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Moone-Tsai in Antarctica, Jan 2019


It’s hard to imagine a destination more exotic than Antarctica.  This challenging landscape has long been the territory of rugged adventurers and researchers; long on unique beauty and wildlife but short on comfort. Enter Silversea’s newly redesigned 200 passenger Silver Cloud, now the most luxurious expedition vessel at sea.  Silver Cloud combines the daytime experiences of an expedition vessel with large guest suites, multiple dining venues, spacious fitness center & spa and evening activities that appeal to a broad spectrum of guests. Private activities hosted by Moone-Tsai will add a unique element to this once-in-a-lifetime journey.  To make a reservation please contact MmMmTravel directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com.

Exclusive Offers:

  • Early Booking Bonus: Guests that book and pay in full by February 28, 2018 save 10% off  fares!
  • Antarctica All-Inclusive Package: Book by January 31, 2018 and enjoy Business Class Air upgrade from just $2,950 Roundtrip or $899 Economy Class Air round trip to Santiago de Chile from select US airports*

Highlights

Guests of MmMmTravel will:  

  • Enjoy receptions featuring Moone-Tsai wines hosted by Co-Owners & Founders Larry & MaryAnn Tsai.
  • Participate in multiple Moone-Tsai wine dinners lead byCo-Owners & Founders Larry & MaryAnn Tsai.
  • Savor an included 6-course Moone-Tsai wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux sponsored by MmMmTravel.
  • Receive added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards.

 

All-suite, All-inclusive 10-day Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition Cruise Includes:

  • Exclusive Moone-Tsai Wine activities hosted by Larry & MaryAnn Tsai (MmMmTravel guest Exclusive!)
  • Included one night pre-cruise hotel in Santiago, Chile at the Sheraton San Cristobal
  • Included transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • Included charter flight to/ from Ushuaia
  • Included guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Included luggage handling
  • Complimentary Parka
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team

 

At a Glance Itinerary

2019 DATE PORT
Friday, Jan 25 Included One-Night stay in Santiago, Chile at the Sheraton San Cristobal
Saturday Jan 26 Included Transfers & Charter Flight to Ushuaia
USHUAIA, ARGENTINA : Embark Silver Cloud this afternoon.
Moone-Tsai Meet & Greet  & Wine Dinner*
Sunday, Jan 27 Cruising DRAKE PASSAGE
Monday, Jan 28 Cruising DRAKE PASSAGE
Moone-Tsai Wine Tasting open to all guests aboard*
Tuesday, Jan 29 ANTARCTIC SOUND
Wednesday, Jan 30 ANTARCTICA PENINSULA
Thursday, Jan 31 ANTARCTICA PENINSULA
Moone-Tsai Gala 6-course Wine-paired Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux*
Friday, Feb 1 ANTARCTICA PENINSULA
Saturday, Feb 2 ANTARCTICA SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Sunday, Feb 3 Cruising DRAKE PASSAGE
Monday, Feb 4 Cruising DRAKE PASSAGE
Moone-Tsai Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
Tuesday, Feb 5 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA: Disembark AM
Included Transfers & Charter Flight to Santiago, Chile
Return air to USA should not be earlier than perhaps 8pm.

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  All Moone-Tsai onboard wine events are included for you as a guest of Moone-Tsai and MmMmTravel.  Finalized Guest Itinerary will be mailed with cruise documents. As a reminder, only guests booked through MmMmTravel may participate in all Moone-Tsai events. 

 

Pricing

Exclusive Offers:

  • Early Booking Bonus: Guests that book and pay in full by February 28, 2018 save 10% off  fares!
  • Antarctica All-Inclusive Package: Book by January 31, 2018 and enjoy Business Class Air upgrade from just $2,950 Roundtrip or $899 Economy Class Air round trip to Santiago de Chile from select US airports*

 

Fares below are per person based on double occupancy. Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request.

Suite Dimensions MmMmTravel Fares with 10% savings
if Paid in Full by February 28, 2018!
OWNERS SUITE 1bdrm: 587 ft² including veranda $36,570
GRAND SUITE 1bdrm: 1,019 ft² including veranda $34,050
ROYAL SUITE 1bdrm: 736 ft² including veranda $32,790
SILVER SUITE: 541 ft² including veranda $22,890
MEDALLION SUITE: 437 ft² including veranda $21,810
DELUXE VERANDA: 295 ft² including veranda (midship) $13,710
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE: 295 ft² including veranda (fwd) $12,450
VISTA SUITE: 240 ft² ocean-view windows $10,470

*Fares above include a $300 per person add-collect over Silversea’s promotional cruise fares to help offset shipping and other expenses associated with getting the wines to the ship for our private events. Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as ship fills.  A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. Deposit is fully refundable, minus a $200 per suite administrative fee, if cancelled more than 121 days prior to sailing. Fares shown does not guarantee availability.  Promotional Economy Class Air and Business Class Air rate are offered from select U.S. and Canadian gateways and are valid through January 30, 2018. Fares are expected to increase after February 28, 2018. To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment. Guest reservations made elsewhere, including directly with Silversea will not be included in all Moone-Tsai events. Moone-Tsai Wines are not agents for Silversea and do not make reservations directly or indirectly through MillenniuM. Minimum number of guests required for Moone-Tsai to host. Other conditions may apply, see Silversea’s Terms & Conditions for more details. CST# 1005871-40. Silversea ship’s registry: Bahamas

