The ultimate short cut over Drake Passage is here

The ultimate short cut over Drake Passage is here
For adventurous cruisers heading to the ends of the earth in Antarctica, the Drake Crossing is equal parts exciting and terrifying, with a side of green thrown in. Thanks to Silversea Cruises, there is now an option to take a two-hour flight, in business class no less, instead of the nausea-inducing crossing.

The new fly cruise service to Antarctica is the first in the ultra-luxury cruise  market, and is part of the largest Antarctica offering in Silversea’s history.

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As part of the new Antarctica Bridge program, the flights will operate from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island, with the private plane adapted to land on the island.  The aircraft, exclusive to Silversea guests, will land at the Chilean base of Presidente Frey, normally used by scientists en route to the island’s research stations.

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While in flight a bespoke entertainment program will brief guests on the adventure ahead. And what an adventure it will be, travelling deep into Antarctica, accompanied by a team of expedition experts. Silversea is offering a collection of 12 fly-cruise voyages aboard Silver Explorer, with Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Tour Operating, Expedition & Destination Management, saying it is a defining moment for Silversea’s expedition offering and that Antarctica Bridge will revolutionise the way in which Silversea guests discover Antarctica.

“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,” Mr Combrink said.

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Guests travelling with Silversea will marvel at the sights and experiences of King George Island, Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, with Zodiac tours, shore experiences, kayaking tours, and lectures on the region’s fascinating geology, wildlife and history.

Bookings are open now at

To read about a Silversea cruise in Antarctica, click HERE.

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