Set sail on an authentic 10-day adventure cruise as we traverse the cobalt blue waters of the South Pacific exploring the untouched beauty of remote tropical islands, white sand beaches and ancient cultures of Vanuatu and New Caledonia before visiting the quiet paradise of Australia’s Norfolk Island and New Zealand’s aptly named subtropical Bay of Islands. Specially designed with cruise enthusiasts and adventurers in mind, South Pacific Sojourn carefully blends exciting island adventures with luxurious sea days spent poolside, in the Observation Lounge or watching your voyage unfold in the Bridge alongside your Captain. Discover a region rich with history and opportunities for exploration where life abounds both above and below the water while enjoying all-inclusive travel.

Highlights during the voyage include exploring the lively markets of Port Vila and snorkelling through a kaleidoscope of colourful reefs in New Caledonia’s Lifou Island to uncover a myriad of exotic fish and coral species. Enjoy either a drive or hike to the top of Vanuatu’s active volcano Mount Yasur on Tanna Island and discover historic UNESCO heritage sites on Australia’s Norfolk Island along with over 40 species of endemic plants in the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Discover New Zealand’s early history with a visit to the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi, location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and explore the iconic and historic Kiw town of Russell in the Bay of Islands.

Adventure and all-inclusive luxury awaits aboard the sophisticated surrounds of our purpose-built 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer where house beer and wine is served alongside gourmet lunches and dinners as we sail the South Pacific on a voyage like no other.
Arrive at Vanuatu’s bustling capital city of Port Vila where contemporary hotels, restaurants and markets abound. Guests should make their way to the designated hotel where we will spend the first night of the expedition. This evening there will be an informal get-together at the hotel for dinner; an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow adventurers.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure at the hotel followed by free time to explore Port Vila’s rich cultural and natural wonders including the National Museum of Vanuatu, shopping at the Port Vila Markets, visit a local village or take in the grandeur of the multi-tiered 35 metre waterfall and azure pools of Mele Cascades nestled among lush rainforest. This afternoon, transfer to board Heritage Adventurer. The captain and crew will be waiting to greet you on arrival and show you to your cabin. You will have time to settle into your cabin and familarise yourself with the ship; we will also take the opportunity to conduct a number of safety briefings. You are invited to join the crew in the Observation Lounge and up on the Observation Deck as we set our course to Tana Island.
Today we have a full day to explore the paradisiacal outpost of Tanna Island. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, time moves at a slower pace on Tanna which is famously home to the world’s most accessible active volcano Mount Yasur. Rising over more than 360 metres above sea level, it is said that Mount Yasur has been in a continuous state of activity since before Captain James Cook who first observed its activity in 1774. Traverse dirt roads and pass through friendly, self-sufficient cultural villages along the way for a short climb up to the summit where the volcano still demonstrates miniature eruptions, safe for guest viewing. Other highlights on Tanna Island include spectacular snorkelling, incredible cultural encounters, stunning black and white sand beaches, natural hot springs and a Giant Banyan Tree which, at more than 100 metres wide and 80 metres high, is thought to be one of the world’s largest.
Today we discover a tropical slice of French paradise in the heart of the Pacific Ocean as we sail into New Caledonian waters – well beyond typical tourist routes and into the realm of legend and tradition. Lifou Island is one of three islands making up the pristine trifecta of the Loyalty Islands and the largest and most populous of the group. First sighted by French explorer Dumont d’Urville in 1857 it became a destination for Christian missionaries and several 19th Century Catholic church buildings still remain (including Notre Dame de Lourdes perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean). Today it is rightly famous for its crystal clear water, sprawling coral gardens and abundant colourful marine life, and tangled tropical jungles supporting a myriad of birdlife including Red-bellied Fruit Doves, Grey-eared Honeyeaters, Lifou White-eyes and more. Experience traditions unchanged for generations during a thrilling cultural exchange at a local village and discover the gastronomic secret of Lifou’s ‘brown gold’, the island’s highly sought after vanilla wowing taste buds around the globe.
Relax and unwind following the recent days’ adventures poolside, catch up with some reading, start processing your photos or simply find a quiet space and enjoy watching your voyage unfold.
We have a full day to enjoy Norfolk Island, a former penal colony which Captain Cook encountered in 1774 and named after the Duchess of Norfolk. This morning we will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful St Barnabas Chapel. This five-year labour-oflove features mother-of-pearl inlays, stained glass windows and a spectacular vaulted timber ceiling. This afternoon discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kingston, a former brutal outpost for British prisoners and Australia’s second oldest settlement, or visit the Norfolk Island Botanical Gardens with its 40 endemic, or unique, species including 15 plant species considered to be critically endangered. For the more active you may wish to walk in the National Park towards Mt Pitt. The tracks wind through lush palm forests and stands of Norfolk Island Pine leading to remarkable views of the island and ocean.
Enjoy time aboard, relive the adventures of Norfolk Island and prepare for our arrival to New Zealand and the Bay of Islands.
Wake this morning in the subtropical paradise of the Bay of Islands, home to more than 140 islands and stunning gold sand beaches. We have a full day set aside to explore and enjoy the Bay of Islands. It was here that much of New Zealand’s early history, both Maori and European unfolded, including the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Visit the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi and discover the significance and stories surrounding the region. Later in the day there is an opportunity to explore historic Russell, a town of New Zealand firsts including first seaport, European settlement, capital and licensed hotel. Perhaps enjoy a drink at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel, explore the quiet coves and beaches at your own pace, snorkel crystal clear waters and walk remote white sand beaches and pristine native bush on uninhabited islands as we embrace this magical Kiwi paradise.
Enjoy a sleep in or head out on deck to enjoy our arrival into the busy Port of Tauranga late morning. After final farewells, a complimentary transfer from the ship to Tauranga Airport awaits. We ask you not to book any onward flights until mid-afternoon to account for any delays and the time it takes to travel to the airport.
During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.


