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Icebergs, Antarctica

Ross Sea Holidays

The Ross Sea became the starting point for expeditions to the South Pole. Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds and Scott’s hut at Cape Evans have become two of its main attractions for visitors on the Ross Sea cruises.

The Ross Sea became the starting point for expeditions to the South Pole. Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds and Scott’s hut at Cape Evans have become two of its main attractions for visitors on the Ross Sea cruises.

Getting to one of the windiest places on Earth, where Antarctica is at it most raw, is no easy feat. Given the remoteness of these regions there are very few expeditions and access is normally from either Australia or New Zealand. For a true epic voyage you can travel down from Ushuaia on the tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula passing though both Bellingshausen’s and Amundsen’s sea before arriving into the Ross Sea and ending your voyage in New Zealand or vice versa.

Dotted amongst the windswept waters of the Southern Ocean are a series of subantarctic islands that harbour spectacular birdlife including a number of endemic species. The ships stop at a number of these on the journey to or from Australia and New Zealand. UNESCO World Heritage Macquarie Island rival South Georgia for prolific wildlife and scenic diversity, home to 20,000 breeding pairs of royal penguins, along with king, gentoo and rock hopper penguins, elephant seals and various albatross species.

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Ross Sea with the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Follow in the wake of the early explorers, Scott, Shackleton, Mertz and Mawson, travelling to one of the remotest places on the planet. The Ross Sea is synonymous with the history of polar exploration and has epic landscapes to match the endeavours of men like Scott and Shackleton. This epic 32-day voyage travels from Bluff, New Zealand across to Ushuaia, Argentina and has been put together in conjunction with The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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Iceberg, Antarctica
Iceberg, Antarctica

Navigating the Ross Sea

The Ross Sea and East Antarctica are the most remote and challenging regions of Antarctica to reach, and only a handful of expeditions navigate there each year. With opportunities to learn about the fascinating history of the early explorers, the sheer scale of the ice shelves have to be seen to be believed. En-route, visit the wildlife rich sub-Antarctic islands like Macquarie to see royal penguins.

Emperor Penguins, Antarctica
Emperor Penguins, Antarctica

See the Emperor Penguins of Ross Sea

Named after British explorer James Clark Ross who discovered this formidable ice shelf in 1841, the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest body of floating ice in the world. Visit this fascinating area to witness the huge scale of the ice sheet, spectacular scenery and a chance to visit emperor penguin colonies and early explorer huts.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

The vast continent of Antarctica is Sue’s happy place. Immune to the pungent smell of penguin poo and the halitosis of elephant seals, she fell in love with its seemingly endless snowscapes, icebergs the size of stadiums and fascinating history of the explorers.
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Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

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