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In the Wake of Shackleton

An expedition discovering the wonders of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica aboard the MS Island Sky

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"We know that for most travellers the Antarctic experience is a once in a lifetime visit, it is therefore important that the trip should be as rewarding as possible. Our expedition aboard the MS Island Sky will certainly be so both in terms of the educational experience onboard and the number of opportunities to go ashore. "

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In today’s highly accessible world there are few places that still hold the power to enthral and enchant. Antarctica is certainly one of these. Mere words cannot do justice to the awe-inspiring spectacle of this most southern of continents, this desert of ice which is so unique and uncommon to man’s experience, that even the most dramatic of photographs pale into insignificance when one is confronted by the sheer magnitude, beauty and wonder of the landscape. No amount of travel books, travelogues or travel films can prepare you for Antarctica. It is somewhere that has to be seen to be believed. Your first sighting of a great landscape of ice can leave you breathless as in a moment of wonder you forget to breathe, and so it progresses as each day you encounter more marvellous sights of ethereal icescapes and a surprisingly abundant wildlife. 

For centuries myths abounded of a southern land but early exploration was hindered by the ice. Maps dating back to the late Medieval period show a continent named Terra Australis Ingognita, ‘the unknown southern land’. Captain Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773 but never sighted land. The first person to set foot on Antarctica is thought to be an American sealer, Captain John Davis in 1821. Since then it is a land that has consistently challenged and inspired men of extraordinary character to deeds requiring extreme courage. The expeditions of Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, Ross, Byrd and many others are a shining example of honour, strength and perseverance which today still inspire us.

Our expedition starts in Puerto Madryn from where we will be followed by albatrosses as we sail to the Falkland Islands for our exploration of these isolated islands thriving with wildlife and a fascinating history. We continue to South Georgia where we have ample quality time ashore to explore what is one of the world’s natural wonders with a remarkable concentration of wildlife. We will land on remote beaches, alive with great numbers of fur seals, elephant seals, wandering and sooty albatrosses, Macaroni and King penguins. The albatrosses will be enthusiastic in courtship and the penguins will come and visit you if you sit quietly on the beach. These beach paradises are backed by some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the world. Finally we sail for the peninsula where enormous tabular icebergs rise from the sea, hillsides are covered with thousands of penguins and seals bask on icebergs . On our way to the Peninsula we hope to sail past Elephant Island, the island on which Shackleton’s men endured 128 days before finally being rescued.

The MS Island Sky

Whilst we have been sending our travellers to Antarctica for almost 25 years on various vessels, we are delighted to be visiting the peninsula with our very own MS Island Sky for the first time. There are ships in Antarctica carrying higher numbers of passengers than the 100 guests which will be onboard the MS Island Sky and these are more suitable for those who wish to see rather than experience Antarctica. Due to the restrictions placed on vessels as to how many passengers may land at any one time, the larger vessels can only offer very restricted landings, whereas with our vessel we can provide a landing for all guests each day, weather permitting. For most travellers the Antarctic experience is a once in a lifetime visit, it is therefore important that the trip should be as rewarding as possible and our expedition aboard the MS Island Sky will certainly be so both in terms of the educational experience onboard and the number of opportunities to go ashore.

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    King Penguins, South Georgia

    “Over the years we have operated many Antarctic tours with our partners but we are delighted to be able to bring our very own MS Island Sky to the region in November 2017. Having the luxury of designing our own itinerary for our own vessel has allowed us to build in ample time in both the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as benefitting from spending five days on the Antarctic Peninsula. For our regular and loyal customers this is the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty and natural world wonders of Antarctica aboard our much-loved vessel in the company of our expert onboard team which includes some of the most experienced polar experts who will ensure that our time in the region will be both interesting and informative. The added benefit of of our small ship accommodating only 100 guests means we can follow the strict Antarctic rules and yet have all guests ashore at the same time unlike passengers onboard the larger vessels in the area. We have timed our expedition for what is regarded as spring as the pack ice begins to melt. This is the mating season for penguins and other species and you can witness their spectacular displays of courtship ritual, nest building and such antics as stone stealing. This is also the time when fur seals claim their breeding territories.” 