$3,955 NZD pp
DECK 3 | SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Main Deck Triple Cabins on Deck 3 are a spacious 22m2 and feature two porthole windows, two single beds and one Pullman bed which folds down from the wall, lounge area, writing desk, private en-suite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$4,250 NZD pp
DECK 5 | SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Superior Triple Cabins on Deck 5 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, two single beds and one Pullman bed which folds down from the wall, lounge area, writing desk, private en-suite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$4,750 NZD pp
SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Superior Cabins are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, lounge area, writing desk, private ensuite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$4,995 NZD pp
SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Superior Cabins are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, lounge area, writing desk, private ensuite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$5,930 NZD pp
DECK 3 | SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Main Deck Single Cabins on Deck 3 are a spacious 22m2 in size and feature two porthole windows, king bed, lounge area, writing desk, private ensuite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$6,250 NZD pp
DECK 6 | SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Located on Deck 6, Worsley Suites are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, comfortable chaisestyle lounge suite, writing desk, private en-suite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$6,350 NZD pp
DECK 5 | SIZE: 22m2 (235.SqFt) Superior Single Cabins on Deck 5 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king bed, lounge area, writing desk, private en-suite bathroom with shower, ample storage and a flat screen entertainment system.


$8,000 NZD pp
DECK 6 | SIZE: 44m2 (475.SqFt) Located on Deck 6, Heritage Suites are an expansive 44m2 and feature large double panoramic windows, king bed, large living area with a sofa, coffee table and chairs, large writing desk and grand marble bathroom with a double basin, bathtub and shower, floor to ceiling storage and a flat screen entertainment system

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 124 metres

Passenger Capacity: 140

Built: 1991

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 at Finland’s Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.Setting a peerless standard in authentic expedition travel, Heritage Adventurer (formerly known as MS Hanseatic) combines the highest passenger ship ice-class rating (1A Super) with an impressive history of Polar exploration. Having held records for the most northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic navigations, and for traversing both the Northwest and Northeast Passages, makes Heritage Adventurer perfect for pioneering New Zealand-based Heritage Expeditions signature experiential expedition travel.Originally designed to accommodate 184 guests, Heritage Adventurer now welcomes just 140 expeditioners ensuring spacious, stylish and comfortable voyages, while a fleet of 14 Zodiacs ensures all guests are able to maximise their expedition adventure. Heritage Adventurer proudly continues our traditions of exceptional, personalised expedition experiences as Heritage Expeditions flagship.

Observation Lounge – One of the most celebrated and best-known features of Heritage Adventurer is the awe-inducing Observation Lounge, Library and Bar. Located on Deck 7 and perched directly above the Bridge, enjoy sweeping 270-degree views through floor to ceiling windows, perfect for wildlife spotting and quick access to the outer deck. Bring your binoculars to spot wildlife, observe the ever-changing landscape, write in your journal or relax with a book.

