Ross Sea Expedition

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Ross Sea Expedition Rolf Stange Oceanwide Expeditions

Priced from $25,700   Days: 31-33

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For a truly epic Antarctica expedition cruise, join us on this month long cruise that follows the western coast of Antarctica from the Antarctic Peninsula to New Zealand, stopping along the way to observe wildlife and history at remote and rarely visited spots that few people have had the privilege to see. Your expedition ship for this cruise is the comfortable 100 passenger M/V Ortelius, outfitted with Zodiacs and two helicopters. Conditions permitting, we will make five helicopter landings at various sites. 

We visit volcanic Peter I Island, then follow the outer fringes of pack-ice through the Amundsun Sea, where we will encounter occasional emperor penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and orca and minke whales, often accompanied by various species of fulmar petrels.  We continue on to the Ross Sea, and the massive Ross Ice Shelf, one of our planned helicopter landing sites. We will visit the huts of the legendary polar explorers Shackleton and Scott. As we continue on, we will have several opportunities to view the Mars-like Dry Valleys., again taking advantage of our helicopters. 

As we sail on past Cape Adare after crossing the International Date line, we will continue north to Campbell Island.  Here, we will see healthy populations of eastern rockhopper, erect-crested and yellow-eyed penguins. Elephant seals, and various species of fur seals also live on the protected wildlife sanctuary. 



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Day 1: Ushuaia

We embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located on the scenic Beagle Channel. We will sail through the Channel during the evening.

Day 2 – 3:

At sea

Day 4:

We arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula, where we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel and land on Pléneau Island, where elephant seals haul-out. We should see gentoo penguins, kelp gulls and South Polar skuas.We will also visit Petermann Island with its colonies of Adélie and gentoo penguins and imperial cormorants.

Day 5:

Sailing south through the Penola Strait, we cross the Polar Circle and arrive at the Fish Islands. The small islands lying east of Flouder Island are called the Minnows. We also visit Detaille Island. We may see Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags.

Day 6 – 7:

We sail through Bellingshausen Sea, where we may see our first pack-ice.

Day 8:

Peter I Island, an uninhabited and rarely visited volcanic island in the Bellingshausen Sea. Here we may see groups of elephant seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars and Cape Pigeons.

Day 9 – 14:

We sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice. Depending on ice conditions we may get our first glimpses of the Antarctic Continent. This part of our voyage will be quite lively, as we sight single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and also Orcas and Minke whales along the edge of the ice.If ice conditions allow, we will attempt a landing on Shephard Island in Marie Byrd Land among colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and South Polar Skuas.

Day 15:

We approach the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice. We plan to offer a helicopter landing on the Ross Ice Shelf.

Day 16:

We sail west along the Ross Ice Shelf.

Day 17 – 21:

We plan to visit Ross Island, surrounded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Bird. We will see historically important spots such as Cape Royds and the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base. If ice and weather conditions are favorable, we will again use the helicopters to offer landings. From Castle Rock we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will have a view into Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys, where on our planet you are closest to the conditions on Mars. For the Dry Valleys we plan to use our helicopters.

Day 22 - 23:

Sailing northward along the eastern west coast of the Ross Sea ,we pass by the Drygalski Ice Tongue and the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay and further Cape Hallet.

Day 24:

Cape Adare is the place where people for the very first time wintered on the Antarctic Continent. The hut where the Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899, is surrounded by the largest colony of Adélie Penguins in the world.

Day 25 - 29:

At sea, working our way through the sea-ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea, then along Scott Island toward Campbell Island.

Day 30:

We arrive at Campbell Island, a a sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and an Unesco World Heritage Site.  The fauna here is amazing, including a very large and easily accessible colony of Southern Royal Albatrosses on the main island as well as Wandering, Campbell, Greyheaded, Blackbrowed, and Lightmantled Sooty Albatrosses on the satellite islands. Campbell Island also is habitat for three penguin species, Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins. In the 18th century seals were hunted to extinction, but Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have recovered.

Day 31:

At sea.

Day 32:

We arrive in Invercargill or Ushuaia for our flights home.

Date & Rates:

Ross Sea and Campbell Island with ship to shore helicopter excursions 

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Prices are per person based on double, triple or quad occupancy depending on category room purchased. 

Single supplement: 1.7 times share price. 

Registration: To confirm your space on these tours, please contact our office. 1.800.808.4492 or 206.463.1943

Deposit: 30% of trip cost

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is nonrefundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is nonrefundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% nonrefundable.

Fuel surcharge: If world fuel prices reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure then the boat operator reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of $25 USD per night per passenger to be paid prior to travel.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. Cancellation/medical evacuation is required up to $100,000 per person. An application form will be sent to you upon request, or you may purchase it on your own. Because of the remote location, emergency medical evacuation insurance is required. Please check your personal insurance coverage and make sure it is applicable in foreign countries. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is a component of the insurance program IWA offers.









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