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1 Expedition cruising ANTARCTICA & SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS

2 Welcome Aboard, At Heritage Expeditions, we call the Southern Ocean home. Our association with the region dates back to November 972 when, as a young biologist, I first visited the Auckland Islands with the American Australian New Zealand Expedition. I didn t know then that this expedition and the Southern Ocean was to dominate and shape my life, and my family s life for the next 40 years. I was so taken by the wildlife of the region that I just wanted to share it with other people; I believed even then that this wild territory was too important and too valuable to lock away and it is a belief I still hold today. And there s something else besides: the more people that can witness and experience the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica itself, the more chance we have of protecting them for future generations. I hope the Southern Ocean may one day be called home by other families too. In 989 we were among the first companies to offer natural history expeditions to the Subantarctics and the Antarctic continent. My young family joined me on these annual expeditions; they too were caught in the spell of the region and have devoted their lives to further developing responsible natural history travel. Joining me at Heritage Expeditions, together we have completed over 50 expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and nearly 00 to the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica; more than any other company or individual in the history of Antarctic exploration. The expeditions you find in this catalogue have been years in the making. They haven t been designed in a board room or copied from someone else s brochure: they are the combination of years of experience, a passion for and commitment to conservation and a desire to share with you the beauty and magic of the region, that you in turn might become ambassadors for its continued protection. Our long association with Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands means that not only do we know them intimately, but it also means we have permits and permissions that are unique to our company earned through an impeccable record of responsible expeditions. We would love to share these unique islands and majestic continent with you. For more information about the Subantarctic Islands I invite you to read my recently-published book The Galapagos of Antarctica - Wild Islands South of New Zealand which is beautifully illustrated with photographs taken by my sons. As a family, as enthusiasts and as an expert company, we look forward to sharing these memorable expeditions with you. Rodney Russ Founder of Heritage Expeditions 2

3 Index Tasmania Hobart Page 4 Introduction to Expedition Cruising Page 5 Responsible Travel Policy and Conservation Page 6 Expedition Staff Page 7 Vessel: Spirit of Enderby Page 8 Expedition: Birding Down Under Page 0 Expedition: Galapagos of the Southern Ocean Page 2 Expedition: Mawson Centennial Page 4 Expedition: Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific Page 6 Expedition: Ross Sea - In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton Page 20 Expedition: South Indian Ocean Page 22 Expedition: Birding the Australian Bight Page 2 Future Plans and Expeditionary Voyages Page 24 Essential Information and Booking your trip Page 25 Booking Form Page 26 Booking Terms and Conditions Birding Down Under Galapagos of the Southern Ocean In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific Ross Sea Inside cover: Campbell Island Albatross by Ewen Bell Cover photo: Hooker Sea Lion eating the Spirit of Enderby by Aaron Russ Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia)

4 Introduction to Expedition Cruising The spirit of adventure and exploration is being suffocated by jet liners and large cruise ships. This, at a time when an increasing number of people are looking for a genuine wilderness and wildlife adventure. Expedition Cruising still provides genuine travellers (not tourists) opportunities to go where few people have been and to share experiences that few people will have had. Expedition Cruising enables us to go to places that are inaccessible to most other forms of travel, it doesn t discriminate, is available to people from all walks of life and can be enjoyed regardless of age or gender. The spirit of adventure generated by expedition cruises brings people together in a unique and fulfilling way. Expedition Cruising is generally done on smaller sized vessels to avoid the negative impacts from large groups of people on a culture or on an ecosystem. Smaller groups mean more time ashore and a more genuine experience, whether it is in a wilderness or enjoying a cultural exchange in a remote village or town. Expedition ships are designed to navigate where the larger ships can t go and to land you with Zodiacs in places where few travellers have been before. The objective of Expedition Cruising, apart from having an enjoyable time, is to create a learning environment. Our staff are teachers and interpreters not entertainers. Expedition Cruising creates wonderful ambassadors for conservation. The Russ family through Heritage Expeditions pioneered Expedition Cruising in the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia, the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and, more recently, the Russian Far East. They are committed to conservation through advocacy and education and believe that Expedition Cruises can deliver on that and at the same time provide participants with a memorable travel experience. With Heritage Expeditions there is no need to sacrifice comfort and quality of food or accommodation. Our vessel the Spirit of Enderby, accommodating just 50 passengers, is comfortable and functional, having all the attributes that make it the perfect Expedition ship. It is one of the last family operated Expedition ships of its size and type in the world. Spirit of Enderby and one of her two Hovercrafts Photo credit: Nathan Russ 4

5 Enderby Trust Responsible Travel Policy Travelling with Heritage Expeditions is to travel responsibly. As biologists and ornithologists, we are intimately aware of the many issues that confront animals and their habitats, the world s oceans and isolated ethnic groups. We also take action: we actively contribute to the conservation of the places we visit in several ways; we buy local and employ locally; we make sure that travellers are respectful of local customs and traditions; and we dispose of waste responsibly. Conservation Heritage Expeditions supports conservation by providing advocacy through responsible travel and providing funds and logistical support for research and management. At the beginning of 20 we entered into a three-year association with Birdlife International as a Species Champion for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. In addition to our providing transport and logistics for several researchers, we are committed to making financial contributions as a company and welcome our guests to join us in support of this programme. We also make significant annual contributions to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Russian State Reserve Agency. In addition to these contributions, Heritage Expeditions provides transport of freight and personnel to and from nature reserves. We support the New Zealand Meteorological Service and non-governmental research agencies, including the World Wildlife Fund (Russia) and the University of Canterbury. For the season we have chosen our January Antarctic voyage to promote as well as collect and submit donations for The Last Ocean Charitable Trust. The organisation was established in August 2009 to raise awareness of the unique values of the Ross Sea. We travel in small groups and endeavour to maintain a guide to client ratio of :2. Each expedition is led by an experienced Expedition Leader who is familiar with the region being visited. When selecting our specialist expedition equipment, vehicles and vessels, we research carefully to ensure that they are the most suitable and environmentally responsible. All waste generated on our expeditions is disposed of in a responsible manner: on board it is treated as prescribed by MARPOL, and on land expeditions recycling is encouraged. Non-recyclable waste is brought back for disposal at approved sites. Heritage Expeditions owns and is covenanted to protect an area of native forest in New Zealand. We employ a part-time Conservation Officer for the purposes of predator control and native species replanting. We partner with the Enderby Trust to provide scholarships for young people, who could not otherwise afford to travel, to join our expeditions. Heritage Expeditions holds active membership in a number of conservation and travel organisations including the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) which promotes responsible travel to Antarctica. Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 5

