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Silver Endeavour

Puerto Williams to Buenos Aires - 21 night cruise



Cruise only from €17,831

Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.


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Cabins

Designed for polar exploration, Silver Endeavour is the new definition of luxury expedition travel.

We're proud to announce that our newest addition has joined the fleet. Silver Endeavour revolutionises our expedition voyages and allows deeper travel to some of the planet's farthest-flung coasts. Her statistics speak for themselves: unrivalled, industry-leading crew-to-guest, zodiac-to-guest, and expert-to-guest ratios, cutting-edge navigation and exploration technology, and hallmark Silversea comfort make her the most luxurious expedition ship ever built.

Sailing to both poles, our newest ship redefines the meaning of ultra-luxury expedition cruising. Her PC6 ice-class rating is one of the highest in the industry, while her state-of-the-art equipment and exploration technology offer one of the most advanced expedition experiences ever. Silver Endeavour introduces a new era in ultra-luxury expedition cruising, and brings the remote and remarkable to you in hallmark Silversea comfort. Join us for endless possibilities both onboard and on land aboard Silver Endeavour, the most luxurious expedition ship at sea.

Spread over eight public decks, Silver Endeavour features ample onboard space, multiple restaurants, and a huge choice of bars and lounges. Additionally, her large and luxurious suites are some of the best in expedition cruising. Superbly designed, all her suites feature a balcony and an impressive crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.

Cruise ID: 22739

Setting sail on Silversea promises peace of mind from start to finish. That means no worrying about tipping the butlers or staff. Our crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1 ensures flawless service from pole to pole, but with us, you never have to think about who should get a tip, how much you should give and when. It's all included! We believe that not having to deal with tipping helps make your luxury cruise even more special and stress-free. And that is worth every penny.

Date Time Price * Booking
10 March 2025 21:00 €17,831 Call us to book

* Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.

Cabins on Silver Endeavour

Deluxe Veranda Suite
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Deluxe Veranda Suites keep the iconic suite configuration - one of the most successful in the industry - while enhancing your creature comforts and destination immersion. Located on the privileged upper mid levels, Deluxe Veranda Suites have spacious interiors with a bedroom area that includes a large writing desk and comfortable living room with a convertible sofa (able to accommodate a third berth). Even better, the balcony is larger and more beautiful than ever, offering ample space to relax and enjoy sweeping views, wherever you are.

One bedroom: 33.1 sq.m. including veranda

Please note that the 3rd guest will sleep on a comfortable sofa bed in the reception area of the suite.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 6, 7
  • Section: Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Veranda
  • Sitting area
  • Large vanity
  • Walk-in shower

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi
  • 1 large flat screen TV with Interactive Media Library
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Full Bar
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Sofa Bed
  • Free Mini Bar

Superior Veranda Suite
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The Superior Veranda Suite is found on the upper decks. From the sumptuous views from the teak veranda to the spacious sitting room (with sofa bed able to accommodate a third berth) and large marble bathroom, everything about the Superior Veranda has been designed for your comfort. A comfortable living space, attention to detail and a generous expanse of amenities makes this stunning suite a cosy home while on the seas.

One bedroom: 33.1 sq.m. including veranda

Please note that the 3rd guest will sleep on a comfortable sofa bed in the reception area of the suite.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 6, 7, 8
  • Section: Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Veranda
  • Sitting area
  • Large vanity
  • Walk-in shower

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi
  • 1 large flat screen TV with Interactive Media Library
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Butler Service
  • Pillow Menu Available

Signature Suite
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Get closer to your destination with Silver Endeavour's Signature Suite! Located on deck eight, this beautiful accommodation offers a wonderfully large living room, a dining area, a separate bedroom and a bathroom with walk-in shower and whirlpool bath. But surely the best thing about the Signature Suite is the huge private veranda and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offering you sweeping views whether you are at the tip or toe of the world. The Signature Suite is one of our favourite places to melt into enjoy serene polar landscapes after a day of on shore exploring.

One bedroom: 67-78 sq.m. including veranda

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 8
  • Section: Aft, Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Large Veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity
  • Walk-in shower
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Luxury bed mattresses
  • Media & Communication
  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
  • 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library
  • Sound system with bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use, per voyage segment
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Espresso machine
  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Master Suite
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One of our most sumptuous suites ever designed! With innovative domed glazing surrounding the living areas and one of the largest balconies on board, the Master Suite offers complete destination immersion at sea. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide wow-factor 270° views, while the beautifully appointed living and dining areas, separate bedroom and bathroom with walk in shower and whirlpool bath ensure complete in suite comfort. If you have ever wanted to experience expedition travel while not missing on luxury, Silver Endeavour's Master Suite is the answer.

