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East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson

DEPARTING FROM:Hobart, AustraliaFINAL DESTINATION:Invercargill, New Zealand

DURATION:30 Days/ 29 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Over 28 days voyage from Hobart, Australia to the remote and infrequently visited Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica. This is also the site of the historic hut of early Australian Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson at Cape Denison. Spend ten days exploring Commonwealth Bay. En route this expedition visits New Zealand and Australia's Sub-Antarctic Islands including Macquarie, 

Campbell, Auckland Islands and 'The Snares'. These islands are known as the 'Galapagos of the South' and long walks ashore allow viewing of wildlife and a stunning array of birdlife. One of the few Antarctic itineraries departing from Australia / New Zealand, you'll cruise aboard the hardy research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, in the company of an experienced expedition team and no more than 50 guests.

Ship Details

Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Operated by: Heritage Expeditions

Sister ships The Spirit of Enderby and Shokalskiy are fully ice-strengthened expedition vessels, built in 1984 for Russian polar and oceanographic research. 

They accommodate just 50 passengers and were refurbished in 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

It is important to note that both ships were not built as tourist ships, and therefore the onboard facilities are rudimentary. There is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is very good and is prepared by New Zealand and Australian chefs. What is lacking in the way of onboard luxuries is more than made up for by the ships' tough construction, which includes an 1A ice-rating.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. These expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ships are crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.

Key Facts

234 Feet / 71.60 Metres
42 Feet
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Important note: Heritage Expeditions applies a local payment of USD $880 per person in addition to the published cruise fare. This payment is due when boarding the ship.

Your cruise price includes:

  • Pre/Post cruise transfers
  • One night hotel accommodation in Invercargill
  • All on board ship accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Expedition shore excursions

Your cruise price does not include:

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Laundry 
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • International/domestic flights, visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory for this voyage - ask us for a quote today)
  • USD $880 per person local payment