Heritage Expeditions Announces 2022-23 Season Aboard New Expedition Vessel Heritage Adventurer
Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has released its 2022-23 expedition season, including two new voyages, aboard world-renowned Polar exploration vessel “Heritage Adventurer”.
The latest addition to the Kiwi family-owned and operated company’s fleet, Heritage Adventurer (formerly known as MS Hanseatic) will make her maiden voyage on the company’s first expedition of the season – a brand new voyage circumnavigating Japan’s northernmost island and last frontier Hokkaido.
Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said he couldn’t think of a better way to introduce the iconic vessel than with an exciting new itinerary.
“The arrival of Heritage Adventurer is a momentous occasion for Heritage Expeditions and adventurous travellers alike, it only seemed right that our new ship started our new season with our new voyage Hokkaido: Northern Sea Circuit,” said Aaron.
While the vessel was being prepared for the upcoming season, Heritage Expeditions was reviewing its COVID-19 protocols, he said.
“As one of the few cruise companies who have been able to successfully and safely operate in spite of COVID-19, Heritage Expeditions has a proven track record of ensuring the safety of all guests, expedition staff and crew while on board. We are taking what we have learned and amplifying it in order to continue to protect everyone who boards our vessels”.
As Heritage Expeditions flagship vessel, Heritage Adventurer will be operating the lion’s share of the company’s authentic expedition cruises including its explorations of the Russian Far East on popular Arctic adventures Russia’s Ring of Fire, Siberia’s Forgotten Coast, Jewel of the Russian Far East and Chukotka: Where Russia’s Day Begins and Across the Top of the World which visit the world’s Polar Bear denning capital Wrangel Island.
Explorations in Heritage Expeditions Southern Programme will see Heritage Adventurer sailing to Raja Ampat and visiting the Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay on Indonesian Explorer before discovering the tropical shores and wildlife rich islands of Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on new voyage Discover the Secrets of Melanesia which combines the best of Heritage Expeditions Melanesia voyages on one unforgettable 17-day adventure.
Continuing south down to New Zealand and Australia’s Subantarctic Islands, Heritage Adventurer will sail Heritage Expeditions renowned Galapagos of the Southern Ocean, Birding Down Under, Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand’s Wildest Islands and Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific voyages before putting her impressive Polar credentials to the test on bucket list expedition into the heart of Antarctica, the Ross Sea, on In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton.