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Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition

  • Overview

    DEPARTING FROM HOBART, AUSTRALIA

    Adventures both scientific and spectacular await in the Antarctic, where visits to the historic huts of Scott, Shackleton and Borschgrevink conjure the spirit of discovery on the polar terrain, and quests for penguin colonies amid glacier landings are on guests’ to-do lists. On polar itineraries designed to push the previous boundaries of luxury travel, curated expeditions ashore are led by an experienced team of 25. Adrenaline-filled quests and culturally poignant pursuits are tailored for smaller groups to maximize the personal connection and discovery. Glacier landings, reef dives, jungle hikes and wild encounters will thrill even the savviest travellers, while on board, the experts will offer fascinating perspectives and background of the destinations. From the local wildlife and terrain to cultural heritage and historical events, the majestic settings and rarely visited locales will come to life as guests explore with these seasoned specialists.

    As one of the boldest journeys in the inaugural season, this expedition travels south to Antarctica. Guests will explore the Ross Ice Shelf and visit the historical “huts” of the great explorers that have come before, like Scott and Shackleton, as well as McMurdo Station and Scott Base. There will be epic quests in search of penguin colonies, glacier landings and the thrilling experience of cruising through pack ice on the fully-equipped Polar Class 6 yacht.

    The Endeavor's itinerary balances days at sea with scheduled ports of call, and is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing the Captain and his team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favourable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery. The Expedition Team will maintain a keen eye so that if an opportunity arises and conditions allow, the Captain will attempt to position the vessel accordingly. At all times, itineraries and ports of call are subject to the Captain’s discretion based on prevailing weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed.

    Duration: 23 days
    Passengers: 200 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Hobart, Australia
    Disembarkation Point: Christchurch, NZ
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Hobart, Australia; Embarkation day

      Situated between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful harbor cities – as well as an Antarctic gateway. History adds picturesque charm to this Tasmanian capital, for there are no less than 90 buildings with National Trust classification. At Salamanca Place and Battery Point, relics of the last century’s whaling days can still be seen.

    • Day 2/5 - Cruising the Tasman Sea

      Aboard the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, you’ll find an array of unmatched experiences to immerse in during your days at sea. Indulge your senses at the serene Life Spa & Salon, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center, and learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging enrichment programs. Or simply lounge poolside in solarium bliss while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. As evening arrives, indulge in the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lounge in luxurious spaces, or try your luck at the action-packed Resorts World At Sea Casino.

    • Day 6 - Crossing the Antarctic Circle

      Excitement builds as we cross the Antarctic Circle and edge closer and closer to our destination.

    • Day 7 - Balleny Islants

      The isolated and pristine Balleny Islands, discovered by English sealer John Balleny in 1839, are an archipelago straddling the Antarctic Circle in the Ross Sea. The uninhabited islands and their nutrient-rich waters are part of the world’s largest marine reserve. This surreal, snow-covered wonderland of glaciated, volcanic islands and ice floes is perfect for cruising and possible sightings of humpback whales, which feed on the region’s abundant krill and plankton.

    • Day 8 - Cruising the Ross Sea

      Today we are sea cruising in the Ross Sea en route to our next destination.

    • Day 9 - Cape Adare

      History buffs are in for a treat at Cape Adare where the remains of the oldest buildings in Antarctica are located. The two prefabricated huts were built on Ridley Beach during the 1899 expedition of Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink and were later used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s team in 1911. The historic huts are surrounded by the world’s largest Adélie penguin colony.

    • Day 10 - Cape Hallett & Roget

      The majestic peaks of the Admiralty Mountains welcome you to Cape Hallett. Framed by the Ross Sea, the Southern Ocean and several glaciers, the ranges are situated in Antarctica’s northeastern Victoria Land. Discovered by British explorer James Clark Ross in 1841, the cape is known for its large Adélie penguin colony. Just to the north of Cape Hallett lies Cape Roget, marking the north entrance to Moubray Bay. Cape Roget is home to an emperor penguin rookery.

    • Day 11 - Tera Nova Bay

      The iceberg-dotted Terra Nova Bay beckons with the possibility of stepping foot on the continent of Antarctica. Nestled along the coast of Victoria Land between Cape Washington and the Drygalski Ice Tongue, a massive glacier that flows out into the ocean, the bay area hosts a few scientific stations, including Italy’s Zucchelli Station, known for its research on marine biology, oceanography, seismology and more. Adélie and emperor penguins, as well as Weddell seals, may be spotted in the bay.

    • Day 12/14 - Ross Island

      Discovered by Captain James Ross in 1840, this island is home to Antarctica’s biggest scientific station, McMurdo Station, and Scott’s Discovery Hut. At 950 square miles, it is often considered part of the Antarctic mainland due the continuous presence of the ice sheet. Formed by four volcanoes – including the world’s southernmost active volcano, Erebus, and the dormant Terror, both named for Ross’ expedition ships – it is the highest island in Antarctica and the sixth highest in the world.

