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.