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  • Featured Experts - 2017

    Peter Warwick

    High profile event organiser, author, historian and NADFAS lecturer, Peter specialises in naval and polar history and has been to Antarctica twice. He sees the early history of polar exploration as essentially a maritime story and unfolds the drama of Antarctica with tales about James Cook, the first to the Antarctic Circle, and the ‘heroic age’ with the epic exploits of men like De Gerlache, Bellinghausen, Borchgrevink and Mawson, and the more famous, Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton. He searches for the on-going value of polar achievement and the enduring ‘pull’ of this bleak and inhospitable continent and describes his own experience of the “tragic beauty of ice” as “sensually overwhelming”. 

    Peter chairs three organistions: The 1805 Club, preserving Britain’s Royal naval heritage, The New Waterloo Dispatch, celebrating the Idea that is Europe, and Thames Alive, which has reintroduced pageantry to the river. He is a founder and trustee of Gloriana The Queen’s Row Barge.

     

    Jamie Watts

    Jamie is a marine ecologist and expedition leader, who works and spends as much time as possible in earth’s most spectacular marine ecosystems.  He has written for diving and geographical magazines including Diver, Sport Diving, Ocean Geographic, Tauchen, Geographical Expedition and BBC Wildlife, and presents on marine and polar wildlife, global-scale ecology, human ecological footprints and glaciology.  He has run successful and well-received marine biology courses and workshops to adults and school groups in London, Egypt and Indonesia.

    After two years overwintering with British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia, Jamie has spent another eleven southern summers shipboard in the Antarctic Peninsula area.  He has spent most of the last decade on expedition ships from the tropics to the Antarctic to the North Pole as well as across the tropical and cool temperate Pacific and Arctic.  Jamie has logged over 300,000 miles and 2380 days on ships at sea, including 175 expedition voyages.

    Jamie has dived and free-dived all over the world, from under the ice at the North Pole to the Antarctic.  He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has logged over 1650 dives in all environments.

    When not working, Jamie spends time with his son or researches weird and wonderful marine life or travels in search of wild places and even wilder animals.  He is father to seventeen-year old Alex.

     

    Simon Cook

    Simon shares the same family name as the illustrious 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook. In addition to seeing many of the places visited by Cook, Simon has travelled extensively to all four corners of the globe.

    With particular interests in photography, cetaceans and ornithology he has been to over 100 countries, been mesmerised by three-quarters of the world’s species of whales and dolphins and has seen over 1,300 species of birds from ships and boats.

    A passion for Polar Regions has taken him, over many years, on ships to high northern latitudes in several different countries. Destinations in the north include Russia, Canada, Greenland and Spitsbergen. Simon is a veteran when it comes to Antarctica, having made well over 100 voyages to the icy continent. He recently discovered Emperor Penguins in the middle of the Drake Passage – from his zodiac!

    Simon has also had numerous photographs reproduced over the years and has recently had articles published about cetaceans in the North Atlantic and birding around the world from ships and boats. A former manager with an international bank, Simon now spends so much time at sea that he can almost be classified as a marine mammal. A great sense of adventure combined with a great deal of enthusiasm means that Simon is frequently on the lookout for wildlife, which he is only too pleased to point out to and discuss with others!

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Island Sky

Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires.

Arrive this morning and transfer to the centrally located Melia Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. Rooms will be available on arrival to rest. This afternoon choose to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently before meeting this evening for a tango show and dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3 - Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn.

After breakfast in the hotel we will enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires before transferring to the airport for our scheduled flight to Trelew and transfer to Puerto Madryn. On arrival we will transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Puerto Madryn.

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is a popular destination for wildlife excursions. Today you have the chance to explore the town or join an excursion to the Reserva Faunistica Punta Loma, home to a colony of around 600 South American sea lions, which reside on the beach on the outskirts of the city. Our guide will educate us about the local flora as we walk towards the beach. November is traditionally the time when the reproduction season begins and we may be lucky to see the males fight to form their harem. Return to Puerto Madryn this afternoon and embark the MS Island Sky. Sail this evening.

Days 5 & 6 - At sea.

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are albatrosses, prions and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck looking for whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. During our two days of sailing, our onboard experts will begin their presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean.

Days 7 & 8 - Falkland Islands.

