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Antarctica Exploration from King George Island

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Free butler service for all suites*

Guided zodiac, land & sea excursions included*

All-Inclusive Ultra-Luxury Expedition Cruising*

Free drinks, wifi & included gratuities*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 9 nights
  • Departs 28 Dec 2022
  • Sails from King George Island
  • Ship Silver Explorer
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1761186
  • Voyage code ‍E1221228009

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King George Island, South Shetland Islands

King George Island Wed 28 Dec 2022

King George Island, South Shetland Islands

As the largest of all the South Shetland Island, King George is considered the gateway to Antarctica. At just 120 kilometres from the Antarctic Peninsula and the only airport in the South Shetlands, it is the connection between “real life” and “Antarctic life”. More than 10 different nations have year-round or summer-only scientific research stations on the island (considering that 90% of the island is covered by snow and ice, that is quite an achievement!). Maintaining a base on the island allows membership of the Antarctic Treaty. View less There is even a Russian Orthodox church, with a permanent on-site priest. The island might be home to a few international scientists, but they are very much outnumbered by the diverse wildlife that considers King George Island rightfully theirs. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins all commute to and from the Antarctic peninsula from the island, while Weddell and leopard seals are regular visitors and can be spotted either in the water or on the shore. Naturally, this brings a huge amount of birdlife: skuas and southern giant petrels are regular summer residents, attracted by the warm climate (warm being a relative term, average temperature is between 1.5 and -6.5˚C). The island was named after King George III after British explorer discovered it in 1819. Since then the island has been claimed by both Chile (1940) and Argentina (1943), but remains part of British Antarctic Territory.

Silver Explorer, Silversea

Antarctic Sound Thu 29 Dec 2022

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Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica Fri 30 Dec 2022

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

South Shetland Islands

South Shetland Islands Thu 05 Jan 2023

South Shetland Islands

The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. View less Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews. Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth. The triple peaks of Mount Foster tower above the archipelago, and you’ll feel your heart pumping a little quicker, as you sail into the core of Deception Island’s magnificent collapsed volcano caldera. Hike the luna landscapes within, and even dip into the improbably warm, geothermally-heated waters of Pendulum Cove. Elephant Island, meanwhile, is written deep into the annals of Antarctic expedition legend, as the site where Ernest Shackleton and the stricken crew of the Endurance miraculously survived a harsh Antarctic winter, in 1916. Discover even more reasons to visit this incredible icy kingdom and find out why many consider the South Shetland Islands to be the jewel in Antarctica’s Crown, by reading our blog.

King George Island, South Shetland Islands

King George Island Fri 06 Jan 2023

King George Island, South Shetland Islands

As the largest of all the South Shetland Island, King George is considered the gateway to Antarctica. At just 120 kilometres from the Antarctic Peninsula and the only airport in the South Shetlands, it is the connection between “real life” and “Antarctic life”. More than 10 different nations have year-round or summer-only scientific research stations on the island (considering that 90% of the island is covered by snow and ice, that is quite an achievement!). Maintaining a base on the island allows membership of the Antarctic Treaty. View less There is even a Russian Orthodox church, with a permanent on-site priest. The island might be home to a few international scientists, but they are very much outnumbered by the diverse wildlife that considers King George Island rightfully theirs. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins all commute to and from the Antarctic peninsula from the island, while Weddell and leopard seals are regular visitors and can be spotted either in the water or on the shore. Naturally, this brings a huge amount of birdlife: skuas and southern giant petrels are regular summer residents, attracted by the warm climate (warm being a relative term, average temperature is between 1.5 and -6.5˚C). The island was named after King George III after British explorer discovered it in 1819. Since then the island has been claimed by both Chile (1940) and Argentina (1943), but remains part of British Antarctic Territory.

What's included *

  • COVID Protection Policy: Cancel 30 days prior to departure for COVID related purposes and receive a full refund or 100% future cruise credit
  • All-inclusive ultra-luxury expedition cruising aboard the ultra-luxurious Silver Explorer
  • All on board gratuities included
  • All-inclusive beverages throughout the ship, including select wines, premium spirits and more
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • 24-hour room service and in-suite dining
  • Guided Zodiac land and sea tours and shore side activities led by the expedition team
  • Expedition gear – parka, waterproof trousers, walking poles (rentals), rubber boots (rentals), expedition backpack and water bottle
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified expedition team
  • An intimate and unique experience
  • Book with ROL Cruise and earn exclusive Cruise Miles® + your Venetian Society member rewards with Silversea
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 10th July 2022 and receive a FREE Pimm's Gift Set

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Adventurer Suite

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Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens – with your choice of nine pillow types. One bedroom: 167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Two portholes Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival

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Explorer Suite

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Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore. One bedroom: 190 ft² / 18 m² with view window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library View window Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Plush bathrobe Champagne on arrival

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EC Explorer Suite

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Grand 1 Suite

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Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room with sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Writing desk Illy espresso machine Daily canape service Dinner at officer's table Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

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Medallion Suite

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A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line. One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Vanity table with hair dryer Afternoon canapés upon request Dinner at officer’s table Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Illy Espresso machine Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

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Owner's 1 Suite

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The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise. One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room with sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Writing desk Illy espresso machine Daily canape service Dinner at officer's table Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

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Silver Suite

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Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest) Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Sitting area with writing desk Afternoon canapés upon request Dinner at officer's table Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

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Vista Suite

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A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival

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Veranda Suite

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A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony. One bedroom: 216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Plush bathrobe Champagne on arrival

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View Suite

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Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day. One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library View window Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival

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The Ship - Silver Explorer

  • Occupancy144
  • Tonnage6,072 tons
  • Length354 ft (107.90 m)
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With 20-brand new Zodiacs, four superlative restaurants in Antarctica and a pole to pole expedition itinerary, Silver Cloud really does break the ice between expedition and luxury. Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

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Do Silversea cruises have a flexible cancellation policy?

Silversea has a COVID Protection Policy in place that will allow you to cancel your cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for all voyages for COVID-related purposes* only and you will be entitled to a refund or a 100% future cruise credit.

For all other instances, standard cancellation policy and penalties will apply.

Excludes exclusive Reader Offers Limited Package Holidays. *COVID-related purposes includes Prevention of embarkation due to Government restrictions. You or someone in your party has tested posted for COVID in the last 30 days. You or someone in your party has been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 30 days and Silversea deems you unfit to travel.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Silversea cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure on your Silversea cruise ship.

For departures after 1st March 2022 where the required time has elapsed since the completion of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series, will be required to have received their booster dose.

For Mediterranean Voyages guests are being allowed to get antigen test 72hours within embarkation instead of 24hours. These new Covid protocols apply for all European Ports except Piraeus.  This does NOT apply to Northern Europe.


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Pimm's Gift Set is for Ocean View cabins or above, based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 10th July 2022.

The COVID Proterction policy allow you to cancel your cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for all voyages for COVID-related purposes only and you will be entitled to a refund or a 100% future cruise credit. For all other instances, standard cancellation policy and penalties will apply. COVID-related purposes include the prevention of embarkation due to Government restrictions, you or someone in your party has tested posted for COVID in the last 30 days or you or someone in your party has been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 30 days and Silversea deems you unfit to travel.  Applicable to cruise departing up until 31st March 2023.

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