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Scott Centennial Voyage

Scott Centennial Voyage

The Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute have reserved berths for a memorable expedition to the Sub-Antarctic Islands and the Ross Sea on the centenary of the start of Scott's second Antarctic expedition aboard the Terra Nova. All are very welcome to join.

  • Departs 12th January 2011
  • Returns: 11th February 2011
  • Prices from US$ 15,965 per person.

Spirit of Enderby / Scott of the Antarctic

A special event arranged to coincide with the voyage is a Centennial dinner in Dunedin the night before we embark. This will echo the dinner enjoyed by Scott and his companions in Dunedin in 1910 before they finally set sail for the Antarctic and the adventures that awaited them.

The Voyage

Emperor PenguinThe Ross Sea is one of the most remote regions of Antarctica and is only accessible for two months each year when the sea-ice breaks up. An historic gateway, discovered by Sir James Clark Ross in 1842, it was to the Ross Sea region that many of the most famous explorers and adventurers came. They included Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Richard Byrd, Sir Edmund Hillary and others. You will aim to visit 5 historic huts, capturing the history of these explorers and their achievements. The Ross Sea region is the breeding ground for millions of Adelie and Emperor penguins and you should have regular encounters with both these species. New Zealand, America and Italy maintain scientific bases in the Ross Sea and welcome the few visitors that come each year. Subject to conditions, landings will also be made at the Sub-Antarctic Islands including Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Island.

The Vessel

Spirit of EnderbyThe 'Spirit of Enderby' carries just 48 passengers, measures 72 metres in length and is fully ice-strengthened. Built in Finland, she is powered by two 1,560 horse power diesel engines, and is capable of speeds of up to 12 knots. In addition to a fleet of zodiac landing craft, she carries two specially designed and built hovercraft, giving passengers unprecedented over-ice capability in Antarctica and enabling landings in places that are inaccessible to other ships. The ship is crewed by a Russian captain and crew, with a team of experienced naturalists and guides, and Australian and New Zealand chefs who provide an excellent standard of cuisine. Also on board is a well-stocked library, a lecture room for presentations, slide shows and film screenings, and a well-equipped medical clinic.

Scott Polar Research Institute

Antarctic HutSPRI was formed in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Scott and his colleagues and is now a well-known international centre for polar research. Part of the University of Cambridge, the institute holds the most comprehensive polar library in the world and supports scientists and present-day explorers alike. The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute was established in 1946 as a way for individuals to offer support, both financial in terms of subscriptions and donations, and practical, primarily relating to the library, museum and picture library. Discover the World is proud to support the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Outline Itinerary

Royal Penguins12 Jan arrive in Dunedin, New Zealand and make your way to your hotel. This evening you will join a commemorative dinner with your fellow-voyagers.

13 Jan following breakfast at your hotel, embark the Spirit of Enderby for your expedition voyage to Antarctica.

14-16 Jan enjoy a zodiac cruise to view the many seabirds that nest on Snares Island, followed by further birdwatching at Auckland and Enderby Islands.

17-19 Jan voyage to Macquarie Island, home to elephant seals, fur seals and four species of penguin.

20-23 Jan enjoy a series of lectures as you continue your voyage south, crossing the Antarctic Convergence.

24 Jan-2 Feb explore the many highlights of the Ross Sea. Intended visits include Cape Adare, home to Antarctica's largest Adelie penguin colony and the oldest expedition hut on the continent, Borchgrevink's hut; spectacular Cape Hallett; the Italian research station at Terra Nova Bay; Franklin Island; and the mighty Ross Ice Shelf. Of particular interest will be a landing at Ross Island. Here you can visit Shackleton's hut from the 1907-09 Nimrod expedition, and Scott's second hut at Cape Evans, erected in 1911 and carefully preserved to offer an insight into the living conditions of these polar pioneers. At McMurdo Sound the NZ scientists of Scott Base will lead you to Scott's Discovery Hut, followed by a hike up to the Memorial Cross to Scott on Observation Hill. Here you can enjoy magnificent views over the Ross Ice Shelf.

3-9 Feb travel to Campbell Island with further lectures en route. Enjoy the island's rugged scenery, unique flora and abundant wildlife, including the Southern Royal Albatross that breed here in their thousands. A farewell dinner with your fellow-passengers as you continue north offers the chance to reflect on your Antarctic experiences.

10 Feb disembark at the Port of Bluff, New Zealand. You will be transferred to Invercargill city centre or airport.

Holiday Details

Duration 30 days (excluding flight time)

Departure date 12 January 2011

Prices (per person, based on a twin cabin. Single occupancy prices are available on request)

Main Deck Twin Cabin US$ 15,965 per person
Superior Twin Cabin US$ 18,498 per person
Superior Plus Twin Cabin US$ 19,997 per person
Mini Suite US$ 20,459 per person

Landing fees of US$ 550 per person are to be paid locally.

Prices are shown in US$ and are subject to fuel surcharges. Where applicable we will advise the current conversion into sterling at the time of booking, and again when balance payment is due. In this way we are able to offer the best available price at the time of booking and can avoid later surcharges due to currency fluctuations. You may prefer to pay in US dollars, or to pay in full at the time of booking in order to avoid any potential increase in cost. You will pay at the current rate that applies at the time that each payment is made.

Prices include overnight accommodation with commemorative dinner & breakfast (twin share) in Dunedin on 12th January • transfer from hotel to ship in Dunedin • transfer from ship to hotel in Invercargill (from Port of Bluff) • all meals onboard the Spirit of Enderby • all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac • programme of lectures • leadership by experienced expedition staff

Price exclude landing fees of US$550 per person • international flights to New Zealand • any passport and visa expenses (visa not required by British nationals) • government arrival and departure taxes (which are payable locally) • any meals ashore (excluding welcome dinner at the group hotel the day before embarkation) • baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory - our team will be pleased to discuss the comprehensive travel insurance that Discover the World can offer) • excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature, such as laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunication charges • the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Discover the World will be happy to assist with any additional pre- and post-expedition arrangements as required, including international flights (from the UK only), accommodation and extended touring throughout New Zealand.

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