Ross Sea Cruise: One Of The Remotest Regions On Earth

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One of the most remote areas on our planet, the Ross Sea is a region steeped in human exploration history.

Few people have ever stepped foot in the region and the area provides a fascinating mix between incredible wildlife and polar exploration.

The highlights are without doubt the Ross Sea ice shelf and the wildlife rich sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand. People with a sense of curiosity will be delighted every day as you visit penguin rookeries, seal colonies and historic exploration huts.

Ross Sea cruise goers will simply stare and marvel at the incredible icebergs, glacial tongues and sea ice that surrounds you on a daily basis.

Photographers will be in heaven on the Ross Sea Cruise as the itinerary not only takes in whales, seals and penguins, but you will also visit modern research camps, scientific units and rarely visited islands such as the Aucklands, Snares, Macquarie and Campbell Island.

The Ross Sea Cruise is truly an experience of a lifetime and perfect for photographers or people with a real sense of curiosity and adventure!

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Ross Sea Cruise

Route Map

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Route Itinerary

Please note that the itinerary provided is simply a guide. All operators have slightly different programs and the weather and ice on the Ross Sea often dictates the itinerary considerably. If you’re thinking of sailing on the Ross Sea Cruise then you’ll need to be flexible in your approach as the weather waits for no one and exact dates and landings cannot be guaranteed.

Please also note that some itineraries turn back to New Zealand after visiting the Ross Sea regions. The one detailed below takes in the Antarctica Peninsula before sailing onto Ushuaia.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN INVERCARGILL

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION DAY

​DAY 3: VISIT THE SNARES

​DAY 4-5: VISIT THE AUCKLAND ISLANDS

​DAY 6: SAILING

​DAY 7-8: VISIT MACQUARIE ISLAND

​DAY 9-12: SAILING

​DAY 13-22: THE ROSS SEA REGION

​DAY 23-25: SAILING

​DAY 26-27: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

​DAY 28-29: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 30: ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA

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Ships that sail the ​Ross Sea Cruise Itinerary

The Ortelius

The Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel designed for extreme cruises to the Polar regions. The Ortelius holds 116 passengers and has basic, but comfortable accommodation. The ship is equipped with two dining rooms, a bar and a lecture theater room and a good amount of deck space.

Akademik S​hokalskiy

The Akademik Shokalskiy ship is a fully ice-strengthened vessel designed for Polar oceanographic work. The ship holds 48 passengers and since becoming a cruise vessel has undergone a complete refurbishment. Because of this the Akademik Shokalskiy is very well equipped and comes with a lecture room, lounge/bar, library and sauna. The ship has a nice research feel about it that suits many people.

​Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby holds 50 passengers and well designed for expedition cruising to remote landscapes. Ice-strengthened, the vessel is cozy and comfortable and offers excellent catering. During the off-season, the Spirit of Enderby is often used for Oceanographic Research work.

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