South to Antarctica - the Ross Sea

Cruise into a region very seldom visited by people other than scientific personnel. Travel via the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia enroute to the Ross Sea region to places made famous by Sir James Clark Ross, Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. Our ice strengthened ship will enable us to visit the well known and some of the lesser known geographical locations. Land at historic sites and search for the unique wildlife that is endemic to this region. Our knowledgable lecture staff will introduce you to the rich cultural and natural history.

Arrive Hobart, Tasmania.

Transfer to the ship and begin our journey south.

At sea, lecturers and staff will provide background lectures on the regions we will be visiting, also a chance to see the many different species of seabirds, albatross and mollymawk.

Macquarie Island has been described as one of the "wonder spots" of the world. Four species of penguins including the endemic Royal penguin breed here. During our visit we will concentrate on the best wildlife areas with opportunities to both observe and photograph them.

We depart Macquarie Island and journey south opportunities for pelagic watching and a series of lectures to prepare us for our time in Antarctica.

We will pass as close as ice conditions will allow to the remote Balleny Islands.

Spectacular views of the Admiralty Range herald our arrival at cape Adare. We will visit Borchgrevinks hut at Cape Adare. This hut was built for the first expedition to overwinter, behind it a huge AdMie Penguin colony covers the hillside.

Cruising the Ross Sea. A constant lookout will be kept for the Emperor penguin and other wildlife including seals.

We spend these days exploring the Ross Sea region. We sail as far south as any ship can; visit the US and NZ research stations on Ross Island. We inspect Scott's "Discovery" hut dating from his 1901- 1904 expedition. Land at Cape Royds where Ernest Shackleton's hut stands more or less unchanged from when he abandoned it in 1909. Later the same day we will go ashore at Cape Evans where the hut from Scott's 1911 expedition still stands. We will cruise into Terra Nova Bay and if permission is granted we will visit the Italian Research Base. Further north at Cape Hallet, mountains rise from sea level to over 12,000 feet and glaciers carve their way down from the interior.

At Sea.

At Campbell Island we observe and photograph the magnificent Southern Royal albatross which nest in large numbers on this Island amongst the many flowering mega herbs. Depart for Auckland Islands.

We will spend an entire day ashore on Enderby Island. It is breeding ground for the rare Hooker's sealion. In the forest behind the beach there are bellbirds, Redcrowned parakeets and the friendly tomtits. Yellow-eyed penguins also nest in the forest. On the open country beyond the forest Royal albatross and the endemic Auckland Island dotterel can be found.

At sea.

Arrive Bluff (NZ) and disembark.

In the Footsteps of Scott and Shackleton

Follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest Antarctic explorers, Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, to the Ross Sea region. This area is seldom visited except by scientific personnel. Our ice-strengthened ship will take us to the areas where these men and their colleagues lived and worked during their expeditions, earlier this century. Our historians will bring this heroic period of Antarctic discovery alive with shore excursions and informal lectures. This is a rare opportunity to experience this region first hand.

Arrive Invercargill and stay overnight.

Transfer to the ship and begin the journey south.

At sea enroute to Campbell Island, a chance to relax and watch for seabirds or catch up on some reading from the well stocked library.

At Campbell Island an easy walk to observe the Southern Royal albatross nesting amongst the flowering megaherbs. We will also see the Campbell Island cormorants, Light-Mantled sooty albatross, sealions and elephant seals.

At sea where there will be a series of lectures preparing us for our time ashore in Antarctica. If Ice conditions permit we will attempt a landing at the Balleny Islands. Views of the spectacular Admiralty Range herald our arrival at Cape Adare where the hut from Brochgrevinks 1899 expedition remains.

Cruising the Ross Sea region we aim to make a zodiac excursion to Possession Islands. We will be on a constant lookout for whales and we should see orca (killer whale)and minke.

Cruise Terra Nova Bay and if permission is granted visit the Italian research base.

We sail as far south as any ship can and visit the US and New Zealand research stations on Ross Island. We inspect Scott's, Discovery Hut dating from his 1901- 1904 expedition.

Ashore at Cape Royds where Ernest Shackleton's hut stands more or less unchanged from when he abandoned it in 1909. Later that same day we go ashore at Cape Evans where the hut from Scott's 1911 expedition still stands. It is a poignant reminder of this great explorer.

The scenery is wild and spectacular at Cape Hallet. We aim to make a landing here.

At Sea enroute to the Auckland Islands.

Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands is home to the rare Hooker's sealion. In the forest behind the beach we will find bellbirds, Redcrowned parakeets and the friendly tomtits. yellow-eyed penguins also nest in the forest. In the open country beyond the forest we will find Royal albatross and the endemic Auckland Island dotterel.

At sea. Arrive Port of Bluff and disembark.

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