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Shackleton Centenary Celebrations With Silversea And World Renowned Explorers

In 2015 and 2016 Silversea Expeditions will operate a series of unique Antarctica Voyages and world-renowned explorers Rebecca Stephens MBE and Michael Palin CBE will be joining in to celebrate them.

These voyages will mark the centenary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Exhibition and Silver Explorer will sail them in November 2015 and January, February and December 2016. Guests will visit iconic areas of Antarctica including Elephant Island and the South Shetland Islands.

The story of how Shackleton 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.

November 2015, marks 100 years since the stricken expedition team managed to endure 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, and this is when the first in a series of unique Silversea Expedition voyages will depart Ushuaia, Argentina, to retrace Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. 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 part of the exclusive 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 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 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.

Michael Palin’s journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television and between 2009 and 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society.

Distinguished historians onboard for each voyage will relay the story of how six men travelled in a tiny lifeboat across the Southern Ocean to find aid for their stricken crewmates and how the rest of the crew managed to endure 138-days in one of the most challenging regions in the world. The Antarctica voyages will also call at South Georgia, where Shackleton and five of his crew first touched land after crossing 1,413km of ocean. Guests will also be able to visit Shackleton’s burial site in Grytviken.

In all, Silver Explorer will sail a total of 11 voyages to mark the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition with the first departing on November 14 2015. You can view the full range on our website by clicking here.

For more information on expedition voyages with Silversea please call one of our Luxury Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.

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