 

Daily Itinerary

Expedition Highlights:

  • Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures and set foot on Antarctica.
  • Spot elephant seals, Antarctic fur seals, Weddell seals, leopard seals and crabeater seals in the water, ashore, or on ice floes.
  • Watch for humpback whales, Minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and beaked whales.
  • See Cape Petrels, Wandering Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels in the Drake Passage and Snowy Sheathbill, Antarctic Cormorant, Antarctic Tern, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm-petrels, and Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins further south.
  • Silver Cloud will have kayaks onboard that will allow small groups to explore Antarctica in a unique way –accompanied and supervised by certified kayak instructors. These kayak excursions have limited space; they require a certain level of fitness and will also depend on local conditions for safe operation.


January 26 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark Silver Cloud in Ushuaia, settle in and attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. During the afternoon you will be introduced to some of the important crew members and your Expedition Team. At sail away bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’!

January 27 & 28 — Drake Passage
As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Cloud and the Expedition Team members. Partake in wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by our expert Team Members and naturalists and attend talks by our guest lecturers preparing you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funnelling effect of the passage, but with modern navigational aids and stabilizers Silver Cloud will bring you safely across these southern waters. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that glide in the air currents of our ship’s wake -such as the Black-browed Albatross, Cape Petrels, White-chinned Petrels and Sooty Shearwaters.

January 29 — Antarctic Sound
We will start our Antarctic experiences at the top of the Antarctic Peninsula, venturing into Antarctic Sound and its magnificent array of tabular icebergs, historical sites and Adelie and Gentoo Penguin rookeries. Depending on weather and ice conditions Silver Cloud might visit Brown Bluff, Hope Bay and cruise the Antarctic Sound. Brown Bluff, (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent) is an ice-capped, 745-metre-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock. The coastal area at the base of Brown Bluff is used by Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls, and Cape Petrels as a breeding area. Under good climatic conditions a walk onto a nearby glacier might be feasible. Hope Bay has one of the largest Adelie Penguin colonies in Antarctica and a Zodiac cruise past the Argentine Station “Esperanza” will show some of the penguins, Weddell seals and Blue-eyed Shags.

January 30 to February 1 — Antarctica Peninsula
While sailing in Antarctica’s vast white wilderness, our itinerary will be flexible and in the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife we may encounter.

Here are some of the places we may visit:

  • Cuverville Island was discovered by Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1897–99. Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for Gentoo Penguins. Snow Petrels and Cape Petrels may also be seen, whilst Wilson’s Storm-petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. During Zodiac cruises, hauled-out Weddell seals are quite often encountered. Under good conditions one can climb part of Cuverville’s hill for spectacular panoramic views.
  • Paradise Bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. The Silver Cloud will sail past Argentina’s “Base Brown”, one of many Antarctic research stations. You can also view the wildlife from sea level while cruising in our Zodiacs. Apart from observing cormorants in the cliffs there is a good chance to see crabeater seals relaxing on ice floes; whales have been seen regularly.
  • Petermann Island is named for geographer August Petermann and was discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74.
  • During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Petermann has various geological features, especially rock surfaces showing glacial polish and some glacial grooving.
  • Pleneau Bay lies at the south end of the Lemaire Channel, and was first explored during Charcot’s 1903–05 French Antarctic Expedition. Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas are usually found breeding on Pleneau Island and Southern elephant seals are often hauled-out in wallows.


February 2 — South Shetland Islands

We will end our Antarctic sojourn in the South Shetland Islands. Port Foster, Whalers Bay and Telefon Bay are all located in Deception Island, an excellent example of a caldera that can be reached from the sea. We plan to sail into the caldera through the narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows. Ashore Deception Island’s interesting history -from whaling to scientific studies- still shows remains of a former whaling station, including the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s, and houses belonging to a British research base. The unique volcanic features of the area can be seen during hikes. The Aitcho Islands have Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies. Southern Giant Petrels and skuas are never far from penguin rookeries and elephant seals quite often look for company near the landing site.

February 3 & 4 — Drake Passage
Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on our initial crossing. There will be opportunities to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to edit the many photos taken as we travel towards Ushuaia. During the last afternoon, our Photographer/Videographer will show the Voyage –DVD.

February 5 — Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Santiago, Chile.

*Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

 

Gear Up

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Not sure what to wear while on board? Visit Silversea’s  shop and gear up. Layers to keep you dry and warm, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you’ll be better prepared for your expedition. Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

 

Moone-Tsai

We are delighted to present Moone-Tsai’s rare and remarkable wines, whose pedigree is rooted in an extraordinary combination of exceptional fruit, terroir, and artisanal winemaking. With a commitment-to and experience-in creating notable wines, including the production of three celebrated #1-rated wines in the world, we created Moone-Tsai Wines with the simple mission of crafting the finest wines that we know-how.

