East Antarctica Cruise: Walk In The Footsteps Of History

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One of the most isolated areas on our planet, East Antarctica is a land of towering polar ice caps and wildlife-rich seas.

East Antarctica is also known for both its historical and modern day explores. After trekking over a 1,000 miles in a perilous landscape, Mackay, David and Mawson were the first intrepid men to reach the Magnetic South pole on January 15th, 1909.

Your cruise will visit the historic ‘Mawson’s hut’ on Commonwealth Bay to learn more about the incredibly story of the three men.  You’ll also have the chance to step foot an a number of other islands that Mawson’s crew visited and witness the rugged landscape that the men had to deal with on a day to day basis.

The East Antarctica Cruise is a fantastic way to experience an incredibly wealth of wildlife and history as you venture along a coast that few people have ever witnessed.

This is the perfect cruise for the adventurous spirit and people with a strong sense of curiosity.

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East Antarctica Cruise

Route Map

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Route Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary is very much dependent upon weather and ice conditions and you will need to be flexible.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN IVERCARGILL

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION

​DAY 3: THE SNARES – NORTH EAST ISLAND

​DAY 4-5 AUCKLAND ISLANDS

​DAY 6: CAMPBELL ISLAND – PERSERVERANCE HARBOUR

​DAY 7-11: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 12-18: COMMONWEALTH BAY

​DAY 19-21: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 22-23: MACQUARIE ISLAND

​DAY 24-26: CRUISING AT SEA

​DAY 27: IVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND

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Ships that sail the ​East Antarctica Cruise Itinerary

Akademik S​hokalskiy

The Akademik Shokalskiy ship is a fully ice-strengthened vessel designed for Polar oceanographic work. The ship carries 48 passengers and since becoming an Antarctic cruise vessel has undergone complete refurbishment.

Because of this the Akademik Shokalskiy is very well equipped for a research vessel and comes with a lounge/bar, library, lecture room and sauna. The ship has a lovely research feel about it that suits many people.

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