    • Day 15 - Marble Point & Dry Valleys

      In this remote expanse of Antarctica that resembles Mars more than it does earth, the McMurdo Dry Valleys represent a region of Earth where life approaches its environment limits – remarkable ice-free dry deserts boasting a geological playground of fossils and salt accumulations. Be among the few to tread in this place that is unlike any other in the world, reaching the scientific stations and historic huts by helicopter.

    • Day 16 - Cruising the Ross Ice Shelf

      Scientific phenomena and other curiosities abound on and around the world’s largest ice shelf, responsible for stabilizing the Antarctic Ice Sheet; where certain fish species swim upside down and icebergs are formed in tubes. The Ross Ice Shelf has captivated explorers and researchers for centuries, from Amundsen and Scott to today’s multidisciplinary scientists who tirelessly study its stability. Survey this massive wonder during helicopter expeditions and see what few other travelers ever have.

    • Day 17 - Coulman Island

      A treasure trove of geologic history, scenic Coulman Island is located in the Ross Sea off the coast of northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Its picturesque landscape of mountains and cliffs dappled with snow is actually a complex of shield volcanoes, massive dome-shaped formations built of lava flows. Its most notable feature is the three-mile-wide, 2,300-foot-deep caldera on the southern end of the island. Coulman’s untouched terrain hosts a large colony of emperor penguins.

    • Day 18/22 - Cruising towards New Zealand

      Aboard the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, you’ll find an array of unmatched experiences to immerse in during your days at sea. Indulge your senses at the serene Life Spa & Salon, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center, and learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging enrichment programs. Or simply lounge poolside in solarium bliss while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. As evening arrives, indulge in the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lounge in luxurious spaces, or try your luck at the action-packed Resorts World At Sea Casino.

    • Day 23 - Christchurch, New Zealand; Disembarkation day

      The historic port of Lyttelton serves as the gateway to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Traditionally considered the most English of New Zealand’s cities, there is much to explore in vibrant Christchurch, from its neo-Gothic stone buildings and beautiful botanical gardens, to its picturesque Avon River lined by graceful willows. Further afar, the Canterbury Plains, snow-capped Southern Alps and numerous rivers beckon with their enchanting beauty and wildlife.

      We disembark this morning and make our to the city centre or the airport for our onwards travel.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    The elusive Emperor penguin

    March to the Emperor Penguins
    Imagine coming within several feet of chicks so young they’re huddling with their parents. Watch in awe as these extraordinary creatures toboggan across the ice on their way to the ocean to dive for food. If you’re lucky, some may even approach you!

    Experience the remote and desolate East Coast of Antarctica

    Discover East Antarctica, often referred to as the 'Real Antarctica'. East Antarctica comprises of the Ross Sea and Commonwealth Bay regions, which are directly below Australia and New Zealand. Here you'll discover a region of Antarctica dramatically different to the Antarctic Peninsula. It'll take us days to sail to this region and once there, we hope to find whales, orca, Adelie & Emperor penguins, seals and a variety of seabirds. Strong ice conditions are prevalent in this region, we'll sail alongside huge ice shelves and hopefully find tabular icebergs the size of small countries. This region of Antarctic was pioneered by the early explorers and hopefully we'll have the chance to step back in time and enter their remarkable huts.

  • Inclusions
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  • Vessel

    ENDEAVOUR - Where luxury roams freely. 

    From the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, the unrivalled experience has evolved into an extraordinary collection of remarkable journeys that goes beyond all-inclusive luxury to offer the most elegant expeditions. Pushing the boundaries of luxury global exploration, we present Endeavor, the world’s most spacious luxury expedition yacht. Every intrepid adventure and cultural immersion is embraced by the richly-appointed spaces and onboard delights, as travellers will follow their boldest dreams to some of the most remote coastlines, peaks, glaciers and islands on earth. With luxuries great and small, Endeavor welcomes guests “home” even in the farthest reaches of the world, offering among the largest all-suite accommodations, private butler service, expansive spaces for sharing stories and toasting to the day’s discoveries, and indulgences that beautifully contrast
    the rugged terrain.

    Designed for Discovery

    Endeavor’s design is rooted in signature luxury and comfort, while also inspiring extreme adventure. The purpose-built polar code-compliant (PC6) luxury expedition yacht provides breathtaking pursuits by air, sea and land while offering a complete range of “exploration toys”. Zodiacs, two helicopters and private submersible allow for all manner of exploration, while spacious mudrooms accommodate gear and preparation for the day’s discoveries.

