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Founding director of toucanmoon, Debra has many years’ experience in the travel industry and has held director-level positions in several high-profile international companies.

Heritage Expeditions Announces Three New Japan Voyages for 2023

11 May 2022, Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has added the intriguing islands of Japan to its 2023 programme announcing three incredible new voyages aboard luxurious expedition flagship Heritage Adventurer.

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said, “Japan’s combination of rich history, fascinating culture and diverse wilderness and wildlife makes it perfect for expedition cruising.”

“Japan has long captured the imagination of travellers juxtaposing centuries old tradition with …

  • Posted: May 11, 2022
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Discover Indonesia’s Hidden Islands & Teeming Wildlife With Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

Christchurch, New Zealand, 26 April 2022:  Specialist conservation cruise operator Heritage Expeditions’ Indonesian Explorer voyage is expected to be an even more thrilling adventure following some adjustments and exciting additions to the 2022 itinerary, such as Komodo National Park and the amazing world biosphere reserve of Wakatobi National Park.

Accompanied by award-winning wildlife documentary filmmakers, Karen Bass and Neil Nightingale, guests on the 15-day voyage will now depart from Denpasar, Bali, …

  • Posted: April 26, 2022
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Heritage Expeditions Releases 2023-24 Southern Ocean Season Including New Destinations

Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has released its 2023-24 Southern Ocean Season adding some exciting destinations to its iconic voyages.

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said, “the 2023-24 season proudly continues Heritage Expeditions tradition of exceptional, personalised adventures sharing unforgettable, intimate explorations of some of the world’s best kept secrets, cultural encounters and wilderness and wildlife hotspots.”

Heritage Expeditions new Southern Ocean Season sees the company exploring …

  • Posted: April 20, 2022
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Secret Atlas Launches Sustainable Expedition Cruises with Smallest Group Sizes in the Polar Regions

11th April 2022, London:  Secret Atlas has announced its arrival on the expedition cruise market with the launch of several micro cruises for just 12 guests to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.  Designed to create a lower impact on the environment than the much larger ships that are now visiting the polar regions in increasing numbers, these more intimate voyages will appeal to travellers wishing to experience an authentic expedition combined with the smallest group sizes in the Arctic …

  • Posted: April 11, 2022
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Heritage Expeditions Celebrates Reopening of New Zealand with Three New Voyages

Christchurch, New Zealand, 5 April 2022:  Heritage Expeditions is celebrating the reopening of New Zealand’s borders to international visitors from 1 May 2022, with the launch of three brand new voyages taking in the hidden beaches, breath-taking fjords and remote island sanctuaries of this enduringly popular destination.

The New Zealand based expedition cruise operator, which has been specialising in conservation-based trips for the past 35 years, is marking the addition of …

  • Posted: April 4, 2022
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Exclusive Wrangel Island Adventure Awaits Five Intrepid Guests on Arctic Circle Cruise

16 November, 2021 – Heritage Expeditions, the specialist in conservation-driven small-ship adventure cruises to some of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, has once again shown its pioneering credentials by offering an exclusive 10-day stay on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Circle.  No other operator offers travellers the chance to stay on this remote, pristine island, however, up to five of Heritage’s guests will be able to do just that during …

  • Posted: November 16, 2021
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Heritage Expeditions Announces 2022-23 Season Aboard New Expedition Vessel Heritage Adventurer

1st September 2021

Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has today released its 2022-23 expedition season, including two new voyages, aboard world-renowned polar exploration vessel Heritage Adventurer.

The latest addition to the New Zealand 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 …

  • Posted: September 1, 2021
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Heritage Expeditions Welcomes Iconic ‘Grand Dame’ of Polar Exploration – former MS Hanseatic – to its Fleet

London, 19 May 2021 Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is proud to announce it will be operating the world-renowned Polar exploration vessel formerly known as MS Hanseatic and Society Adventurer from May 2022.

Rechristened Heritage Adventurer, Heritage Expeditions Directors Aaron and Nathan Russ said the synergy between the pioneering expedition ship and industry-leading expedition cruise company allow it to forge new ground while taking the experiential exploration Heritage …

  • Posted: May 19, 2021
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Heritage Expeditions Welcomes 18-Guest Expedition Yacht ‘Heritage Explorer’ To Its Fleet

Pioneering New Zealand based expedition cruise company, Heritage Expeditions, is proud to welcome 18-guest expedition yacht ‘Heritage Explorer’ to its fleet.

Heritage Expeditions Director & Expedition Leader, Aaron Russ, says the arrival of the near 30-metre New Zealand-flagged vessel into Aotearoa waters announced both the return to the boutique Kiwi adventures the company was founded on and a domestic expansion of its expedition repertoire.

“Operating a Kiwis only summer season has shown …

  • Posted: March 9, 2021
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Good News for the Expedition Cruise Industry: Heritage Expeditions flagship Spirit of Enderby christens New Zealand’s Port of Lyttelton’s new $67 million cruise ship berth during a tri-cast of maritime firsts

New Zealand based small-ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions’ flagship ‘Spirit of Enderby’ arrived in the Port of Lyttelton this week in preparation for the company’s upcoming Kiwis-only summer season.

The 50-guest expedition ship is the first passenger vessel to be granted an exemption by the New Zealand Government with its arrival triggering a series of firsts. As well as being the first passenger vessel to arrive in New Zealand this …

  • Posted: November 19, 2020
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