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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
Antarctica

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
Antarctica

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
Antarctica

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
Antarctica

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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Sea Spirit

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Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) for shore transfers and cruising...

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