Shackleton Centenary Voyages with Polar Latitudes
Immerse yourself in one of history's boldest rescues with Polar Expeditions on one of two voyages celebrating the explorer Ernest Shackleton...
In August 1914, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left London and headed south to Antarctica where he planned to lead the 28-man Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in crossing the continent via the South Pole. A little over a year into the expedition the team's three-masted sailing ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and later sank leaving Shackleton and his crew stranded.
Following two months living on floating ice and with ever-decreasing rations, Shackleton was aware that the chance of rescue was minimal and made the decision to use three small boats to reach the uninhabited, inhospitable Elephant Island. From here and with a scaled-down crew of just five men, Shackleton set off into the Southern Ocean in search of South Georgia where he knew assistance would be available courtesy of the island's whaling station.
The journey was fraught with peril, taking Shackleton 16 days to navigate 1,300km of stormy seas while battling the near-constant danger of capsizing. On 9th May, Shackleton landed on South Georgia and after a 51km trek across the island's rugged, mountainous terrain, made contact with the whaling station.
Shackleton then embarked on three journeys to rescue the remaining crew members from Elephant Island, yet each attempt was foiled by sheets of unmovable sea ice. The Chilean government then offered Shackleton the use of a Navy tug boat and on 30th August 1916, he was finally able to rescue the men who had lived in isolation on Elephant Island for four months.
About the Centenary Voyages
To celebrate what has become one of the world's most famous maritime adventures, Polar Latitudes are offering two Shackleton-themed voyages. Departing in October 2016 and February 2017, they have been planned to mirror the routes taken by Shackleton at various points of his journey, including the passage undertaken from Elephant Island to South Georgia.
Both voyages will be joined by a team of highly-acclaimed special guests, hand-picked for their knowledge of Antarctica and their passion for Shackleton and adventure. Among these is Seb Coulthard, an award-winning sailor and engineer who was famously involved in an authentic re-enactment of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The expedition premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2013 under the title 'Shackleton: Death or Glory'.
Of course, aside from Shackleton's awe-inspiring feat of endurance and human spirit, the region offers much to inspire and enthral. Throughout your time in the region you will be given the opportunity to come face-to-face with incredible wildlife, including King Penguins, Elephant Seals and Humpback Whales.
About the Hebridean Sky
Hebridean Sky is a 110-guest capacity expedition ship that is one of the most comfortable in its class. Launching in 1991, and originally christened Sea Explorer, she underwent a multi-million refurbishment in spring 2016, which saw her interiors overhauled and her communication and stabilisation systems upgraded.
The accommodations onboard Hebridean Sky range from spacious Porthole Suites to grand Owner's Suites, all of which are equipped with a range of amenities including your choice of a queen or twin beds, a sitting area with a sofa, a flat-screen television/DVD player, a mini-bar and a marble bathroom with fine toiletries.
The ship's main dining room serves world class cuisine prepared by highly-trained resident chefs, while lighter bites can be enjoyed in a more informal fashion on the ship's main deck. Hebridean Sky's main lounge is considered the hub of the ship; by day you will meet here for briefings and lectures while at night it provides the perfect environment for catching up with new friends and reliving the events of the day.
Other facilities onboard Hebridean Sky include:
- Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
- Elevator serving all passenger decks
- Upgraded WiFi for all personal devices
- Live entertainment in the bar/lounge
- DVD library
Shackleton Centenary Voyage I
30th October 2016 - 20th November 2016
Day 1: Buenos Aires | Day 2: Embarkation | Days 3 - 5: The Southern Ocean | Day 6: Stanley, East Falklands | Days 7 - 8: The Southern Ocean | Day 9: King Haakon Bay | Day 10: Salisbury Plain / Prion Island | Day 11: St. Andrew's Bay / Grytviken | Day 12: Fortuna Bay / Stromness | Day 13: Gold Harbor / Cooper Bay | Days 14 - 15: At sea | Days 16 - 19: Antarctica South Shetland Islands | Days 20 - 21: Drake Passage | Day 22: Ushuaia / Disembarkation.
Shackleton Centenary Voyage II
22nd February 2017 - 13th March 2017
Day 1: Usuahia | Day 2: Embarkation | Days 3 - 4: Drake Passage | Days 5 - 7: Antarctica South Shetland Islands | Day 8: Elephant Island | Day 9 - 10: At sea | Day 11: South Georgia Island / Gold Harbor | Day 12: St. Andrew's Bay / Grytviken | Day 13: Fortuna / Stromness | Day 14: Salisbury Plain / Prion | Day 15: King Hakkon Bay | Days 16 - 17: At sea | Day 18: East Falkland Islands / Stanley | Day 19: At sea | Day 20: Ushuaia / Disembarkation
- Return flights and transfers
- 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires (Voyage I) or Ushuaia (Voyage II)
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary expedition jacket
Our EXCLUSIVE fares:
- Porthole Suite - £13,099 per person
- Window Suite - £14,449 per person
- Prom Suite - £14,799 per person
Find out more / How to book
If you are interested in either of these voyages and would like further information including day-by-day itineraries and excursion details, please call our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, you can contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via our Contact Us page.