Shackleton Centenary Expedition Cruise

Andrew Halsall
A Base camp on Antarctica.
Andrew Halsall
Hiking through through the snow.
Peyton McCollum
King Penguins
Hannah Conduct
Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica.
Mark Jones
Heading out on a zodiac tour.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
On the 100-year anniversary of Shackleton's famous voyage, follow in the explorer's footsteps on this 18-day cruise. Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. Explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts, and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Day 1

    Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.

    Days 2-3

      Crossing the Drake Passage

      As you cross Drake Passage, keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as the ship approaches your first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

      Days 4-6

        Into the Weddell Sea

        An autumn dawn greets you in spectacular Antarctic Sound where the ship may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.

        Days 7-9

          Elephant Island

          Elephant Island's Cape wild is so exposed that landings are rare, but your capable crew may make an attempt- if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. Keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.

          Day 10

            South Georgia

            Enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.

            Days 11-14

              Grytviken, South Georgia

              Immerse yourself in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo, and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. Hope to walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

              Days 15-17

                Crossing the Scotia Sea

                Crossing the Scotia Sea, watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by your expedition team as the ship cruises back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. This leg usually travels into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate arrival time in the Falklands.

                Day 18

                  Disembark in Sanley, Falkland Islands

                  Dawn greets you in the Falkland Islands/Maldivas capital: Stanley. Here, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.
                   Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
                  Kayaking Option: $1,295
                  Alpine Crossing Option: $1,250
                  Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

                  - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

                  - Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

                  Voyage Inclusions
                  • Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding.
                  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley
                  • Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas)
                  • Accommodation during the voyage
                  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
                  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
                  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
                  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
                  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
                  • Daily cabin service
                  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
                  • Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
                  • An Antarctic wildlife guide
                  • A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
                  • Port taxes and charges
                  • All entry fees to historic landings sites