Journey To Antarctica Aboard L’Austral

Trip Leader(s)
David Fleshler, Vice Provost of International Affairs, CWRU
January 28–February 10, 2020
Trip Description

Everything wears an aspect of unreality,” Ernest Shackleton wrote. “Icebergs hang upside down in the sky; the land appears as layers of silvery or golden cloud. Cloud-banks look like land, icebergs masquerade as islands...” Watch as normal human scales and reference points disappear amidst the grandeur of nature in its most pristine form, from extended sunrises that paint the icescape in soft shades of pink to the lingering golden light of the austral summer, where humpback whales, leopard seals and Adélie penguins mingle among sparkling turquoise glaciers and glimmering icebergs.

Antarctica glacier

Discover Antarctica, and see how its spectacular illuminations reveal the mystique and contrasts of the most unique place on Earth to those fortunate enough to visit on this extraordinary 14-day program.  Retrace the sea-lanes traveled by storied explorers Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott as they sought out the final frontier of “The White Continent” during a nine-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star, ice-class vessel.

Your Antarctic experience will be enhanced by a comprehensive schedule of exclusive and specially arranged lectures. The onboard expedition team of expert naturalists will guide you on excursions aboard sturdy Zodiac craft to explore the intricate ecosystems and marvelous nuances of the abundant wildlife found ashore, especially penguins and seals who have no fear of humans.

This program has consistently been over-subscribed the last three years. We have been able to arrange early reservations forms for this program that will enable you to reserve your space today with a fully refundable deposit through April 2019. To reserve your place, simply complete the early reservation form and return to the tour operator.

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: Those who have participated in Planned Giving with CWRU are eligible to receive discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For more information about the Luminary Society, contact Charles M. Miller, JD, AEP®, Senior Director of Planned Giving at or via phone at 216.368.8640.

Full brochure and itinerary.

Information on the ship, Le Boreal

For more information about this trip, please contact Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email