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WEDDELL SEA

Antarctica's Weddell Sea was discovered by the British sealer James Weddell in 1823. This normally ice-bound sea on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula is most well-known for the incredible story of Shackleton's ship, Endurance, which was trapped and was crushed by ice in 1915. After 15 months on the pack-ice Shackleton and his men managed to reach Elephant Island and arrange rescue.

Entrance to this icy world is often via 'Antarctic Sound' - named after the expedition ship of Swedish explorer Nordenskjöld. The sound that separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from Dundee Island is also named “Iceberg Alley”, because of the huge icebergs often seen here coming out from the Weddell Sea.

Following are some expedition cruises exploring this wild region of Antarctica: