Celebrating Shackleton

Journey from Antarctica to South


Celebrating Shackleton Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia


Antarctic Destinations

Antarctica, at times an unforgiving continent marked by harsh temperatures and rugged terrain, is home to a rich diversity of wildlife that inhabits the glaciers, mountains, bays, fjords, inlets, pebble beaches and rugged coastlines. The Antarctic Peninsula, for instance, is abundant with minke, humpback, right, blue, sperm and killer whales. 


Destination Highlights

Grytviken, South Georgia

One of the most historically significant sites on South Georgia Island is Grytviken, which at one time was the largest whaling station on South Georgia. Grytviken no longer has permanent residents – except for a few staff who come each summer to manage the South Georgia Museum. 

When to go

The preferred time to visit is between November and March when the sea ice conditions allow ships to navigate.

Date & departure point

Departure from Buenos Aires, Argentina

This brand new itinerary celebrates the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose passing in South Georgia on January 5, 1922, marked the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The 20-day itinerary Celebrating Shackleton: 

Date & departure point

Rates above include the following:

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities


Flightseeing aboard Ultramarine

While polar landscapes are spectacular from the sea, they’re even more stunning from the air, a view you can enjoy while seated in one of the two twin-engine helicopters stationed on Ultramarine.


The newest ship in our fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. 


Explorer Triple

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). This suite is perfect for guests traveling solo who want to share their experience with other like-minded travelers of the same gender, or for groups of three traveling together. Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.


Offering a variety of treatments exclusively crafted for our guests, the spa and adjacent steam room allow passengers & nbsp; to fully relax and unwind before their next off-ship adventure. 


Cruise company & history

Cruise company & history of Quark Expeditions

Our History. Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, the cofounders of Quark Expeditions, took the first group of commercial travelers to the North Pole In 1991. That inaugural, game-changing expedition—the first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage—set Quark Expeditions on a course that would put us at the forefront of polar exploration. 


Our Polar Promise: Polar Exploration and Sustainability

  • Quark Expeditions is profoundly committed to environmentally responsible tourism. Protecting the places we visit is necessary to ensure we can continue to introduce travelers to the spectacular beauty of the polar wilderness. Through Polar Promise, our comprehensive sustainability strategy framework, we’ve incorporated existing sustainability initiatives into a cohesive plan so we can identify where we can do better or do more.