The Falkland Islands are isolated and windswept, a haven for wildlife. We hope to land on New Island, the westernmost island with one inhabitant and 40 species of breeding sea birds including rock hopper penguins. Weather and wind conditions allowing, we may also land on Steeple Jason, the north western outpost with the world’s largest colony of blackbrowed albatross. We will make sure to visit some of the many historic sites on the island and to call at Port Stanley, the charming capital of the Falklands.

Days 9 & 10 - The Southern Ocean.

As we cruise towards South Georgia the richness of these waters will be evident in the marine mammal life, especially the fur seals on fishing forays. We have a good chance of spotting whales such as fins and minkies whilst the birds circling our stern will be outstanding, especially the large albatrosses and numerous breeds of petrels.

Days 11 to 13 - South Georgia.

We have three days of expedition cruising in and around South Georgia, a paradise island with snow-clad mountain peaks rising 9000 feet and with 165 glaciers tumbling down towards the sea. We arrive early in the season when parts of the island are still covered by a thin layer of snow. For anyone interested in wildlife, South Georgia is a true oasis. In November the beaches will be covered by elephant seal bulls and females with feeding pups. They share the beach with a myriad of nesting King penguins. Most of the other sea birds have arrived and started nesting. November is also the time when the great arrival of the fur seals starts. Millions of fur seals will, over a few weeks, return to the beaches to breed. During our time here we hope to visit Salisbury Plain where we will find enormous elephant seals which crowd the beaches alongside thousands of pairs of King penguins. On Prion Island we visit the nesting place of the world’s largest flying seabird, the wandering albatross and in Fortuna Bay we will see nesting light mantled sooty albatrosses and hope to witness their gracious courting flights. A few thousand King penguins nest here. Meanwhile in Grytviken we will visit the old whaling station and of course pay our respect at the grave of ‘the boss’ – Ernest Shackleton.

Days 14 & 15 - At sea.

The waters between South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula are rich with fin whales, where in good conditions we have seen as many as a hundred in a day. If not whalewatching, lookout for Antarctic Petrel, Kerguelen Petrel and one of the most beautiful birds of the Southern Ocean, the snow petrel. The icebergs will also become more plentiful as we sail south. Alternatively join the lecture programme as we learn more about the wildlife and history of the region.

Days 16 to 20 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

We have five days of exploration around the Peninsula which will include many of the best places for wildlife and magnificent scenery. Whilst we arrive with a planned itinerary the final schedule will be determined by our Captain and the Expedition Leader based on sea, weather and ice conditions. Using our Zodiacs we will make daily landings for unique close encounters with animals such as adelie and gentoo penguins, fur seals and petrels. We hope to visit the collapsed volcanic cone of Deception Island for a chance to visit Whalers Bay, Petermann Island, home to numbers of Adelie penguins, picturesque Neko Harbour, the Lemaire Channel where towering icebergs rise from the sea and Half Moon Island with its rookery of chinstrap penguins. We also hope to sail through the breathtaking Antarctic Sound, also known as ‘iceberg alley’, where massive icebergs drift north from the continent.

Days 21 & 22 - Drakes Passage.

Two days to relax onboard and reminisce with your fellow travellers about all you have seen and experienced during our expedition. Enjoy a lecture, look for wildlife or simply relax as we make our way across the Drakes Passage toward Ushuaia. Named after the 16th century English seaman, Sir Francis Drake, the Drakes Passage separates the southernmost tip of South America from Antarctica. This is a particularly good area to spot royal albatross and blue petrel and we will also be on the lookout for pods of sperm whales.

Day 23 - Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to the Melia Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. The evening is free for independent arrangements.

Day 24 - Buenos Aires to London.

After breakfast in the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Day 25 - London.

Arrive this morning.

Please note that flexibility is key to a successful expedition in Antarctica. Although we have outlined an itinerary above, this is only a preliminary plan, our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and the wildlife we encounter.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £1000 PER PERSON ON 2018 DEPARTURE ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
Category Price
Magellan Deck Standard Forward Suites £11495
Magellan Deck Standard Suites £11995
Columbus Deck Superior Suites £12995
Marco Polo Deck Premium Suites £13995
Marco Polo Deck Corner Suites £14595
Erikson Deck Deluxe Balcony Suites £16295
Explorer Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £17495
Magellan Deck Standard for sole occupancy £15995
Columbus Deck Superior for sole occupancy £17995
9 November 2018 to 3 December 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Magellan Deck Standard Forward Suites £11495 £10495
Magellan Deck Standard Suites £11995 £10995
Columbus Deck Superior Suites £12995 £11995
Marco Polo Deck Premium Suites £13995 £12995
Marco Polo Deck Corner Suites £14595 £13595
Erikson Deck Deluxe Balcony Suites £16295 £15295
Explorer Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £17495 £16495
Magellan Deck Standard for sole occupancy £15995 £14995
Columbus Deck Superior for sole occupancy £17995 £16995

