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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 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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Join Heritage Expeditions on 29th October for a LIVE Virtual Discussion

Join Heritage Expeditions on 29th October for a LIVE Virtual Discussion featuring BBC and National Geographic wildlife filmmakers, Karen Bass and Neil Nightingale

Heritage Live: Bringing Nature Closer 
Thursday, 29 October 2020
7:30 pm (UK/GMT) 
Facebook Live with Neil Nightingale & Karen Bass


For more than 30 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered voyages to some of the most wild and biologically rich regions on the planet. Their mission is to increase awareness and conservation …

  • Posted: October 20, 2020
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Heritage Expeditions Resumes Voyages for a Kiwis-only Summer Southern Ocean Season

8 October 2020 Christchurch-based small ship expedition company Heritage Expeditions is celebrating the return of 50-guest expedition vessel and flagship Spirit of Enderby/Professor Khromov for a Kiwis-only Southern Ocean programme this summer.

Heritage Expeditions’ Directors Aaron and Nathan Russ described the Government’s decision to allow the company to resume operations as a huge win not only for the company which pioneered expedition cruising back in 1985, but also for the country’s …

  • Posted: October 9, 2020
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Latest Success of Spoon-Billed Sandpiper Conservation Project Helps Boost Numbers In Fight Against Extinction

07 September 2020:  Specialist small-ship expedition cruise company, Heritage Expeditions, whose tour ‘Siberia’s Forgotten Coast’ exploring Kamchatka’s remote coastline supports the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, is delighted with the latest news that 22 healthy chicks have been released into the wild.

Heritage Expeditions Commercial Director & Expedition Leader Aaron Russ says, “Having supported conservation efforts for the spoon-billed sandpiper (SBS) since 2011, we are thrilled to learn of this latest success, …

  • Posted: September 7, 2020
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Uplifting News for Antarctic Whale Population

Bristol, 22 July 2020:  Following the announcement that Antarctica is one of the few Coronavirus-free locations remaining on the planet, it seems that there’s also good news for whale populations in the region – as scientists report seeing an unprecedented 55 blue whales off the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, during a recent 23-day survey.

Whether this is a sign of increasing numbers, or simply a shift in distribution due …

  • Posted: July 22, 2020
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Heritage Expeditions Announces New Voyage Inspired by the World’s First Transit of the Northern Sea Route

Pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is proud to release an exciting new voyage In the Footsteps of Nordenskiöld, inspired by Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld’s famed Vega Expedition of 1878 1880.

Heritage Expeditions Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the 19-day addition to their 2021 Russian Far East season was aimed at true adventurers with an interest in the remarkable history, geography and wildlife of …

  • Posted: July 21, 2020
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Total Solar Eclipse Cruises in 2021 to Antarctica

Bristol, 10 June 2020:  When life gets back to some sort of new normality, eclipse chasers, wildlife lovers and keen travellers are bound to be among those people first in line to visit faraway corners of the world once again.  One amazing opportunity that will entice many of them, is the chance to witness a total solar eclipse on 4th December 2021, which is due to take place over Antarctica, the only …

  • Posted: June 9, 2020
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