15-day Expedition in
ANTARCTICA
with Jim West!
FEBRUARY 10 - 24, 2022

Personal Craftours Escort:
Jim West
Jim West

Package Price:
$15,835.00 | Vista Suite
$17,835.00 | Veranda Suite

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.


"Just a few months ago, I had the great opportunity to travel back to Antarctica with ten wonderful people, as we explored the extraordinary white continent. I can honestly tell you, this experience finds itself as one of the top five travel experiences of my life. The ship, the accommodations, the food onboard, the different landings we did ashore, the hard-working and friendly crew, and the unforgettable sights and wildlife we encountered were nothing short of top shelf!  We began our expedition in Buenos Aires for three days and explored this vibrant city and all it had to offer, then we flew to Ushuaia and began our expedition.

If you have the time and money and would like to have one of the greatest experiences of your life, this is one you do not want to miss. I am inviting only ten people to join me, so if you are interested, be sure to sign up and reserve your place for this adventure of a lifetime!  I promise it will deliver far beyond your wildest expectations. I hope you will join me!" – Jim West


PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from the United States to Buenos Aires. (Business class upgrades are available.)
  • 4-days/3-night accommodations at a first-class hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Panoramic city tour of Buenos Aires with a local professional tour guide.
  • Craftours escort Jim West throughout your entire expedition.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver in Buenos Aires.
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners in Buenos Aires.
  • Private transfers to and from the hotel / airport in Buenos Aires.
  • A hands-on “leather workshop” with a master artisan in Buenos Aires.
  • Round-trip domestic flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Round-trip transfers from the airport to the ship.
  • Photo enhancement workshop entitled “Hey Look at This!” with Jim West.
  • 11-day cruise in a window suite cabin on the deluxe Silver Cloud, one of the new ships with Silversea Cruises. (Verandah and larger suite balcony cabins are available on a first come-first served basis for an additional charge).
  • All meals, drinks, entertainment, shore excursion landings and are included onboard the ship.
  • All cruise line taxes and port charges.
  • Special Silversea Cruises Antarctica red jacket and commemorative gifts.
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team.
  • A $200 credit voucher per each cabin can be used for purchases onboard the ship.
  • Guided Zodiac land, sea and shoreside tours led by the Expeditions Team.
  • An electronic souvenir photograph of the Craftours group.
  • Open seating dining onboard the ship with a five-star menu selection.
  • Special lunch in Ushuaia prior to boarding the ship.
  • Gear rental is available for all landings at an additional cost and available onboard the ship.
  • Private Craftours cocktail party with canapes onboard the ship.
  • A special souvenir gift from Craftours.
  • All taxes included and insurance is highly recommended.

CRUISE ITINERARY:

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark Silver Cloud and meet some of your fellow travelers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. After settling in, your expedition leader will introduce some of the important crew members and your expedition team. While we sail out of Ushuaia you will be able to see the many snow-covered mountains lining the Beagle Channel and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while we have our sail away cocktail on the open decks.


Days 2 & 3 — Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage’s seafloor. While crossing the Drake Passage we will encounter the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary between cold polar water flowing northward and warmer equatorial water moving southward. The Antarctic Convergence is not a fixed line but moving depending on the season. Where these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels gliding in the air currents of Silver Cloud’s wake. Have your camera ready to capture the magical color of late night sunsets.

As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarize yourself with the elegant Silver Cloud and the expedition team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by our expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead


Days 4 to 8 — Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can reveal a new and breathtaking adventure. Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales to surface from below the frigid waters.

Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, we will cruise amidst colorful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by our team of natural history experts.

A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the expedition leader and captain will determine our best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife we may encounter. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Antarctic Sound
Named after Nordenskjöld’s ship, this 30 miles long stretch of water at the north end of the Antarctic Peninsula offers some of the best tabular iceberg observations.

Aitcho Islands, South Shetland Islands (just off the Antarctic Peninsula at the entrance to the English Strait)
Penguin species here include Gentoo and Chinstrap. Other annual seabirds include the Southern Giant Petrels. While heading back to the ship, you may have company as a leopard seal follows alongside your group’s Zodiac.

Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula (a 2,440-foot bluff on mainland Antarctica)
Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 2,440-foot, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock. Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls, and Cape 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, Weddell seals may be seen basking in the sunlight. Wait long enough and you will see the Adelie Penguins standing along the shore finally making their way into the surf.

If conditions permit, we might hike onto the nearby glacier.

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel
The island was discovered by de 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 Cape Petrels may also be seen, whilst Wilson’s Storm Petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. If conditions permit, a hike towards the top of the island will permit stunning views of the surrounding mountains and channels. During Zodiac tours around the many icebergs, we can usually spot hauled-out Weddell seals.

Paradise Bay (Antarctic Peninsula)
The bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. From the ship, observe Argentina’s “Base Almirante Brown”, and the Chilean station “Gonzalez Videla”, two of many Antarctic research stations manned periodically. Here, you can actually set foot on mainland 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 will come across a crabeater seal relaxing on a nearby ice floe, or if you are very lucky, your Zodiac driver may locate a Minke whale.

Lemaire Channel
In early summer the Lemaire Channel should be navigable. This is one of the most scenic passages in all of Antarctica. Only 7 miles long the steep walls on both sides seem to make the channel even narrower than it is. The Lemaire Channel leads to the Wilhelm Archipelago and it would be a shame not to be out on deck watching the landscape pass by.

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 on-board geologist will take the opportunity to point out various geological features. Rock surfaces show glacial polish, some glacial grooving and nice samples of frost shattering.

During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. A hike to the top will give views of extensive iceberg areas towards the open waters.

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. Amongst the common breeding birds are Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas. Southern elephant seals are often hauled-out ashore in wallows. During a Zodiac cruise enjoy spectacular glacial and ice scenery.

Neko Harbor (Antarctic Peninsula)
The site is named after a whale factory ship, which often used this bay – and Neko Harbor still today offers good chances to see whales. A landing will provide an opportunity to see Gentoo Penguin rookeries and quite possibly Weddell seals and crabeater seals hauled out on the cobble beach. A hike to a lookout point will be a good exercise and will be rewarded with panoramic views of the glacier, Andvord Bay and the Gerlache Strait.

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 naturalists might 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 on Goudier Island during WWII, which was then used as a research station in the 1950s and since 1996 as a museum and gift shop. Snowy Sheathbills and Gentoo Penguins roam outside the museum. A special souvenir from Port Lockroy might be a postcard sent from its post-office.


Days 9 & 10 — Drake Passage Return

Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first leg. Take the opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the expedition team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as we travel towards Ushuaia.

The captain will invite you to a Farewell Cocktail and the on-board photographer/videographer will present his/her voyage DVD permitting you to re-live all the otherworldly experiences in this pristine and magical continent.


Day 11 — Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud.


CRUISE SUITES:

Vista Suite | $14,722.00
240 Sq Ft / 22 m²
note: Some Vista Suites accommodate three guests

  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean view
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower (some with tub/shower combination)
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day


Veranda Suite | $18,457.00
295 Sq Ft / 27 m² [Including Veranda (49 Sq Ft / 4.5 m²)]
note: Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests

  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower (some with tub/shower combination)
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day



All suites feature:
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • A choice of pillows
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • Personalized stationary
  • Umbrella
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or Qi wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • Dual voltage 110/220 outlets
  • Unlimited, complimentary WiFi Internet access as per suite category
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library