Mawson's Antarctica
10 Dec - 4 Jan
25 Nights
4 Ports
AE Expeditions

Mawson's Antarctica

10 December 2025 - 4 January 2026
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

25 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

4 Ports

Before you board

One night in Dunedin

11-12 December

Setting sail from Hobart

13-15 December

At sea

16-17 December

Australia: Macquarie Island

18-23 December

At sea

24-25 December

Antarctica: Commonwealth Bay

26 December - 2 January

At sea

3 January

Arriving in Dunedin

It's an odd concept - Edinburgh, but on New Zealand's South Island. Visitors are amazed by the extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian buildings dating back to the gold rush, which bring to mind the city's Scottish roots - not least when the sound of the pipes echoes through the streets. Of course the region was inhabited by Māori long prior to the European arrival, so a rich history abounds. Meanwhile outside the city, the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago peninsula are on hand, home to New Zealand fur seals, Hooker's sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, and the only mainland royal albatross colony in the world.

Don't miss

Larnach Castle rises high above the harbour – wonderful views, and great gardens and grounds too, the best place for high tea!

Cruise Line Offer

Your fare includes: 22 nights in an Aurora Stateroom Twin; all meals, drinks with meals, and taxes; pre-cruise Dunedin overnight hotel stay; 20% saving.

The Ship

Your home from home

AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson rendering
AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Stateroom Superior rendering
AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Sun Deck rendering

The brand new expedition ship from AE Expeditions sets sail in 2025 and promises the latest in cutting-edge nautical technology for immersive exploration in complete comfort.

What we love

The third ship to join AE Expeditions' fleet of revolutionary purpose-built expedition ships, Douglas Mawson features the newest X-BOW design and a whole host of enhancements, building on the success of Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle. Named after a legendary Australian explorer, the new ship's inaugural season immerses guests in the pristine landscapes of East Antarctica, marking AE Expeditions' return to this region for the first time in 15 years.

On board you can expect the largest choice of cabins in the fleet, including single berth cabins, plus beautiful open deck space for taking in the views, featuring a heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpools and comfortable loungers, perfect for unwinding after a day's exploring.

capacity on average of 154 guests
crew 81 - 103 dependent on guest numbers
style Immersive exploration in comfort with elegantly designed interiors and the latest in sustainable technology.
inclusions
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee
  • Beer and house wine with dinner
  • Shore excursions
  • Onboard lecture programme
  • Polar Parka on polar voyages
  • Port taxes
More about Douglas Mawson

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Pen-y-bryn Lodge, near Dunedin, New Zealand

Our favourite hotel near Dunedin

Up the coast at Oamaru, the charming Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a heritage homestead - and perfectly placed to visit the blue penguins!

Curio Bay, New Zealand

Explore the South Island

Visit the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest and Curio Bay – next stop Antarctica!

Get your free Antarctica guide

Our expedition cruising guide to Antarctica will tell you everything you need to know, including when to visit, what to see and how to get there.

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Mawson's Antarctica

10 December 2025 - 4 January 2026
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

25 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

4 Ports

Ship

Douglas Mawson of AE Expeditions

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 50 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

We're happy to do all of that on the telephone. But, if you prefer to chat face to face, then why not visit us at our comfortable offices on London's Russell Square - we'd be delighted to see you.

Mundy Adventures office, 48/49 Russell Square, London