Silversea Cruises has confirmed it will deploy three ships – Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Explorer – to Antarctica for the 2021/22 season.
The news comes after the ultra-luxury cruise line struck a deal with Chilean authorities to operate from Punta Arenas for its upcoming season. Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will cruise from Punta Arenas, while Silver Explorer will operate, as scheduled, from 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,” said 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.”
Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Expeditions, Turnaround Operations and Destination Management also commended Chilean authorities for their “collaborative approach”.
“We look forward to building a long-term partnership for an enhanced guest experience. Chile is a fantastic gateway with stable infrastructure and excellent services. From here, our guests can discover the unique allure of the Final Continent in luxurious comfort,” Combrink remarked.
“With four ships already sailing in other regions of the world, we have demonstrated our commitment to delivering unforgettable travel experiences for our guests in the safest possible manner.”
Guests cruising to Antarctica aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will now fly into Santiago, Chile. After an overnight hotel stay they will then fly into Punta Arenas to embark on their voyage.
Passengers embarking Silver Explorer will do so in Puerto Williams, Chile. Those guests benefitting from Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge offering will fly directly from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica.
Silversea’s Antarctica cruise collection includes a series of mostly 10-day explorations of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Shorter sailings of 5-, 6- or 9-days are also offered as part of the Antarctica Bridge fly-cruise program. Longer journeys encompass the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Elephant Island and South Georgia.
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