Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula 2017
This magnificent cruise starts in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. This Argentinean city is bounded by the famous Beagle Channel on one side and by the mountains of Tierra del Fuego (“Land of the Fire”) on the other. We already start looking for “mainland” birds here before we set sail to the Falkland Islands, famed for the massive colonies of King Penguin (plus four other penguin species), Black-browed Albatross, and a fabulous suite of other charismatic birds as well as marine mammals. We then head to South Georgia, where we hope to find some endemic birds along with all the penguins, petrels and other seabirds, including one of the world’s most iconic birds, the massive Wandering Albatross. We’ll eventually head to the Antarctic Peninsula itself, where we hope to see Snow Petrel and to add new penguin species to our list, among many other things. We’ll try (ice-permitting) to sail into the Weddell Sea. On our way back to Ushuaia, we’ll keep scanning the ocean for species we may have missed before – perhaps a Sooty Albatross or Light-mantled Albatross!
Duration: 20 days
Limit (Group Size): The group sizes of cruises are a function of the capacity of the ship, so our usual small group size policy naturally can't apply here.
Date Start: November 29, 2017
Date End: December 18, 2017
Tour Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tour End: Ushuaia, Argentina
All cabins contain private shower and toilet, flat screen TV, telephone and internet connections, hair dryer, and ample storage space.
Price: Quadruple porthole – sharing US$12,150; Triple porthole – sharing US$13,250; Twin porthole or window – sharing US$14,450, single US$24,735; Twin deluxe – sharing US$16,200, single US$27,540; Double superior – sharing US$17,950, single US$30,515
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship, including snacks, coffee, and tea
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post-tour land arrangements
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Baggage, cancellation, and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature, such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, and telecommunication charges
The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Birding Cruise Antarctica: Subantarctic Islands and the Ross Sea 2018
Duration: 30 days
Limit (Group Size): N/A
Date Start: January 10, 2018
Date End: February 08, 2018
Price: Heritage Suite US$30,200 p/p, Mini Suite US$28,000 p/p, Superior Plus US$27,000 p/p, Superior US$24,000 p/p, Main Deck US$22,300 p/p. Additional Charges: Landing Fees US$880 pp
Details: Being one of the most remote areas on our planet, with fascinating places regarding the human history of this continent, the Ross Sea region in Antarctica is a breathtaking destination. Impenetrable p
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Australia and Barry Davies: When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordinary – knew his stuff in and out about OZ and its flora and fauna and was great with the participants. We did Cairns & Darwin then an extension to Perth & Tasmania. Not sure how you would pick a favourite place from that. Each region is different and of course getting to see different parts of the country is something that I would have thought one would want to do if doing OZ. I would have loved to have seen more butterflies, mammals and reptiles than we did, but maybe that requires different locations and more time in the field. We did however get Platypus and Echidna. Butterflies are pretty much restricted to the north east. Timing for birds is tough as there is so much movement amongst them depending upon food sources, but I would have said we did pretty well. While obviously we wanted to see all we could, it was not the end of the world if we missed anything, and a huge list was not our goal. We were there in the dry season, I would hate to think what it would be like in the wet season, as a number of places/routes would have been under water, especially in the Darwin region. Accommodations on the whole were very good – I loved the different lodgings, many of which we had to do our own breakfast, with kitchen facilities in the cabins. The country is huge, and with very few people, less than SA!, so some of the locations there was little choices, especially for a large group, but Barry did great in getting what he did. At each region we had to get a bus, there were 14 of us – these varied between great to OK, as the on the extension we had to have one with a trailer.