6 Expedition Staff As a family-owned and operated company, there will almost certainly be a Russ family member on board in a leadership role. We have also assembled a world renowned team of experts to share New Zealand and Australia s Southern Ocean island wilderness with you and to interpret the natural and human history along the way. Rodney Russ trained and worked for the NZ Wildlife Service during which time he became convinced of the importance of advocacy in successful conservation strategies. Heritage Expeditions, which he formed in 985, has pioneered Southern Ocean expedition travel. Rodney still leads and lectures on many of the company s Southern Ocean expeditions after all it is where his heart lies. Aaron Russ is the eldest of Rodney s two sons. He first travelled to the Subantarctic Islands as an 8 year old and has gone south every season since for 20 years. He graduated with honours in zoology and regularly leads expeditions. Adam Walleyn was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and has been a passionate naturalist his entire life. He has worked on more than 50 expeditions in the Southern Ocean as a lecturer, Zodiac driver and birder; the majority of them for Heritage Expeditions. He has a university degree in history and philosophy. Dr Martin Cawthorn is arguably one of the Southern Ocean s leading cetacean and marine mammal researchers. Martin pioneered research work on New Zealand Sea Lions that continues to this day. His work with whales predates some of the current conservation efforts; the Southern Ocean is like a second home for Martin. Dr Aleks Terauds graduated as a marine biologist from the University of Tasmania, Australia in 99 and spent most of the next decade living and working on Macquarie Island. He is an author and avid wildlife photographer. Aleks has worked for Heritage Expeditions for a number of years in the Subantarctic and Antarctica. Chris Collins a former accountant turned Birder. His role in researching and organising the now famous Western Pacific Odyssey (WPO) Expedition is legendary. He brings this same passion and knowledge to many of these Birding expeditions. His attitude to birding is professional and infectious. A true team player he is always there to help and share his knowledge. Dr Louise Crossley Historian Starting in 99 as Station Leader at Mawson, Louise completed three winters and summers with ANARE as station, field and voyage leader. She has written several books and articles on the history of polar exploration. Since 994, she has worked as a guide/lecturer on voyages to the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. Marie Kospartov gained her marine ecology degree in tropical north Queensland, Australia, specialising in coral reef ecology before joining Heritage Expeditions as Assistant Expedition Leader. Marie s love of the natural world, her organisational skills and her seemingly endless enthusiasm and energy is infectious. Nathan Russ is the youngest of Rodney s sons he has travelled south every year since the age of 9. After training in catering and hospitality he graduated to the role of Operations Manager for the company s vessel but still expedition leads on a regular basis. Rowley Taylor is often, and rightly referred to as the grandfather of Subantarctic research and management. Rowley has devoted his entire life to working in the Subantarctic and Antarctica. Author of over 80 scientific papers and a book on the Subantarctic, nobody knows the region as well as he does. He graciously agrees to interrupt his retirement to share his knowledge because of his passion for these islands. Katya Ovsyanikova is a graduate of the Biological faculty at Moscow State University. From an early age she travelled and worked in the high Arctic with her parents, mostly on Wrangel Island where they are both conducting long-term wildlife studies. Katya undertook her own study on sea otter ecology and behaviour in the Commander Islands in 2007/08. Katya is fluent in English and Russian and is passionate about natural history. 6

7 The Spirit of Enderby The Spirit of Enderby is the complete expedition vessel, built in 984 for polar and oceanographic research; she is fully ice-strengthened. Refurbished in November 2009 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. On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. This class of vessel is world renowned for polar expedition cruising because of its strength, manoeuvrability and small passenger numbers. With a maximum of 50 passengers on Heritage Expedition voyages we are one of the few remaining companies still offering the true small ship experience. Cabin categories: Heritage : Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views. Mini s: Have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini s have windows. Plus cabins: Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. cabins: Cabins have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. deck cabins: Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other deck cabins. deck triple: This cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other deck cabins. Office Bridge Bridge Bar Lounge /Library Lecture Theatre Laundry Hospital level 2 6 S a u n a level level level Dining Room Galley Dining Room Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 7

