Friday, August 20, 2010

On the "Kapitan Khlebnikov"

More than 88 years after his death, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton continues to make news. The latest is the opening of 11 bottles of Scotch whisky found at an ice hut in Antarctica that he used. The whisky is being analyzed by experts who are overwhelmed to be sampling (not drinking) a 19th century recipe that’s no longer made.

You can make your own toast, whiskey or otherwise, to Shackleton at his remote grave on South Georgia during a monthlong Geographic Expeditions trip that tours the Weddell Sea, where the explorer’s ship became trapped in ice for hundreds of days after setting out from England in 1914.

The voyage: The expedition will sail aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov, a Russian icebreaker that was said to be the first to circumnavigate Antarctica carrying passengers on tour in the late 1990s. The ship holds 112 passengers. In this year’s trip, it will tour Elephant Island, the Weddell Sea, South Georgia and other points and include a helicopter tour for aerial sightseeing.

The deal: The cost of this voyage starts at $21,990 per person, based on double occupancy. Those who book before Aug. 31 will receive $2,000 off. Airfare and taxes aren’t included.

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