Silversea Announces Return to Antarctica

Cruises will restart in November this year, with departures scheduled from two Chilean ports.

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Travelers craving an end-of-the-world experience without sacrificing creature comforts may want to consider an all-inclusive Antarctic voyage with Silversea Cruises. The ultra-luxury cruise line has just added Punta Arenas as a departure port for its 2021–2022 Antarctica season thanks to a newly reached agreement with Chilean authorities. Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will set sail from Punta Arenas, while Silversea’s third Antarctica-bound ship, Silver Explorer, will continue with its scheduled plan to depart from Chile’s Puerto Williams from November 2021.

Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO, said in a statement, “Leading the return of cruising in Antarctica, as facilitated by our agreement with the Chilean government, represents our commitment to delivering unforgettable travel experiences for our guests.”

Passengers aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will now fly into Santiago, Chile, where they will enjoy an overnight hotel stay before flying into Punta Arenas the next day to board the ship. Guests embarking Silver Explorer will do so in Puerto Williams — except for those benefitting from Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge, the first ultra-luxury fly-cruise service to the frozen continent, which will see travelers fly directly from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica.

Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, and Silver Explorer will give travelers the chance to discover the wildlife and icescapes of this remote wonderland in the cruise line’s signature standard of comfort. Each all-suite, butler-serviced ship carries a team of expedition experts who lead informative lectures, discussions, recaps on board, as well as guided explorations by Zodiac and kayak, and hikes and nature walks ashore — all of which are included in the fare.

Silversea’s Antarctica cruise collection includes a series of mostly 10-day explorations of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, as well as shorter sailings of just five, six, or nine days as part of the Antarctica Bridge fly-cruise program. Longer journeys take in the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Elephant Island, and South Georgia. Meanwhile, two Deep Antarctica itineraries will spend 20 days tracing a path beyond the Antarctic Circle, attempting to reach a latitude of 69 degrees south. Also in the offing are a pair of unique sailings that will offer guests the chance to witness the solar eclipse on December 4, 2021 from Antarctica — the only place on Earth where it can be viewed in totality.

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