Silversea Cruises’ Silver Explorer has relaunched expedition cruising to Antarctica, setting sail from her new departure port of Puerto Williams in Chile on 10 November. Silver Cloud joined her fleetmate in Antarctica a few days later, sailing from Punta Arenas in Chile, on 14 November.
“We are proud and excited to be at the forefront of the comeback of ultra-luxury expedition cruising in Antarctica,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO.
“We are making history. By embarking on a private, direct flight from Santiago to Puerto Williams, we are unlocking a flight path that has not been operated for more than 30 years – and never in such luxury – to deliver comfort and convenience to our guests,” said Conrad Combrink, Senior Vice President of Expeditions, Turnaround Operations and Destination Management, Silversea Cruises.
“I am thrilled to launch our 2021/22 Antarctica season from the Chilean port of Puerto Williams – the southernmost town in the world – which is a first for Silversea. For their unwavering commitment to resuming expeditions to this unique part of the world,” Combrink said.
For the first time, Silversea’s guests are discovering Antarctica from Puerto Williams aboard Silver Explorer. DAP Antarctic Airways is providing Silversea’s guests with private, round-trip flights between Santiago and Puerto Williams. DAP Antarctic Airways is also the carrier selected to provide the flight component of Antarctica Bridge, Silversea’s new fly-cruise program that provides the fastest, most direct route to Antarctica.
Offering a diverse range of itinerary options, Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud will unlock the White Continent for guests through March 2022. Several itineraries focus on the stunning pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, while others include visits to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, where opportunities abound to witness bustling penguin colonies and other amazing wildlife. Silversea will inaugurate its Antarctica Bridge fly-cruise option on 11 December 2021, enabling guests to skip the Drake Passage and fly in comfort straight to Antarctica to start their cruise. Another season highlight, a special Deep South Expedition voyage will spend 20 days tracing a path beyond the Antarctic Circle, attempting to reach a latitude of 69 degrees south, beginning 27 January 2022.
Meanwhile, Silversea’s third ice-class ship, Silver Wind, has left the dry dock at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland. Expanding the range of voyage options for Silversea’s expeditions, Silver Wind will debut as an expedition ship in May 2022 in the Mediterranean, before heading to Northern Europe and the Arctic for the summer season.
More on Silversea’s Antarctic options at silversea.com/destinations/antarctica-cruise.html
Silvsersea scraps three Silver Muse sailings
Meanwhile, Silversea has been forced to cancel the first three departures of its planned Australian domestic deployment for the 2021/22 season due to the ongoing cruise ban.
Adam Radwanski, Silversea Managing Director Asia Pacific said the suspension of the Silver Muse sailings are “in light of ambiguity from state and federal governments on the return of cruising in Australia.
“While the government has made positive indications about cruise’s return, including verbal commitment to end the cruise ban on 17 December, no concrete decision has been made. And, the lead time required to bring a ship into Australia requires 60-90 days minimum. Silversea has therefore scheduled to operate its first local voyage on February 5, 2022.”
Radwanski said the luxury cruise line remained committed to delivering an Australian domestic season and “eagerly anticipates the green light from the relevant authorities in coming weeks.”
“The economic contribution of Silversea’s domestic cruise season is incredibly high, and well into the millions of dollars. We hope to support the local Australian economy when the season is permitted to operate,” Radwanski added.
Silversea will continue to work with federal and state governments and hopes that the cruise industry will make firm commitments about the restart imminently.