Exploration trips to Antractica are due to set sail in early 2021.
Silversea Cruises has unveiled a revised collection of more than 150 new expedition voyages departing from the new year.
The trips depart from January 2021 and July 2022 and itineraries have been designed by Silversea’s destination experts using Silversea’s four expedition ships.
Destinations include the Galapagos aboard the cruise line’s new ship, Silver Origin, a ‘Deep Antarctica’ expedition, the first-ever fly-cruise to Antarctica, a 51-port ‘grand voyage’ to the Arctic and the world’s first expedition world cruise.
Two itineraries, incorporating five maiden calls, have been designed to the Galapagos Islands. The islands of Santa Fe, Fernandina and Isabela now feature on both schedules with improved programmes onshore. Guests will have the chance to view the Galapagos penguin, green sea turtles, iguanas and multiple bird species. Onboard, guests will benefit from the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in the region and a one-to-ten guide-to-guest ratio.
In the Antarctic, travellers will have the chance to sail on the cruise line’s first-ever voyage dedicated to attempting to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle. The 20-day exploration of the frozen continent departs in January 2022 onboard Silver Explorer. Stops include Marguerite Bay and potentially as far as the Bellingshausen Sea just off the west side of the continent. Fourteen world-class expedition staff will be on-hand during the cruise, along with 14 zodiacs (ship-to-shore passenger craft).
Meanwhile, Silver Cloud departs on July 16 on Silversea’s first Arctic Grand Voyage to 51 destinations across seven countries, crossing some of the world’s most remote waters during the 63 day voyage. Silver Cloud will also undertake an intrepid Northwest Passage crossing, the sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Antarctica Bridge, the world’s first fly-cruise to Antarctica, offers an all-inclusive nine-night fly-cruise on board Silver Explorer. The cruise includes experiences in the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, the Ross Sea and the Subantarctic Islands.