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Shackleton’s Final Quest

USHUAIA TO USHUAIA
DEC 29, 2022 – JAN 19, 2023

Shackleton’s Final Quest

USHUAIA TO USHUAIA
Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 19, 2023

CALLING ALL EXPLORERS

Voyage Highlights – 22 Days (19 Nights On Board)

Join us on this rarely offered twenty-two-day exploration of the life, legacy and unparalleled polar experience of the man widely acknowledged as Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. We’ll venture deep into Antarctic waters and experience all that the continent has to offer, as you hear from a number of renowned Shackleton scholars and travel to many of the key (and rarely visited) sites of the greatest survival and rescue story ever told. A once-in-a-lifetime experience befitting an explorer unlike any other.

  • 1 Day Longer than our standard FSG itinerary (22 Days)
  • Reception on board with the Governor of the Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Special Guests including Shackleton’s granddaughter, Hon Alexandra Shackleton.
  • Point Wild, where Endurance crew members miraculously survived for 4½ months.
  • King Haakon Bay, where Shackleton and the James Caird finally made land.
  • A hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay, following Shackleton’s search for rescue.
  • Shackleton’s gravesite, where a whiskey toast will honor the legendary explorer.

CALLING ALL EXPLORERS

Join us on this rarely offered twenty-two-day exploration of the life, legacy and unparalleled polar experience of the man widely acknowledged as Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. We’ll venture deep into Antarctic waters and experience all that the continent has to offer, as you hear from a number of renowned Shackleton scholars and travel to many of the key (and rarely visited) sites of the greatest survival and rescue story ever told. A once-in-a-lifetime experience befitting an explorer unlike any other.

Voyage Highlights – 22 Days (19 Nights On Board)

  • 1 Day Longer than our standard FSG itinerary (22 Days)
  • Reception on board with the Governor of the Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Special Guests including Shackleton’s granddaughter, Hon Alexandra Shackleton.
  • Point Wild, where Endurance crew members miraculously survived for 4½ months.
  • King Haakon Bay, where Shackleton and the James Caird finally made land.
  • A hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay, following Shackleton’s search for rescue.
  • Shackleton’s gravesite, where a whiskey toast will honor the legendary explorer.

Itinerary Overview

  • Dec 29: Arrive in Ushuaia
  • Dec 30: Out on the Town
  • Dec 31: All Aboard Island Sky
  • Jan 1-2: Heading to W Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Jan 3: Visiting Stanley
  • Jan 4-5: A Visual Feast at Sea
  • Jan 6: South Georgian Safari
  • Jan 7: Walking in Shackleton’s Footsteps
  • Jan 8: Service and Toast in Grytviken
  • Jan 9: King Haakon Bay
  • Jan 10-11: Sea and Sights
  • Jan 12-15: The Antarctic Peninsula
  • Jan 16: Deception Island
  • Jan 17-18: Southern Ocean
  • Jan 19: Ushuaia Disembarkation

Itinerary Overview

  • Dec 29: Arrive in Ushuaia
  • Dec 30: Out on the Town
  • Dec 31: All Aboard Island Sky
  • Jan 1-2: Heading to W Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Jan 3: Visiting Stanley
  • Jan 4-5: A Visual Feast at Sea
  • Jan 6: South Georgian Safari
  • Jan 7: Walking in Shackleton’s Footsteps
  • Jan 8: Service and Toast in Grytviken
  • Jan 9: King Haakon Bay
  • Jan 10-11: Sea and Sights
  • Jan 12-15: The Antarctic Peninsula
  • Jan 16: Deception Island
  • Jan 17-18: Southern Ocean
  • Jan 19: Ushuaia Disembarkation

Dec 29, Arrive in Ushuaia

No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Dec 30, Out on the Town

Take in Ushuaia’s museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. An evening briefing will provide important information and will be the time to ask questions and meet fellow travelers. And at a commemorative dinner overlooking the Beagle Channel, we’ll introduce our amazing guests.

Dec 31, All Aboard Island Sky

Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship, where our Expedition Team and ship staff will welcome you on board. After a safety and orientation briefing, our Captain’s welcome dinner awaits, followed by a festive New Year’s Eve celebration in the historic Beagle Channel.