Observation Deck – Enjoy 360-degree views from the highest point on the ship. The Observation Deck sits above the Observation Lounge and provides exceptional outside viewing options. Stretching the full width of the vessel, this is the perfect spot to take in the surrounding land and seascapes. Perfect on a sunny day, recline in the comfortable sun loungers protected from the wind and elements and watch your voyage unfold. 

The Bridge – No expedition is complete without visiting Heritage Adventurer’s busy nerve centre. Located on Deck 6, Heritage Expeditions’ Open Bridge Policy means you are welcome to observe the Captain and crew at work while enjoying some of the ship’s best views. It’s a fascinating place to learn about navigation and vessel operations, however please note the Bridge will be closed when departing or arriving at port.

Dining Room  – Indulge in fine international cuisine from our talented chefs in the lavish surrounds of our Dining Room on Deck 4. Sensational 270-degree views provide a stunning backdrop to meals here along with an international wine list featuring many outstanding regional wines. With relaxed seating arrangements, all guests can enjoy dining in a single sitting from hearty breakfasts setting you up for the day’s adventure to sumptuous lunches and multi-course evening dining.

Bistro  – Simple fast and delicious meals and snacks are on offer in our relaxed Bistro on Deck 6. Perfect for early risers to enjoy tea, coffee and light breakfast options the Bistro provides great views and opens directly onto a covered and heated teak-deck outdoor dining area.

The Bar and Lounge  – The social hub of  Heritage Adventurer, the Bar and Lounge on Deck 5 features seating for all guests. Enjoy a beverage at the bar, sink into an armchair, relax on one of the many spacious loungers and watch the world go by through the panoramic windows or make new friends at the communal seating. This multi-tasking space also doubles as the location of daily briefings and evening recaps with the expedition team.

The Gym – Featuring spectacular ocean views, the well-equipped gym is adjacent to the pool, hot tub and sauna in Deck 7’s wellbeing zone. Maintain your routine with an elliptical cross trainer, treadmill, rowing machine, stationary bikes, TRX as well as free weights, yoga mats and fitness balls. Towels are provided with change room and shower amenities nearby.

Sauna and Steam Room – True to her Nordic origins, Heritage Adventurer features a dry-heat Finnish sauna and European steam room on Deck 7. Perfect for warming up post Polar plunge or unwinding after a day’s adventures, the sauna and steam room include change room facilities, showers and towels.

Swimming Pool and Hot Tub – Surrounded by relaxed teak seating including sun loungers, the open-air saltwater pool can be heated or chilled. Encased in glass the hot tub ensures all-weather use, perfect for those who like to relax with a view following a day of exploring.

Lectures and Presentations – Enjoy informative and entertaining lectures on history, biology, wildlife, and ecology in the comfort of the Presentation Theatre. With state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, our world-renowned expedition team will bring your adventure to life through interactive presentations and discussions.

Cabin layout for Heritage Adventurer

Flight from Auckland to Port Vila on 7 Nov (734.00 NZD)

Flight from Sydney to Port Vila on 6 Nov + one extra night accommodation in Port Vila (997.00 NZD)

Special Offers

Have you travelled with Heritage Expeditions before? SAVE 5% as a returning guest PLUS all guests sailing on Discover the Secrets of Melanesia or New Zealand Coastal Odyssey in 2023 SAVE 50% on South Pacific Sojourn when travelling back-to-back. Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Pre/Post cruise transfers
• Experienced expedition leader and team
• All meals while on board
• House beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• All expedition shore excursions
• The prices listed includes the additional local payment of NZ$300


• International and Domestic flights, both commercial and charter
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Additional beverages other than those noted
• Gratuities
• Any items of a personal nature including laundry
10 Days from
$3,955 NZD pp


• Authentic 10-day adventure cruise in the South Pacific, exploring remote tropical islands, white sand beaches, and ancient cultures of Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

• Exciting island adventures blended with luxurious sea days aboard a purpose-built 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer.

• Snorkelling through colourful reefs in New Caledonia's Lifou Island to discover exotic fish and coral species.

• Opportunities for exploration, including hiking to the top of Vanuatu's active volcano Mount Yasur and visiting historic UNESCO heritage sites on Australia's Norfolk Island.

• All-inclusive travel with gourmet lunches and dinners, house beer and wine served onboard the cruise.

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