Tour Reference Code: SCISK09117/SCISK09118

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, two nights hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires and overnight accommodation in Puerto Madryn on a bed and breakfast basis, 19 nights aboard the MS Island Sky on a full board basis, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard, shore excursions, transfers, port taxes, gratuities, expedition team, expedition log, use of a parka jacket and rubber boots onboard the MS Island Sky.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, visas. 

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  • Explorer Deck

  • Erikson Deck

  • Marco Polo Deck

  • Columbus Deck

  • Magellan Deck

Destinations

  • Argentina

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  • Antarctic

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  • South America

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  • Antarctica

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  • Falkland Islands

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Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

 
  • MS Island Sky
  • Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
    Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
  • Superior Suite (Columbus Deck)
  • Premium Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Corner Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Premium Balcony Suite (Erikson Deck)
  • Owner's Balcony Suites (Explorer Deck)
  • Lido Deck
  • Lido Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • The Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht.

    The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, a large wardrobe, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. The suites on each deck have their own colour theme. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Columbus Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. For your convenience, it is also possible to follow the onboard lectures from the comfort of your suite.

    In addition to the main Lounge on the Columbus Deck, there is also The Club, located on the Marco Polo Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Marco Polo Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with internet access can also be found in The Library. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Magellan Deck and outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Erikson Deck, complete with deck tables and chairs where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Explorer Deck the observation area complete with sun loungers is ideal for sun bathing, relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request. For your comfort, there is also a clinic with Doctor and a lift which serves all decks.

    As is the joy of small ship cruising, we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the progress of the vessel (subject to weather or security conditions).

  • Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board all three vessels is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

  • For your comfort

    The MS Island Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

  • Inclusions

    Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Island Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included this in your holiday price. In addition we tip all our guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you. We also include excursions and drinks with meals onboard.

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    • Marco Polo Deck

    • Columbus Deck

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Our View

“Over the years we have operated many Antarctic tours with our partners but we are delighted to be able to bring our very own MS Island Sky to the region in November 2017. Having the luxury of designing our own itinerary for our own vessel has allowed us to build in ample time in both the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as benefitting from spending five days on the Antarctic Peninsula. For our regular and loyal customers this is the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty and natural world wonders of Antarctica aboard our much-loved vessel in the company of our expert onboard team which includes some of the most experienced polar experts who will ensure that our time in the region will be both interesting and informative. The added benefit of of our small ship accommodating only 100 guests means we can follow the strict Antarctic rules and yet have all guests ashore at the same time unlike passengers onboard the larger vessels in the area. We have timed our expedition for what is regarded as spring as the pack ice begins to melt. This is the mating season for penguins and other species and you can witness their spectacular displays of courtship ritual, nest building and such antics as stone stealing. This is also the time when fur seals claim their breeding territories.” 

Onboard Experts

  • Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    John Lippiett had a 36 year career in the Royal Navy serving in a large number of ships from aircraft carriers to minesweepers and deployed to all of the world’s operational theatres. He was second-in-command of the frigate HMS Ambuscade throughout the Falklands War, and his book “War and Peas; intimate letters from the Falklands War” was broadcast on BBC’s Today programme for the 25th anniversary. John commanded three ships, a Frigate Squadron, and then the School of Maritime Warfare. On promotion to Rear Admiral, he flew his Flag at sea as Flag Officer Sea Training before serving in Naples as Chief of Staff of the NATO maritime forces in the Mediterranean. His final posting was as the Commandant of the Joint Services

    Command and Staff College. John retired and for nearly 13 years was the Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, during which time he led the project to build the award-winning new museum and ensure Henry VIII’s flagship is conserved and displayed for future generations. 

