Ross Sea - in the wake of Shackleton & Scott
Will you be one of the few? One of only a few hundred people who are allowed to make this voyage every year.
Cruising the Ross Sea will take you deep into the fragile ecosystem that is at the heart of Antarctica. You will go further into the White Continent than normal cruises; to visit the huts that sheltered Shackleton, Scott, Mawson and Borchgrevink – poignant relics of the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration.
You will also meet today’s inhabitants. For the two short, ice-melt months the region is alive with Adélie and emperor penguins, South Polar skuas, snow petrels and southern pulmars. It’s also teeming with the whales and seals that come to feed in the rich waters around the edge of the ice.
Become one of the fortunate few; join an expedition to the Ross Sea.
Sample Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Check into the Southern Cross Hotel in Dunedin, New Zealand. Days 2: Depart for Port of Otago to board the Spirit of Enderby. Day 3: Visit the Snares Island by Zodiac to view vast colonies of nesting seabirds. Day 4-5: Cruise the Auckland Islands with their amazing plant life and rare Hooker’s sea lions. Days 6: Spend this ‘at sea’ day listening to fascinated biology and history lectures. Day 7-8: Visit Masquarie Island with its millions of penguins and elephant seals. Days 9-12: Voyage closer to the Ross Sea area, spotting drifting ice bergs. Day 13-21: Explore the famous Ross Sea region with its original explorers’ shelters, modern research establishments, astonishing landscapes and wonderful wildlife. Walk in the footsteps of Scott and Shackleton. Visit the world’s largest ice shelf and prepare to be astonished by Mt Erebus with its towering, active volcano crater. Day 22-26: Take part in lectures as you sail towards Campbell Island. Days 27-28: See the Hooker’s sea lions of Campbell Island and climb to the hilltop breeding sites of southern royal albatrosses. Day 29: Time to relax and reflect as you sail homewards. Day 30: Disembark at Port of Bluff, Invercargill for your homeward transfers.
Shore visits are included but depend on weather conditions. Extra excursions vary with different itineraries and weather, and could typically include:
- Camping on the polar ice
- Kayaking to icebergs and floes
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