Sailing Like Shackleton

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Endurance expedition to Antarctica, Silversea Expeditions will operate a series of unique Shackleton Centenary Voyages to the White Continent in 2015 and 2015. In 1915, Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, became trapped between two ice floes just 200 miles from the Antarctic mainland, and after 10 months, the crew was forced to abandon ship and traverse the ice fields in search of help.

Guests on the Silver Explorer’s 18-day Shackleton Centenary Voyages, which sail roundtrip from Ushuaia, will explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula as they trace Shackleton’s steps and encounter unique wildlike like rockhopper, gentoo and emperor penguins, seals, dolphins, and albatross. The explorations will be accompanied by a team of experts that includes leading naturalists, geologists, biologists, historians and orinthologists.

Through a partnership with London’s Royal Geographical Society, guests onboard the Silver Explorer will also be able to enjoy an exclusive exhibition. A specially curated gallery will display artefacts from Shackleton’s adventure, as well as images by the Endurance’s official photographer, Frank Hurley, who documented the journey.

Silversea guests on Antartica voyages will also have VIP access to a major exhibition in London. The Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley will be held at the headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society from November 2015 through February 2016, and guests will be able to enjoy special tours pre- or post-departure.

The Shackleton Centenary Voyages on the all-suite Silver Explorer include gourmet food wine and spirits, personalised butler service, and all excursions, including zodiac tours. Guests will also enjoy a special Shackleton centenary commemorative dinner featuring an elegant keepsake menu and delicacies such as mousseline of Dover sole, beef Wellington, Antarctic bass fillet, and a bitter-chocolate soufflé. The voyages November 14, 2015; and January 3, February 2, and December 22, 2016.

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