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Antarctica cruise scenery. Coronation Island, South Orkneys group.Trips to Antarctic from Australia and New Zealand usually leave from Invercargill / Port of Bluff in New Zealand 2 (Invercargill has the airport, Bluff, 30km away by road has a deep-water port) or Hobart in Australia 1. Less commonly trips may leave/return from Dunedin in New Zealand which is about 180 km / 110 miles from Invercargill.

The trip may depart and return to the same port or leave from one and return to the other in either direction. It takes about seven days sailing to reach Antarctica from Australia or New Zealand, the journey there and back is usually broken up with visits to the wildlife rich Macquarie Island 3 and others such as Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands that lie between Macquarie and New Zealand.

Once having reached Antarctica trips usually spend their time either in the Commonwealth Bay area 4 or the Ross Sea region between Cape Adare 5 and McMurdo 6 with possibly a short trip along the front of the Ross Ice Shelf R.

1 - Hobart - Australia
2 - Invercargill / Port of Bluff - New Zealand
3 - Macquarie Island
4 - Commonwealth Bay
5 - Cape Adare
6 - McMurdo / Scott bases
R - Ross Ice Shelf


Distances - km/miles

Hobart - Commonwealth Bay 2640 / 1640
Invercargill - Commonwealth Bay 2760 / 1720
Hobart - Macquarie Island 1500 / 940
Invercargill - Macquarie Island 1110 / 690
Commonwealth Bay - Cape Adare 1300 / 805
Cape Adare - McMurdo 760 / 470

The distance to be travelled means that trips to the Eastern side of Antarctica take longer than trips to the Peninsula region from South America and are also subsequently more expensive.

There are also a lot less trips departing from this region than there are from South America meaning less choice of dates and of ship.

The Eastern side of Antarctica is entirely within the Antarctic Circle and a different kind of Antarctica, as remote as it's possible to get on the planet. It is colder than a Peninsula trip and with a higher chance of rough seas at some point. Getting to Antarctica and back again is more of an expedition than the traditional kind of cruise. You will probably not see any other ships during your cruise at all and other than visits to research bases, you almost certainly won't see any people other than those on your ship or at bases you may visit.

Comparison of cruises to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica to the Peninsula region
Advantages
  • Remoteness - You will see little if any other shipping and get a greater feeling of isolation and being at the end of the world, this is a rarely visited part of the planet.

  • You are going where the world's biggest icebergs are and most extreme weather conditions.

  • Visit the huts of Mawson, Scott and/or Shackleton depending on where your particular cruise goes. This is the area where much of the early exploratory history of Antarctica was played out and where historical remains still stand.

  • Exclusivity - of the people who go to Antarctica, only a small proportion visit regions other than the Peninsula.
Disadvantages
(though possibly advantages depending on how you see them)
  • These should be seen as "extreme cruises", they are more of expedition than other Antarctic cruises, even if your ship is luxurious, the conditions encountered might not be!
  • You will be at sea for three weeks or more, there is a high chance that at some point you will experience rough seas, getting there and back is not a guaranteed easy ride.
  • A long way to sail which means it takes longer and costs more, these trips are more expensive than the more commonly taken Peninsula trips, even the "cheaper" cabins.
  • There are not many cruises each year to the Ross Sea  region, so limited dates and availability, cruises are often booked up well in advance and have significant waiting lists - book early!
Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruises- (sample cruises)
Trip Departure Dates Visiting Ship / Pax Prices USD* Days Departure port
The Ross Sea Region: In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton 1/11/14, 2/8/14 Auckland Islands, Macquarie and Campbell Islands, Explore the Ross Sea, Historic Huts, Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo base. Research Vessel

50 - Spirit of Enderby

$18,700 -
$28,000
29 Invercargill / Port of Bluff,  New Zealand - disembark - same
Antarctic Peninsula and Ross Sea 1/16/14, 2/18/14 Wildlife and History, part-circumnavigation of Antarctica. Ross Ice Shelf, Sub Antarctic Islands. Research Vessel

106 - Ortelius
$24,163 -
$38,364
31 Embark Ushuaia, Argentina, disembark Invercargill, NZ - or reverse
Scott and Shackleton's Antarctica 2/8/14 Sub Antarctic Islands, Historic Bases and Regions.  Ross Ice Shelf, Sub Antarctic Islands. Luxury Expedition Ship

106 - Orion
$31,202 -
$47,372
19 Hobart, Tasmania - Dunedin New Zealand


* prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.

If you live in or near Australia or New Zealand it is worth also considering travelling to South America and visiting the Peninsula Region, especially if you can extend the trip. Once you have travelled to South America, there is about half the world in between you and home again with a whole wealth of opportunity to visit many other counties on your outward or return journey, you're travelling anyway, so make the most of it.

As of 2012 / 2013 the airfare from Sydney to Ushuaia where most Peninsula trips leave from is between AU$3.5K-6K per person return with the journey taking 20-60 hours to get there (average around 30 hours) and 50-60 hours to get back (more waiting about for flights).

Antarctic Peninsula Region Cruises - (sample cruises)
Special trip offer - Chinese Speaking Guides, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Luxury Cruise Ship, 10 Days
Depart:  02/05/14 - Return 02/14/14  |  From $4,620
Trip Departure Dates Highlights Ship / Pax Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula 11/15/13 South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy Expedition Ship

Sea Adventurer - 122

  $4,595 -
$8,995
10 Ushuaia, Argentina
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise 12/02/13, 12/07/13, 12/12/13, 12/17/13, 12/22/13, 12/27/13, 01/17/14, 01/22/14, 02/01/14, 02/06/14, 02/11/14 Fly over the Drake Passage both ways, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands Expedition Ship

Ocean Nova - 68
  $9,700 -
$17,995
7 Punta Arenas - Airport
Antarctic Peninsula Air-Cruise 11/30/12, 12/11/12 Sail south, fly back, South Shetland Islands, Abundant Wildlife, Lemaire Channel Research Vessel

Polar Pioneer - 54

kayaking
camping
$6,700 -
$11,800
10 Ushuaia, Argentina
return, Punta Arenas Chile
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula - Luxury expedition ship with 5-star service. 12/22/13 Antarctica Cruise - Falkland Islands, The Peninsula Luxury Expedition Ship

Silver Explorer - 132

  $13,750 -
$37,450
13 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula (Active Adventure) 12/10/13, 01/27/14, 02/24/14, 03/06/14, 03/16/13 South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Research Vessel

Akademik Sergey Vavilov - 92

kayaking,
camping
$5,990 -
$12,190
11 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - Crossing the Circle 2/16/14 Antarctic Peninsula, Sail far South to land on Antarctica inside the circle, visit penguins, icebergs on a luxury ship Luxury Expedition Ship

Sea Spirit - 112

kayaking,
camping
$11,395 -
$24,995
15 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - Weddell Sea Adventure 11/22/13, 1/4/14, 1/13/14, 2/15/14 Antarctic Peninsula, Penguins, Seals, Whales, Historic sites Scenic Exploration Ship

Fram- 240
  $7,876 -
$13,128
10 Ushuaia, Argentina
Trip Departure Dates Highlights Ship / Pax Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Antarctica Cruise - Weddell Sea & Peninsula 2/28/14 Remote Stunning Area, West and East of the Antarctic Peninsula, Seals and Penguins Research Vessel

Polar Pioneer - 56

kayaking

$8,200 -
$13,200
12 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing 1/1/14, 2/16/14 Fly over the Drake Passage both ways,
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands
Expedition Ship

Ocean Nova - 68

  $12,695 -
$19,795
9 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - Across the Circle Antarctic 12/20/13, 2/25/14, 3/9/14 Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Historic Areas Expedition Ship

Expedition - 68

kayaking
camping
$5,499 -
$12,999
14 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica - Cruise - The Peninsula
Luxury expedition ship
11/27/13, 12/07/13, 12/17/13, 12/27/13, 01/6/14, 01/16/14, 01/26/14, 02/05/14 South Shetland, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel Luxury Expedition Ship

National Geographic Explorer- 148

  $11,990 -
$22,870
14 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula Luxury Expedition Ship 12/2/13, 12/12/12, 1/21/14, 1/31/14, 2/10/14, 2/20/14, 12/2/14, 12/12/14 Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Luxury Expedition Ship

Silver Explorer - 132

  $9,750 -
$28,550
11 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula with Circle Crossing 2/10/14, 2/19/14 Sail south, fly back, South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Lemaire Channel, Spectacular Glaciers Research Vessel

Polar Pioneer - 54

kayaking $7,200 -
$12,200
10 Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruises Visiting South Georgia- (sample cruises)
Trip Departure Dates

Highlights

Ship / Pax

Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia 11/20/13, 1/31/14 Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula Research Ship

Akademik Ioffe - 96
kayaking $11,190 -
$21,190
19 Ushuaia, Argentina
South Georgia, Antarctica & the Falklands

2/2/13

Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites - kayaking option Expedition Ship

Sea Adventurer - 122

kayaking

$13,495 -
$25,595

23

Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

South Georgia, Antarctica & The Falklands  10/19/13 Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites Research Ship

Ushuaia - 84
  $8,500 -
$13,710
17 Fly to Stanley in the Falkland Islands from Santiago, disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Notes
*
options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.
** prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.

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