- The Ross Sea
The ultimate Antarctic Voyage. Voyage to the very heart of Antarctica. The Ross
Sea is one of the most remote regions and is only accessible for two months each
year when the ice thaws.
It is the historic gateway, discovered by Sir James Clark Ross in 1842, it was
to the Ross Sea region that many of the most famous explorers and adventurers
came. They included Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Richard Byrd, Sir
Edmund Hillary and others.
There are 5 historic huts that we visit. These capture the history of these
explorers and their achievements.
The Ross Sea region is the breeding ground for millions of Adelie and Emperor
penguins and we have regular encounters with both these species. New Zealand,
America and Italy maintain scientific bases in the Ross Sea and welcome the few
visitors that come each year. Our Ross Sea Expeditions include Subantarctic
Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Island where we have permits for landing.
Over the next few years there will be a number of significant centennial
celebrations of expeditions and events that took place in the Ross Sea. We will
be celebrating these with special expeditions. The first of these is the Nimrod
Centennial Expedition. Our Nimrod expedition on board “Spirit of Enderby” will
depart Lyttelton at 4pm on January 1st 2008, exactly 100 years to the day that
Landings at the Sub Antarctic Islands are by permit only as administered by the
Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at Snares Island.
Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage which will make it necessary
or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include
poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition
Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.
Next Voyage is #2564
11 January 2009 - 9 February 2009
Arrive at New Zealand’s southernmost city,
Invercargill. Dinner and overnight at central city
hotel with opportunity to meet fellow expeditioners.
Visit Southland Museum’s Subantarctic display,
embark Spirit of Enderby and depart.
Arriving at Snares in time to see the estimated 6
million sooty shearwaters departing to sea is just
the start of a wildlife experience with Snares
crested penguins grouped on the shoreline, New
Zealand furseals and sealions, endemic tomtit and
fernbirds on a zodiac cruise experience of sheltered
inlets and caves.
Day 4 and 5
Auckland Islands has two main harbours from past
volcanic activity. We visit Enderby Island in the
northern Port Ross for a day ashore allowing time
for observations of breeding New Zealand (Hooker’s)
sealions, the yellow-eyed penguins as they emerge
from the forest and cautiously proceed to the
beckoning sea, numerous bellbirds and red crowned
Southern royal albatross nest on the
sward beyond the forest.
Our southern visit in Carnley Harbour is to South
West Cape where a climb takes up to the white capped
albatross colony. A zodiac cruise in the sheltered
waters is an alternative to either natural history
or historical sites.
A day of pelagic observations and lectures in
preparation for Macquarie Island.
Day 7 and 8
An up thrust of the earths crust this sliver of land
supports teeming wildlife – endemic royal penguins,
inquisitive king penguins, gentoo and rockhopper
Southern elephant seals breed here also.
Your time ashore becomes a total sensory overload of
wildlife – take the time to sit and watch. Our visit
to the Australian Base with their hospitality, gives
a glimpse of the research undertaken here.
Day 9 – 12
As we make our way across the Southern Ocean our
eyes will scan for pelagic species – listen for the
call of “whale”, watch in awe when they cross our
Our daily programme will prepare us for our
time in Antarctic with informal lectures and
discussions. Crossing the Antarctic Circle the days
lengthen and our ice experience will begin with bergy bits and tabular bergs frequenting the sea.
Day 13 – 22
Our visit to the Ross Sea region highlights
Antarctica’s most historic region. Due to the
unpredictable nature of ice and weather conditions a
day by day itinerary is not possible.
and Expedition Leader will take advantage of every
opportunity to make landings or zodiac cruises.
Our first continental landfall is planned for Cape
Adare, where Borchgrevink’s Hut still stands, built
in 1899 for the first wintering over expedition on
Antarctica. The land spit of Cape Adare is blanketed
by Adelie penguins, at the height of the season up
to one million birds. As we depart the Downshire
Cliffs are spectacular.
The Admiralty Range heralds our arrival to Cape
Hallett where we land next to an abandoned
American-New Zealand Base. Offshore from Cape
Hallett are Possession Islands where Sir James Clark
Ross claimed the land for Queen Victoria, England.
Day 13 – 22 continued...
Terra Nova Bay is surrounded by the Society Range,
centre for the Italian summer base of Baia Terra
Nova. With its granite outcrops it is very
different to the volcanic nature of Ross Island. If
possible we also plan a landing at Inexpressible
One of the few places to gain an appreciation of the
scale of Antarctica from is Franklin Island, a
landing here means an attempt of the summit.
The largest ice shelf is found at the southern end
of the Ross Sea. impenetrable and daunting low
lighting creates images of warmth in a land of cold.
Ross Island is the centre of activity historical and
present within the Ross Sea. Cape Bird at the
northern end is a summer station for Adelie penguin
researchers, Cape Royds with Shackleton’s 1907-1909
Nimrod expedition hut is also the southern most
Adelie colony. Cape Evans has Scott’s second hut
erected in 1911 and further south at Hut Point is
Scott’s Discovery Hut from 1901-1904.
McMurdo base is close to Hut Point with New
Zealand’s Scott Base a short distance further on.
Orca (Killer Whales) frequent with ice channel or
ice edge and Emperors have been seen on voyages in
Day 23 - 26
Departing the spectacular ice carved nature of
Antarctica we steam northwards to Campbell Island
with time to recover from the extensive daylight
hours of Antarctica and enjoy shipboard life.
Day 27 and 28
We anchor at Campbell Island in Perseverance Harbour
for our visit ashore where we walk to Col Lyall
Saddle to observe the Southern royal albatross, the
rugged scenery and take in the special nature of
this island which has been cleared of introduced
sheep and rats and is making a recovery with
increasing small birds and plant life.
A final day at sea to reflect on the experiences we
Arrive at the Port of Bluff, after formalities we
will disembark and transport is provided to the city
$19,115.00 USD pp
Heritage Suite: has a large lounge area, a separate
bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge,
writing desk, wardrobe, drawers, fridge. There is a
private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
There are large forward and side facing windows with
Shared: $19,115.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $38,230.00 USD pp
$17,859.00 USD pp
Mini Suite: has a small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a
single bed in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk
and a private bathroom with shower. toilet and
washbasin. This suite has windows.
Shared: $17,859.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $35,718.00 USD pp
$17,444.00 USD pp
Superior Plus cabins: Cabins have two lower berths,
wardrobe, drawers, a private bathroom with shower,
toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Shared: $17,444.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $31,399.20 USD pp
$15,962.00 USD pp
Superior cabins: Cabins have one bunk (an upper and
lower – two), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private
bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These
cabins have windows.
Shared: $15,962.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $28,731.60 USD pp
$13,490.00 USD pp
Main deck cabins: Cabins have two lower berths,
wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin. The nearby
showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck
Shared: $13,490.00 USD pp
Sole Occupancy: $24,282.00 USD pp
Main Deck Triple
$11,881.00 USD pp
Government Landing Fees
$400.00 USD pp
Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage
which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate
from this itinerary. These circumstances include
poor weather conditions and opportunities for making
unplanned zodiac excursions. Your Expedition leader
will provide more information at the start of the
voyage and keep you fully informed during the
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