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Silver Cloud journeys to 66th parallel south

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View from the bridge at 66 parallel south (click on image to enlarge for latitude reading) PHOTOS: Ryun Alarcon
Silversea Expeditions' Silver Cloud journeyed to the 66th parallel south on Jan. 13, crossing into the Antarctic Circle. It was the first time the ship has ventured so far south.

'Red nose' ceremony and polar plunge

Travelers were rewarded with a ‘red nose’ ceremony on the pool deck, an initiation ritual that has historically been performed on this momentous seafaring occasion. Shortly after, a record 98 passengers participated in a polar plunge, which was followed by lectures and trivia games. Humpback whales were spotted as the ship sailed northward, rounding out a memorable day.

'You could feel the excitement in the air as we sailed closer to the line,' said Brooke Greene, a member of Silversea’s expedition team. 'It was a special moment for everyone because most of the staff had never been below the Antarctic Circle, and it was certainly the first time for all the guests. It made it all the more special that it was the first time for Silver Cloud as well.'

More than 900 destinations

In its 10th year of expedition cruising, Silversea continues to unlock a broad range of deep travel experiences. From the cool conditions of Antarctica to the warm climes of Australia and beyond, passengers will have the opportunity to explore more than 900 destinations in 2019—probably more than any other line.

Cruising in a distinctly different ecosystem to that of Silver Cloud, Silver Discoverer, for example, will travel along Australia’s Kimberley Coast throughout 2019, showcasing the destination’s beautiful landscapes, remarkable wildlife and fascinating Aboriginal history.

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