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The sun shines bright on a frozen land. A family of seals bask in its warmth despite a chill blowing ceaselessly across the ice shelf they call home. The brisk, clean air they breathe seems to sharpen the senses, as the brightness of white is framed perfectly by a vibrant blue sky.

  • Be one of the first to experience Silver Cloud
  • Enjoy the ‘End of the World’ steam train journey through Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Explore the fascinating Falkland Islands
  • Put yourself in the shoes of intrepid explorers at seldom visited South Georgia
  • Keep a keen eye out for wildlife and marine life in areas like Elephant Island
  • Visit Recoleta and La Boca in Buenos Aires
  • Be swept away with the passion of a traditional tango show at Rojo Tango in Buenos Aires
Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud

For all round efficient, safe touring, all well organised to interesting, and inaccessible or difficult places - Captain's Choice can't be bettered.

Joan Lawrence - Ancient & Holy Lands, 2016

Where we visit

Please note: on this expedition cruise the itinerary should be used as a guide only. This tour requires a moderate degree of physical fitness and may not be suitable for all our guests.

Antarctic Silversea Cruise Map

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Depart Australia, Arrive Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Day 1: Tuesday 19 December

2017 marks the centenary of Ernest Shackleton’s audacious Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917. Over a century on we’re ready to exit our comfort zones and
take extreme steps to conquer the wilds of nature.

With LATAM Airlines, we travel to Buenos Aires via Auckland and Santiago. Crossing the International Date Line, we arrive in the Argentinian capital the same day we leave. The Alvear Palace Hotel welcomes us mid afternoon.

You would be hard pressed to find a city that stirs the soul more than Buenos Aires. Settle in for a relaxing night at the hotel or step out and explore on your own.

Buenos Aires

Saturday 16 December

Buenos Aires is a city full of passion and excitement and the Alvear Palace Hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the many cultural and architectural wonders at your doorstep. Settle in and then perhaps delve into this cosmopolitan city by dining at one of its incredible restaurants. 

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Buenos Aires – El Calafate

Sunday 17 December

A leisurely morning stretches ahead of us today. You may like to explore further taking in some of the splendid public gardens situated nearby the Alvear Palace Hotel or simply relax before a lunchtime flight to the Patagonian city of El Calafate.

During a three night all-inclusive stay at the Eolo Hotel Patagonia, you’ll be enveloped in the beautiful surrounds of the La Anita valley on this unique 3,000 hectare property. We spend two full days exploring the area and there are plenty of exciting activities to take part in. Perhaps journey to Perito Moreno Glacier or take in a fascinating discussion on the science of glaciology.

For some a leisurely horseback ride through the valley to the Flamingo lagoon is a fitting activity. Breathe in the fresh Patagonian air on a scenic hike or perhaps try your hand at fly fishing. It’s not all physical activity with culture buffs well catered for with the chance to discover local indigenous tales and legends.

Glaciers, Argentina

Los Glaciers National Park

El Calafate – Ushuaia

Wednesday 20 December

This morning we take a flight to the busy port of Ushuaia, located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Known as ‘the end of the world’, the town is a haven for adventurers and is the gateway to your Antarctic cruise. We meet up with our fellow travellers this evening. The Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa provides the ideal backdrop for a Welcome Dinner before embarking on our voyage of Antarctic exploration.

Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

Day 2: Wednesday 20 December

Perhaps enjoy a free morning to explore or simply relax until lunchtime and then we’re on the move, departing for Ushuaia. There’s no time to waste once we arrive, with a panoramic city tour before we make ourselves comfortable at Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa. Take the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow explorers at our Welcome Dinner this evening.


Day 3: Thursday 21 December

Join Silver Cloud

Refreshed, we board the ‘End of the World’ steam train journey which takes in the spectacular scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park. There’s time to take in the surrounds as we enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before a visit to the Maritime Museum. The adventure officially begins, as we embark our stunningly refurbished ship, Silver Cloud

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia: The gateway to your journey south


Day 4: Friday 22 December

With a full day at sea, it’s the perfect opportunity to hear the Expedition Team present lectures about the Falkland Islands (known as Malvinas in Spanish), preparing us for the exciting adventures ahead. Keen bird-watchers should head out on deck to keep an eye out for black-browed albatross, southern giant petrels and cape petrels.

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere during a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party this evening, hosted by the Captain. He will introduce his senior officers and various members of the Silver Cloud crew.

Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition Antarctrica

Silver Cloud

New Island and West Point Island [Falkland Islands]

Day 5: Saturday 23 December

The remote Falkland Islands await our exploration today. First up is the wildlife and nature reserve of New Island. The convenience of our Zodiacs means we’ll easily head ashore at Coffin Harbour and hike past the Barnard Memorial Museum crossing the island from east to west. The incredible array of birdlife here is astounding.

There’ s also plenty of history to discover. Our onboard historian might share stories of the wreck of Protector III — an old minesweeper used for seal hunting, grounded close to our landing site. As we enjoy a delicious lunch and continue sailing, Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins with their distinctive black and white markings can often be seen. Our Zodiacs will take us ashore for the short walk to Devil’s Nose. The winds here are so strong the albatross only have to spread their wings to take off, while the penguins have to hop from rock to rock to reach the shore. 


Day 6: Sunday 24 December

From the red phone booths to double decker buses, there’s no denying the British flavour of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Despite this, Argentine authorities have repeatedly claimed the islands as part of their own country. The War Memorial stands as a sobering reminder of the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. Explore the town on a ‘city tour’ by bus with a local guide or stroll through the charming streets of this colourful little town, lined with quaint cottages and traditional pubs. We’ll visit the 19th-century Anglican cathedral and wander through the Falkland Islands Dockyard Museum. While avid stamp collectors will love the Philatelic Bureau. Depending on conditions we might be able to see gentoo, magellanic or king penguins at Bluff Cove or Volunteer Point.


Day 7-8: Monday 25 December - Tuesday 26 December

Waking up to Christmas on the water is a surreal experience, making for a holiday celebration like no other. Rest assured that today will feature all of the trimmings you would expect. As we get into the Christmas spirit, two days of cruising the South Atlantic Ocean lie ahead. This gives us the perfect opportunity to take in lectures on the geology, history and the wildlife that makes South Georgia such an interesting and unique place. As we approach South Georgia it’s easy to see how Shag Rock got its name, thanks to the large numbers of South Georgia shags that frequent here.

South Georgia

Day 9-11: Wednesday 27 December - Friday 29 December

It’s time to put ourselves in the shoes of the world’s most intrepid explorers, with three full days to explore seldom visited South Georgia. This breathtaking destination boasts towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, low-lying grasslands and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Southern fur seals, southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species can be found here. And who could forget the black and white uniform of thousands of king and macaroni penguins?

We may visit Grytviken, a historic whaling station that began its life in 1904. Its eerie remains include rusted hulls of abandoned ships, equipment and working-areas.

Of course our visit wouldn’t be complete without paying respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton. At his burial site we will toast the great explorer and his many accomplishments.

Grytviken Ship - South Georgia Island

Discover relics from the past

South Georgia Island Antarctica

King penguins, South Georgia


Day 12-13: Saturday 30 December - Sunday 31 December

It’s farewell to South Georgia as Silver Cloud heads for the South Shetland Islands and on to Antarctica. En route we might encounter one of the massive tabular icebergs that tend to break off from the Larsen Ice Shelf.

This is a good chance to enjoy photography workshops or peruse an array of titles in the well-stocked library. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the splendour of the vast sea and sky. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy the company of like minded explorers as we celebrate the arrival of the New Year in surroundings few ever have the privilege to experience.

Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Day 14: Monday 1 January

As we head for Elephant Island, we are enlightened to the rescue of Shackleton’s crew members at Point Wild, while our marine biologist and ornithologist fill us in on the wildlife to look out for. Today we’ll find the local wildlife is responsible for the name of the island. An abundance of elephant seals welcome us as glaciers and steep cliffs form a dramatic background. The island is also home to chinstrap and macaroni penguins and weddell seals. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea in late 1915, and the crew was stranded on the island for 135 days.

Antarctica Historical Photo Shackleton

Historical Photo of the ship Endurance

Antarctic Peninsula

Day 15-19: Tuesday 2 January - Saturday 6 January

The pack ice becomes thicker today, and as we pass iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, it’s hard not to be reminded of how small we are compared to nature’s wonders. The best part of an Antarctic journey is the flexibility of our itinerary. Each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife. We may be able to visit locations like Antarctic Sound, Brown Bluff, Paulet Island and Deception Island.

Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for whales to surface from below the frigid waters. Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures and if conditions permit, we will cruise amidst icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries.

