According to Wikipedia, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.] His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, he and his companions Scott and Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. And now Silversea Expeditions, the luxury expedition branch of the Fort Lauderdale, Florid-based luxury ship operator, cruise line, will be giving passengers a chance to explore his world with a series of four unique Shackleton Centenary Voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 marking the 100-year anniversary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.
Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, sailed from Plymouth, U.K. towards Antarctica when, in 1915, just 200 miles from the Antarctic mainland, she was trapped between two ice floes in the Weddell Sea. The crew initially stayed put, hoping that the winds would change and free the ship but, after 10 months, they were forced to abandon the Endurance and strike out across the ice in search of help. The story of how Shackleton led his men in the Weddell Sea party over ice and ocean to safety is one of the greatest survival tales in human history.
This is an amazing opportunity or history buffs as the Silver Explorer sets out on the 18-day roundtrip journeys from Ushuaia, during which passengers can sightsee by foot or by Zodiac the lands and waterways of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Departure dates are November 14, 2015, and in 2016: January 3, February 2, and December 22.
In addition to following in the footsteps of the great explorer passengers will catch sight of r wild- and birdlife like nowhere else in the world, including rockhopper, gentoo, king, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins. They will also see seals, dolphins, whales, albatross, shearwaters, and petrels as well as visit historic sites of the early explorers and remains of whaling operations — accompanied by a team of experts that includes eminent naturalists, geologists, biologists, historians, and ornithologists.
As part of Silversea’s partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) there will be an exclusive on board exhibition of specially curated gallery of artifacts and images by the Endurance’s official photographer Frank Hurley, who documented the expedition on film and through iconic still photography. There will also be a major exhibition, “The Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley,” which will be held at the headquarters of the RGS in London from the end of November 2015 to the end of February 2016, before a U.K. and international tour commences in 2017. Passengers on Antarctica voyages will receive VIP access to the exhibition, with special tours arranged pre- or post-departure fore the White Continent.
Fares on the all-suite Silver Explorer include gourmet food, wine and spirits, butler service, and all excursions including Zodiac tours. A special Shackleton centenary commemorative dinner, with an elegant keepsake menu, will also be served.