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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.