    Admiral Lippiett has immersed himself in maritime history for many years, building on the extensive experiences of his two careers and gaining considerable attention as a speaker. He has deployed to the Caribbean on operational duties, and also travelled to many of the islands as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander in Chief Fleet in the early1970s and then again as the Assistant to the First Sea Lord in the late 1980s. In 1979, while serving as Warfare Officer in HMS Fife, he was deeply involved in hurricane relief operations after the island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane David. He received an operational award of the MBE for his part ashore in the rescue mission. He now brings his historical knowledge to the fore to bring alive the enthralling stories of Columbus’ voyages, of Drake’s pillaging, of Vernon and Nelson’s fight against the French, and many more. These are exciting and historic waters to be visiting.

    Rear Admiral John Lippiett will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2018 to 3 December 2018
  • Pamela Le Noury

    Pamela Le Noury

    Coming from South Africa, Pam is a marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper and sailor, and has worked in and on the ocean just about every day for the past 16 years. After leaving school she worked in the diving industry whilst studying a BSc in zoology and physiology, and ended up managing the dive school before starting up her own whale watching charter and boat business.

     

    She has participated in several marine research cruises, has published 3 APPS for smartphones on sharks & rays and whales & dolphins and Antarctic Wildlife, and enjoys teaching people about the oceans and conservation through her travels. Pam started expedition cruising in 2008 and soon after closed her business to travel full time. She has been almost everywhere a small cruise ship can take you; 120 countries from the poles to the remote reaches of every ocean – loving life as a citizen of the sea. When not at sea – Pam is a beach bum in her home town of Umdloti.

    Pamela Le Noury will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2018 to 3 December 2018
  • Chantal Cookson

    Chantal Cookson

    Chantal was born in Suffolk very near the sea and now lives in Northumberland where her husband farms. Chantal has been associated with Noble Caledonia since the company was founded in 1991 and was part of the Expedition Team for many years on the MS Caledonia Star and has led tours, be it cruising or land, all over the world. Chantal’s initial experience of cruising in British waters was in 1991 when Noble Caledonia did the first cruise around the British Isles, which was a ground breaking voyage and led to a very successful and popular concept. Though her main job over the last 25 years has been working for Sotheby’s, she is now a Travel and Fine Art Consultant intertwining in her busy life still working periodically as part of the Noble Caledonia Expedition Team. From the Arctic to the Antarctica, South America to Australia, Africa, India, the Seychelles, Indonesian Islands and many other destinations, no more so than the west coast of Scotland, she has been able to pursue her love of the oceans, zodiacing and photography. Chantal is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    Chantal Cookson will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Colin Baird

    Colin Baird

    Colin grew up on the west coast of Canada and developed a love for the sea at an early age, sailing and scuba diving the local waters off Vancouver Island. He spent 10 years as a marine mammal trainer working with seals, sea lions and orca (perhaps better known as Killer Whales). In 2002 he was hired by Jean Michel Cousteau as the director of field operations for the Free Willy/ Keiko Project in Iceland and Norway. This was and remains today the only attempt to release a previously captive orca back into the wild.

    Since then, Colin has been expedition cruising to many out of the way places; including Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, the high arctic and Antarctic. When at home in Canada leads whale watching tours from Victoria, B.C. during the northern summer to see his favourite of all the cetaceans….the orca.

    Colin Baird will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Guy Esparon

    Guy Esparon was born in the Seychelles and migrated to Australia in 1971, where he spent 30 years living between many of Australia’s cities and the outback. However, his heart never left the Seychelles. Guy lived his dream when he worked on the Aldabra World Heritage Site as Chief Warden. He has an incredible passion and love for Aldabra. He has worked on various expedition ships calling at the Seychelles, and has shared his love for nature and Aldabra with those fortunate enough to visit.

    Guy Esparon will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Jamie Watts

    Jamie Watts

    Jamie spent two years posted as a fisheries scientist and marine ecologist for the British Antarctic Survey on the remote and wonderful island of South Georgia. Here he researched zooplankton, Antarctic fishes and crabs as well as seafloor life, including creating photo identification guides used by fisheries observers and other scientists.

    Jamie has spent the last seven southern summers as well as two winters in the Antarctic, and the last four northern summers in the Arctic, most recently guiding expedition and dive trips to the Antarctic and remote mid-Atlantic islands, and the High Arctic from Spitzbergen to Greenland to the Northwest Passage. He is in the process of finishing his first book, on the marine life of the Antarctic. When not working, Jamie spends time with his son or researches weird and wonderful marine life or travels in search of wild places and even wilder animals. He is father to sixteen-year old Alex, an inventor and singer.

