in the wake of scott & shackleton:
ross sea antarctica
Jan-Feb 2025 – 28-day expedition cruise
in the wake of scott & shackleton: ross sea antarctica
The Ross Sea region in Antarctica stands as a testament to the raw beauty and untouched wilderness of Earth’s most isolated territories. Accessible only during the brief austral summer, this area offers a rare glimpse into pristine natural landscapes and a rich history of human exploration. Join us on an exclusive journey aboard the Heritage Adventurer, witnessing the majestic scale of nature rarely seen by human eyes. This voyage, featured in the slow TV documentary Go Further South, allows travelers to immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty of the Ross Sea and its historical significance.
Explore the Ross Sea’s fascinating history
The Ross Sea’s legacy is deeply intertwined with the age of Antarctic exploration. Named after Sir James Clark Ross, who first discovered it in 1841, this region became the backdrop for the epic endeavors of renowned explorers like Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. These expeditions, including the British National Antarctic Expedition and Shackleton’s ill-fated Trans-Antarctic expedition, marked the “heroic age” of exploration. Today, relics from this era, such as explorers’ huts, remain preserved, offering a window into the past. The unchanged landscapes, including Mount Erebus and the Transantarctic Mountains, continue to inspire just as they did a century ago. The area also serves as a living museum to the early biological discoveries of penguin rookeries, seals, and the slowly recovering whale populations, highlighting the region’s ecological resilience.
Aboard the Heritage Adventurer
Embark on a journey of discovery with the Heritage Adventurer, a vessel renowned for its robust ice-strengthened capabilities and equipped for exploring the remote corners of the Antarctic. Your adventure begins in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you’ll meet fellow explorers and our expert expedition team. After enjoying the alpine beauty of Queenstown, you’ll head to the Port of Bluff to set sail. The itinerary promises unparalleled exploration, from the untouched wildlife sanctuaries of The Snares and Enderby Island to the historical echoes of the Ross Sea region. Each day unfolds with lectures, wildlife sightings, and visits to historic and scientific sites, ensuring a comprehensive Antarctic experience. As you cruise through icy waters, observe pelagic birds, and marvel at glaciers, the Heritage Adventurer offers a comfortable and immersive platform for your Antarctic voyage, concluding with a reflective journey back to civilization via Campbell Island, teeming with unique flora and fauna.
A Journey Through Nature’s Masterpiece
The Ross Sea voyage is not just a historical journey but an expedition through one of the most dynamic ecosystems on the planet. Beyond the historic sites, visitors can marvel at the vast ice formations, observe the diverse wildlife including seabirds, seals, and whales, and visit modern scientific bases. The expedition also explores the Subantarctic Islands, such as The Snares and Macquarie Island, which are integral to the Southern Ocean ecosystem. These islands serve as a prelude to the Antarctic experience, offering insights into the biodiversity and ecological significance of the region. This journey not only showcases the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of the Antarctic but also emphasizes the importance of conservation and understanding our planet’s natural heritage.
Ice, Wildlife, History: join us on An Epic Antarctic Journey
Easy – Moderate
This trip is suitable for active individuals with a thirst for adventure. The kayaking option suits paddlers with some kayak experience.
7 Jan-3 Feb, 2 Feb-1 Mar
From AU$45,275.00 per person.
Additional kayaking supplement AU$2,995.00 per person.
*Final price will depend on cabin chosen.
Landing fees, pre/post cruise transfers, one night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast), all on board ship accommodation with meals, house beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and all shore excursions and activities. Programme of lectures by noted naturalists.
If you choose the kayaking option and pay the kayaking surcharge, this will include all your paddling and kayak equipment and the services of a professional sea kayak guide throughout the duration of the voyage.
All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.
What you’ll see
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