One bedroom: 108 sq.m. including veranda

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 8
  • Section: Aft

Characteristics

  • Large Veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity
  • Walk-in shower
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
  • 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library
  • Sound system with bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use, per voyage segment
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Amenities
  • Espresso machine
  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Classic Veranda Suite
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Located lower bow, the Classic Veranda Suite offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard — both inside and out. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area (with sofa bed that is able to accommodate a third berth), offers everything you need for a comfortable cruise. But perhaps this suite's finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

One bedroom: 33.1 sq.m. including veranda

Wheelchair accessible suite has a bathroom with vanity and shower.

Please note that the 3rd guest will sleep on a comfortable sofa bed in the reception area of the suite.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 5, 6
  • Section: Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Veranda
  • Sitting area
  • Large vanity
  • Walk-in shower

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi
  • 1 large flat screen TV with Interactive Media Library
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Butler Service

Owner's Suite
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Supremely spacious and superbly located, the Owner's Suite is the most luxurious suite on board. Located in the premium bow position on deck seven, the Owner's Suite offers amazing destination immersion, thanks its enormous surrounding balcony and incredible views from all indoor areas. The large living room, separate dining area and well-stocked bar are perfect for sharing a moment with like-minded travellers, while the luxurious and well-appointed bedrooms ensure supreme comfort any time of the day or night.

One bedroom: 173.5 sq.m. including veranda

Main bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe with personal safe and a bathroom with double vanity, walk-in shower and whirlpool bath.

Second bedroom has a separate wardrobe and a bathroom with walk-in shower.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 7
  • Section: Forward, Starboard

Characteristics

  • Large Veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity
  • Walk-in shower
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe

Furniture

  • Twin beds or king-size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
  • 3 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library
  • Sound system with bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning
  • Daily canapé service, Welcome chocolate, Welcome fruit stand
  • Dinner for two in La Dame, one evening per voyage,
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use, per voyage segment
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Espresso machine
  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Second Bedroom
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Full Bar
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Exclusive
  • Free Mini Bar

Grand Suite
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The Grand Suite is one of the most luxurious and spacious suites on board Silver Endeavour. It guarantees sweeping views of your destination thanks to its large balcony. A spacious interior includes a large living room, separate dining area and large bedroom with a big walk-in wardrobe. A luxurious bathroom with double vanity, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower completes. In addition, the Grand Suite also includes a small, second bedroom able to accommodate a third berth.

One bedroom: 155 sq.m. including veranda

Two bedroom: 188.1 sq.m. including veranda

Third guest can be accommodated in an additional single bed bedroom.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 7
  • Section: Forward, Port

Characteristics

  • Large Veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity
  • Walk-in shower
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe

Furniture

  • Twin beds or king-size bed and a single bed in additional bedroom
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
  • 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library
  • Sound system with bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning
  • Daily canapé service, Welcome chocolate, Welcome fruit stand
  • Dinner at the officer's table
  • Dinner for two in La Dame, one evening per voyage,
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use, per voyage segment
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Espresso machine
  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • One Single Bed
  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Second Bedroom
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Full Bar
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Sofa Bed
  • Free Mini Bar

Silver Suite
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No Silversea ship would be complete without our guests' favourite Silver Suite. Located on deck eight, the Silver Suite promises stunning views of the destination thanks to its floor-to-ceiling window and large balcony. The spacious living area allows for comfortable relaxing while the dining area makes cosy nights in veritable experiences in themselves. Additionally, Silver Suites feature generous walk-in wardrobes as well as a bathroom with a large walk-in shower, vanity and separate lavatory.

One bedroom: 49.7 sq.m. including veranda

Please note that the 3rd guest will sleep on a comfortable sofa bed in the reception area of the suite.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 8
  • Section: Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Veranda
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity
  • Walk-in shower

Furniture

  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
  • 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library
  • Sound system with bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning
  • Daily canapé service, Welcome chocolate, Welcome fruit stand
  • Dinner at the officer's table
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Espresso machine
  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Full Bar
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pillow Menu Available
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Sofa Bed
  • Dining Area
  • Free Mini Bar

Premium Veranda Suite
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Our best-selling Premium Veranda Suite is more beautiful and luxurious than ever on board Silver Endeavour. This suite offers a large bedroom space with dreamy bedding, a stunning marbled bathroom with a large vanity and sumptuous walk-in shower. Comfortable furnishings and elegant decor make staying in (almost) as good as going out! Spacious and well-situated, enjoy ultra-luxury amenities from the 24-hour butler service to the well-stocked mini-bar (and yes, they're all included!). The sofa-bed can easily accommodate a third guest.

One bedroom: 33.1 sq.m. including veranda

Please note that the 3rd guest will sleep on a comfortable sofa bed in the reception area of the suite.

Images are intended as a general reference. Features, materials, finishes and layout may be different than shown.

