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Setting sail from Hobart
Tasmania's capital has been revitalised in recent years with a slew of new museums, restaurant openings and festivals. Hobart's highlights include the provocative Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the lively waterfront and a thriving foodie and craft beer scene.
Antarctica: Cape Adare
Cape Adare was an important base during the early days of Antarctic exploration, and you can still visit the huts built by Norwegian polar pioneer Carsten Borchgrevink, which were later used by Captain Scott. Cape Adare is also home to the world's largest colony of Adélie penguins.
Antarctica: Cape Hallet and Roget
Antarctica: Terra Nova Bay
The waters of Terra Nova Bay remain mostly ice-free, even during winter, thanks to katabatic winds blowing down off the mountains of Antarctica. The bay, on the western side of the Ross Sea, was first discovered by Captain Scott’s Discovery expedition, and named after one of the expedition’s relief ships.
Antarctica: Cape Royds
Cape Royds is the westernmost point on Ross Island, famous as the site of the cabin built by Ernest Shackleton during his 1908 Nimrod expedition. The cape is also home to a rookery of some 4,000 Adélie penguins, the southernmost Adélie population in the world.
Antarctica: Cape Evans (Ross Island)
Ross Island is formed from four volcanoes, including towering Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on earth. The US and New Zealand both have research stations on the island, and there are reminders of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, including Scott’s hut at Cape Evans.
Antarctica: Marble Point Region (Dry Valleys)
Antarctica’s Dry Valleys are a bizarre anomaly, largely free from snow and ice thanks to their unique geography. The surrounding mountains prevent most glaciers from entering the valleys, and katabatic winds blow so fiercely that the air heats up, melting snow and causing moisture to evaporate.
Antarctica: Coulman Island
The icy outpost of Coulman Island, situated in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, is made up of several interconnected shield volcanoes. The dramatic scenery, carpeted in snow, provides quite a backdrop as you head ashore to visit the island’s large colony of emperor penguins.
Arriving in Lyttelton (Christchurch)
A garden city where punts glide down the Avon River, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were still in the UK when arriving into Christchurch, New Zealand's most English of cities. A gateway to the country's famously scenic South Island, its peaceful parks and quiet streets still show signs on the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 as the recovery continues. Lyttelton is just over 7 miles away; originally established as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, it serves the same purpose for visitors today.
Stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens, founded in 1893. Home to a huge variety of exotic and local plants, it’s an exceptionally pleasant area of the city.
Your home from home
Get set for the arrival of Crystal Endeavor in 2021, the world's largest and most luxurious expedition yacht.
What we love
This is the coolest expedition operation yet. On board is the ultimate in luxury at the Crystal level we know so well, but even more exciting is what is going to happen off the ship, as they navigate first year ice in the polar regions and follow the route of migrating whales.
A wealth of extraordinary toys including submarines, helicopters and remote operated vehicles will ensure that a Crystal Yacht Expedition creates the most extraordinary memories even for the most jaded of travellers.
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Where to stay near Christchurch
In New Zealand it’s all about great B&Bs, so go for the lovely Diamond Harbour Lodge.
Make the most of the South Island
From dolphin spotting to bungee jumping, New Zealand’s South Island has so much on offer that we recommend you spend as much time there as you can.