The line said it will allow for more convenient flight times with personalized service on an exclusive charter flight between Santiago and Puerto Williams and faster ship transfers, among other benefits.
Silversea President and CEO Roberto Martinoli thanked the Chilean authorities and local stakeholders “who allowed us to unlock the most comfortable and convenient route to Antarctica for international travelers.” Silversea, he added, is the only cruise line currently offering Antarctic expeditions from Puerto Williams.
‘Magnificent front door’
Conrad Combrink, senior vice president of shipping, turnaround operations and destination management, called Puerto Williams a “magnificent gateway,” adding that the private charter flight between Santiago and Puerto Williams allows Silversea to offer an improved level of service and a smoother connection.
For the 2022/23 season, Antarctic travelers will spend the night in a five-star hotel in Santiago, with a welcome dinner and breakfast. They will be transferred to Santiago airport the next day, with a flight departing from a private terminal. The charter will be escorted by a Silversea representative and will provide an enhanced experience including extra leg room, increased baggage allowance and a regionally inspired gourmet lunch. After the cruise, travelers will be transferred directly to Puerto Williams Airport for their exclusive charter flight to Santiago.
Cape Horn possible stopovers
Departing from Puerto Williams will also allow Silver Cloud and Silver Wind to call at Cape Horn in southern Chile for select voyages, conditions permitting, allowing travelers to disembark at one of the southernmost points of the continent.
Silversea will run a series of 10-day explorations of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, as well as shorter crossings aboard the Silver Explorer from King George Island as part of the Fly Cruises program” Antarctica Bridge” from Silversea. Longer trips encompass the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Elephant Island and South Georgia. A 20-day ‘Deep Antarctica’ itinerary goes beyond the Antarctic Circle, attempting to reach latitude 69 degrees south.
Each all-suite, butler-serviced ship carries expedition experts who lead zodiac and kayak adventures, hikes and nature walks, and give onboard lectures, discussions and recaps.
At Seatrade Cruise Global
Chilean officials led by Tourism Undersecretary Veronica Kunze Neubauer will participate in Seatrade Cruise Global, and Martinoli will speak on the “Luxury Cruising Leaders” panel at 2:30 p.m. on April 26 and on the “Expedition CEO” panel at 10:15 a.m. April 28. Combrink will participate in ‘Hybrid Luxury-Expedition Cruising’ at 11:45 am on April 28.
Full conference details are here.