MIAMI — Antarctica is a go for Silversea Cruises, which has reached an agreement with Chilean authorities to depart from Punta Arenas for the 2021-2022 season.
Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will set sail from Punta Arenas, while the line’s third Antarctica-bound ship, Silver Explorer, will continue with its scheduled plan to depart from Chile’s Puerto Williams from November 2021.
“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,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO. “I commend the Chilean government for its unwavering dedication to restarting cruising to the White Continent in a safe and enriching manner.”
Guests of 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 following day to embark the ship. Those travelling aboard Silver Explorer will embark in Puerto Williams, except those benefitting from Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge, the first ultra-luxury fly-cruise service to Antarctica, which will see travellers fly directly from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica.
Silversea’s expansive 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 pas part of the Antarctica Bridge fly-cruise program. Longer journeys encompass the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Elephant Island and South Georgia.
In addition, two ‘Deep Antarctica’ itineraries will spend 20 days tracing a path beyond the Antarctic Circle, attempting to reach a latitude of 69 degrees south. Plus, two unique sailings will offer guests the chance to witness the solar eclipse on Dec. 4, 2021 from Antarctica, the only place on Earth where it can be viewed in totality.
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