Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica was truly amazing.... Once we hit the Peninsula we had the 2 most amazing days, blue skies, ice, wild life, scenery. Absolutly stunning! The ship was great, good facilities. The crew was absolutly fantastic. Very approachable & informative. It was a very family like atmosphare. The food was delicious and plentyful. And the scenery & wild!

Bert Lozey | WA

Ross Sea Explorer

A true voyage of discovery following the paths of the early explorers, offering insight into the history of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott's expeditions, to name just a few. Combine this with abundant wildlife encounters including King, Gentoo and Southern Rockhopper penguin rookeries, along with Minke and Orca whale sightings, and you have a complete Antarctic odyssey. Stopping at Macquarie Island, home to the Australian Antarctic Division research station, we will have a chance to get up close with large numbers of the islands fauna, including the endemic Royal Penguin and Macquarie Shag. In the Ross Sea, we hope to visit the huts of British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott (ice-permitting), along with visits to the US and New Zealand research bases at Ross Island. We will follow an exploratory program as we make our way through the Amundsen Sea, following the fringe of the pack ice before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula, where we visit volcanic Peter I Island, Detaille and Fish Island. Continuing on to PlÚneau Island before sailing through the Lemaire Channel, we complete our journey with a crossing of the Drake Passage.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Ushuaia, embark ship
DAYS 2/3 Drake Passage
DAYS 4/5 Antarctic Peninsula
DAYS 6/7 Bellingshausen Sea
DAY 8 Peter I Island
DAYS 9/14 Amunsden Sea
DAYS 15/22 Ross Sea Exploration
DAY 23 Cape Adare
DAY 24 At Sea
DAY 25 Balleny Islands
DAYS 26/28 At Sea
DAY 29 Macquarie Island
DAYS 30/31 At Sea
DAY 32 Disembark ship in Invercargill where trip concludes

traveller reviews

Antarctica is bigger, more beautiful, more awesome, more powerful than I ever could have imagined. The whole experience was overwhelming. To have this expedition on offer at the particular time I was able to go South was nothing short of a miracle. It was the first, and possibly the last, time Greg Mortimer led an expedition from the Peninsular to Ross Sea - something he has wanted to do for years. Two landings stand out:(1) a helicopter ride to land in the Taylor Dry Valley on the continent on the edge of the Ross Sea. The sheer beauty of the place cannot be described in words or portrayed in pictures. You will just have to take my word for it. (2) zodiac landings on Scott's Hut at Cape Evans and Schackleton's hut at Cape Royds, both on Ross Island. To walk into the place where these expeditioners walked out of, leaving everything behind (even socks and hot water bottle over Scott's bed) was just so moving.I saw all sorts of birds, all sorts of whales, all sorts of penguins, seals. Sat on the beach on Macquarie Island (Macca to those in the know) with a king peguin nibbling my boots. And ice bergs! each one so beautiful and wanting to be photographed. I crunched through pancake and pack ice, stood on a volcanic island that only a hundred or so have stood before, at 2am. I have taken thousands of photos and hours of movies which I have culled to about an hour's worth. Now to write the book...

D. Jacobsen Queensland, Australia

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Trip Code: ORS
Trip Grading: Discovery & Cruising
Duration:  32 days
Activities:  Cruising
Next Trip:  11 February 2015
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price: USD$24950 Quadruple
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Twin private with Window US $ 32850
Superior US $ 36200
Suite US $ 39750
Twin Deluxe US $ 34500

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