8 Birding Down Under Listen to their names: Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie; these are islands only ever visited by a handful of explorers, unlucky castaways and government scientists, but also by some expedition cruises. The Subantarctic Islands occupy the tempestuous latitudes of the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties but they are known also as the Albatross Latitudes and with good reason. Ten of the world s albatross species breed in the region; five of them nowhere else but here. In fact this zone, where the air is never still, hosts the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world, more than 40 species breed down here; that is at least percent of the entire world s seabird population. Put simply, it is a birder s dream and on the must-do lists of birders around the world. Over 20 species have been observed on the islands or in the surrounding ocean but getting there and getting to actually see them is not an easy task. These places are isolated, remote and forbidding territory, their isolation playing a part in protecting their wildlife. The Subantarctic Islands are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and are afforded the highest conservation status and protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments, so passage to their shores is not granted lightly. Heritage Expeditions operates one of the original expeditions to these islands and we offer you the chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places in expert company, a family of enthusiastic naturalists that actively supports conservation in the region. A voyage through these islands will turn up a myriad unexpected delights: as well as the vast albatross population, the fulmars, the petrels and prions in abundance, the penguins are also very special to this region. Of eight penguin species breeding here, three are endemic: the Snares Crested, Erect-crested and the Royal Penguin. Through their diversity, the land birds indicate to us just how long these islands have been isolated: no fewer than 5 species are Subantarctic endemics. Taking in the Chatham Archipelago on the way, we are fortunate to meet with experienced local guides and to see and photograph the many endemic island species found there. Gaming Southern Royal Albatross Photo credit: Tessa Bickford Campbell Island Snipe Photo credit: Heritage Expedition Team Snares Crested Penguins Photo credit: Ritchie Robinson

9 Itinerary Day : Invercargill New Zealand s southernmost city and rich in Scottish history. Grab any last-minute luxuries before meeting your fellow expeditioners for an informal get-together over dinner. Day 2: Depart Port of Bluff Enjoy a visit to the museum to view the Subantarctic display before transferring to the port where you board the Spirit of Enderby. The Captain and Expedition Staff welcome you on board and our adventure begins. Day : Snares Islands We Zodiac cruise the jagged coastline searching for a number of the endemic species known to breed here. The Bullers Albatross nests only here and on the Solander Islands but doesn t come to nest until the new year; we may be lucky to encounter them offshore. In the flowering Olearia forests draping the hillsides we will see the tomtit and fernbird. It is claimed that the island is home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles combined. Among those that we will see are Sooty Shearwaters, the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, Cape Pigeons, Antarctic and Whitefronted Terns. Day 4: Enderby Island Named for the same distinguished shipping family as our own vessel and one of the most beautiful islands in the group, if not the world, this is a great birding location and a chance to see everything from the famous Southern Royal Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel, to shags, teal, parakeets, bellbirds and the rare Subantarctic Snipe. On Derrycastle reef we may see migratory waders such as the Bar-tailed Godwit and Turnstone. Sandy Bay is one of just three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands for the rare Hooker s or New Zealand Sea Lion. Day 5: Carnley Harbour These islands have witnessed many a shipwreck in days gone by; loaded in human history, they harbour tales of castaways and coastwatchers. We land here and may see the New Zealand Falcon as we climb to a Shy Mollymawk colony and an area where the Wandering Albatross nest. With an island named Disappointment and a mountain called the Tower of Babel this unique archipelago has to be seen to be believed. Day 6: At Sea Take the chance to learn more about the biology and history of the islands and the tumultuous Southern Ocean through lectures with our experts. Crossing the confluence of warmer and cooler waters at the Subantarctic Convergence we can expect the pelagic birdlife to be abundant, including Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Diving Petrel and many more species besides. Days 7 to 8: Macquarie Island The only place in the world where the beautiful Royal Penguin breeds, this remote outpost supports a breathtaking concentration of wildlife. You will never forget your first experience of a noisy penguin city, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors and where you will be witness to a thousand chattering, feeding chicks; territorial disputes; petty pilfering and courtship displays. King Penguins are also found in large numbers, as are Gentoo and Rockhopper. We meet with Park Rangers and seek out the thousands of Elephant Seals lolling on the beaches and along the coast, Redpolls and Imperial Shag can often be spotted. Day 9: At Sea There will be many opportunities to spot wildlife and we will be keeping a keen lookout for cetaceans, albatross and petrels; relax in the ship s bar or catch up on your reading in the library. Day 0: Campbell Island We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for calving Southern Right Whales. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross or walk to Northwest Bay and experience the strange and beautiful mega herbs growing on the hills, huge wildflowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions, with unusual colourings. Hike the beautifully-named Mt. Honey for its dramatic views and take advantage of some great birding and photographic opportunities; we should see the New Zealand Pipit, Antarctic Tern, Dunnock, Campbell Island Shag, Southern Skua, and hopefully the elusive Campbell Island Snipe. Day : At Sea Join us on the bridge, where we keep a keen lookout for species commonly seen in this area: Black-browed Albatross, Campbell Island Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin s Albatross, Sooty Shearwater and Little Shearwater. There should be plenty of petrels and sometimes the Fairy Prion, Fulmar Prion and Antarctic Prion show up together. Day 2: Antipodes Island One of the most isolated, least known and rugged of the Subantarctic Islands; landings are not permitted, so we cruise along the coast looking for the endemic Antipodes Island and Reischek s Parakeet. We may also see the Antipodes subspecies of the New Zealand Pipit, and with half the world population of Erect-crested Penguins here, we should encounter one or two! As well as Antarctic Terns and Kelp Gulls. Day : The Bounty Islands Incongruously-named, these are inhospitable granite islets lashed by the Southern Ocean. Discovered by Captain Bligh just months before the infamous mutiny, they are home to thousands of Salvins Albatross, Erect-crested Penguins, Fulmar Prions and the endemic Bounty Island Shag, the world s rarest. At sea we should spot Wandering Albatross species, Northern Royal Albatross, Mottled Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Broad-billed Prion, White-chinned Petrel and Black-bellied Storm Petrels as well as Wilson s Storm Petrel. Day 4: Pyramid Rock With further excellent pelagic birding we look out for the Chatham Island Petrel and also the very rare Chatham Island Taiko or Magenta Petrel. Arriving at the spectacular Pyramid Rock we find the only breeding place of the Chatham Island Albatross. Voyage Dates Heritage Day 5: South East Island (Rangatira) One of the world s greatest nature reserves and home to the endangered Shore Plover and Chatham Island Oystercatcher. Keeping our eyes peeled for the Pitt Island Shag and ears open for the unusual song of the Tui, we also visit the Mangere Islands where the endemic Black Robin was rescued from a decimated population of only six birds. Day 6: Chatham Islands Dropping anchor at Waitangi we might see the endemic Chatham Island Shag on the rocks as we land. Personally escorted by local guides to the Tuku Reserve, we enjoy a bush walk in the hope of seeing the Chatham Island Warbler and Chatham Island Pigeon. Days 7 to 8: At Sea Enroute to Dunedin we will cross the Chatham Rise: a shallow underwater extension of New Zealand s south island that once (millions of years ago) formed dry land all the way to the Chathams. Nutrient-rich waters from the south mix with warm northern waters and there is an overlap between northern pelagic species and birds from southern latitudes. This is a good time to be out on deck. We can expect Royal Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Westland Black Petrel, Cook s Petrel and much more. Day 9: Port of Otago, Dunedin Our adventure ends with safe harbour at the historic Port of Otago. We bid farewell to our fellow voyagers, to enjoy a transfer to the city or airport and take memories that will last long beyond flights home. Mini Plus #6 st Oct - 8 th Nov 20,600 2,995 2,495,650 0,295 9,250 #268 2 st Dec 2-8 th Jan,600,00 2,700,800 0,500 9,500 Additional charges: Landing Fees $ 600pp (All prices per person in USD) Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary. night pre-cruise twin share hotel accommodation, all on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. limited availability Triple Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 9

