Project Antarctica
SILVER CLOUD Eclipse Cruise

Price:          £XX,XXX / $XX,XXX per person (Single Price - On request)

Duration:    13 Days from 29th November 2021

Highlights:  Santiago, Eclipse observation, Elephant Island, Antarctic Peninsula,                       South Shetland Islands.

Includes:    See below Day 13 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions

Silversea Silver Cloud
Penguins Antarctica

Day 2 - Charter flight to Punta Arenas to board the Silversea Silver Cloud cruise


Onboard the Silver Cloud This morning take a private group charter flight to Punta Arenas where you will board the Silver Cloud cruise. Punta Arenas is located near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region, on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.




WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?


Tour Price £XX,XXX / $XX, XXX per person *Costings are based on August 2021 prices

  • The price for the tour is from Day 1 accommodation in Santiago to disembarkation in Punta Arenas and return charter flight to Santiago.
  • All meals and beverages (select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks) are included on the cruise and there is butler service in every suite.
  • Accommodation in Santiago on Day 1 is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom.
  • Shore Excursions are included whilst onboard.
  • Single cabins on the Silver Cloud are available on request
  • Silver Cloud Cabin Upgrades - the basic tour price is based is in a Vista Suite on the lowest deck. Upgrades are available at an additional cost of £1,950 / $2,440 to £5,000 / $6,250 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices can be seen by clicking on this link
  • What to expect from Life onboard the Silver Cloud can be seen here
  • Flight packages from London and the US are available or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
  • Current return air fares from London to Santiago and Santiago to London are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $800 to $1,200.
  • If you choose to arrange your own International flights, then the meet point is the Santiago hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends in the Santiago hotel at the end of the tour.
  • Payment Schedule - Full payment is due within 48hrs of Invoice to confirm cabin choice
  • Please note: The Antarctic cruise itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. There will be a priority to position the vessel with the best prospect for a clear sky at the time of the eclipse, however it is not possible to guarantee observation of either specific wildlife or the eclipse. A daily program will be issued on board.




Day 13 (11 December 2021) - Arrive back into Punta Arenas and join a charter flight to Santiago to connect to your International flights


Punta Arenas We arrive at the port of Punta Arenas this morning and disembark. Join a charter flight to Santiago to connect with your International flight. Expected arrival time back into Santiago Airport is approx 5.30pm. An additional night in a Santiago hotel can be arranged if flight connections do not work today (additional cost) but you will not be able to leave the hotel as quarantine rules will apply.




Day 1 (29th November 2021) - Arrive into Santiago


Santiago Chile Arrive into Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, which sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. On arrival transfer to your hotel where overnight quarantine and pre departure antigen tests will be conducted. *Please note that you must have proof of double vaccination in order to join this tour.




Days 3 and 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage


Dolphins on the Drake Passage Over the next few days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the bird life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.




Day 5 - Day at sea sailing towards our eclipse observation location


Onboard sailing Day at sea as we head to the optimum position for our eclipse observation.




Day 7 - Elephant Island (7am to 12 noon)


Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands Early morning arrival into this remote land. Promising thrilling adventure, legendary tales and immaculate Antarctic beauty, Elephant Island is perhaps Antarctica’s best-known location. The exploits of its early explorers have immortalised this harsh, monochrome island in the tomes of human history. Believed to take its name from the elephant seals that early explorers spotted lolling on its rocks, the volcanic island was not properly explored until 1916 - when Ernest Shackleton and his men were stricken by the weather and sought salvation on its shores.The remarkable, slowly flowing Endurance Glacier - which you’ll see on arrival here - takes its name from their ship, The Endurance. Visit the monument that stands to Shackleton, often surrounded by a migrating crowd of tiny gentoo penguins, at Point Wild - the spot where he and his 28 crew members camped for four and a half months of Antarctic winter. A choice of 3 shore excursions are available today - Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team and Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team.




Days 8 and 9 - Antarctic Peninsula


Iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. A choice of 3 shore excursions are available daily - Zodiac Cruise with the Silversea Expedition team, Hiking with the Silversea Expedition team and kayaking with the Silversea Expedition team.




Day 10 - South Shetland Islands (Depart 5pm)


South Shetland Islands The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. A shore excursions is included today - Zodiac Cruise with the Silversea Expedition team.




Days 11 and 12 - Crossing the Drake Passage


Albatross Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the bird life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.




Day 6 - Total Solar Eclipse (4th December - early morning)


Total Solar Eclipse, Diamond Ring The ship positions itself in the centre of the shadow of the moon. Coordinates dependent on weather prospects in the days leading up to the event.