Jan 1-2, Heading to W Falklands

You won’t want to miss presentations by our wildlife and geology experts, as well as our accomplished scholars of Antarctica’s unique history and Shackleton’s daring saga. As you explore the westernmost outpost of the Falklands (Malvinas), take in the majestic countryside and look for Black-browed Albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic Penguin rookeries.

Photography in Antarctica

Jan 3, Visiting Stanley

Stanley, East Falklands (Malvinas) is a lively hub of activity where you’re free to explore the museum, shops and local services, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores. We’ll host a reception on board for the Governor of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Ms. Alison Blake CMG.

Jan 4-5, A Visual Feast at Sea

As we venture toward South Georgia, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to marvel at the spectacular, always-entertaining birdlife from the outer decks or the Bridge. Our Expedition staff is always on hand to provide insights and help identify wildlife in the sea or in the air.

Jan 6, South Georgian “Safari”

South Georgia is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean, home to tens of thousands of breeding penguins and seabirds, surrounded by magnificent mountains and glaciers. The historic and seldom visited King Haakon Bay, McCarthy Island and Peggotty Bluff will all be in our sights. Rear Admiral Lambert, who charted these challenging waters, will help lead the way.

Jan 7, Walking in Shackleton’s Footsteps

The last steps of Shackleton’s desperate search for help carried him from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay. Today, an optional hike will follow those same final steps, with a chance to imagine what it was like to look upon the first sign of civilization and hope after 497 days.

South Georgia Safari
Shackleton Grave Ceremony

Jan 8, Service and Toast in Grytviken

You’re invited to a special service at the Whaler’s Church in historic Grytviken. You’ll enjoy music arranged especially for the occasion, and hear readings chosen by descendants of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration including Joanna Worsley, whose husband died while attempting to cross Antarctica in 2016. After this truly moving experience, we’ll take a short walk to the historic gravestone of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and raise a glass in his honor.

Jan 9, King Haakon Bay

Today (Antarctic weather gods permitting) we’ll venture toward the rarely seen Pegotty Bluff and King Haakon Bay, where Shackleton first set foot on land after his miraculous open water journey aboard the James Caird.

Jan 10-11, Sea and Sights

Set your sights on wildlife and seabirds, staying on the lookout for whales, as we continue to marvel at Antarctica’s spectacular panorama, making our way across the Antarctic Convergence. Shipboard presentations will continue to inspire and amaze you.

Jan 12-15, The Antarctic Peninsula

As we officially enter Antarctic waters, you’ll once again hop into Zodiac boats and spend as much time as possible intimately exploring. Following in Shackleton’s footsteps, you’ll visit Historic Elephant Island and Point Wild; and, weather permitting, Wilhelmina Bay, Foyn Harbor, Enterprise Island, Neko Harbor, Goudier Island, Jougla Point, and Port Lockroy.

Leopard Seal Ice Floe Polar Latitudes
Deception Island Hike

Jan 16, Deception Island

Deception Island, once a whaling station, is one of the most fascinating settings we target for landfall. Technically an active volcano, Deception Island hasn’t erupted in nearly half a century. To reach our anchorage in the bay we sail over the caldera between two rock formations. After our visit, we continue sailing around the South Shetland Islands, including Whalers Bay, Halfmoon Island or Yankee Harbor.

Jan 17-18, Southern Ocean

Heading back to Ushuaia, it’s time to catch your breath, do a little celebrating, share memories, and swap a phone number or two with newly made friends.

Jan 19, Ushuaia Disembarkation

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning, giving you ample time to catch a flight to Buenos Aires, or perhaps head out for further adventure in Ushuaia or Patagonia.