10 Galapagos of the Southern Ocean This is without doubt one of the most inspiring and informative journeys into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 80 natural sites that have been designated as the most important and significant natural habitats on the planet. They are afforded the highest conservation status and protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments and passage to their shores is not granted lightly. We offer you the chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places and to do so in expert company, a family business that actively supports conservation in the region. As a young biologist, Rodney Russ (the founder of Heritage Expeditions) first visited these islands in 972 with the New Zealand Wildlife Service. He organised New Zealand s first commercial expedition there in 989, 20 years and over 00 expeditions later, he is still as passionate about the islands as he was in 972. As the original concessionaire we have good relationships with the conservation departments and some of the access permits we hold are unique only to our expeditions. The name we have given to this voyage Galapagos of the Southern Ocean reflects the astounding natural biodiversity and the importance of these islands as a wildlife refuge. They lie in a cool temperate zone with a unique climate and are home to albatross, seals, terns, penguins and many, many more species besides. Island-hopping through the Macquarie, Snares and Auckland Island groups we may have the chance to walk the rata forests and cushion bogs, hear the ceaseless chattering of song birds and see the alien-looking wildflowers that have adapted to this strange environment. It is a journey that will forever change your appreciation of the Southern Ocean and its wildlife. Elephant Seal among King Penguins Photo credit: Gunther Riehle

11 Itinerary Day : Dunedin Meet your fellow voyagers and Expedition Staff for an informal get-together over dinner at the hotel, where you will stay overnight. Day 2: Depart Port of Otago We transfer you to the Port of Otago where the Captain welcomes you on board the Spirit of Enderby and as you settle into your cabin, our adventure begins. Day : Snares Islands North East Island is the largest of the Snares and, staggeringly, this one island is home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together. Zodiac cruising the rugged coastline we learn how the islands got their name and encounter Snares Crested Penguins, Cape Petrel and Buller s Albatross on the imposing cliffs. We are also likely to encounter Antarctic Terns, White-fronted Terns, Red-billed Gulls, Tomtits and Fernbirds. Day 4: Enderby Island Named for the same distinguished shipping family as our own vessel and one of the most beautiful islands in the group, this is a great birding location and a chance to see everything from the famous Southern Royal Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel to parakeets, bellbirds and the endemic shag, teal and snipe. Sandy Bay is one of three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands for the rare Hooker s or New Zealand Sea Lion. Day 5: Carnley Harbour These islands have witnessed many a shipwreck in days gone by; loaded in human history, they harbour tales of castaways, bullion and coastwatchers through to today s scientific visitors. We land in Carnley Harbour to visit the Shy Mollymawk colony and perhaps spot the beautiful Wandering Albatross spreading its huge wingspan above the cliffs. With an island named Disappointment and a mountain called the Tower of Babel this unique archipelago has to be seen to be believed. Days 6 to 7: Campbell Island We spend two days exploring the island by foot and take in the panorama of rocky islets and sea stacks; once the lonely preserve of settlers and seal hunters and now returned to nature. Enjoy an easy walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross at Col Lyall or walk across the hills to Northwest Bay and see the strange and beautiful mega herbs growing on the hills, huge pink and yellow wildflowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and, on the beaches beyond, young male Sea Lions testing their strength. Day 8: At Sea Take in informal lectures with our experts on the Subantarctic Islands and the tumultuous Southern Ocean; relax in the ship s bar or catch up on your reading in the library. Crossing the confluence of warmer and cooler waters at the Subantarctic Convergence we can expect the birdlife to be abundant including five or six kinds of albatross and petrel. Join us on the bridge, where we keep a keen lookout for them and for whales. Days 9 to 0: Macquarie Island The only place in the world where the beautiful Royal Penguin breeds, this remote outpost in the middle of the roaring westerly winds supports a breathtaking concentration of wildlife. You will never forget your first experience of a noisy penguin city, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors and where you will be immersed in a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks; territorial disputes; petty pilfering and courtship displays. We meet with scientists and Park Rangers based here and also seek out the thousands of Elephant Seals lolling on the beaches and dunes. Days to : At Sea Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey, join our experts for a recap of highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner on the final night. Day 4: Port of Hobart, Australia Making safe harbour at last in historic Hobart, our adventure ends but memories will last long beyond this; we transfer you to the city or airport and bid fond farewells. Passenger over looking Carnley Harbour, Enderby Island Photo credit: Aaron Russ Voyage Dates Heritage Mini Plus Triple Campbell Island Albatross Photo credit: Aaron Riuss #6 8 th Nov - st Dec 20 7,990 7,400 6,950 6,500 5,750 5,050 #266* 9 th Dec - 2 st Dec 202 7,990 7,400 6,950 6,500 6,000 5,050 Additional charges: Landing Fees $ 600pp (*266 runs in reverse, returning to Bluff) (All prices per person in USD) Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary. night pre-cruise twin share hotel accommodation, all on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. limited availability Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia)

