In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton Cruise

A single penguin on Antarctica.
Travelers trek across the arctic landscape.
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Sea lions lying on the beach by a group of penguins.
Albatrosses squack at the sky.
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A beautiful ocean view.
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Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey
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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. Join this 30-day voyage, helmed by skillful sailors and knowlegable guides, to experience nature on a scale so grand there are no words to describe it.

Day 1

    Invercargill, New Zealand

    Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand’s southern most city, a place rich in Scottish history. Grab some last-minute luxuries before meeting your fellow expeditioners for an informal get-together over dinner.

    Day 2

      Embark at Port of Bluff

      Enjoy a visit to the local museum to view an educational Subantarctic display before transferring to the Port of Bluff to board the Spirit of Enderby. Settle into your cabin and join your Expedition Staff and the Captain for a welcome reception on board.

      Day 3

        The Snares - North East Island

        Staggeringly, The Snares Islands are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Zodiac cruising the coast, learn how the islands got their name. In the sheltered bays, keep your eyes out for the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, the Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs.

        Days 4-5

          Auckland Islands

          Characterized by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, these islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by. Spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands; here find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white, and yellow wildflowers, and on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion. Land in Carnley Harbour and climb to a Shy Mollymawk colony and nests of the beautiful Wandering Albatross amongst the tussock.

          Day 6

            At Sea

            Take the chance to learn more about the biology and history of these islands and the tempestuous Southern Ocean through informal lectures with your experts. Crossing the confluence of warmer and cooler waters at the Subantarctic Convergence you can expect to see a large number of pelagic species, including five or six kinds of albatross and petrel.

            Days 7-8

              Macquarie Island

              This remote, rocky outpost in the middle of roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Expect a welcoming committee as a quarter of a million King Penguins stand to attention on shore. You won't soon forget your first experience in a ceaselessly active ‘penguin city’, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors. You may also meet with the Park Rangers and observe the thousands of Elephant Seals along the beaches.

              Days 9-12

                At Sea

                Soaring albatrosses and petrels circle the vessel as your ship steams south through the Southern Ocean. Lectures now concentrate on the Ross Sea region, meanwhile beyond the bows of the ship drifting icebergs begin to appear in extraordinary shapes. The ship maneuvers in close for your first ice photographs as you pass the Antarctic Circle and into the continent’s realm of 24-hour daylight.

                Days 13-23

                  Antarctica's Ross Sea Region

                  With unpredictable ice and weather conditions, a day-by-day itinerary is not possible but your expedition team assesses conditions daily and takes every opportunity to launch the zodiacs and to make landings. You can anticipate wildlife viewing, visits to scientific bases and historic sites, as well as the spectacular white and blue scenery.

                  Your ship crew hopes to make landings in the follow areas:

                  Cape Adare: A large flat spit of land, teeming with the staggering sight of Antarctica’s largest Adelie Penguin rookery. You may witness a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks; territorial disputes; petty pilfering and courtship displays. Curious penguins often come very close, offering superb photographic opportunities. Among the shifting mass of penguins you can find Carsten Borchgrevink’s Hut, the oldest in Antarctica, an overwintering shelter for the first expedition to the Antarctic continent in 1899.

                  Cape Hallett: The enormous Admiralty Range heralds your arrival; wild and extraordinary, the mountains rear up from the sea to over 4,000 meters, bounded by colossal glaciers. Land at an abandoned base site, now home to large numbers of Adelie Penguins and Weddell Seals.

                  Terra Nova Bay: An Italian research station where the scientists are always hospitable and enjoy showing you around their lonely but beautiful home. They share with you their scientific research and also, perhaps, the best ‘cafe espresso’ in Antarctica!

                  Franklin Island: Desolately beautiful and rugged, this is home to a large Adelie Penguin population and other nesting seabirds. A landing is attempted to explore the coastline.

                  Ross Ice Shelf: The world’s largest body of floating ice and a natural barrier, at times creating hazardous weather, with sheets of snow blown at gale force by winds off the polar ice cap. Just 800 miles from the South Pole, this daunting spectacle prevented many early explorers from venturing further south. Cruise along its dizzying 30 metre ice cliffs, perhaps lucky enough to see icebergs ‘calving’ from its carapace.

                  Ross Island:Mt. Erebus/Cape Bird/Shackleton & Scott’s Hut. Drop in at a scientific field station and visit the preserved huts of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Informal lectures explain many facets of these amazing early expeditions and towering behind Scott’s hut broods Mt. Erebus, a monstrous active volcano named after the Ancient Greek God of Darkness.

                  Possession Islands: Rarely-visited, small and rugged, these rocks support tens of thousands of penguins. Observe the birds’ busy and humorous activity, with the Admiralty Mountains forming a superb backdrop across the water.

                  Days 24-27

                    At Sea

                    Take time to rest and enjoy shipboard life in the bar or library after the excitement and long daylight hours of the Antarctic. As the ship sails, you have plenty of time for lectures on our final destination and for some pelagic bird spotting.

                    Day 28

                      Campbell Island - Perseverence Harbour

                      Drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for Southern Right Whales who come here to calve. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful ‘mega herbs’ growing on the hills, huge wildflowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions, with unusual colorings and oddly-shaped leaves. Seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and Sea Lions.

                      Day 29

                        At Sea

                        Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey, join your experts for a recap of highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

                        Day 30

                          Disembark in Port of Bluff

                          Disembark in the Port of Bluff and this adventure ends as you disperse to begin others. After fond farewells, transfer to central city hotels or to the airport.

                          Please Note: February departures disembark in Port Lyttleton in Christchurch, New Zealand.

                           Main Deck TripleMain deckSuperiorSuperior PlusMini SuiteHeritage Suite
                          Landing Fees: $880 per person
                          - Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
                          - Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.
                          - Included in the cruise fare is a pre-departure hotel night, group dinner as well as breakfast the next day prior to embarkation.
                          Please note: Rates do not include landing fees.

                          Trip Inclusions:
                          - Pre/Post cruise transfers
                          - One night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (inc. dinner/breakfast)
                          - All on board ship accommodation with meals
                          - All expedition shore excursions