Historic anniversary: In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 stalwart individuals attempted to undertake what Shackleton described as “the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying”—crossing the continent on foot from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the South Pole. While disaster famously beset the Endurance expedition, Shackleton, through extraordinary leadership and dogged, relentless effort, lost none of his men; all were saved in 1916.
Shackleton has been our inspiration, the ‘patron saint’ of our expeditions, since Lars-Eric Lindblad took the first citizen explorers to Antarctica in 1966. We toast “The Boss” and recount the Endurance story every season. However, the Centennial creates an opportunity to illuminate another fascinating, possibly less familiar, aspect of the Endurance story—expedition photographer Frank Hurley.
Hurley’s vivid, authentic, compassionate, and stunning photographs of the people, the place and the experience, and his technical mastery, still thrill us all, even in this age of mega-pixel smartphones, sophisticated photo gear, and post-production software. So, we’re taking the Centennial opportunity to share his vintage Antarctica with you:
Special onboard Centennial events:
- Experience an entertaining multi-media presentation that will bring Frank Hurley to vivid life as you get inside his Antarctic adventure 100 years ago—created by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic photographer and writer Kim Heacox, the author of Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge.
- Aim for your own iconic Antarctica shots, go ashore with your with your National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructors, as you learn about Hurley’s technical skills, toughness and artistic greatness.
- Hike in the spacious beauty of the Antarctic with a naturalist or historian who will recount the stirring Shackleton saga as you imagine their situation in the ice.
Enter into the Shackleton spirit, on us:
Capture a once-in-a-lifetime commemorative: Our complimentary Centennial edition parka, based on historic expedition wear, combines vintage style with high-tech fabrication for maximum comfort; it’s the ultimate souvenir of your adventure, a “red badge of courage,” so to speak, and a keepsake you’ll be proud to own.
Get a ‘merit badge’ too: Designed specifically for the Centennial, this distinctive patch on your parka indicates that you were there during a special moment in Antarctica’s history, and marks you as a polar explorer.
Get ready, with a complimentary copy of the definitive book: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. Written by American journalist, Alfred Lansing in 1959, it is considered by many the definitive account of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 expedition. It’s a rousing pre-read, or to enjoy on the ship with a 360º view of Antarctica—it’s our “Thank You” for choosing to celebrate the Centennial with us.