Recently, I was having a chat with Florian from Oceanwide Expeditions about their new expedition ship the Hondius (due to launch in 2019), when he mentioned they were finalising details of their 2020 Ross Sea voyages.
Now, 2020 seems a long way away but this is one special trip you need to get in early for.
Typically, when planning a trip to Antarctica the very first decision you will make is whether to go to the Peninsula from Ushuaia in Argentina, or head into the Ross Sea / Commonwealth Bay region from New Zealand (and sometimes Australia). They're half a world apart so it's not a decision to take lightly.
And that's why this 32-day journey aboard the 1A ice-rated Ortelius is a thing of beauty. It travels from Bluff in New Zealand all the way through to Ushuaia (and in the opposite direction on a separate trip) so it really is the complete Antarctic experience.
Highlights of the voyage include the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island, the huts of the British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott on Ross Island, McMurdo Station and the Dry Valleys, two full days on the Antarctic Peninsula, a crossing of the legendary Drake Passage, the Ross Sea and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic Campbell Island, home to the Southern Royal Albatrosses.
Prices for this stunning voyage start at USD $24,950 per person in a quad share room, or just a tick under USD $32,000 per person twin share. The departure dates are as follows:
Ushuaia, Argentina to Bluff, New Zealand – 13 January to 15 February 2020
Bluff, New Zealand to Ushuaia, Argentina – 16 February to 18 March 2020
Click here to see the full itinerary
As we said, there’s lots of demand for this one, and with only a total of 106 cabins available across the two voyages you will need to book early. Give our Antarctic cruise specialists a call today to put your name down for more information.