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A Rare Chance to Explore the Remote Ross Sea and Antarctica’s Largest Ice Shelf

by Oceanwide Expeditions News

Oceanwide Expeditions’ “Spectacular Ross Sea” voyage takes passengers through the Ross Sea, an immense bay south of the Antarctic Circle, one of the planet’s most remote areas and where few expeditions venture. It sails from South America to New Zealand (and in reverse) on the ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” – specially equipped with two helicopters to access hard-to-reach sights and afford aerial views of jaw-dropping scenery. The 32-day trip departs on Jan. 13, 2017, from Ushuaia, Argentina; and on Feb. 15, 2017, from Bluff, New Zealand.
Antarctic Peninsula

A Rare Chance to Explore the Remote Ross Sea and Antarctica’s Largest Ice Shelf 

Oceanwide Expeditions offers discounts for “Spectacular Ross Sea” 

 

Vlissingen, the Netherlands, August 2016  -- Oceanwide Expeditions’ “Spectacular Ross Sea” voyage takes passengers through the Ross Sea, an immense bay south of the Antarctic Circle, one of the planet’s most remote areas and where few expeditions venture. It sails from South America to New Zealand (and in reverse) on the ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” – specially equipped with two helicopters to access hard-to-reach sights and afford aerial views of jaw-dropping scenery.  The 32-day trip departs on Jan. 13, 2017, from Ushuaia, Argentina; and on Feb. 15, 2017, from Bluff, New Zealand.

On the route, travelers sail into the Antarctic Peninsula, cross the Polar Circle, visit Peter I Island, and sail in the Bellingshausen Sea along the ice-edge of “deep Antarctica” into the Ross Sea. Here, voyagers will be treated to a helicopter landing on the towering Ross Ice Shelf, a massive glacier said to be the world’s largest body of floating ice, nearly the size of France. The voyage continues to the uninhabited sub-Antarctic Campbell Island and ends after 32 days in New Zealand. The second cruise offers the same itinerary, but in reverse.

Highlights*

  • Land on the massive Ross Ice Shelf, with 164-foot ice walls
  • View and photograph amazing wildlife, including Emperor penguins, Orca whales, seals, and dozens of bird species
  • Fly to the Dry Valleys, the driest place on the planet
  • Set foot on the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island
  • Sail to Campbell Island, home to the Southern Royal Albatross
  • Visit the historic huts of Arctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott

* Highlights are weather dependent

Pricing
Discounted pricing starts at $19,950 per person and includes voyage, meals and activities during voyage period. More information available at www.oceanwide-expeditions.com.

Reservations
Reservations and inquiries may be made via oceanwide-expeditions.com, via email or by calling  during business hours.

About Oceanwide Expeditions
Since 1996, the Dutch polar cruise company Oceanwide Expeditions has offered small-group polar expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. They own, manage, and operate the vessels m/v Plancius (116 passengers), m/v Ortelius (116 passengers), s/v Rembrandt van Rijn (33 passengers) and s/v Noorderlicht (20 passengers). The vessels comply with the highest international safety standards for passenger vessels, such as SOLAS (Safety-Of-Life-At-Sea), and allow the crew to navigate safely through pack-ice and remote narrow waterways.

The Dutch “Plancius Foundation” (1981-1996) was the predecessor of Oceanwide Expeditions. Starting in 1983, it was the first cruise operator to organize yearly expeditions to Spitsbergen.

Oceanwide is a market leader in the Arctic and a four-time World Travel Awards winner for being the world’s leading Polar expedition operator. 

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