Silversea Expeditions, the ultra-luxury cruise line, will be operating a series of unique voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 to mark the centenary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition. It is one of humankind’s most remarkable stories of leadership, determination and survival.
The Endurance sailed from Plymouth, UK towards Antarctica but 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.
Guests will discover how six men travelled in a tiny lifeboat across the Southern Ocean to fetch aid for their stricken crewmates and hear how the rest of the party managed to endure 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
Leaving from Ushuaia, guests will not only follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Shackleton but also encounter wild and birdlife like nowhere else in the world, including Rockhopper, Gentoo, King, Adelie, and Chinstrap Penguins. They will watch for seals, dolphins and whales, albatross, shearwaters and petrels as well as visit historic sites of the early explorers and remains of whaling operations.
Antarctic Nothing to "Endure" on this cruise
An exclusive on-board exhibition will show a specially curated gallery of images by The Endurance’s official photographer Frank Hurley, who documented the expedition on film and through iconic stills photography.
Voyages on Silver Explorer include gourmet food, wine and spirits, exceptional service with butlers for each suite and all excursions including Zodiac tours. A special Shackleton Centenary Dinner Menu on-board will include dishes such as Dover Sole Mousseline, Beef Wellington, Antarctic Bass Fillet and Bitter Chocolate Soufflé.