Essentials

  • Deck(s): 6, 7
  • Section: Mid-Ship

Characteristics

  • Veranda
  • Sitting area
  • Large vanity
  • Walk-in shower

Furniture

  • King size bed
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table
  • Luxury bed mattresses

Media & Communication

  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi
  • 1 large flat screen TV with Interactive Media Library
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Wall mounted USB-C mobile device chargers

Onboard Services

  • Butler service
  • Champagne on arrival

Amenities

  • Pillow menu
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plush bathrobe
  • Luxury bath amenities
  • Umbrella
  • Hair Dryer
  • Slippers

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Media/Entertainment Station
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

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Day 1 Puerto Williams, Chile

Days 2-3  Cruising

Day 4 Antarctic Sound, Antarctica

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound's main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.

Day 5 Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctic is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

Day 6 Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctic is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

Days 7-8  Cruising

Day 9 South Georgia Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sooty, Grey-headed and the spectacular Wandering Albatross, plus thousands of King and Macaroni Penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton's arrival in 1916 following the sinking of his ship Endurance. Shackleton's grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken are highlights, as would be a visit to one of the King Penguin colonies at Salisbury Plain or Gold Harbour.

Day 10 South Georgia Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sooty, Grey-headed and the spectacular Wandering Albatross, plus thousands of King and Macaroni Penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton's arrival in 1916 following the sinking of his ship Endurance. Shackleton's grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken are highlights, as would be a visit to one of the King Penguin colonies at Salisbury Plain or Gold Harbour.

Day 11 South Georgia Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sooty, Grey-headed and the spectacular Wandering Albatross, plus thousands of King and Macaroni Penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton's arrival in 1916 following the sinking of his ship Endurance. Shackleton's grave and the whaling museum at Grytviken are highlights, as would be a visit to one of the King Penguin colonies at Salisbury Plain or Gold Harbour.

Days 12-13  Cruising

Day 14 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colours, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region's frequent harsh weather conditions.The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route. Darwin found the islands' flora and fauna fascinating - no doubt you will, too.

Day 15 Saunders Island, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Saunders Island is the fourth-largest of the Falkland Islands in the western portion of the archipelago. The island's topography is unusual, being made up of three peninsulas linked by narrow necks, and three big upland areas. Today the island is run as a sheep farm, but has historical importance as the location of the first British settlement in the Falklands. Saunders' wildlife is also impressively varied. It is possible to see Gentoo and King Penguins in the open dune and sand-flat area, while Rockhopper Penguins (with the odd pair of Macaroni Penguins in between them), Imperial Shags and Black-browed Albatrosses frequent Mount Richards, the highest point on the island at 457 m (1500 feet). Other key bird species are the Black–throated Finch, Ruddy-headed Goose and Falkland Steamer Duck.

Days 16-17  Cruising

Day 18 Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Approaching from Ruta 3, it's hard to believe that the horizon line of buildings perched just beyond the windswept dunes and badlands is the most successful of all coastal Patagonia settlements. But once you get past the outskirts of town and onto the wide coastal road known as the Rambla, the picture begins to change. Ranged along the clear and tranquil Golfo Nuevo are restaurants, cafés, dive shops, and hotels, all busy—but not yet overcrowded—with tourists from around the world.Puerto Madryn is more a base for visiting nearby wildlife-watching sites like Península Valdés and Punta Tombo than a destination in its own right. The town's architecture is unremarkable, and beyond a walk along the coast there isn't much to do. Indeed, even the few museums serve mainly to introduce you to the fauna you'll see elsewhere. The exception is the beginning of whale season (May through July), when the huge animals cavort right in the bay before heading north—you can even walk out alongside them on the pier. During these months it's worth the extra expense for a room with a sea view.The many tour agencies and rental-car companies here make excursion planning easy. Aim to spend most of your time here on one- or two-day trips exploring the surroundings. Note that competition is fierce between tourism operators in destinations such as Puerto Madryn and Puerto Pirámides on Península Valdés. Take information that tour operators and even the tourism office give you about these with a grain of salt: they often exaggerate Madryn's virtues and other areas' flaws.

Days 19-20  Cruising

Day 21 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Glamorous and gritty, Buenos Aires is two cities in one. What makes Argentina's capital so fascinating is its dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. Plaza de Mayo resembles a grand square in Madrid, and the ornate Teatro Colón would not be out of place in Vienna. But you'll know you're in South America by the leather shoes for sale on cobbled streets and impromptu parades of triumphant soccer fans. Limited-production wines, juicy steaks, and ice cream in countless flavors are among the old-world imports the city has perfected.

Day 22 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Glamorous and gritty, Buenos Aires is two cities in one. What makes Argentina's capital so fascinating is its dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. Plaza de Mayo resembles a grand square in Madrid, and the ornate Teatro Colón would not be out of place in Vienna. But you'll know you're in South America by the leather shoes for sale on cobbled streets and impromptu parades of triumphant soccer fans. Limited-production wines, juicy steaks, and ice cream in countless flavors are among the old-world imports the city has perfected.

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