The leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line strengthens its partnership with Puerto Williams by investing in the local community
Silversea Cruises®, the leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line, has bolstered its investment in the community of Puerto Williams, Chile, by sponsoring a physical education integration programme for disabled children at the Puerto Williams School in the remote Chilean town. Silversea commissioned and donated the new mobility equipment as part of its comprehensive destination programme, which aims to foster positive long-term relationships and champion local communities in the destinations to which the cruise line sails.
“An important gateway to Antarctica, Puerto Williams is a key destination for Silversea, and it is always our goal to positively impact the local communities we visit,” said Conrad Combrink, Senior Vice President of Expeditions, Destination and Itinerary Management for Silversea Cruises. “Building this facility is just the first step in our commitment to supporting the social needs of Puerto Williams. As the only cruise line to be operating out of Puerto Williams, providing a uniquely seamless journey to Antarctica for our guests, we are working hand-in-hand with local leaders and grassroots operators to not only showcase Puerto Williams in the most authentic way possible to our guests, but also to care for the needs of the community. We are incredibly grateful to Governor Jorge Flies; Delegada Presidencial María Luisa Muñoz; the Mayor of Puerto Williams, Patricio Fernández Alarcón; the Yagan Community; and the entire population of Puerto Williams for their continued support and partnership.”
Silversea has also donated four Zodiacs to the Cedena Nautical School in Puerto Williams, a non-profit organisation dedicated to training and educating children and young people in nautical sports—a first step for many locals to learn the basic skills needed for a career in the expedition industry.
On November 15, Silversea held a blessing ceremony for its new ship Silver Endeavour℠ at the Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center in Puerto Williams. Silversea Executives, Chilean tourism officials, local leaders, and clergy members attended the ceremony.
One of the world’s most advanced and luxurious expedition vessels, Silver Endeavour will welcome guests in Antarctica from November 21, 2022, broadening ultra-luxury cruising’s most diverse polar offering. Travelling aboard Silver Endeavour in her inaugural season—on voyages that range from five to 20 days and include Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge fly-cruise sailings, an extended ‘Deep South’ expedition, a 10-day Antarctic Peninsula voyage, and more—Silversea’s guests will journey in the cruise line’s trademark level of comfort, while enjoying some of the most immersive, personalised experiences available in Antarctica.
Text: PM Silversea Cruises