(9:15 a.m. EST) Silversea's Silver Whisper became the first cruise ship to visit Antarctica as part of a world cruise last week when it met up with the line's Silver Cloud expedition ship in Antarctica's Wilhelmina Bay on February 4, 2020.

The 388-passenger Silver Whisper visited Antarctica as part of the ship's seven-continent "Legends of Cruising" voyage that departed on January 6. Passengers spent a total of four days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula thanks to specialized zodiac rafts that were carried aboard the ship for this occasion. Typically, luxury world cruises don't visit Antarctica and rarely offer expedition-themed elements.

"The meeting of Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper in Antarctica is truly an incredible moment for Silversea Cruises," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Senior Vice President of Expeditions and Experiences Development. "It signifies the range of experiences on offer with our cruise line: whether traveling on the first-ever seven-continent World Cruise or journeying deep into the White Continent on the most luxurious ice-class ship afloat, our guests can enjoy a wealth of unforgettable experiences in ultimate comfort."

Next year, Silversea plans to launch the world's first luxury expedition-based world cruise aboard Silver Cloud. Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina on January 30, 2021, the 167-day journey will include stops in Antarctica, the South Shetland Islands, South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Arctic Svalbard.