Antarctic Seal

Zodiac Expeditions

Zodiac Exploring in Antarctica

See enormous icebergs

Drake Passage

Day 20-21: Sunday 7 January - Monday 8 January

When Silver Cloud reaches the Antarctic Convergence, there is another good chance to see whales and seabirds as nutrients are pushed to the surface as the ocean currents of the South Atlantic and South Pacific meet.

Keen bird watchers will be in twitching heaven with a variety of seabirds gliding in the air currents of Silver Cloud’s wake.

Antarctica Zodiac Whale watching

Whale Spotting

Ushuaia (Argentina)

Day 22: Tuesday 9 January

Disembark Silver Cloud

Our incredible Antarctic cruise comes to a close today as we disembark Silver Cloud and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires. Upon our arrival back in this vibrant and picturesque city, the beautiful Alvear Palace Hotel welcomes us back for another night. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner and be swept away with the passion of a traditional tango show at Rojo Tango.

La Boca

Explore Buenos Aires

Tango Dancers, Buenos Aires Argentina

Enjoy an Argentinian Tango Show

Depart Buenos Aires

Day 23: Wednesday 10 January

Where Latin America meets Europe, and old worlds meet the new. The highlights of Buenos Aires come together in a cacophony of colour and colonial elegance on a city tour.

This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Australia via Santiago and Auckland.


Day 24: Thursday 11 January

Arrive Australia

Day 25: Friday 12 January

Our incredible journey comes to a close as we touch down in Australia today. We may have left Antarctica but with amazing memories and countless photographs, this is sure to be an adventure that will stay with you forever. 

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.



Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.


Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Accommodation Hotel Bell


We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Flights Included


We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Those little details

Tipping, Taxes and Transfers are all included in the tour price when you take one of our packages. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

Introducing Diana Patterson

Further enhancing your enjoyment of your epic Antarctica adventure is the addition of our expert Tour Hosts, and they don’t come much more experienced than Di Patterson. In 1989 Di became the first woman in the world to lead an Antarctic research station. Spending 13 months at Mawson Station, she was responsible for up to 60 scientists, tradesmen and support staff. While here, she led a tractor train traverse team 400km inland to the Prince Charles Mountains, conducted the winter census of Emperor Penguin colonies and ran with the huskies on a 700 kilometre, month long journey. Di has been awarded an OAM in 2013 for her pursuits in environment and conservation, and has returned to Mawson’s Huts many times as a cruise ship lecturer over the years. She’s also no stranger to the tale of Scott and Shackleton, having made numerous visits to the historic bases of their expeditions in the Ross Sea.

Silver Cloud Expedition Cruising Silversea

Silver Cloud

Silversea’s purpose-built and freshly refurbished expedition ship has been designed for navigating some of the world’s most remote destinations. A fleet of Zodiacs allow guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. An expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding on each unforgettable voyage aboard Silver Cloud. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, be pampered with butler service as you unwind in your lavish suite, or in one of the many fine public areas.

Vista Suite

Vista Suite

Large picture windows frame panoramic views, the perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Features a sitting area and a marbled bathroom with bath/shower combination.

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private teak veranda with furniture; a sitting area and a marbled bathroom with bath/shower combination.

Silver Suite

Silver Suite

These suites offer a sitting area, private teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, marbled bathroom with shower and walk-in wardrobe.

The Relationship Between Captain's Choice and


For over 20 years now, Captain's Choice has partnered with Silversea to take you on journeys that sail beyond the realms of your imagination. When you take a Silversea voyage with Captain’s Choice, absolutely everything is included.

From start to finish we’ve done all we can to make your travel hassle free by including international flights from Australia. You can expect ocean view suites with butler service aboard Silversea, pre and post cruise arrangements, all meals with fine wines, beers and soft drinks and fascinating shore excursions . Plus, we also send an experienced Tour Host Team to be with you every step of the way. At Captain’s Choice, it’s our pleasure to take you there.

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Fares are based on a Vista Suite aboard Silver Cloud.

Fares include LATAM Airlines flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Prices from other cities available on request. 

Supplements (add to base tour cost, per person, twin share)
Veranda Suite $10,800
Deluxe Veranda Suite $12,700
For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.

Single Suite Supplements including hotels (add to single supplement cost)
Veranda Suite $24,070
Deluxe Veranda Suite $28,740

Single suites at above prices are limited. For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.

Patagonia Pre Tour Option
Per person, twin share $5,850
Single room supplement $1,160

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