Silversea Expeditions 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.
Explorers Rebecca Stephens MBE and Michael Palin CBE will be supporting this historic event with Silversea Expeditions and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
In November 2015, marking 100 years since the stricken expedition team managed to endure 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the first in a series of Silversea Expedition voyages will depart Ushuaia, Argentina, to retrace Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica.
Rebecca Stephens MBE, who was the first British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, will be on Silver Explorer as part of the on board enrichment programme providing an insight into her experiences while trekking in some of the most remote regions on the planet.
Continuing the centenary celebrations during November, Silversea, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), will host a Shackleton experience at the RGS headquarters for one evening in Central London with travel writer, broadcaster and actor Michael Palin CBE as guest of honour.
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.
Guests booking on to Antarctica 18-day voyages in November, 2015, January, February, and December 2016, will hear from historians on board and visit areas of the Antarctic including Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands where Shackleton and his crew were stranded for 105 days.
The Antarctica voyages will call at South Georgia, where Shackleton and five of his crew first touched land after crossing 1,413km (878 miles) of ocean. Guests will also be able to visit Shackleton’s burial site in Grytviken.
An onboard 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.
To find out more about Silversea’s Shackleton Centenary Voyages to Antarctica, please visit: silversea.com/expeditions/royal-geographical-society/shackletons-centenary/