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World Heritage Islands of the Sub-Antarctic

Bluff to Melbourne - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Discover the sub-Antarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand which are home to rare seabirds and marine mammals that have thrived in rugged isolation on this 13-day World Heritage Islands of the Sub-Antarctic Expedition cruise aboard Coral Geographer. Visit the largely untouched World Heritage sites of Snares Island Group, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, and Macquarie Island's renowned wildlife sanctuary. Disembark in Melbourne. 
King penguins, Macquarie IslandTwo Melbourne icons: Flinders St Station and the City Circle TramSoak in the scenery on Campbell Island
Highlights
  • Visit areas of Snares Island Group, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, and Macquarie Island
  • Observe King and Royal penguin colonies at Lusitania Bay
  • Learn about the history and heritage of early explorers and settlers in these remote islands
  • Encounter the “world’s loneliest tree” – a Sitka Spruce – which is more than 200 km from the next closest tree on Auckland Island
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Bluff, New Zealand | Embark

Board at 4:00 pm at Bluff, New Zealand. There is time to settle into your stateroom before your 5:00 pm departure. Spend the day exploring Coral Geographer and all her facilities including a wrap-around Promenade Deck, Open Bridge with Navigator Lounge, Vista Deck, Lounge, Gym, and Cocktail Bars. As dusk falls, meet your fellow travelers and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2-6: Exploration of Sub-Antarctic

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
SNARES
You sail into your first sub-Antarctic anchorage at the Snares Islands. This small group of islands, also known as Tini Heke, are the most northern of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. They are one of the most pristine places in New Zealand, as they were spared whaling and sealing activities in the 19th century. These islands are protected as part of the sub-Antarctic Island World Heritage Site and landing ashore is prohibited.

AUCKLAND ISLANDS – ENDERBY ISLAND & CARNLEY HARBOUR
The Auckland Islands is a group of eight rugged islands positioned close to each other and separated by narrow sea channels. Dominated by the remains of two 12-million-year-old volcanoes, the islands are the largest of New Zealand’s subAntarctic islands. Here, you will go ashore at Enderby Island to spend time birdwatching. Spot myriad rare birds which nest here, including the southern royal albatross, northern giant petrel, Auckland Island shag, red-crowned parakeet, and yellow-eyed penguin.

CAMPBELL ISLAND – PERSEVERANCE HARBOUR
Windswept Campbell Island is one of the main islands within the sub-Antarctic Islands World Heritage Site, and New Zealand’s most southern island. Over many years it was the location for sealing, whaling, and farming endeavours, but was declared a nature reserve in 1954. Since that time, introduced animals have been eradicated, including cattle, sheep, cats and rats. This has allowed native wildlife, birdlife, and vegetation to recover and be reintroduced.

 

Day 7: Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During sea days, relax or join your Expedition Team for a fascinating program of interactive workshops and informative presentations.

Day 8: Macquarie Island

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997 due to its outstanding natural values, it is the only location on the planet where rocks from the earth’s mantle are exposed above sea level. The island is home to the entire royal penguin population during the breeding season, as well as numerous other species including king, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. Seal species include fur seals and elephant seals and it is home to the Hooker’s sea lion.

Day 9-12: Days at Sea

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
During sea days, relax or join your Expedition Team for a fascinating program of interactive workshops and informative presentations.

Day 13: Melbourne, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Melbourne at 3:30pm for disembarkment at 5:30pm. 

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Coral Geographer

Coral Geographer
Coral Geographer Deck

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
Promenade Deck Stateroom
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
Coral Geographer
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

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Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
  • Scuba Diving 

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