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We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. This is the detailed information for Antarctica: Silver Explorer. To see all departures on all ships, please click here.
- As you step off the Zodiac to explore the island, it’s very likely you’ll be greeted by the locals—penguins! Penguin species here include gentoos and chinstraps. Other annual seabirds include the Southern giant petrels.
- While heading back to the ship, you may have company as a leopard seal or southern elephant seal follows alongside your group’s Zodiac.
Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent)
- Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 745-meter-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock.
- Adelie and gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and pintado petrels use this as a breeding area.
- Birds such as the all-white snow petrel and skuas may be seen from a distance.
- As you explore the area, a Weddell seal may be seen basking in the sunl.
- Wait long enough and you might see the Adelie penguins standing along the rocks, finally making their way into the surf.
Cuverville Island, Errera Channel
- The island was discovered by Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1897–99, and was named for a vice admiral in the French navy.
- Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for gentoo penguins.
- Snow petrels and pintado petrels also may be seen while Wilson’s storm petrels nest in the higher scree of the island.
- During Zodiac tours, hauled-out Weddell and Antarctic fur seals may be seen.
Paradise Bay (on the Antarctic peninsula)
- The bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers, and icebergs.
- From the ship, observe Argentina’s Base Brown, one of many Antarctic research stations.
- Here, you will actually set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
- View the wildlife from sea level while cruising in your Zodiac with one of our experienced Expedition Team members. There’s a good chance you’ll come across a crabeater seal relaxing on a nearby ice floe, or if you’re very lucky, your Zodiac driver may locate a pod of Minke whales.
- As you arrive, the sight of Adelie penguins covering the entire island may well amaze you. The island is home to 80-90 thousand Adelies that come here to breed.
- On a nearby hill, view a massive colony of blue-eyed shags.
- Kelp gulls and snowy sheathbills are among the birds that breed on Paulet Island, and Wilson’s storm petrels are regularly seen.
- Listen as your Expedition Team guide tells of Otto Nordenskjold and his party that over-wintered on the island in 1912. Remnants of their hut still remain.
- If time permits, take a Zodiac cruise to view impossibly blue icebergs, Crater Lake, and the Adelie penguins making themselves at home on the ice floes.
Petermann Island, Wilhelm Archipelago
- The island is named for German geographer August Petermann and was first discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74.
- Our onboard geologist will take the opportunity to point out various geological features such as the many basaltic dikes along the shoreline, and the more granite composition of the small summit, where rock surfaces show glacial polish and some glacial grooving.
- During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie penguins, gentoo penguins, and blue-eyed shags.
Pleneau Island, Wilhelm Archipelago
- Pleneau Island lies at the south end of the Lemaire Channel, and was first explored during Charcot’s 1903–05 French Antarctic Expedition. The island was named for the expedition’s photographer, Paul Pleneau.
- Among the common breeding birds are gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and south polar skuas.
- See the gentoo penguins during a landing and southern elephant seals that are often hauled-out in wallows.
- Enjoy spectacular glacial and ice scenery.
Port Foster, Whalers Bay (Deception Island)
- Deception Island is home to a collapsed volcano and an excellent example of a caldera where it is believed that the volcano’s summit collapsed with one section sinking far enough to allow the sea to flood the interior. We plan to sail inside this breached wall through a narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows.
- Our resident geologist will take the opportunity to explain the unique volcanic features of the area while our historian will introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island.
- Still visible on the island are the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s.
Port Lockroy, Goudier Island
- The British built a listening station here during WWII, which was then used as a research station in the 1950s, and since 1962 as a museum and gift shop.
- Snowy sheathbills and gentoo penguins roam outside the museum.
- Perhaps sight a whale or two on your Zodiac cruise.