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Scott & Shackleton's Antarctic - Ross Sea Expedition

An extraordinary adventure to the seldom visited Ross Sea from New Zealand walking in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers.
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 28,952
22 Days
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 28,952


  • Observe the largest Adelie penguin rookeries in the world and sail pass gigantic icebergs and thundering glaciers on exciting zodiac excursions.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Macquarie Island* and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (Campbell and the Snares islands).
  • Follow in the footsteps of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and explore the historic huts of Scott, Shackleton and Borchgrevink.

Embark on an extraordinary adventure to the seldom visited Ross Sea from New Zealand and walk in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers on this exciting expedition.

Sailing from Dunedin in New Zealand on board Le Soléal, start in Campbell Island, part of New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands, and discover the island’s spectacular endemic flora and fauna, including six species of albatross.

While you enjoy some time at sea and take advantage of talks and lectures on board by your team of expedition guides, be prepared to reach the Ross Sea, the Southernmost sea on Earth.

Alongside your expedition team, you will have the privilege of exploring this fascinating region and learn all about its history and natural environment, all in one of the most pristine, spectacular settings. Observe the largest Adelie penguin rookeries in the world, sail pass gigantic icebergs and thundering glaciers during a zodiac excursion, or spot Weddell Seals as they relax or hunt on icefloes.

You will have the opportunity to visit historic buildings including Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds, and reflect on the heroic polar journeys of some of the world’s most intrepid polar explorers.

On your way back to New Zealand, enjoy some time on Australia’s Macquarie Island*, and its impressive colony of king penguins, as well as the Snares islands and their unique wildlife sanctuaries, before disembarking in Dunedin. A truly memorable adventure not many have the chance to experience!

*The port of call is subject to permission being granted by the Australian authorities in order to limit the number of visitors and thus preserve its wild environment.

We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each  cruise a unique experience. The Capt...

Standard Activities

Bird Watching
Bird Watching
Historic Hut Visits
Historic Hut Visits
Penguin Watching
Penguin Watching
Zodiac Cruises
Zodiac Cruises

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1


Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Embarkation from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and departure at 5:00 PM.

Embarkation Point
Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

Campbell Island

Days 4-6

At Sea

Days 7-14

Ross Sea Region

Day 15

At Sea

Day 16

Balleny Islands

Days 17-18

At Sea

Day 19

Macquarie Island

Day 20

At Sea

Day 21

The Snares

Day 22


Route Map

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Departure Dates

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January 26 - Feb 16, 2025
Dunedin, New Zealand
$ 37,247 - $ 71,670
The Explorers Club
February 16 - Mar 9, 2025
Dunedin, New Zealand
$ 28,952 - $ 71,247
Jonathan Shackleton onboard

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Historian: Jonathan Shackleton onboard

Jonathan Shackleton lives in Mullagh in County Cavan, Ireland, where his family runs an organic farm and a forest. A cousin of the famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Jonathan is the historian for the family which traces its ancestry back to Abraham Shackleton, founder of a famous Quaker school in Balt...

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The Explorers Club

The weeks-long expeditions will whisk travelers to the world’s most remote parts, these journeys are enriched by the participation of expert members of The Explorers Club. They will share their experiences with you during on-board conferences and will invite you to participate in their research by offering activit...

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What's Included

  • Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

What's Excluded

  • Personal expenses.
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.

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