Ross Sea Odyssey from Dunedin – BOOK NOW Save up to 20%!

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Experience one of the most remote, historic sectors of the deep South in comfort on this exploratory expedition aboard the Douglas Mawson.

✓ Your journey begins in the subantarctic, where yellow-eyed penguins waddle through wizened rātā forests and royal albatross nest amid mega herb moors

✓ Cross the Antarctic Circle and cruise the pack, keeping watch for emperor and Adélie penguins, orcas patrolling for prey, and snow petrels soaring against a backdrop of the vast Antarctic Ice Sheet

✓ Embrace the spirit of adventure as you continue along the Victoria Land Coast and into the Ross Sea

✓ These are historic waters, where the explorers of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration staged their bold assaults on the South Geographic Pole; hear the stories of their expeditions and attempt to land at some of their remarkably well-preserved huts

Expedition To/From: Dunedin, New Zealand/Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Cruise
  • 25 days
  • 16 Jan – 09 Feb 2026

Our world-class expedition vessel: Douglas Mawson.

Destination Highlights
• Stand quietly in huts little-changed since Scott, Shackleton, Mawson and the heroic age (ice and weather permitting)
• Marvel at the perfectly cleaved Ross Ice Shelf, home to Antarctica’s largest Adélie penguin colony and site of the first recorded landing in Antarctica
• Watch for ethereal snow petrels as they play on air currents sweeping
down from the polar ice cap

Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Dunedin and transfer your hotel
Day 2: Embarkation day
Day 3: At Sea
Days 4-6: New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands
Days 7-10: At Sea
Days 11-17: Victoria Land Coast and the Ross Sea
Days 18-20: At Sea
Days 21-22: Macquarie Island
Days 23-24: At Sea
Day 25: Disembark in Dunedin

• All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
• One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Dunedin on
Day 1.
• Onboard accommodation during voyage, including daily cabin service.
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage.
• Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner.
• Captain’s Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house
cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
• All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.
• Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition
• Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical
clinic (initial consultation).
• One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket.
• Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage.
• Comprehensive pre-departure information.
• Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.
• Wi-Fi.
Please note we travel to remote regions and therefore the connection can be unreliable.

• International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary.
• Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary.
• Airport arrival or departure taxes.
• Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges.
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.
• Hotel accommodation and meals – unless specified in the itinerary.
• Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.
• All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of
dinner service), gratuities, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone

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*Terms and conditions: Only valid on new bookings and must be booked by 30 June, 2024. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. Offer can be withdrawn at any time and not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply – contact your travel advisor for details.

^ Note: The excursion schedule is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather conditions. The polar plunge included activity is subject to weather conditions.

Images courtesy of Aurora Expeditions