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START DATE TRIPLE PORTHOLE WINDOW PROMENADE DELUXE VERANDA PENTHOUSE OWNER’S
Dec 29, 2022$21,325$25,595$28,405$31,525$32,165$34,415$37,505$41,255
START DATE TRIPLE PORTHOLE WINDOW PROMENADE DELUXE VERANDA PENTHOUSE OWNER’S
Dec 29, 2022$21,325$25,595$28,405$31,525$32,165$34,415$37,505$41,255

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • The dates & prices for all of the itineraries listed above include 2 hotel nights. See Rates & Dates for details.
  • Prices quoted are per-person based on double/triple occupancy.
  • A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.
The most experienced team on land, water, or ice

World class marine biologists, environmental scientists, ornithologists, and modern day explorers are all part of our expedition team - highly experienced, synced to your needs and interests, and with safety always top of mind. More than a team, though, this is a tight knit family. Most of us voyage together year after year, all share a deep love for Antarctica, and all take immense pleasure in making your trip one you’ll never forget.

Polar Latitudes is one of the few operators that require all operational staff to be certified as crew under the International Maritime Organization’s STCW standards. Furthermore, we are the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) guide qualification framework, a world first in training and certifying polar guides in the skills and experience required for our unique industry. Read more about why you should consider choosing PTGA accredited guides here.

Check out some of our amazing Expedition Staff below!

Expedition Team changes for each departure and is composed of at least one of each of the roles below.
Team details are sent via email approximately 90 days prior to departure.

Hayley Shephard
Hayley Shephard
Director of Expedition Operations
Hannah Lawson
Hannah Lawson
Expedition Leader
Maria Cashin
Maria Cashin
Expedition Leader
Nate Small
Nate Small
Expedition Leader
Stephi Walker
Stephi Walker
Assistant Expedition Leader
Mariela Cornejo
Mariela Cornejo
Passenger Service Manager
Conny Bartl
Conny Bartl
Passenger Service Manager
Dr. Dan Schual-Berke
Dr. Dan Schual-Berke
Medical Director
Grace Cordsen
Grace Cordsen
Passenger Service Manager
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Citizen Science Coordinator
Seb Coulthard
Seb Coulthard
Antarctic Historian
Falcon Scott
Falcon Scott
Antarctic Historian
Paul Hart
Paul Hart
Antarctic Historian
Mattias Horntrich
Mattias Horntrich
Marine Mammals
Thérèse Horntrich
Thérèse Horntrich
Marine Mammals
Jeff Reynolds
Jeff Reynolds
Marine Mammals
Ruth Peacey
Ruth Peacey
Ornithologist
Marty Garwood
Marty Garwood
Ornithologist
Tracy Allen
Tracy Allen
Geologist
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Geologist
Ben Osborne
Ben Osborne
Photography Coach
Philip Stone
Philip Stone
Photography Coach
Will Rogan
Will Rogan
Photography Coach
Kalle Kaub
Kalle Kaub
Photography Coach
Nicole Genoud
Nicole Genoud
Kayak Guide
Zack Kruzins
Zack Kruzins
Kayak Guide
Sara Orstadius
Sara Orstadius
Adventure Guide
Ben Boulton
Ben Boulton
Adventure Guide
Laura Zhang
Laura Zhang
Adventure Guide
Bryan McDonald
Bryan McDonald
Adventure Guide
David Hartmann
David Hartmann
Kayak Guide
Echo Xia
Echo Xia
Adventure Guide
Randy Bulicka
Randy Bulicka
Musician
Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
Adventure Guide
Delivering a world class small ship experience

On Island Sky superior comfort and attentiveness are the rule of every day. Recent upgrades ensure the very latest in safety and style, including state-of-the-art stabilization, ice-strengthened hulls, the very latest communication systems, and beautifully designed rooms and common areas.

We like to refer to our service, style and general atmosphere as “effortless luxury,” providing ubiquitous creature comforts and attention to detail, with none of the stuffiness that often accompanies the word “luxury.”

Island Sky Polar Latitudes

Owner's Suite

includes private balcony

Penthouse Suite

includes private balcony

Veranda Suite

includes private balcony

Promenade Suite

with tinted sliding glass doors

Deluxe Suite

with tinted sliding glass doors

Window Suite

Porthole Suite

Voyage Includes:

  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages for the entire voyage
  • 24-hour Coffee/Tea/Cocoa
  • 200MB of WiFi data for your personal device
  • Free use of computers in the Library
  • DVD Movies for use in your cabin
  • Certified Emergency MD and Clinic
  • Voyage Photographer
  • Passenger Service Manager