12 Mawson Centennial In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson I seemed to stand alone on the wide shores of the world Douglas Mawson in his memoir, Home of the Blizzard. In 90, the geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson turned down an invitation to join Captain Scott s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, choosing instead to command his own Australasian Antarctic Expedition a year later. His aim was to explore and chart the 2000 mile coastline directly south of Australia; it was a stretch of Antarctic coast virtually unknown to man and would test the endurance of Mawson and his men to their mortal limits. They sailed from Hobart on 2 nd December 9 encountering foul weather and high seas before making landfall at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay. Unbeknownst to them, they had just discovered one of the windiest places on the planet but it was to become their home for the next two years. Dividing into parties and exploring over many hard months, they traversed massive glaciers and plunging crevasses and endured countless long weeks trapped by blizzards raging at 20 kilometres an hour. Mawson himself struggled back to base from his expedition party, frostbitten, alone and exhausted with a tale to tell that equals any from that golden era of polar exploration. He arrived back at Cape Denison, snow-blind and so late that he had to overwinter in Antarctica, his relief ship had already sailed. On this centenary celebration of that courageous voyage, we hope to land at Cape Denison to visit Mawson s Hut, where we will try to piece together the clues and envisage what life would have been like here a century ago. The location of the base against the backdrop of the polar plateau is nothing short of spectacular; the area is populated by thousands of penguins and petrels, making a visit here very special indeed. We will also follow in the original expedition s footsteps with a stop at Macquarie Island plus other Subantarctic Islands (all of them designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites) which are inhabited by penguins, seals and albatross. Passengers outside Sir Douglas Mawson s Historic Hut Photo credit: Nathan Russ

13 Itinerary Day : Hobart Arrive at the historic city of Hobart, Australia where you are welcomed on board the Spirit of Enderby and you can take time to explore the vessel. In the evening there will be a programme which includes the Mawson hut foundation celebration dinner. Day 2: Depart Port of Hobart After a hearty breakfast on board the Spirit of Enderby, we will all head to the top decks for the spectacular views departing Hobart. In 9, Mawson s ship signalled Goodbye, all snug on board as it set sail into the Southern Ocean, 00 years later we set sail in his wake, towards Macquarie Island. Days to 5: At Sea En-route to Macquarie Island we should spot many pelagic species including Wandering Albatross, shearwaters and petrels; we may even be lucky enough to see the Antarctic Prion wheeling in the wind. Days 6 to 7: Macquarie Island This remote, rocky outpost in the middle of the roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Four species of penguins breed here including the endemic Royal Penguin, King and Rockhopper Penguins breed in their thousands. Mawson s party established a base here to relay radio messages from Antarctica to Australia. The only humans remaining are scientific researchers but the wildlife populations remain almost the same as a hundred years ago. We will visit these vast penguin colonies, meet with the scientists and Park Rangers and also observe the thousands of Elephant Seals along the beaches. Days 8 to 0: At Sea As we plough our way across the tumultuous Southern Ocean towards East Antarctica, there will be many opportunities to view pelagic species. We will be logging the location of the various albatross, petrels, and prions that we see and will be keeping a keen lookout for marine mammals. Staff will prepare us for our time in the Antarctic with informal lectures and discussions, or you can relax in the ship s bar and well-stocked library. Days to 7: East Antarctic Our first stop on the remote East Antarctic coastline is Cape Denison, now notoriously known as the home of the blizzard (from the title of Mawson s memoir). Mawson s original expedition hut built 00 years ago still stands, although ravaged by extremes of weather. Recent restoration work means that we can enter the hut and experience it in a special way on this centennial expedition. This coastline is one of the first areas of the Antarctic Continent to become free of ice each year and as a result wildlife is abundant, with Adelie Penguins, Snow Petrels and Wilson s Storm Petrels both on the continent and on many of the offshore islands. We make a special effort to land at these sites to view the birds up close. West of Cape Denison are the Petrel Islands, the landing place of 8 th century French explorer Dumont d Urville and the site of the modern French scientific base. Nearby there is an Emperor Penguin colony, they are a winter breeder but some birds may still be present. Days 8 to 2: At Sea After departing the spectacular icebound majesty of Antarctica we have some quieter time at sea to recover from the long daylight hours of the southern high latitudes. Take in lectures on various aspects of the Southern Ocean, take advantage of the ship s amenities or catch up on your reading. Join us on the bridge, where we keep a keen lookout for whales and the seabirds of the region. Days 22 to 2: Campbell Island We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, site of a former Meteorological Station. We land and can either take an easy walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful mega herbs at Col Lyall ridge or enjoy a longer walk across the island to Northwest Bay, encountering Albatross along the way. We explore the upper reaches of Perseverance Harbour by Zodiac, visiting a number of historic sites or scramble up Mt. Honey, the highest peak on the island. Day 24: Carnley Harbour Characterised by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, the Auckland Islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by; rich in history, they harbour tales of bullion and coastwatchers. We land in Carnley Harbour to visit some of these sites or, if the weather is suitable, climb to a Shy Mollymawk colony and nests of the beautiful Wandering Albatross amongst the tussock. Day 25: Enderby Island Named for the same distinguished shipping family as our own vessel and one of the most beautiful in the group, if not the world, this is a great wildlife location and a chance to see everything from the famous Southern Royal Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel to the endemic shag, teal and snipe. Other birds include parakeets, bellbirds, tomtits, tui and possibly the New Zealand Falcon. Sandy Bay is a fine breeding ground for the rare Hooker s or New Zealand Sea Lion, it will be a day to remember. Day 26: Snares Islands North East Island is the largest of the Snares and, staggeringly, this one island is home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together. Zodiac cruising the sheltered bays we should see Snares Crested Penguins, Cape Petrel and Buller s Albatross among the imposing cliffs. Other wildlife will include Antarctic Terns, Whitefronted Terns and Red-billed Gulls and we are also likely to encounter New Zealand Fur Seals hauled out on the rocky shoreline. Day 27: Port of Bluff, Invercargill When Douglas Mawson returned to Australia from his harrowing expedition he noted the welcome home... the hand-grips of many friends, it chokes me, it cannot be uttered! We arrive, less dramatically, at the Port of Bluff, famous for its delicate oysters, and bid fond farewell to our fellow voyagers, to enjoy a transfer to Invercargill city centre or airport. Adelie Penguins in front of Mawson s hut Photo credit: Ewen Bell Voyage Dates Heritage Mini Plus Triple Emperor Penguins tobogganing on the ice Photo credit: J.J. L Heureux limited availability #65 st Dec - 27 th Dec 20 9,00 8,500 7,990 6,990 5,00 4,450 Additional charges: Landing Fees $ 650pp (All prices per person in USD) Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary. All on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia)

