Silversea adds Puerto Williams as new Antarctica cruise hub

Select departures on Silver Explorer to operate from new departure point

Silversea will launch Puerto Williams, Chile, as its new departure port for Silver Explorer’s expedition cruises to the White Continent, from November 2021.

Inside 50kms from the popular Antarctica cruise gateway of Ushuaia in Argentina, Puerto Williams is accessible only to smaller ships, it is a scenic gateway to the natural wonders of Antarctica.

The addition of Puerto Williams will see guests travel seamlessly between Santiago and Antarctica, with private flights enhancing their comfort. Nestled on Isla Navarino in the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of South America, Puerto Williams is a sparsely populated frontier town, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

“The addition of Puerto Williams as a new departure port, combined with our exclusive private flight service between the city and Santiago, highlights our commitment to unlocking seamless expedition experiences to the White Continent in unparalleled comfort,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Expeditions, Turnaround Operations and Destination Management.

Silver Explorer going through sea ice below the Antarctic Circle

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“Aboard our intimate ships, guests enjoy the most inclusive cruise experience available, while benefiting from our team’s destination expertise, which is unrivaled,” Combrik said.

As part of Silversea’s all-inclusive Antarctica package, guests will depart from a private terminal in Santiago on an exclusive lunchtime flight reserved only for Silversea guests to Puerto Williams – with extra legroom and additional baggage allowance enhancing the journey.

The in-flight experience will include a set of gourmet experiences inspired by S.A.L.T., Silversea’s immersive new culinary program. Upon arrival in Puerto Williams, guests will not need to clear customs; instead, they will enjoy a quick transfer that will whisk them directly to the pier to embark on Silver Explorer.

Following their expedition cruise to the White Continent, guests will once again board a private aircraft for the return flight from Puerto Williams to Santiago. The round-trip, private flight service complements an array of all-inclusive Antarctica package benefits, such as round-trip transoceanic flights in Economy class (or reduced Business class airfares) to Santiago; a welcome dinner reception and one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay in Santiago; transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship; and a post-cruise overnight hotel stay (with transfers) for guests who do not have a return international flight on the day of disembarkation.

Silversea’s fly-cruise program will provide the fastest, most direct route to Antarctica, starting with Silver Explorer voyages in December 2021.

Silversea will offer three luxury expedition ships in Antarctica during the region’s summer season – Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud, and Silver Wind.

Silver Explorer at Neko Harbour, Antarctica (supplied)

Silversea offers a diverse program of expedition cruises to Antarctica, with its collection including a series of 10-day (or 12-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.

The “Antarctica Bridge” six-day itineraries are ideal for time-poor travellers, operating round-trip from King George Island. The first Antarctica Bridge sailing is scheduled for 11 December, then repeated on 17, 23 and 29 December 2021. Silversea will also offer the Antarctica Bridge itineraries in 2022, commencing 3 December.

Longer journeys encompass the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, the Falkland Islands, Elephant Island, and South Georgia. Two ‘deep Antarctica’ itineraries will spend 20 days tracing a path beyond the Antarctic Circle, as they attempt to reach a latitude of 69 degrees south. Plus, two unique sailings will offer the chance to witness the solar eclipse on 4 December 2021, from Antarctica – the only place on Earth where it can be viewed in totality.

Silversea will continue to work closely with relevant governing bodies and health authorities to evolve its health and safety procedures, as new health recommendations are issued and as the fluid situation advances.

Discover more about Silversea’s all-inclusive Antarctica cruises here.

Lead image: Silver Explorer, Puerto Williams, Chile

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