Antarctica & Ross Sea Expedition
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Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Luxury, Photography
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Custom itinerary, Group tour
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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.

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Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

Marvel at the glaciers of the Balleny Islands

Marvel at the glaciers of the Balleny Islands

Roll across the freezing Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica to the remote Balleny Islands. These uninhabited, volcanic islands are frequented by seals and penguins but are characterised by their pristine, towering glaciers.

Visit a supercolony of penguins on Cape Adare

Visit a supercolony of penguins on Cape Adare

Jutting out into the Ross Sea at the very north eastern tip of Victoria Land is the peninsula of Cape Adare. It is home to the largest ‘supercolony’ of Adélie penguins with more than one million breeding at the site.

Join the scientists at McMurdo Station

Join the scientists at McMurdo Station

McMurdo Station is a United States Antarctic research station and home to the continent’s largest community of humans, with a population of more than 1,000 in summer (and a quarter of that in winter), many of whom are scientists travelling to conduct fascinating research.

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MS Expedition

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.

Sea Spirit


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.

Magellan Explorer

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.

Akademik Ioffe

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.

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Included Accommodation

Private cabins on board one of Chimu Adventures' specialist Antarctica cruise ships. A range of ships are available, from converted research vessels to purpose-built luxury liners. Contact the experts at Chimu Adventures now for more guidance.

For land & sea tours, all nights in carefully-selected hotels. All hotels can be upgraded on request.

Included Guided excursions

Landings and guided shore excursions (on ships with fewer than 500 passengers only).

Included Ground transfers

Airport connections and hotel collections.

Included All meals

All freshly-prepared meals including on board.

Not included International flights

International flights are not included but can be arranged on request.

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