    With public spaces and dining venues aboard — including Nobu’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, the Connoisseur Club and Palm Court — as well as new, dedicated spaces tailored to expedition voyages and enrichment, Endeavor will ignite the spirit of adventure in the world’s most discerning travellers. She will feature all-suite accommodations for 200 guests, offering private butler service and thoughtfully designed amenities for each suite. King-size beds, heated storage for parkas, and dual sink bathrooms with heated floors create plush retreats of relaxation anywhere across the globe, while streamlined technological conveniences bring the world and beyond directly to guests’ fingertips.

    SIGNATURE HALLMARKS

    • An unmatched collection of complementary and optional Expedition Adventures ashore including thrilling pursuits, cultural connections and optional Overland Adventures
    • An experienced Expedition Team of 25 leading small group exploration ashore and intriguing perspectives on board
    • Two boarding areas for Zodiac adventures
    • Optional adventures via helicopter or the yacht’s private submersible*
    • Fold-out Marina Platform* for complimentary water activities including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and optional scuba diving
    • High-tech in-suite amenities including bedside iPad directory, interactive HD TVs with complimentary on-demand movies and music library, ambient lighting and temperature controls
    • Spa-like bathrooms with dual sinks, adjustable heated floors, anti-fog mirrors, rain-showerheads, steam showers and designer ETRO amenities
    • Full-service Life Salon & Spa and dedicated fitness facilities

    ALL-INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

    • All-suite, butler-serviced accommodations
    • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside
    • Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table dining
    • Unlimited select fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and beers
    • Welcome bottle of champagne and two bottles of wine in your suite
    • Unlimited soft drinks and bottled water in your suite
    • The Pantry: 24-hour self-service venue offering specialty coffees, teas, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages
    • 24-hour room service with options available from Waterside Restaurant (between 6PM and 10PM)
    • Complimentary, 24-hour Wi-Fi access
    • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
    • Daily choice of electronic international newspapers

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 200
    Ice Class: PC6
    Speed:
    Refurbished: 2020
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2020
    Length: 164m
    Width: 23
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 20000
    Registry:
    Elec Outlets: 2 Flat
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Deluxe Suite (S7)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 33,249pp
USD 33,249pp
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Deluxe Suite (S6)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 33,899pp
USD 33,899pp
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Deluxe Suite (S5)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 34,249pp
USD 34,249pp
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Deluxe Suite (S4)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 34,599pp
USD 34,599pp
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Deluxe Suite (S3)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 35,249pp
USD 35,249pp
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Deluxe Suite (S2)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 35,899pp
USD 35,899pp
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Deluxe Suite (S1)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 51.5 Sq. Ft. (4.8 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-Hour Butler Service • Taxes & port fees are included in cabin rate.
USD 36,549pp
USD 36,549pp
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Penthouse Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• Spacious living area featuring chaise sofa • King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Nespresso® coffee machine • 55” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 77.5 Sq. Ft. (7.2 Sq. M.) Verandah • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in corridor adjacent to suite • 24-hour Butler Service • Taxes and port fees included in cabin rate
USD 49,399pp
USD 49,399pp
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Expedition Penthouse (Port side)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• Spacious living area • Dining area • Separate bedroom area • King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens • Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Custom shelving and bar amenities • Nespresso® coffee machine • 65” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 683.5 Sq. Ft. (63.5 Sq. M.) Verandah • Double vanity with back-lit mirrors • Full Jacuzzi® bathtub • Separate half-bath / powder room for guests • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in corridor adjacent to suite • 24-hour Butler Service • Taxes and port fees included in cabin rate
USD 148,949pp
USD 148,949pp
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Owner's Suite

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• Spacious living area • Dining area • Two separate bedroom areas • King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens • Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Custom shelving and bar amenities • Nespresso® coffee machine • 65” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout drapery and sheers • 737 Sq. Ft. (68.5 Sq. M.) Verandah • Double vanity with back-lit mirrors • Full Jacuzzi® bathtub • Separate half-bath / powder room for guests • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-hour Butler Service •Taxes and port fees included in cabin rate
USD 169,199pp
USD 169,199pp
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Expedition Suite (2 x Combined Suites)

06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
• Spacious living area • Dining area • Two separate bedroom areas • King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds) featuring upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights • King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens • Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets • Desk/bar area with refrigerator and integrated power outlets • Custom shelving and bar amenities • Nespresso® coffee machine • 65” Ultra-thin OLED TV • Personal Safe • Full-length mirror • Blackout curtains and sheers • 735 SQ. FT. (68.3 SQ. M.) Verandah • Double vanity with back-lit mirrors • Full Jacuzzi® bathtub • Separate Water Closet with wash basin • Glass-enclosed rain head shower with both overhead and handheld showerheads • Separate half-bath / powder room for guests • ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities • Electronic “Do Not Disturb” Doorbell • Storage Closet for Expedition Gear located in the corridor adjacent to the suite • 24-hour Butler Service • Taxes and port fees included in cabin rate.
USD 183,999pp
USD 183,999pp