14 Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific You won t find them mentioned in a cosy travel brochure on your high street; you will not find them in most guidebooks and you probably don t know anyone that has ever been here: these are the forgotten islands and they don t even appear on some maps of the South Pacific. And yet they are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and supporting a dizzying diversity of wildlife. Remote, uninhabited and on no regular shipping route, access is further restricted by conservation departments to only a few hundred people per year. At the Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands we will have the chance to hike the windswept rata forests and hear the song birds flitting among its cherry-red flowers; and we ll seek out the alienlooking wildflowers that have adapted to the strange climates. The great English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker, friend of Charles Darwin, found meadows of these mega herbs in flower and proclaimed them to be second to none outside of the tropics. Sadly, not all European visitors were careful scientists: the 8 th century saw settling of land by sealing and whaling gangs who plundered the seal populations and introduced pigs, goats, cats and rats. Their disastrous effect on the endemic flora and fauna need hardly be stated but today s conservation efforts are focused on eliminating these non-native animals and returning the islands to their natural state. We invite you to explore and understand this priceless ecosystem and to do so in expert company, a family business that actively supports conservation in the region. This is a rare insight into an environment teeming with thousands upon thousands of penguins, imperious albatross, sea lions and many more species besides. Joining an expedition to these islands redefines natural history travel. Albatross on the wing Photo credit: Ewen Bell

15 Itinerary Day : Depart Port of Bluff Meet at an Invercargill central city hotel where you will be transferred to the Port of Bluff for embarkation. The Captain and Expedition Crew welcome you on board the Spirit of Enderby before we set sail and our adventure begins. Day 2: Snares Islands The Buller s Albatross nests only here and on the Solander Islands, whose Maori name translates as flying wind and could be an apt description of the Snares. We will cruise the jagged coastline to see the daisy-like Olearia and Brachyglottis forests draping the hills, encounter the endemic Snares Crested Penguin and perhaps glimpse the Tomtit and Fernbird. Snagged with hidden reefs we learn how the islands got their name, which are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Days to 4: Auckland Islands To the north and south, deep harbours birthed by long-extinct volcanoes; to the west, a coastline sculpted into formidable cliffs by the prevailing westerly winds; and to the east, a coast carved by glaciers into some of the most picturesque fiords in the world. In Port Ross, the northernmost in the archipelago we spend the day ashore on Enderby Island, a wildlife rich island that has no equal in the Southern Ocean. You will enjoy close encounters with the Royal Albatross, the endemic snipe, teal and shag and be able to spend time with the Yellow-eyed Penguin, the worlds rarest. In Carnley Harbour in the south we go in search of the Wandering Albatross and a colony of Shy Mollymawk. We may explore some of the fiords by boat and perhaps hike through forests of parakeets and bellbirds to a small glacial lake. The islands are home to the rare Hooker s or New Zealand Sea Lion and we will visit the unique fields of mega herbs, whose languorous names promise the exotic: the Bulbinella rossii, the Anisotome latifolia and the vivid red and white gentians. Days 5 to 6: Campbell Island Our visit should coincide with the flowering of the Pleurophyllum speciosum, an endemic daisy carpeting the hills and startling in size with leaves sometimes half a metre wide. Adapting unusually to survive the harsh climate, its nearest relatives can be found in the baking Canary Islands but its presence here at the edge of the world remains a mystery. Dropping anchor early, we explore the island by foot and take in the panorama of rocky islets and sea stacks; once the lonely preserve of settlers and seal hunters and now returned to nature. We can explore an abandoned Meteorological Station or climb to Col Lyall ridge and the breeding grounds of the Southern Royal Albatross. And we can walk across the hills to Northwest Bay or hike the beautifully-named Mt. Honey for its dramatic views or seek out penguins, rare sea lions and the Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. Day 7: At Sea As we plough our way across the South Pacific, there will be many opportunities to spot pelagic species. We will be keeping a keen lookout for albatross and petrels and our expert staff will be on hand to recap the highlights and provide lectures and informal discussions on the biology and history of the region. Day 8: Port of Bluff, Invercargill Our adventure ends with safe harbour at the Port of Bluff, famous for its delicate oysters. We bid farewell to our fellow voyagers, to enjoy a transfer to Invercargill city or to the airport. Voyage Dates Heritage Mini Plus #67 28 th Dec - 4 th Jan 2 5,50 4,880 4,750 4,50,750,250 #269* 5 th Jan - 2 th Jan 202 5,50 4,880 4,750 4,50,750,250 Additional charges: Landing Fees $ 250pp (*269 runs in reverse) (All prices per person in USD) Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary. All on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. Yellow-eyed Penguins Photo credit: Ewen Bell Triple New Zealand Geographic and Heritage Expeditions are offering special New Zealand Geographic Expeditions, voyaging to the most remote and beautiful corners of New Zealand s territory. Each voyage will have a special focus on key ecological, historic and conservation themes, including on-board experts and New Zealand Geographic photographers or staff available to advise and assist. The 5 th January departure of Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific has been chosen for 202. With a component of the fare going towards conservation projects run under the auspices of the New Zealand Geographic Trust, the partnership allows overseas visitors as well as many New Zealanders the opportunity to see seldomvisited parts of our country, while also creating new opportunities for conservation and research projects in those locations to secure their future. In 20, our short Subantarctic Islands trip will feature: Antipodes, Bounty and Chatham Islands. Voyage Dates Heritage Mini Plus Triple Mega herb fields on Campbell Island Photo credit: Tessa Bickford #74 7 th Mar - 7 th Mar 20 5,00 5,200 4,900 4,500,900,500 Additional charges: (All prices per person in USD) Landing Fees $ 200pp Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions. All on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 5

16 Inside Cape Royds historic hut Photo credit: Tony Fleming 6 Emperor Penguins Photo credit: Heritage Expedition Team Leopard Seal Photo credit: Katya Ovsyanikova King Penguins Photo credit: Ewen Bell

17 Ross Sea - In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent s human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months, each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange and beautiful territory; opportunities for non-scientific personnel are limited to a handful of tourist expedition ships. Heritage Expeditions offers such a voyage: a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with raw nature on a fully-equipped and ice-strengthened ship, crewed by experts. It was to the same Ross Sea that the ill-fated Robert Falcon Scott, his predecessor Shackleton and rival Amunsden came in search of the South Pole and glory during the Golden Age of polar exploration. It is here that we will take you, to land where they landed and to see their huts, preserved to this day. And there is so much to see; not only the human history but the thousands upon thousands of seabirds and seals that call this home. We visit rookeries of a million penguins, so curious of their visitors that they stride straight up the beach; we watch for whales navigating the ice floes and perhaps spot the magnificent Wandering Albatross spreading its huge wingspan above the ship. There will be drifting icebergs vivid with colour, each a unique, natural sculpture and there will be scientific research bases to visit, the inhabitants thrilled to share their findings and their company over hot coffee. With a flexible itinerary subject to the commands of the weather we also take in the milder climes of the Subantarctic Islands: Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie where we may have the chance to walk among rata forests, to hear the ceaseless nattering of song birds and see the alienlooking wildflowers that have adapted to the strange climates. With isles named Inexpressible and Disappointment Island and mountains with names like Mt. Terror and Mt. Black Prince, this region has to be seen to be believed. It is, put simply, the journey of a lifetime. Spirit of Enderby in the Ross Sea Photo credit: Josef Hoflehner Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 7

18 Itinerary Day : Invercargill Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand s southern most city and rich in Scottish history. Grab your last-minute luxuries before meeting your fellow expeditioners for an informal get-together over dinner. Day 2: Depart Port of Bluff Enjoy a visit to the museum to view the Subantarctic display before transferring to the Port of Bluff, where you will board the Spirit of Enderby. Settle into your cabin and join your Expedition Staff and the Captain for a welcome on board. Day : Snares Islands Staggeringly, the Snares Islands are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Zodiac cruising the coast we learn how the islands got their name and in the sheltered bays we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, the Cape Petrel and Buller s Albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs. Days 4 to 5: Auckland Islands Characterised by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, these islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by. We spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands; here we find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white and yellow wildflowers and, on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker s or New Zealand Sea Lion. We land in Carnley Harbour and climb to a Shy Mollymawk colony and nests of the beautiful Wandering Albatross amongst the tussock. Day 6: At Sea Take the chance to learn more about the biology and history of the islands and the tempestuous Southern Ocean through informal lectures with our experts. Crossing the confluence of warmer and cooler waters at the Subantarctic Convergence we can expect to see a large number of pelagic species, including five or six kinds of albatross and petrel. Days 7 to 8: Macquarie Island This remote, rocky outpost in the middle of roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Expect a welcoming committee as a quarter of a million King Penguins stand to attention on shore. You will never forget your first experience in a ceaselessly active penguin city, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors. We will also meet with the Park Rangers and observe the thousands of Elephant Seals along the beaches. Days 9 to 2: At Sea Soaring albatrosses and petrels circle the vessel as we steam south through the Southern Ocean. Lectures now concentrate on the Ross Sea region and, beyond the bows of the ship, drifting icebergs begin to appear in extraordinary shapes. Manoeuvring in close for your first ice photographs we pass the Antarctic Circle and into the continent s realm of 24-hour daylight. Days to 22: Antarctica s Ross Sea region With unpredictable ice and weather conditions, a day-by-day itinerary is not possible but we assess the conditions daily and take every opportunity to make landings and launch the Zodiacs. You can anticipate wildlife viewing, visits to scientific bases and historic sites, as well as the spectacular white and blue scenery. We hope to visit the following areas: Cape Adare: A large flat spit of land, teeming with the staggering sight of Antarctica s largest Adelie Penguin rookery: a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks; territorial disputes; petty pilfering and courtship displays. Curious penguins often come very close, offering superb photographic opportunities. Among the shifting mass of penguins we will find Carsten Borchgrevink s Hut, the oldest in Antarctica, an overwintering shelter for the first expedition to the Antarctic continent in

