Heritage Adventurer

Polar Tracks Expeditions

Heritage Adventurer

seasoned & refurbished

About the Ship

Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the ‘Grande Dame of Polar Exploration’ due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purpose-built for adventure in 1991.

Having held records for the most northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic navigations, and for traversing both the Northwest and Northeast Passages, Heritage Adventurer is the pioneer of Antarctic travel from New Zealand.

  • Passenger Capacity: 140
  • East Antarctica itineraries
  • Large fleet of Zodiacs
  • Warm & dry Mud Room
  • Pool & hot tub
  • Single cabins
  • Aft observation lounge
  • Outdoor Bistro
  • Gym & Sauna
  • Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS

Why We Like Heritage Adventurer


    Heritage Adventurer is operated by the pioneers of expedition travel to the East Antarctic coastline, some of the most remote in the world and locked under ice for most of the year, and only visited by a few hundred people every year. Itineraries also include the impressive sub-Antarctic islands, where the number of indigenous plants and seabirds is far greater than that found on similar groups in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.


    Many of the expedition team's experts only work in the Ross Sea region so their knowledge and insight into the area is unparalleled.


    Heritage Adventurer, having sailed under several other names, is a much beloved polar vessel with a rich history of exploration. She's been refurbished and is tastefully designed, with spacious indoor and outdoor areas.

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