    Jamie Watts will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Jane Wilson

    Jane Wilson

    For the last 10 years Jane has worked on expedition cruise vessels (including some Russian polar ice strengthened and icebreaker vessels) as a zodiac driver, lecturer and expedition leader in many remote corners of the world including South America, the Arctic and Antarctica, Europe, South-east Asia and the South Pacific. She also keeps her hand in the science pie as Voyage leader for the Australian Antarctic Division, being responsible for deploying support personnel, cargo and scientists to stations and field camps in Antarctica on the Australian research and re-supply icebreaker Aurora Australis. She is a keen skier and now calls the Rocky Mountains in Canada home.

    Jane Wilson will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Kristine Hannon

    Kristine Hannon

    Kristine is a true example of how it is never too late to find the job of your life. She was born and raised on the Belgian Coast and spend most of her professional life working in the food industry as a shop owner and manager.

    After a visit to Antarctica in 1998, she was determined to follow her dream and get a job on one of the expedition ships sailing South. Being a single mum, it took her 10 more years before the dream could be accomplished and she returned to the White Continent as member of the expedition staff. Between 2008 and 2011 she spent most of her time in the Polar regions.

    Apart from being an experienced assistant expedition leader Kristine has become an accomplished landscape and wildlife photographer whose work has been widely published and exhibited. Having been resident photographer for an expedition cruise company during 2.5 years she has a great eye and love for photography.

    With over 110 countries visited in the position of Assistant Expedition Leader – zodiac driver and/or photographer since starting to work in the expedition cruise business, Kristine has been a professional, passionate and well organized member of a large number of expedition teams. Having enjoyed every single trip she has done so far all around the Globe, Antarctica remains her favorite place on earth.

    Kristine is always ready to help guests with any issues or questions they might have and is eager to pass on her passion for expedition cruising. Being a highly self-motivated autodidact and professional, she has never looked back since giving up her shore side job in 2008 and considers this career change as the best decision she has ever taken in her professional life. 

    Kristine Hannon will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick

    Economist, historian, author, acknowledged authority on Horatio Nelson and organiser of major commemorative events, Peter chairs three organisations: The 1805 Club, which conserves the graves, monuments and memorials of the sailing navy of the Georgian era; The New Waterloo Dispatch, which arranged the ceremonial interpretation in June 2015 of the news of Waterloo and is now developing the legacy of Waterloo based on the celebration of the idea that is Europe; and Thames Alive, which staged the Magna Carta 800 River Relay at Runnymede, and which in 2012 organised the manpowered squadron of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and on the Thames, Day 70 of the London 2012 Thames Olympic Torch Relay.

    In 2005 Peter was vice-chairman of the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee, which organised the Trafalgar bicentenary commemorations.

    He is a trustee of The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana and an accredited NADFAS lecturer. 

     

    Peter Warwick will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • PIerre Malan

    Pierre Malan

    Pierre is an all round naturalist who trained as an oceanographer and marine biologist and has more than forty years of experience in the field. He lives in Hout Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. He is a former Naval Officer who holds certificates of competence in sail and power. He worked at the Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Cape Town for more than thirty years, specialising in the acoustic stock assessment of small pelagic fish and krill.

    He participated in numerous research cruises in the South-East Atlantic Ocean, the South-West Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Southern Ocean, often as chief scientist. Since 2001 he has worked as a fisheries consultant specialising in combatting illegal fishing, working mainly in Southern and East Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean, as well as doing research cruises in the Antarctic, the Eastern Tropical Pacific and North Pacific. During this time he lectured at several Universities in South Africa as well as teaching at the Fisheries Development Centre in Mbegani, Tanzania. In 2005 he started working in the expedition cruising industry as a lecturer, zodiac driver, and later as assistant expedition leader.

    He has worked on board ships in the Antarctic, the Western Indian Ocean, South and Central America, the Canary and Azores Islands, Great Britain, Norway and Spitsbergen. In addition to marine biology and oceanography he is a competent all-round naturalist and photographer as well as having an interest in history and in traditional boats and working boats around the world. During 2008 he was technical adviser and presenter for a TV documentary series on the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic.

    Pierre Malan will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Simon Cook

    Simon Cook

    Simon shares the same family name as the illustrious 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook. In addition to seeing many of the places visited by Cook, Simon has travelled extensively to all four corners of the globe. With particular interests in photography, cetaceans and ornithology he has been to over 100 countries, been mesmerised by three-quarters of the world’s species of whales and dolphins and has seen over 1,300 species of birds from ships and boats.

    A passion for polar regions has taken him on ships to high northern latitudes in several different countries (Russia, Canada, Greenland and Spitsbergen) as well as many voyages to the icy continent of Antarctica. He has also had numerous photographs reproduced over the years and has recently had articles published about cetaceans in the North Atlantic and birding around the world from ships and boats. A former manager with an international bank, Simon now spends so much time at sea that he can almost be classified as a marine mammal. A great sense of adventure combined with a great deal of enthusiasm means that Simon is frequently on the lookout for wildlife, which he is only too pleased to point out to and discuss with others!

    Simon Cook will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart’s home is in Durban, South Africa. He grew up literally in the wilds of Africa and has a good knowledge of the indigenous people and regions of many African countries. His maritime background has covered sea rescue search and recovery operations, sailing and power boating. His qualifications cover all power vessels from a Zodiac to a class six craft over 200 tonnes.

    Stuart is a trained fire fighter with over six years active service. He is also Dive Master scuba diver, first aider and ‘Mr Fix it’ when it comes to boating. He has been in the cruising industry since 1980 and has mainly worked on board large passenger liners. He has extensive knowledge of many Indian Ocean islands and has worked on expedition cruises to Mozambique, Madagascar, the Seychelles and British Isles. Stuart has also acted as Tour Manager for cruises to Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Malta, Sicily and many more countries. When asked how many cruises he has been on he said that he gave up counting after 600.

    Stuart Burmeister will be on the following tour dates: 9 November 2017 to 3 December 2017

Tour Extensions

    • 6th to 10th November 2017

      Before joining our group in Buenos Aires, we are offering the opportunity to visit the Iguazu Falls, often considered the most dramatic waterfalls in the world.

      Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls

      Itinerary

      Day 1 London to Buenos Aires. Fly by scheduled flight.

      Day 2 Buenos Aires. Arrive this morning and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. Remainder of day at leisure.

      Day 3 Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls. After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Iguazu Falls. On
      arrival transfer to the hotel and this afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Today we will explore the Brazilian side of the falls walking through the tropical rainforest.

      Day 4 Iguazu Falls. Enjoy a full day at the Iguazu Falls on a series of guided walks seeing the upper and lower circuits and also the triple frontier the meeting point of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Highlights today include the 80 metre fall ‘Garganta del Diablo’ (Devil’s Throat).

      Day 5 Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires. Return to the airport this morning for our scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to the Melia Hotel and join our fellow travellers continuing with the main itinerary shown from day 2.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1045
      Single £1445

      Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, overnight hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires and two nights hotel accommodation in Iguazu Falls on a bed and breakfast basis, guided tours at the Iguazu Falls, lunch and dinner on days 3 and 4, transfers, airport taxes.

      Not Included: Travel Insurance.

    • 6th to 10th November 2018

      Before joining our group in Buenos Aires, we are offering the opportunity to visit the Iguazu Falls, often considered the most dramatic waterfalls in the world.

      Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls

      Day 1 London to Buenos Aires. Fly by scheduled flight.

      Day 2 Buenos Aires. Arrive this morning and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. Remainder of day at leisure.

      Day 3 Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls. After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Iguazu Falls. On
      arrival transfer to the hotel and this afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Today we will explore the Brazilian side of the falls walking through the tropical rainforest.

      Day 4 Iguazu Falls. Enjoy a full day at the Iguazu Falls on a series of guided walks seeing the upper and lower circuits and also the triple frontier the meeting point of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Highlights today include the 80 metre fall ‘Garganta del Diablo’ (Devil’s Throat).

      Day 5 Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires. Return to the airport this morning for our scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to the Melia Hotel and join our fellow travellers continuing with the main itinerary shown from day 2.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1245
      Single £1595

      Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, overnight hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires and two nights hotel accommodation in Iguazu Falls on a bed and breakfast basis, guided tours at the Iguazu Falls, lunch and dinner on days 3 and 4, transfers, airport taxes.

      Not Included: Travel Insurance.

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