“We are already two-thirds full for our November 2012 – March 2013 Antarctic season of voyages, and expect that the remaining berths will sell out by the new year,” said Bowen.
“Australia has always held high interest in Antarctica, but this has been fuelled even more so this year by the Mawson Centenary this December. All of our berths for this voyage sold out very quickly and we are looking forward to being in Hobart on 1st December for this momentous sailing,” he said.
“After the tough year tourism experienced globally in 2010, it appears Antarctica is ‘hot’ once again, and our forward bookings would indicate that those who do not want to be disappointed and miss out on visiting the world’s most amazing destination next year, should act very soon,” said Bowen.
“If you have experienced the Antarctic Peninsula, then this is the ‘real deal’,” said Bowen. “Sailing into the Ross Sea takes you further south into the frozen continent than any sea route. To enter this region of Antarctica is a privilege, with only a few hundred people able to visit each year.
“Those who want to follow in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson will need to visit this part of Antarctica; and those who think they have already seen Antarctica, should re-consider, as this voyage is quite a different experience from just visiting the tip of the peninsula. Also voyages depart from Australia or New Zealand, making access much easier,” he said.
It is in these ‘deep Antarctic’ regions that the relics of the heroic period of Antarctic exploration can be seen and experienced. Historic huts and many other sites bring Antarctic history alive including Borchgrevink’s Hut at Cape Adare, Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds, Mawson’s Hut at Cape Denison, Scott’s Huts at Cape Evans and Hut Point.
Heritage Expeditions has been operating voyages to Antarctica since 1985. The company owns and operates its own ship, the 50-passenger ice-strengthened ‘Spirit of Enderby’, a fully refurbished Russian research vessel perfect for Antarctic exploration.
Highlights of Heritage Expeditions 2012/2013 Antarctic expedition program include two 29-day ‘In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton’ voyages departing 8th January and 6th February 2013. Prices start from US$17,000 per person (triple share).
For further information or a brochure of Heritage Expeditions complete list of destinations and voyages phone 1800 143 585 (within Australia) or 0800 262 8873 (within NZ) or visit www.heritage-expeditions.com
Media enquiries contact Dave Bowen, General Manager, Heritage Expeditions on 0800 262 8873 (within NZ) or 1800 143 585 (within Australia) or email [email protected] / High resolution images available on request.