Silversea Expeditions launches unique Antarctica cruises celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition
Silversea Expeditions, the luxury expedition cruise line, will operate four unique Shackleton Centenary Voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 to mark the 100-year anniversary of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.
The story of how Shackleton led his men over ice and ocean to safety is one of the greatest survival tales in human history. In 1915, Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was heading towards Antarctica when she was trapped in the ice, 322 kilometres from the Antarctic mainland. The crew initially stayed put, hoping that the winds would change and free the ship but after 10 months, they were forced to leave in search of help.
On Silver Explorer’s 18-day Shackleton Centenary Voyages, sailing roundtrip from Ushuaia, guests can explore the Antarctic region on foot or by Zodiac. The departure dates are November 14, 2015, and January 3 and February 2, and December 22, 2016.
Zodiac excursions are led by a team of experts that includes naturalists, geologists, biologists, historians, and ornithologists with special knowledge of the region. Guests will discover how six men travelled in a tiny lifeboat across the Southern Ocean to get help for their stricken crewmates and hear how the rest of the party managed to survive 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
Guests will also encounter wild- and birdlife like nowhere else in the world, including penguins, dolphins and albatross, and visit historic sites of the early explorers.
The Shackleton Centenary Voyages aboard the all-suite Silver Explorer include gourmet food, wine and spirits, the personalised service of a butler, and all excursions including Zodiac tours.
Onboard exhibition by Royal Geographical Society
During these special Antarctic voyages, guests aboard Silver Explorer can enjoy an exclusive exhibition of artefacts and images by the Endurance’s official photographer Frank Hurley, who documented the expedition on film and through photography. The exhibition is a result of Silversea’s long-term partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
The RGS in London will also feature a major exhibition, “The Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley,” from November 2015 to February 2016. The exhibition will go on an international tour in 2017. Silversea guests sailing on Antarctica voyages will have VIP access to the exhibition, with special tours arranged pre- or post-departure.