Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Classic Antarctica Expedition

A once-in-a-lifetime luxury expedition from Ushuaia with five full days exploring the Earth's least-visited continent, Antarctica, with its majestic icebergs and abundance of wildlife

Cruise Only - Package Possible
10 nights from £6650pp

  • Adelie penguins on Petermann Island
  • the sunken volcano on Deception Island
  • Base Brown Research Station, Paradise Bay
  • Gentoo penguins
  • restaurant on Prince Albert II

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

This 10-night cruise enters the region explored by Shackleton, Scott and Byrd, into unfamiliar and remarkable landscapes.

The wildlife, geology and marine life encountered on this cruise of the Antarctic is explained and described by an on-board team of scientists and experts. Along with many other land and sea creatures, seals on moving ice-floes, albatross in flight and Megallan penguins inhabit the region.

Itineraries are intentionally unstructured following a tentative schedule allowing for moment-by-moment flexibility. Staying longer at sites of particular interest, or making slight detours whenever weather, nature or curiosity dictate, the Expedition Leader will work closely with the Captain to maximise opportunities for adventure and exploration based on prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea/ice conditions.

Inflatable Zodiac boats allow exploration to places which would otherwise be inaccessible. They are not only incredibly safe and secure, but also provide opportunities for up-close explorations. All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarisation session upon embarkation.

SV742 Operated by Silversea


Classic Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark Silver Explorer, bidding farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the 'Land at the End of the World'. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Days 2-3 - Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds which glide in the air currents of our ship's wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical colour of a midnight sunset. As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the welcoming Expedition Team members and attend informative lectures.

Days 4-8 - Cruise & Explore Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can be a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it's apparent to everyone that we are moving closer into Antarctica's vast white wilderness. There is the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, minke and orca whales to surface from the waters. Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, we will cruise amongst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by our team of natural history experts. Some of the places we may visit ; Aitcho Islands, heavily populated by penguins - gentoos and chinstraps; Brown Bluff, a flat-topped mountain, Paradise Bay which is on the Antarctic peninsula and houses the Base Brown research station; the rock formations of Petermann Island and colonies of blue-eyed shags, the sunken volcano on Deception Island and the WWII listening station at Port Lockroy, now a museum.

Days 9-10 - Drake Passage

Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the on-board lecturers and to swap photos with new-found friends as we journey towards Ushuaia.

Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Disembark Silver Explorer in Ushuaia and board your flight to Buenos Aires.

Price Includes

  • 10-nights fully inclusive cruising aboard Silver Explorer. All ocean-view accommodation with complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary, hosted adventures ashore
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Expert naturalists and special guest lecturers on board
  • Complimentary parka and backpack
  • Gourmet menu by Relais & Chateaux. Open-seating dining
  • Ship-wide Internet access and cellular phone service available (fee applies)
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Open Bridge Policy

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights

Special Features

  • Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world's most remote destinations, including both of earth's polar regions, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with the highest Lloyd's Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With eight Zodiac boats, her 132 privileged guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard Silver Explorer. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none.

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Price from
Feb 26; Dec 01£7150
Dec 08£6650
Dec 11£7150

Price Information

  • Fares are cruise only per person based on two sharing an Adventurer Suite. Cabin upgrade supplements are available - please contact us for details
  • Single supplements are available. Please call for availability and price.
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