarctica’s warmest days span from mid-December to January; the perfect time to witness penguins hovering over their downy chicks, while playful seal pups are also visible. Whale sightings become increasingly numerous as the receding ice opens new channels for explorations. The late summer, from January to end of February, is the time when dolphins and whale sightings are at a peak. Penguin chicks begin to fledge and snow algae is blooming.
Whether it’s attending a briefing, exploring by Zodiac, or hiking on terra firma, an expedition cruise with Silversea will immerse you immediately in your destination. Every moment can amaze: scores of penguins battling their way up a hill, a whale so close you can count the barnacles on its back. To the left are just some of the species you may encounter.
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, and the opportunity to witness whales and orcas.
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, but only after enduring extreme hardships before the crew and scientists could be rescued. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff, Adélie 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, a featured that has earned this stretch of water the moniker Iceberg Alley.
Named after 16th-century English privateer Sir Francis Drake, this 800-kilometer (500 mile) wide body of water that separates the southern tip of South America from the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, 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. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
South Shetland Islands
The closest Antarctic islands to South America, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first islands to be visited and are home to 16 research stations. Chinstrap, Adélie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of Antarctica, 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.
Argentina’s — and indeed, the world’s — southernmost city is much more than a gateway to Antarctica. At roughly 55 degrees south, this 71,000-resident town at the heart of Tierra del Fuego is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia. Nature is the principal attraction here, with trekking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife spotting among the most rewarding activities, especially in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
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.
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