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.
- Land on the massive Ross Ice Shelf, with 164-foot ice walls
- View and photograph amazing wildlife, including Emperor penguins, orcas, 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
Discounted pricing starts at $19,950 per person and includes voyage, meals and activities during voyage period.
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