Silversea’s Expedition Cruise Team Crafts New Itineraries and Revamps Existing Voyages

As Silversea Cruises’ Silver Origin, the line’s first-ever expedition newbuild, makes its way to the Galapagos Islands, the cruise line’s expedition team is crafting new itineraries for that region and beyond. Others include the Arctic Grand Voyage, our 2022 Expedition World Cruise and a new, deeper-than-ever Antarctica expedition. 

“Our new itineraries,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea Cruises’ SVP of Expeditions, Turnaround Operations and Destination Management, “will push boundaries and underpin our leadership in the ultra-luxury and expedition travel segments.”

We’ll tease no more. Here are four expeditions that will transport you into the wild. And we hope you’ll feel as inspired as we do. We can’t wait to welcome you back onboard.

A New Ship Inspires a Galapagos Change-Up

Galapagos Finch, one of the most emblematic species of the archipelago/Lucia Griggi

Why Go: Some 161 years ago, Charles Darwin authored “On the Origin of Species,” presenting his theory of evolution by natural selection. A trip to the Galapagos is all about making wildlife discoveries you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Among them? The Galapagos Penguin, green sea turtles, endemic iguanas, blue-footed boobies, the Santa Fe Land Iguana, and many remarkable bird species.

You’ll also get to meet up with the brand new, designed-for-the-Galapagos’ Silver Origin, Silversea’s first-ever expedition newbuild. This matters, Silversea President Roberto Martinoli reminds us. “We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin,” he says. “Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travelers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it.”

The brand new Silver Origin was designed specifically for the Galapagos Islands

What Else is New: The expedition team has tweaked its pair of itineraries to include five new destinations, such as Isla Santa Fe, known for both the eponymous iguana and also for its prickly pear-like cactus. You’ll visit the iconic islands of Fernandina, Isabela, Floreana, and Bartolomé. Bahía Borrero is another new Galapagos destination. Located in the north of Santa Cruz, its white coralline beach is used as a nesting site by Galapagos green sea turtles and behind the dunes is a thriving forest, which welcomes Yellow Warblers and some of Darwin’s Finches, such as the Common Cactus Finch or the Small Ground Finch.

And Silversea will introduce a fresh new culinary program aboard Silver Origin that incorporates influences of Ecuadorian, Peruvian and other South American cuisines.

Here’s a tip: As busy as you are exploring the natural life of the Galapagos, Silver Origin incorporates plenty of ways to help you relax during downtime, from an outdoor lounge with firepit to a lovely spa.

Favorite Quote: “It is the circumstance that several of the islands possess their own species of tortoise, mocking-thrush, finches, and numerous plants…these species, having the same general habits, occupying analogous situations and obviously filling the same place in the natural economy of this archipelago, strikes me with wonder.” –Charles Darwin

Two Weeks in Antarctica is Good. 20 Days? Even Better!

Zodiac tour in Antarctica
Touring Antarctica via Zodiac/Denis Elterman

Why Go: Part of an expanded, 35-voyage Antarctica season, on one 20-day itinerary, departing January 27, 2022, Silver Explorer will attempt to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle to reach the unprecedented latitude of 69 degrees south. The voyage will visit Marguerite Bay and even, possibly, the seldom-seen Bellingshausen Sea.

What Else is New: Did you know that the Polar Circle is an imaginary line based on the earth’s axial tilt at 66° 33’ 44.8” North and South? By definition everything below the southern Polar Circle (i.e. further south) is Antarctica. In the case of the Antarctic Peninsula ships will try to go past the Biscoe Islands, heading for Marguerite Bay. There are very few scientific stations or bases south of the Antarctic Circle as the ice conditions can make it difficult to bring in personnel, material and provisions by ship.

Here’s a Tip: This trip incorporates both the hugely exotic journey to the polar circle with also-intriguing calls on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Favorite Quote: “At a time when it’s possible for thirty people to stand on the top of Everest in one day, Antarctica still remains a remote, lonely and desolate continent. A place where it’s possible to see the splendors and immensities of the natural world at its most dramatic and, what’s more, witness them almost exactly as they were, long, long before human beings ever arrived on the surface of this planet. Long may it remain so.” — David Attenborough

January 2022: The World’s First Expedition World Cruise

Raft Point in Kimberley, Australia/Bruno Cazarini

Why Go: From Argentina’s Ushuaia to Norway’s Tromso, this 167 day Uncharted World Tour touches on all seven continents,  crosses 21 oceans and seas, and visits 107 destinations in 20 countries.

What Else is New: A robust line-up of experts, from explorers to anthropologists and from artists to filmmakers, will be on-hand to provide context and expertise. Special events, like a private dinner at the Samoan home where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, are also on offer.

Here’s a Tip: On his first expedition cruise to Antarctica, award-winning writer Pico Iyer shared this advice about expedition voyages: “Throw out every expectation.”

Favorite Quote: — “When I was young, the thing I would wish for was a beautiful car. Today, what I wish for is a new experience, seeing a new part of the world.” — Manfredi Lefebvre

Traveling Deeper into the Arctic

Why Go: Silversea’s first-ever Arctic Grand Voyage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Departing July 16, 2021, the Tromso-Nome voyage will retrace the route taken by famously intrepid explorers like Roald Amundsen as you ultimately cross the Northwest Passage. In 1906, he was the first to successfully navigate this treacherous waterway that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic and features remote, isolated natural beauty and vibrant communities. The Arctic Grand Voyage visits 51 destinations in seven countries over a span of 63 days.

The Arctic Grand Voyage will traverse the famed Northwest Passage

What Else is New: You’ll be guided through the trip by experts in the region that include mountaineers, explorers, musicians and journalists.

Here’s a Tip: You get the best of two worlds — discovering the places first made possible by Amundsen and other explorers and yet also from the absolutely luxurious comfort of Silver Cloud, with its spa and four restaurants (including La Dame).

Favorite Quote: “I may say that this is the greatest factor: the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck.” ― Roald Amundsen

These are just a handful of expedition voyages Silversea’s team has enhanced over the past few months. Others include Antarctica Bridge, a seven night trip in which guests fly directly to Antarctica, thus eliminating the time-consuming trip across the Drake Passage, which lies between South America and the peninsula. There’s in-depth explorations of Australia’s Kimberley Region (along with Southeast Asia and Melanesia), Alaska and the American West Coast, the British Isles and Norwegian fjords, islands of the South Pacific and the Chilean fjords.  

Click here to learn more about Silversea’s revised expedition itineraries for 2021-2022. To download a copy of the 2021-2022 Expedition Itineraries brochure, click here.