A unique voyage to Antarctica aboard the upscale Silversea Expedition ship Silver Explorer has caught the interest of historians, passengers and two top explorers who are eagerly anticipating following in the steps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The series of adventurous voyages will take place this year and next and include world-famous explorers Rebecca Stephens MBE and Michael Palin CBE. The voyages will trace the story of Shackleton who led his men in the Weddell Sea party over ice and ocean to safety is one of the greatest survival tales in human history. In November 1915 Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, could no longer navigate the frozen waters of Antarctica and his expedition team were faced with the daunting task of surviving both the unforgiving climate and environment while waiting for the ice to break up again.
The November 2015 voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina will mark the 100th anniversary of the stricken expedition team that managed to endure 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the first in a series of unique. Explorer and journalist Rebecca Stephens MBE, who was the first British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, will be on Silver Explorer as to talk about her experiences while trekking in some of the most remote regions on the planet. “The story of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition is a testament to humankind’s determination and quest for discovery. Celebrating this unique centennial anniversary with Silversea Expeditions and the Royal Geographical Society is an opportunity to rediscover and bring to life this unique moment in history,” said Rebecca Stephens MBE. Michael Palin, whose journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe, and Brazil, will add his expertise during the voyage.
Also this November Silversea, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), will host a unique Shackleton experience at the RGS headquarters for one evening in central London with the renowned travel writer, broadcaster and actor Michael Palin CBE as guest of honor. The evening will mark the opening of a major exhibition “The Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley,” which will be held at the RGS from the end of November 2015 to the end of February 2016.
Silver Expeditions Antarctica voyages will call at South Georgia, where Shackleton and five of his crew first touched land after crossing 878 miles (1,413 kilometers) of ocean. Guests will also be able to visit Shackleton’s burial site in Grytviken. To find out more about Silversea’s Shackleton Centenary Voyages to Antarctica, click here. To get an insight about Shackleton’s historic voyage watch the video as a ship prepares to re-enact the adventure. For information about Silversea, operator of small luxury liners and a fleet of expedition ships, click here. Fares on Silversea include all drinks and gratuities.