Wildlife Cruising / Worldwide S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 197 You will be surprised at the immense and complex landscape of Australia’s hidden secret, the wild and wonderful Kimberley, where you can swim in crystal-clear billabongs, discover an astonishing array of wildlife and uncover some excellent examples of ancient rock art. The Chilean coast has more than 50% of the world’s cetacean species and, what a place for whale watching, here you will find Peale’s, Commerson’s, Dusky, and Chilean Dolphin as well as Sperm Whale, Orca and possibly even the impressive Blue Whale. The Amazon rainforest of Brazil, the largest and densest in the world, is ripe for your exploration too. Whilst along Brazil’s coastline your small ship will transport you through mangrove covered deltas and tranquil coves to rich colonial outposts that have blended harmoniously with a vibrant modern culture. If you have a spirit of adventure and you are looking for a unique perspective on a corner of the world, an expedition cruise is for you.
On this unique four week voyage sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina through the South Atlantic to Ascension Island you will visit some of the most remote and isolated islands in the world: from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia to the even more remote South Atlantic islands of Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale and St Helena. The diversity of seabirds and marine mammals seen along the way combined with the spectacular islands, where the human history involving such legendary figures as Shackleton and Napoleon is an interesting as the natural history, offered at a fantastic valuefor- money price, makes this voyage truly unforgettable. The voyage price reflects that you will cover the major leg of the annual repositioning of your vessel on her journey north to Arctic waters. Wildlife abounds with many species of penguins, albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, prions and tropicbirds, as well as possible sightings of Fin, Minke, Humpback, Southern Bottlenose, Sperm, and Long-finned Pilot Whales, Southern Sealions, Fur Seals and numerous Weddell, Leopard, Crabeater and Southern Elephant Seals. You will set foot on the Antarctic continent before cruising through the icy wilderness of the Weddell Sea en-route to the South Orkneys and South Georgia. You can read more about the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia in the ‘Antarctic’ section of our brochure (starting on page 170). Passing through the Antarctic Convergence you will be on your way to Gough Island, a spectacular island of vegetated high cliffs and deep treefilled valleys designated a World Heritage site and home to millions of breeding seabirds. Landings here are not permitted so you board the zodiacs on the lookout for the endemic Gough Moorhen and Gough Bunting. In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago you land on the main island at Edinburgh, as well as nearby Nightingale Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatross to Brown Noddies, and on the aptly named Inaccessible Island (conditions allowing) for the Flightless Rail. Entering sub-tropical waters you can expect calm seas as you sail towards Jamestown on St Helena where Redbilled Tropicbirds and noddies fly around your vessel whilst at anchor. Your last stop will be Ascension, a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top known as Green Mountain. The island’s Sooty Tern colony holds more than a million breeding pairs and a zodiac cruise to Boatswain Bird Island offers great snorkelling opportunities as well as the endemic Ascension Frigatebird and beautiful Whitetailed Tropicbirds. You may also witness egglaying Atlantic Green Turtles coming ashore at night. Atlantic Odyssey Travel from the icy cold of Antarctica to the tropical heat of Ascension Island in one expedition on one ship in just four weeks – unbeatable! 198 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Itinerary Day 1. Embark in Ushuaia Days 2 & 3. Drake Passage Days 4 to 11. Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, South Orkneys, South Georgia Day 12 to 17. Antarctic Convergence & Gough Island Days 18 to 20. Tristan da Cunha Days 21 to 24. At sea Day 25 to 27. St Helena Days 28 & 29. At sea Days 30 & 31. Ascension Island and disembark Vessel Professor Molchanov, Professor Multanovskiy (see Vessel pages for more details). Things you need to know Embark Ushuaia, Argentina Disembark Ascension Voyage nights 30 nights In 2009 there will also be a 25-night voyage from Ushuaia to Tristan da Cunha (on the same route as the Ascension Island trip) then sailing directly to Cape Town. Departure dates 9 Mar to 8 Apr 2008 8 Mar to 7 Apr 2009 14 Mar to 8 Apr 2009 (25-night) Price From £3,750 in a triple share cabin From £4,450 in a twin share cabin Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard & transfers. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Please ask at the time of booking.