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Silver Cloud Expedition Review

Amazing destination, great experience - but cut short

Review for Antarctica Cruise on Silver Cloud Expedition
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2022

We chose this itinerary specifically - the Falklands, South Georgia, South Shetlands, Elephant Island (Shackelton) and the Antarctic peninsula plus cruising Cape Horn on the way in to Puerto Williams. We got the first three but not the last three. With the itinerary, Silversea was the only line (this year) that offered "the whole experience." The Silver Cloud staff were fantastic, the ship was good, but showing her age (it made us wonder if it will soon go the way of Silver Explorer) with rust showing along the hull and decks with peeling rails and deck tables. But the staff - the hotel staff were amazing - and the expedition team were all just wonderful. The expedition team was very attentive, smart and experienced. Our only problem with the itinerary was skipped stops (Elephant Island) and two days cut short (Antarctic Peninsula as well as Cape Horn). Likely they skipped Elephant Island because Quark had just had their fatal accident a few days prior but weather was the reason. Elephant Island tied into Shackelton (we visited his grave on South Georgia) and the whole Shackelton story of rescue and self-reliance. As we kept stopping at islands instead of on the Peninsula - the excuse was "this is ALL Antarctica" but many on-board had the "7 continents" goal and they didn't get it - we got within a hundred yards off shore on a beautiful day, but didn't land the zodiacs. Weather is always the excuse. And it was "incoming weather" given as why we left for Puerto Williams early. We arrived on Thursday when we were to arrive on Saturday. Was it weather? Or because we ran out of lettuce? Who knows. The Drake was the Drake and waves were 3-4 meters which gives you an adventure! The skipped stops and shortened cruise is the only reason for the 4-star overall rating. Yes, we know it can happen; we're not newbies. And, it was certainly a wonderful experience. But, if we'd known about the shortened cruise and skipped stops, we would NOT have gone on this cruise. Like many, we choose because of the itinerary.but Silversea gave us a wonderful experience with a wonderful staff! We'd certainly take the Cloud again on an itinerary we wish to experience.

Cabin Review

Lovely, smaller but adequate bathroom, good storage, very comfortable. WONDERFUL cabin attendant and butler!

Port Reviews

Not a place to spend much time in.... We were there two and a half days because we arrived two days early. Arriving one day - where we could not leave the ship as we had not been cleared - we simply anchored in the Beagle Channel and passed the time. The next day we actually arrived at the dock, were finally cleared and went on a short afternoon walk. Several hikes were put together at the last minute by the expedition team for something to do. The third day, we left the ship, took Antarctic Air to Santiago (now THERE is an amazing airline with amazing service!). There are no restaurants in Puerto Williams and the only museum was closed. The small community is mostly a support base for the nearby Chilean Navy facility and their mission.

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