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Sales for Silversea’s New Antarctica Bridge Fly-Cruise Service Open on 10 December

Sales for Silversea’s New Antarctica Bridge Fly-Cruise Service Open on 10 December

Silversea Cruises has announced a first in the ultra-luxury segment: a new fly-cruise service to Antarctica in business-class comfort, as part of the largest ever Antarctica offering in the cruise line’s history. Named Antarctica Bridge, the new service will provide the fastest, most direct route to the White Continent.

Departing from December 2021, the collection of 12 fly-cruise voyages aboard Silver Explorer will further enhance Silversea’s all-inclusive Polar offering. Sales for Antarctica Bridge open on 10 December 2019 and fares start from US$17,500 per person, based on two sharing.

With direct flights from Chile’s Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica, travellers will fly 670 nm (1,240km) over the Drake Passage on a private plane – reserved exclusively for Silversea’s guests – that has been specially adapted to land on King George Island. Hosted by Silversea representatives and offering travellers the luxury of a business-class configuration, the flight will take two hours each way, meaning guests will avoid approximately four days at sea on the return journey.

A bespoke in-flight entertainment programme, which will include Zodiac and IAATO briefings, will be tailored entirely for Antarctic expeditions to prepare guests for the unique adventure ahead. Travellers will then spend five full days – the same amount of time as on Silversea’s conventional Antarctica voyages – travelling deep into the destination, accompanied by Silversea’s team of expedition experts.

“This is a defining moment for Silversea’s expedition offering: Antarctica Bridge will revolutionise the way in which our guests discover Antarctica,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Tour Operating, Expedition & Destination Management. “The luxury of choice is a key feature of our cruise line’s offering; our new Antarctica Bridge service expands our guests’ choices. Many will still choose to cross the epic Drake Passage, which is an unforgettable experience in itself, but Antarctica Bridge is perfect for time-conscious travellers, as it will immerse guests into the White Continent in a shorter timeframe. This builds on our existing offering, which comprises many 10-day voyages, as well as 18-day expeditions and longer, which are the ultimate in deep exploration. With the launch of Antarctica Bridge, our guests will be able to choose from 59 Antarctica voyages.”

Nine-Night Itinerary

Unlocking Antarctica in just nine nights for time-conscious travellers, Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge itineraries are scheduled to comprise the following (NB: schedule is subject to change, based on a variety of external factors):

  • Day 1: Inbound international flight, via Santiago
    Travellers have the choice of either inclusive economy-class air or reduced business-class air on their inbound international flight to Punta Arenas, Chile, as part of Silversea’s ongoing air promo.
  • Day 2: Pre-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas
    Ahead of flying to Antarctica, the cruise line’s guests will spend a night at the elegant Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas. Here, they will receive their expedition kit, including rubber boots, parka, walking poles for the duration of the expedition, waterproof trousers, expedition backpacks and a water bottle. A dedicated Expedition Team will be on the ground prepare guests for the journey ahead.
  • Day 3: Flight to King George Island (Antarctica)
    A first in the ultra-luxury cruise segment, travellers will fly to Antarctica in the equivalent of business-class comfort, saving two days at sea each way. Silversea’s guests will land at the Chilean base of Presidente Frey, which is normally used by scientists as they journey to the island’s research stations.
  • Days 3-9: Antarctica Expedition aboardSilver Explorer
    With five full days in Antarctica, guests will enjoy an unprecedented level of flexibility aboard Silver Explorer, and an enhanced scope to discover each destination. From King George Island, travellers will explore the same destinations as on Silversea’s conventional Antarctica offering: Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula over three days, and the South Shetland Islands, before returning to King George Island once more. Silversea’s Expedition Team will guide Zodiac tours, shore experiences, kayaking tours, and provide lectures on the region’s fascinating geology, wildlife and history to enrich the journey for guests. In addition to witnessing remarkable icebergs, guests will visit large penguin rookeries, and may see several species of seals, whales and birds.
  • Day 9: Flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas
    Return in style and comfort on the 75-seat aircraft to Punta Arenas, accompanied by Silversea representatives.
  • Day 9: Post-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas
    Spend a relaxed post-cruise hotel night at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos and explore Punta Arenas once more.
  • Day 10: Outbound international flight
    Fly home.

Aboard Silver Explorer, as on all Silversea vessels, travellers will benefit from Silversea’s trademark level of service and luxury accommodations. Each of the ship’s ocean-view suites provides guests with the personalised service of a butler; a 24-hour in-suite dining service; a bottle of champagne on arrival and a drinks bar, stocked with guests’ preferred beverages; fine dining, including complimentary caviar on demand, canapes, and a rich offering of seafood and steak; and an array of other inclusive amenities. Enlarged to 14 members for the 2021-2022 season, Silversea’s Expedition Team will enrich guests’ travels with insightful lectures, workshops, tours on the ship’s enlarged fleet of 14 Zodiacs, kayak tours, and shore experiences.

What’s Included

  • Roundtrip Economy Class air to Punta Arenas (Chile)
    • Private flight to and from Antarctica (King George Island)
    • One night pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel stay in Punta Arenas
    • Expedition gear – parka, waterproof trousers, walking poles (rentals), rubber boots (rentals), expedition backpack and water bottle
    • Welcome reception and bon voyage dinner (in Punta Arenas)
    • Pre- and post-cruise meals
    • Transfers between airport and hotel, and luggage handling, when guests take international air through Silversea
    • Silversea’s standard expedition inclusions, which comprise guided Zodiac tours and shore side activities, led by the Expedition Team; enrichment lectures; butler service for every suite; and many additional amenities.

Watch Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge video: https://youtu.be/Vge7azR6UvM

Find out more information on Antarctica Bridge, Silversea’s new fly-cruise offering, including the applicable terms and conditions: https://www.silversea.com/lp-antarctica-bridge.html

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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