Board your ship in Hobart, Tasmania’s historical port town, and sail south to the Balleny Islands, a snow-covered wonderland of glaciated, volcanic islands and ice floes. See the historic huts at Cape Adare, iceberg dotted Terra Nova Bay and the massive Drygalski Ice Tongue. Expeditions take you to see McMurdo Station and Scott’s Discovery Hut and to survey the vast Ross Ice Shelf. After 23 days cruising through pack ice and glacier landings in search of remote penguin colonies return north via Coulman Island before eventually reaching Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

Key information

Destinations Antarctica
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Luxury, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography
Physical Level Easy

Where to stay

Safe, sturdy and fast, the MS Expedition is amongst the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. The ship features large common areas and observation decks including a 360° Top Observation Deck with panoramic views. Accommodating up to 134 passengers, the MS Expedition provides space and comfort whilst still offering an intimate small-ship cruise experience. The ship also boasts a gym, sauna and barbecue facilities.


Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have en-suite facilities, exterior views and are equipped with king-size beds or twin beds if preferred. Public areas include a reception, restaurant, outdoor bistro, club lounge, library, presentation lounge, infirmary, gym and bridge.

Carrying just 100 passengers, the Magellan Explorer, is an elegant base from which to explore the polar regions, combining boutique hospitality with top class expedition facilities. It is the ideal platform for air-cruise operations and several international polar expedition experts were part of the design process. Cabins are stylish and comfortable with private balconies and the public areas include an observation lounge, deck, dining room, gym and sauna.

An extensively upgraded research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable and spacious. Carrying less than 100 passengers the ship is one of the most stable vessels travelling to Antarctica. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree views of the stunning landscapes. The open bridge policy means you are welcome to meet the crew at virtually any time of the day. Both ships offer a range of cabin configurations, comfortable lounge areas, library, a spacious dining room, a sauna, plunge pool, hot water Jacuzzi, fitness room and day spa with massage therapist.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $33,449pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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