19 Cape Hallett: The enormous Admiralty Range heralds our arrival; wild and extraordinary, the mountains rear up from the sea to over 4,000 metres, bounded by colossal glaciers. We land at an abandoned base site, now home to large numbers of Adelie Penguins and Weddell Seals. Terra Nova Bay: An Italian research station where the scientists are always hospitable and enjoy showing us around their lonely but beautiful home. They share with us their scientific research and also, perhaps, the best cafe espresso in Antarctica! Franklin Island: Desolately beautiful and rugged, this is home to a large Adelie Penguin population and other nesting seabirds. We attempt a landing and explore the coastline. Ross Ice Shelf: The world s largest body of floating ice and a natural barrier, at times creating hazardous weather, with sheets of snow blown at gale force by winds off the polar ice cap. Just 800 miles from the South Pole, this daunting spectacle prevented many early explorers from venturing further south. We cruise along its dizzying 0 metre ice cliffs, perhaps lucky enough to see icebergs calving from its carapace. Ross Island: Mt. Erebus/Cape Bird/Shackleton & Scott s Hut. Drop in at a scientific field station and visit the preserved huts of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Informal lectures explain many facets of these amazing early expeditions and towering behind Scott s hut broods Mt. Erebus, a monstrous active volcano named after the Ancient Greek God of Darkness. Possession Islands: Rarely-visited, small and rugged, these rocks support tens of thousands of penguins. Observe the birds busy and humorous activity, with the Admiralty Mountains forming a superb backdrop across the water. Days 2 to 26: At Sea Taking time to rest and enjoy shipboard life in the bar or library after the excitement and long daylight hours of the Antarctic, we have time for lectures on our final destination and for some pelagic bird spotting. Day 27: Campbell Island We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for Southern Right Whales who come here to calve. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful mega herbs growing on the hills, huge wildflowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions, with unusual colourings and weirdly-shaped leaves. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and Sea Lions. Day 28: At Sea Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey, join our experts for a recap of highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. Voyage limited availability limited availability Dates Heritage Day 29: Port of Bluff, Invercargill Finding final harbour once more in the Port of Bluff, we disembark and our adventure ends as we transfer you to historic Invercargill city or to the airport. Fond farewells and memories will be long treasured. Mini Plus Triple #27 2 th Jan - 9 th Feb ,700 2,800 20,990 9,500 6,900 5,500 #27 9 th Feb - 9 th Mar ,700 2,800 20,990 9,500 6,900 5,500 #70* 8 th Jan - 6 th Feb 20 24,500 2,000 2,990 2,000 8,500 7,000 #72 6 th Feb - 7 th Mar 20 24,500 2,000 2,990 2,000 8,500 7,000 Additional charges: Landing Fees $ 700pp (*70 starts in Dunedin) (All prices per person in USD) Price Includes: Pre/Post cruise transfers and all shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary. night pre-cruise twin share hotel accommodation, all on board ship accommodation and meals. Price Excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance. Adelie Penguins Photo credit: Ewen Bell Freephone: (within NZ) (within Australia) 9

20 South Indian Ocean Deep in the South Indian Ocean lie five of the least visited islands on the planet. A handful of scientists and explorers and (in days gone by) sealers and shipwrecked mariners are almost the only humans to ever visit these remote archipelagos.. Iles Crozet actually consists of five islands that boast more breeding seabirds than any other island group in the world. 2. The Kerguelen archipelago was discovered by Captain Yves Joseph de Kerguelen-Tremarec in 772. Explored by Captain Cook, who named them after Kerguelen, the largest island of the archipelago is also known as Desolation Island. Sealing, whaling and scientific expeditions visited in the 9 th century and a scientific station was established in France annexed St Paul in 84 and it became the centre of a fishing industry eventually abandoned in 92. Introduced mammals have had a considerable negative impact on the island s vegetation and birdlife but nature is slowly re-asserting itself. 4. Amsterdam Island was first discovered in 522 and explorers, sealers and scientists visited during the 8 th and 9 th centuries until France claimed it in 84. A meteorological base is manned by Global Atmosphere Watch. 5. Heard Island is a mountainous and wild environment: recent satellite images show glaciers existing alongside active lava flows. Antarctic Fur Seal, Southern Elephant Seal and King Penguins, all previously heavily exploited, are now recovering. Our 2002 expedition was the only modern cruise to land on all of these islands and by popular demand, we are headed back to attempt an encore. St Paul caldera Spirit of Enderby off Iles Crozet Photo credit: Heritage Expedition Team Photo credit: Heritage Expedition Team

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