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                                                                    YOUR TRIP                                                                   

OTL26-15-SPECIAL Ross Sea incl. helicopters Campbell Island - Ross Sea - Peter I Island - Antarctic Peninsula  


Trip made by Oceanwide Expeditions  

 Dates: February 11 - March 13, 2015

(30 nights) 

Ship:  m/v Ortelius 

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.


Included during this trip

-Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

 -All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

-Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.

-Pre-scheduled group transfer from a meetingpoint (contact our reservation department), to the vessel in Bluff. -Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).

-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.

-Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).

-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.


-Comprehensive pre-departure material. 

Excluded during this trip

-Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.

-Pre- and post land arrangements.

Transfers to the vessel.

-Passport and visa expenses.

- Government arrival and departure taxes.

-Meals ashore. Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).

-Excess baggage charges.

-All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.

-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).


- Possible fuel surcharges; It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe and EURO 18 per passenger per night for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.  






                                                                   Day by Day Itinerary                                                    

PLEASE NOTE: Our first Discovery Cruises to the Ross Sea were successfully completed in 2013. Join us for a new exploratory voyage to Campbell Island, home to the Southern Royal Albatrosses, to the huts of the British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott on Ross island, to McMurdo Station and the Dry Valleys, to the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Helicopter transfers: During those voyages we will transfer our passengers ashore by zodiac. But, we will surely also operate our two helicopters if zodiacs cannot be used. Potential candidates for helicopter transfers are Cape Evans (hut of Scott), Cape Royds (hut of Shackleton), Ross Ice Shelf and Peter I Island.

Special note: crossing the Date Line


OTL26 has a total duration of 31 nights / 32 days. However, looking at the starting and ending dates of the voyages, it “seems” that OTL26 has a duration of 30 nights. This is explained by the fact that we cross the “date line” at 180 degrees longitude. Travelling on OTL26 results in a day being subtracted. In any case, the duration of the voyage is still 31 nights / 32 days. 

DAY 1 Departure from Bluff, New Zealand

Bluff (New Zealand). Our passengers embark on Ortelius

DAY 2 At sea

At sea enroute to Campbell Island

DAY 3 Campbell Island

Campbell Island is a sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a luxuriant and blooming vegetation. The fauna on Campbell Island is fantastic with a large and easily accessible colony of Southern Royal Albatrosses on the main island and breeding Wandering, Campbell, Greyheaded, Blackbrowed, and Lightmantled Sooty Albatrosses on the satellite islands. Also three penguin species, Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins breed here. In the 18th century seals were hunted to extinction, but Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have recovered. 

DAY 4-6 At Sea

At sea enroute to Scott Island. 

DAY 7 Scott Island

We sail by the rarely visited Scott Island. 

DAY 8 At Sea

Working our way through the sea-ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea. 

DAY 9 Cape Adare

Cape Adare is the place where people for the very first time wintered on the Antarctic Continent. The hut where the Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899 is surrounded by a large colony of Adélie Penguins, which are now in autumn moult. 

DAY 10-11 Cape Hallett & Drygalski Ice Tongue

Sailing southward along the west coast of the Ross Sea, we pass by Cape Hallett, the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay, and the Drygalski Ice Tongue. 

DAY 12-16 Huts of Scott & Shackleton

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base (New Zealand). If ice and weather conditions are favourable, we will use the helicopters to offer landings. From Castle Rock we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will have a view into Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys, where on our planet you are closest to the conditions on Mars. For the Dry Valleys we plan to use our helicopters. This is just one example of helicopter use during this epic voyage. 

DAY 17 Sailing east

Along the Ross Ice Shelf we sail to the east. 

DAY 18 Helicopter landing

We still sail along the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice, with a front 30 meters high. We intend to offer a helicopter landing on the Ross Ice Shelf.

In the Bay of Whales at the eastern side of the shelf, close to Roosevelt Island (named by the American aviator Richard E. Byrd in 1934 for President Franklin D. Roosevelt), Roald Amundsen gained access to the Shelf and ventured to the South Pole, where he finally arrived on 14 December 1911. Also the Japanese explore Nobu Shirase had his camp in this area at Kainan Bay in 1912. For us it is a chance to be flewn to the ice shelf. 

DAY 19-24 Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, which - depending on ice-conditions - will give us glimpses of the Antarctic Continent, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

DAY 25 Peter I Island

Peter I Island is an uninhabited volcanic island (19 kilometres long ) in the Bellingshausen Sea. It was discovered by von Bellingshausen in 1821 and was named after the Russian Tsar Peter I. It is claimed by Norway and considered a territory by its own. It is sporadically visited by passenger vessels. On earlier landings we saw groups of Elephant Seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars and Cape Pigeons.

DAY 26-27 At sea

Bellingshausen Sea

DAY 28-29 Antarctic Peninsula

In the Antarctic Peninsula we plan to visit the Fish Island and Detaille Island, sail through Penola Strait, visit Petermann Island and Pléneau Island, all islands with a lot of Antarctic wildlife, and sail through Lemaire Channel before heading into the Drake Passage

DAY 30-31 At sea

Sailing through the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia

DAY 32 Arrival in Ushuaia


In the morning, we disembark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel.