Silversea Silver Explorer
Discover Antarctica in absolute comfort and style with Silversea's premium expedition ship, Silver Explorer. Travel on this ice-breaker vessel around the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, accompanied by specialist guides.
Team of expedition experts share insights and knowledge with you
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Admire the staggering abundance of wildlife
Cruise the Antarctic peninsula or voyage onward to South Georgia and the Falklands
The purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer is equipped with a strengthened hull to handle both of the Earth's polar regions. Accommodating up to 132 guests in total, and with almost one crew member per guest, the attention to detail and level of service is exceptional, as you'd expect from a Silversea cruise.
The ship's expedition leaders have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the most out of your time on the icy continent, with wildlife, geology and marine specialists to name a few. As well as leading shore excursions and Zodiac® trips, they hold regular talks and lectures in the ship's theatre to enrich your Antarctic experience.
The facilities on board are impressive for a ship of this size, including a spacious observation lounge, theatre, library, internet cafe, spa, fitness centre, beauty salon and two whirlpool Jacuzzis on the back deck.
All of the 66 suites on board have premium fittings, fine bed linens and all have ocean views. Each comes with butler service and a refrigerator and bar stocked with drinks of your choice.
There are two Antarctic cruises available on the Silver Explorer - a 10 day voyage exploring the Antarctic peninsula and an 18 day voyage combining the peninsula with South Georgia, Elephant island and the Falkland islands. Whichever you choose, you can be assured of awe-inspiring scenery, remote penguin-covered beaches and some unforgettable wildlife encounters. Highlights you can hope to see include albatross, elephant seals, numerous penguin species and if you're particularly lucky perhaps a humpback whale or orca!
When to visit
“I love the The Grill restaurant which allows guests to enjoy lava stone cooking! When the weather allows this to take place outdoors, cooking your own food on the table at dinner is pretty special!”
Exploring the Lemaire Channel
Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.
Spectacular South Georgia
Longer Antarctic expeditions include time exploring South Georgia, arguably the highlight of your cruise. With breathtaking scenery, huge congregations of king and macaroni penguins and amazing birdlife, there is so much to discover here.
The Drake Passage
The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.
The Falkland Islands
With clear skies, seamless horizons and large numbers of penguins and albatross to be found on white sand beaches and amongst tufts of vibrant tussock grass, The Falkland Islands are rich in natural beauty and a visit here is culturally fascinating too.
Visiting Port Lockroy
Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.
Whales & Seals
Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.
One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.