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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton: Ross Sea Antarctica

An epic expedition to one of the most remote and fascinating places on Earth in the wake of the world's most famous explorers.
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 47,344
28 Days
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 47,344


  • Embark on a rare and captivating journey to the Ross Sea, one of the most remote and historically significant regions in Antarctica
  • Encounter the relics of the 'heroic age' of exploration, including huts and sites that tell the tales of daring expeditions
  • Discover the interconnected Southern Ocean ecosystem by visiting the Subantarctic Snares, Auckland, Macquarie, and Campbell islands.

The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent’s human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange and beautiful territory, with opportunities for non-scientific personnel limited to a handful of tourist expedition ships.

The voyage is offered in the equipped and ice-strengthened ship Heritage Adventurer, crewed by some of the most experienced officers and sailors in the world and staffed by a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. This is a unique opportunity to experience nature on a scale so grand there are no words to describe it, and featured in slow TV documentary Go Further South.

The Ross Sea takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross who discovered it in 1841. The British Royal Geographical Society chose the Ross Sea for the now famous British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901-04 led by Robert Falcon Scott. That one expedition spawned what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Race to the Pole’. Ernest Shackleton almost succeeded in 1907-09 and the Japanese explorer Nobu Shirase tried in 1910-12. Scott thought it was his, but was beaten by his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen in the summer of 1911. Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1914-17 marked the end of this ‘heroic’ or ‘golden age’ of exploration, but many of the relics of this era, including some huts, remain.

The dramatic landscape described by these early explorers is unchanged. Mt Erebus, Mt Discovery and the Transantarctic Mountains are as inspiring today as they were 100 years ago. The penguin rookeries described by the early biologists fluctuate in numbers from year to year, but they still occupy the same sites. The seals, which are no longer hunted for food lie around on ice floes seemingly unperturbed. The whales, which...

Standard Activities

Bird Watching
Bird Watching
Crossing The Circle
Crossing The Circle
Historic Hut Visits
Historic Hut Visits
Penguin Watching
Penguin Watching

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1


Arrive at Queenstown, New Zealand’s world famous alpine resort town. Guests should make their way to the designated hotel where we will spend the first night of the expedition. This evening there will be an informal get-together at the hotel for dinner; an excellent opportunity to meet fellow adventurers on your voyage and some of our expedition team.

Embarkation Point
Day 2

Port of Bluff

Day 3

The Snares - North East Island

Day 4

Auckland Islands - Enderby Island

Day 5

At Sea

Days 6-7

Maquarie Island

Days 8-10

At Sea

Days 11-22

Antarctica’s Ross Sea Region

Days 23-25

At Sea

Day 26

Campbell Island - Perseverance Harbour

Day 27

At Sea

Day 28

Invercargill/ Queenstown

Route Map

There are 17 main destinations visited

Departure Dates

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January 7 - Feb 3, 2025
Queenstown, New Zealand
$ 47,344 - $ 94,687
February 2 - Mar 1, 2025
Queenstown, New Zealand
$ 47,344 - $ 94,687

What's Included

  • 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
  • All shore excursions and activities
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists.

What's Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities
  • International/domestic flights
  • Visas and travel insurance

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