Heritage Expeditions Celebrates 2025-26 Second Wave Release with 20% Discount and Inclusive Flights on Select Departures

Heritage Expeditions sister ships rendezvous in the Bay of Islands - 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer and 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer anchored alongside each other off the historic seaside town of Russell (March 2022)Heritage Expeditions, Australasia’s only family-owned and -operated small-ship expedition cruise company, is celebrating the release of the second wave of their 2025-26 season with a 20% Early Bird discount and inclusive flights on select voyages*.

The pioneering, authentic expedition cruise operator is giving agents and guests a 20% Early Bird discount on its just released Indonesian Explorer, Discover the Secrets of Melanesia, Beyond Fiordland, Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific and Unseen Fiordland & Stewart Island voyages on bookings made by 31 July 2024.

Indonesian Explorer has the added bonus of a post-cruise flight from Madang to Cairns included, while Discover the Secrets of Melanesia includes a pre-cruise flight from Cairns to Madang.

Heritage Expeditions Second Wave release also includes a 20% Early Bird discount on Heritage Suites* and a 15% discount on Worsley Suites* on its Galapagos of the Southern Ocean and Birding Down Under Subantarctic voyages, and iconic Ross Sea voyage into the heart of Antarctica In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton.

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the New Zealand-based operator was excited to announce another season of sharing the world’s best-kept secrets with their intrepid travellers and supporting the remote communities and conservation of the wild and remote places they visit together.

“The Heritage Expeditions business model is based on the luxury of experience and making a difference through authentic expedition travel,” said Aaron.

“Many of the opportunities and experiences on our voyages are exclusive to Heritage Expeditions, whether its joining Malaita’s Kwaio people in a dance so sacred it can only be observed if you are invited to take part, like on our Discover the Secrets of Melanesia voyage, or assisting leading penguin scientist Professor Steve Emslie collect samples at the world’s largest and oldest Adelie Penguin colony in Antarctica on our In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton expedition, these are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”

The Second Wave of Heritage Expeditions 2025-26 season includes:

INDONESIAN EXPLORER + Madang to Cairns flight!
18 DAYS | 29 Sep – 16 Oct 2025
Discover paradise on an authentic expedition cruise through Indonesia’s remote and little known tropical islands and islets. Swim with Whale Sharks, walk with Komodo Dragons, snorkel world famous Pink Beach, discover Jacques Cousteau’s “underwater nirvana” Wakatobi National Park and explore the turquoise waters and rainbow corals of Raja Ampat as we traverse powdery white sand beaches and untamed jungles filled with fascinating wildlife.

17 DAYS | 15–31 Oct 2025
Sail into a world few will ever experience where unique time-honoured traditions and elaborately costumed dancers welcome us into their world. Explore tropical island outposts and rarely-visited islands as we discover the rich history, iconic WWII sites, cultures (including the opportunity to join Malaita’s Kwaio people in a sacred dance and observe the ancient Rom Dance on Ambrym Island), and wildlife of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

12 DAYS | 26 Nov – 7 Dec 2025 & 31 Dec 2025 – 11 Jan 2026
Explore wildlife rich Macquarie Island as well as Campbell, Auckland Islands and the Snares on one of the most inspirational and informative expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are home to a vast array of albatross, penguins, petrels, Elephant Seals and more. This places them in a select group of only 180 natural sites that have been designated as ‘the most important and significant natural habitats’ on the planet.

17 DAYS | 6–22 Dec 2025
Don’t be fooled by the name, while this voyage is undoubtedly a birder’s paradise, it’s also the ultimate Subantarctic adventure visiting all of New Zealand and Australia’s Subantarctic Islands, the Chatham Islands and its remote outlying islands! Discover the ‘Albatross Latitudes’ and explore the worlds most remote Subantarctic islands including Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie & Chatham Islands on this comprehensive 17-day expedition perfect for those interested in birds, history, wildlife.

12 DAYS | 21 Dec 2025 – 1 Jan 2026
The ultimate Kiwi adventure – explore New Zealand’s Subantarctic Auckland, Snares and Campbell Islands, the untamed wilderness of Fiordland’s world famous ice-carved mountains, forests and fiords, encounter threatened native species flourishing on Ulva Island and explore the wilds of Stewart Island. This voyage combines remarkable wildlife encounters and observations as we explore remote parts of New Zealand’s Southern region, an area known for its range of birdlife and jaw dropping scenery on a grand scale.

8 DAYS | 21–28 Dec 2025
Discover the wildlife rich and remote UNESCO World Heritage Sites of New Zealand’s wild and remote Subantarctic Snares, Campbell and Auckland Islands and benefit from our 40 years of exploring our unique backyard. Timed to coincide with the flowering of the island’s rightly famous megaherbs which paint the landscape vivid colours and when the wildlife returns to these rugged landscapes to breed, this voyage into the deep south is beyond compare.

6 DAYS | 27 Dec 2025 – 1 Jan 2026
Combining two iconic, hard to reach Kiwi destinations Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island provides an unforgettable adventure into the wilds of New Zealand. Accessible only by ship, experience the primordial majesty of Fiordland where clouds scud the ragged peaks of glacier-cleaved mountains streaked with waterfalls combined with the time-forgot rawness of wildlife-rich Stewart Island and predator-free native bird sanctuary Ulva Island – the only place in the world where the Kiwi bird is active during the day!

28 DAYS | 10 Jan – 6 Feb & 5 Feb – 4 Mar 2026
Voyage into the heart of Antarctica, via the Subantarctic Islands, on an epic bucket list voyage steeped in history. Expeditions to Antarctica from New Zealand take you further south into the frozen continent than any sea route. Join our team of expert biologists, geologists and historians on a true bucket list expedition as we Zodiac cruise colossal ice shelves and icebergs, visit research stations, observe whales and seals, walk on the ice with Emperor Penguins and step inside the preserved historic huts of Shackleton and Scott.

The Second Wave of Heritage Expeditions 2025-26 Season is now on sale.

(Heritage Expeditions Celebrates 2025-26 Second Wave Release with 20% Discount and Inclusive Flights on Select Departures – Heritage Expeditions)