Silversea Cruises Expedition Cruises

Like Columbus and Magellan before you, you are an explorer at heart. You are always looking to learn something new, find a new shortcut to work or try the new restaurant that opened down the street. Now it’s time to take your curiosity global. A Silversea Expedition cruise takes you on a voyage to a faraway land that hasn’t been overrun with tourists. These are islands in Melanesia, the Arctic Circle, Galapagos or Antarctica. On your voyage you’ll meet locals and learn their customs. You’ll put on your anthropologist hat as you tour fascinating cultures, your botanist hat as you hike through jungles, and your archeologists hat when you visit ancient ruins. The way we think of it, Silversea Expeditions is essentially an expedition company with ships. You'll explore with guests of all ages while under the careful guidance of a dedicated 11- to 13-person expedition team, including a designated photographer and videographer to capture the most exciting moments of your expedition. So get excited – your expedition with Silversea Cruises awaits!

 

Things to Do on an Expedition Cruise with Silversea Cruises

 

Silversea’s Expedition cruises allow you to explore more remote or exotic parts of the world with the expert guidance of Silversea’s experts. You’ll marvel at rare wildlife, unique landscapes and unknown mysteries at each of Silversea’s Expedition cruise destinations, including Antarctica, the Arctic, Eastern Russia, Micronesia, the Galapagos Islands and more. Featured below are some of the most popular things to do on a Silversea Expedition cruise.

 


 

Antarctica Expeditions


Silversea Cruises King Penguins in the Falkland Islands
  • Explore New Island (New Island, Falkland Islands)
    Hike the rocky terrain of New Island, a wildlife and nature reserve in the Falkland Islands. You’ll observe many of the protected animal and bird species, including penguins, shags and the albatross with its impressive wingspan. You can also trek to the site of the shipwrecked Protector III which is grounded off the coast.
     

 


Silversea Cruises elephant sea lion in South Georgia
  • Breathtaking South Georgia (South Georgia)
    Place yourself in the role of an early Antarctic explorer like Capt. James Cook and step foot onto South Georgia, a breathtaking snow-covered land full of rare and majestic creatures. After enjoying the natural highlights of South Georgia, head to Grytviken to explore a historic whaling station and visit the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
     

 


Silversea Cruises zodiac tour near glacier in Paradise Bay, Antarctica
  • Antarctic Peninsula (Antarctica)
    Keep on the lookout for calving glaciers as you approach the beautiful frozen desert of Antarctica. These lands may be remote, but the wildlife is abundant, and you’ll likely spot seals, penguins and whales from the ship. Weather permitting, you’ll board Zodiac rafts to reach various islands and sites around the Antarctic Peninsula, including Goudier Island, Paulet Island, Whalers Bay, Paradise Bay and more.
     

 


 

Arctic Expeditions


Silversea Cruises glacier in the Arctic Circle in Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway
  • Hornsund Fjord (Svalbard, Norway)
    Head to this Arctic fjord, which is located amongst the towering mountains of Spitsbergen Island in Svalbard, to marvel at the ice and rock as it crashes down into the fjord. You can also visit a local research station while looking for wildlife, keep an especially sharp eye out for polar bears who roam the region in search of a seal meal.
     

 


Silversea Cruises Scoresby Sound in Greenland
  • In Scoresby’s Footsteps (Scoresby Sund, Greenland)
    Explore Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest and longest fjord, which is named after famed Arctic explorer William Scoresby. Continue in Scoresby’s footsteps as you trek along the fjord, enjoying views of massive icebergs and marvelous wildlife. Your onboard zoology experts will point out different species while other members of the Expedition team share history about these lands.
     

 


Silversea Cruises Snaefellsjokull National Park in Iceland
  • Icelandic Treasures (Grandarfjordur, Iceland)
    Grandarfjordur is located along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which is a nature-lover’s dream come true with dramatic mountainous terrain and plentiful waterfalls, hot springs and glaciers. Take in the scenery on your way to the Snaefellsjokull ice cap, located within Iceland’s protected Snaefellsjokull National Park, a treasure trove of natural wonders.
     

 


 

Galapagos Islands Expeditions


Silversea Cruises volcanic landscape of Santiago Island, Galapagos
  • Lava Field (Santiago Island, Galapagos)
    In 1889 a volcanic eruption on the island of Santiago created the basaltic Panoehoe lava field. Despite the eruption occurring over 100 years ago, the formations seem new. Here you’ll find lava cacti and lava lizards.
     

 


Silversea Cruises blue-footed booby in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
  • Bird Fans (Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos)
    At Cerro Dragon you will meet many beautiful and rare birds like flamingos, black-necked stilts and plovers. You’ll venture into the forest of palo santo trees, which are very distinct with their white and grey bark and green leaves. The trees are often used to make incense for religious ceremonies.
     

 


Silversea Cruises marine iguana in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Center (San Cristobal Island, Galapagos)
    The Research Center is hard at work helping the giant tortoise population grow. They have a breeding center here will you will be able to see baby tortoises and learn about these slow moving creatures. This island is also home to lava tunnels and land iguanas.
     

 


 

Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia Expeditions


Silversea Cruises dancers from a village in Yap in Micronesia
  • Local Culture (Yap, Federated States of Micronesia)
    You are welcomed to the Yap Islands by the local chiefs and a performance of song and dance by the locals. Here you’ll learn about the culture as you see the women tend to the garden and the men head out in canoes to fish.
     

 


Silversea Cruises timber canoe in Papua New Guinea
  • Morning Canoe (Tufi, Papua New Guinea)
    In an outrigger canoe you will paddle along the Kwapurina Fjord where you’ll pass under mangrove trees that house amazing birds. Keep your eyes peeled for the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing butterfly, the largest in the world, which can have a wingspan of 11 inches. Then you’ll walk to a waterfall where you’ll watch a demonstration on how to make Tapa cloth.
     

 


Silversea Cruises Vanuatu Tropical Island
  • Sand Drawings (Ambrym, Vanuatu)
    This island is famous for the designs locals make in the sand, which are actually copyrighted to the point where only the creator is allowed to make their mark. The sand drawings are made even more beautiful by the black sand caused by the island’s two active volcanoes. You will also witness the Rom dance which is performed by dancers wearing banana leaves and wooden masks.
     

 


 

East Asia and Russian Far East Expeditions


Silversea Cruises Tufted Puffin
  • Super Seals (Tuleniy Island, Russia)
    Tuleniy means seal, and this island is named after the island’s most popular inhabitants, the northern fur seal. There are also Steller sea lions, black-footed kittiwake, tufted puffins and other birds like the common mure and Pelagic cormorant.
     

 


Silversea Cruises Chukotka women
  • Frozen in Time (Okhotsk, Russia)
    This town doesn’t seem to have changed since it was the spot where Commander Vitus Bering set sail on two expeditions for the Russian Empire in the 17th century. Here you’ll learn about the town’s history, try some local food and watch a cultural performance.
     

 


Silversea Cruises Kamchatka Chief
  • Atlasova Island (Kuril Islands, Russia)
    This island was once the home of a gulag for women. Many of these women were political prisoners and were tasked with raising foxes that were later used for their fur. Explore the island, which is also home to the highest volcano in the Kuril Islands, and learn more of its history during this Silversea expedition.
     

 

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