We chose Silver Sea's trip to Antarctica on the Silver Cloud, as we researched the various ways to go see Antarctica, and even the more austere trips will cost around $10,000 per person with nowhere near the beautiful accommodations, expertise of the expedition team, or the ability to go safely ashore nearly every day. We cannot recommend this cruise more highly, and fear we have now set a very high bar of expectation as this has been our one and only cruise!
We contacted Silver Seas directly for the cruise and used their agent for all of our booking and travel, including flights, hotel before the trip, transfers, etc. Had a perfect experience with all detail managed well. We laughed at the airport management because it felt like we could not go ten feet without seeing somebody holding a Silver Sea sign, smiling and telling us where to go next. Most welcome.
The ship has just been renovated as an ice rated ship, and she is beautiful and felt very safe and secure. For sure we got to experience the shake of the Drake and even moreso during a windstorm in Bransfield Strait, but the captain and crew were excellent navigators, and the ship's crew in the restaurants and rooms just took the swells in stride with relaxing smiles, so we did too. But anti-nausea patches HIGHLY recommended across the passages...which are just gorgeous to cross...the birds and sea life and the sea itself are just remarkable and incomparable, really.
The room was spacious, especially the bed was very comfortable, and there was plenty of closet and drawer space and the bathroom was so thoughtfully appointed. We loved having the veranda to step out onto and it was even warm enough one day to sit out there and watch the whales. Unbelievable cool. Every room has a butler and an assistant, and we suspect you will just feel a bit spoiled, as we did. Every evening, you will receive a newsletter with the next days events, and when you need to be where, along with a news summary, which is about all you'll care to keep up with. Antarctica is other-worldly...go with it!