Antarctica. The White Continent. Cold, remote, mysterious and seductive, it covers almost one-tenth of the world’s surface and embraces what is arguably the world’s most awesome scenery. It has lured generations of explorers, including the legendary Sir Ernest Shackelton, who set sail on the Endurance in 1914 and managed to save his crew despite the loss of their ship and months of untold hardships.
The first modern expedition to Antarctica was in 1966, led by Lars Eric Lindblad, the father of the expedition cruise industry. In 1969, Lindblad built the MS Explorer, the first of the small expedition ships that would follow. (The Explorer sank in 2007.)