As with many starry-eyed endeavors, the origins of Moone-Tsai trace from a shared vision that was hatched with the convergence of purpose, passion, pluck, and persistence. Fresh out of Harvard Business School, MaryAnn set her sights on a career in the Napa Valley wine industry. By dint of her bold vision and uncanny knack for getting things done, she found herself knee-deep in helping to create some of Howell Mountain’s most acclaimed wines, most notably the establishment of Beringer’s legendary Bancroft Ranch Merlots. In subsequent years, while MaryAnn was able to leave her imprimatur on a variety of other acclaimed wine releases and AVAs (including three wines that each received ratings of #1-rated Wine in the World), she never forgot the allure of Howell Mountain.

When Larry and MaryAnn started Moone-Tsai wines in 2003, they created their label with the dream of making rare and remarkable wines bearing the finest fruit from Napa Valley’s most heralded vineyards. Guided by this vision, and with Howell Mountain beckoning, Moone-Tsai launched its distinctive, limited production cabernets, chardonnays, and Bordeaux blends – among them, Moone-Tsai’s landmark Howell Mountain Hillside Blend.

Coming full circle, MaryAnn and Larry are now pleased to call the magical, mystical Las Posadas district of Howell Mountain their home. With their winery and tasting room operations located down the hill in St. Helena, they are pleased to share their bounty.

As founders and owners who are entrenched in every aspect of our winery operations, we exercise great care to ensure that the wines we produce and present live up to the simple mission that we abide by. Moreover, as devoted residents of our beloved Howell Mountain, we take special pride in sharing wines that bear the “best of the best” fruit from within this celebrated AVA, and additionally from among the most prized vineyard blocks across Napa Valley.

 

Larry Tsai

Larry Tsai, Co-Founder & Owner

As a first generation Chinese-American boy growing up in the lively North Shore neighborhoods of New York’s Long Island, Larry held a peculiar fascination for the “yin-yang” that one might confer upon the daily experience. Indeed, in an environment where conventions frequently compelled forced choices (Yankees v. Mets; Ginger v. Maryann; dim sum vs. lox & bagels; etc.), he often instead strayed to permutations of the many possibilities lying therein, and beyond.

While this fascination might have led him to distraction, he was able to synthesize this into a world view that would prepare him for the many opportunities that awaited him in college, and later, in his professional and personal life. After earning degrees at Princeton and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Larry embarked on a variegated career that enabled him to indulge his intertwining interests in wine, food, and the arts.

By way of his experiences across Fortune 500 companies, and atop emerging gourmet/food/lifestyle enterprises and Napa Valley non-profits; Larry has combined his management skills with a calling to create and deliver extraordinary wines and experiences that support the Moone-Tsai credo.

Since taking the winery’s helm in 2010, Larry has moved Moone-Tsai from its single-cabernet-infancy to the brand’s current annual production of seven acclaimed wines across 3,000 cases, with distribution in selected U.S. markets and abroad. Along the way, he has found that the simple pleasure of connecting with people who enjoy well-crafted wines is nothing less than divine. Teaching and tasting with the newly impassioned to the more studied and discerning; from Baton Rouge to Bali, Seoul to Sun Valley, Jackson Hole to Jakarta, and Manhattan to Mumbai; he is reminded of the axiom that posits how adept that Napa Valley wines can be in bringing together people over good times and fine conversation.

 

MaryAnn Tsai

MaryAnn Tsai, Co-Founder & Owner

Growing up in a spirited Italian family in Boston, Massachusetts, MaryAnn spent summers helping her grandmother tend a verdant garden featuring rows of vegetables, herbs, and an especially precious vineyard. From the last of these, the family celebrated the rite of winemaking; a tradition that young MaryAnn did not fully appreciate until years later.

During her college years, MaryAnn found herself again ensconced in vineyards; this time in a study-abroad program at the University of Angers, France. Located in the glorious Loire Valley, the idyllic town of Angers epitomized French country living and was the perfect place to spark a willing palate for simple, but well-crafted wines and inspired cuisine. It was here that MaryAnn caught “the bug” that would fuel her interest in wines, and ultimately inspire her move to Napa Valley, her graduation from Harvard Business School, and the launch of a wonderful career in the wine industry.

Hired by Mike Moone to join Beringer Wine Estates in 1989, MaryAnn realized a long-standing dream to live and work in the legendary Napa Valley. During this time, and over the next 20+ years, she was involved with producing notable wines and brands, three of which earned the distinction of being named as “Wine Spectator’s #1-rated Wine in the World”. With the creation of Moone-Tsai wines in 2006, MaryAnn and Larry have set their sights on earning a fourth #1 rating…under the Moone-Tsai banner. Alongside their shared pursuit of this grand-vins endeavor, MaryAnn and Larry are especially proud to raise their two daughters in the fabled Napa Valley wine country that they are pleased to call home.

 

 

Silver Cloud

About Silver Cloud

After an extensive refurbishment in November, 2017 Silver Cloud has emerged as the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.