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.
Incredible offers on unforgettable cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Atlantic Islands and the Weddell Sea.
|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|
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...