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In the Wake of Ross, Amundsen, and Scott

Example 35 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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On this special 35-day expedition cruise, explore the remote lands and waters of Antarctica. Visit the Bay of Whales, along with historic and wildlife sites on Ross Island and the western coastline of the Ross Sea. Every year a small number of Antarctic enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Ross Island to visit Scott's huts and memorials. Attempt to visit the remote Balleny Islands, discovered in 1839 by British Sealer John Balleny. Apart from the obvious historic and geographical interest, this region has one of the highest concentrations of the greater snow petrel (Pagodroma nivea) in Antarctica. Immerse yourself in the dymanic scenery, wildlife, and history of this isolated region. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Invercargill
Day 2 : Embark at Port of Bluff
Day 3 : The Snares | North East Island
Day 4 : Auckland Islands
Day 5 : At Sea
Days 6-7 : Macquarie Island
Days 8-11 : At Sea
Days 12-27 : Antarctica: the Ross Sea Region, including Bay of Whales and Balleny Islands
Days 28-30 : At Sea
Days 31-32 : Campbell Island | Perseverence Harbor
Days 33-34 : At Sea
Day 35 : Disembark in Christchurch


  • Discover the remote lands and waters of Antarctica
  • Follow in the footsteps of Ross, Amundsen, and Scott
  • Travel as far south as the Bay of Whales
  • Visit Balleny Island, Macquarie Island, and the New Zealand Subantarctics
  • Zodiac cruise the ice edge, see penguin rookeries, & explore historic huts


Spirit of Enderby

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Penguins walking around on icebergs. Seal hides amongst the unique plant life. Travelers photographing the subantarctic landscape. Baby penguin stands in the middle of hundreds of penguins. Travelers waiting to board a zodiac.

Day 1 Invercargill

Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a visit to the local museum to view an educational Subantarctic display before transferring to the Port of Bluff to board your ship. 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the Buller’s albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs.

Day 4 Auckland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, a very productive stretch, you can expect many seabirds, including five or six kinds of albatross and numerous species of petrel.

Day 6-7 Macquarie Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This remote, rocky outpost in the middle of roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Four species of penguin breed here: king, royal, rockhopper, and gentoo. You may never forget your first experience in a ceaselessly active ‘penguin city’, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors. Also meet with the Park Rangers, visit the Australian Antarctic Base, and observe the hundreds of southern elephant seals along the beaches.

Day 8-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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.

Day 12-27 Antarctica: the Ross Sea Region, including Bay of Whales and Balleny Islands

  • Ship
  • 16 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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 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 following areas:

Balleny Islands: Remote and often beset by ice, attempt not only to visit but to make a landing here. Hope to see and photograph the greater snow petrel which is known to breed on these islands.

Bay of Whales: The site of Amundsen’s Framheim and Richard Byrd’s “Little America”.

Cape Adare: One of the largest Adelie penguin rookeries in the world and also site of Carsten Borchgrevink’s 1899 Hut.

Cape Hallett: The mighty Admiralty Range dominates this site, a former NZ/American base.

Franklin Island: Desolately beautiful and rugged, home to a large Adelie penguin population.

Ross Ice Shelf: Formerly called the “Ice Barrier”, the world’s largest body of floating ice.

Ross Island: Mount Erebus and visits to Cape Bird, Shackleton’s Hut, Scott’s Hut(s), and Scott and McMurdo Stations are high on the wish list.

Possession Islands: These islands support tens of thousands of penguins.

Terra Nova Bay: Both the Italian and Koreans have research stations here.

Day 28-30 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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 your final destination and for some pelagic bird spotting.

Day 31-32 Campbell Island | Perseverence Harbor

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Drop anchor in Perseverance Harbor, 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 33-34 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey, join your experts for a recap of highlights, and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 35 Disembark in Christchurch

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in the Port of Lyttelton. This adventure ends as you disperse to begin others. After fond farewells, transfer to central city hotels or to the airport.

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Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
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Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
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Mini Suite
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows


- 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.

Circumstances may be encountered during your voyage which 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.

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- One night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast)
- All on board ship accommodation with meals
- All shore excursions and activities

Cruise fare does not include:
- Government landing fees
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance


  • 34 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 34 Dinners
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