Imagine wandering black volcanic sand beaches on Macquarie Island, mingling with 800,000 Royal Penguins totally unconcerned by your presence. As interested in you as you are in them.
Or visiting Snares Island, boasting more birdlife than that found in the entire British Isles. This is a bird watcher’s (and photographer’s) nirvana!
Far flung these islands may be, yet far from barren. Often referred to as ‘The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ these UNESCO World Heritage Sub Antarctic Islands throb with life. Protected by their remoteness they are breeding grounds for vast colonies of penguins, home to pods of orcas, fur seals and sea lions. “Almost half the world’s albatross and penguin species reside here in a pristine environment where tourism, frankly, does not exist” observes Mick Fogg who will be heading the Expedition Team in 2019.
Along with Macquarie Island and Fiordland National Park, the Sub Antarctic Islands represent the best of the world’s natural heritage, rating alongside the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, Galapagos and Mount Everest – with far fewer visitors.
Lance Mumby, Owner Manager of CruiseAlong, announcing the sales opening for the one-off 2019 voyage added “Following the 2018 sell-out voyage, I am pleased to announce that in 2019 CruiseAlong will again provide the opportunity to visit these extraordinary Sub Antarctic Islands. CruiseAlong is offering a convenient all-inclusive 17 night expedition voyage that includes flights from Australia and overnight accommodation in addition to the voyage itself.”
“Departing Dunedin 22 February 2019, explore New Zealand’s fiords and the Sub Antarctic Islands onboard PONANT’s brand new purpose-built luxury expedition ship Le Laperouse. To be launched in mid 2018 this small ship, with just 92 suites and staterooms, all with balconies, will provide an exceptional ‘base camp’ for daily activities as we explore with the specialist expedition team.”
“This is no expedition ‘in extremis’” continues Lance. “Luxury and creature comforts abound onboard, including an infinity-edge swimming pool, spa, lecture theatre, boutique, open bar, 24 hour room service and a world-first underwater lounge with glass windows looking out to the marine environment. Underwater microphones will pick up the sounds of dolphins and whales talking …. Imagine, having a cocktail while listening to the marine world surrounding you and seeing fish just outside.”
This expedition has been designed for those to whom the essence of travel means being rewarded with rare experiences. By Zodiac, land on remote, hard to reach areas, and to observe wildlife. Enjoy each day’s adventures with family, friends and other like-minded curious travellers – with the stimulation of mixing with informed, passionate speakers and knowledgeable Expedition Team members.…. all the while travelling in luxury.
Enjoy French luxury and ambiance onboard one of the world’s youngest and eco-responsible fleet of ships afloat, and experience the difference modern small ship luxury expedition cruising offers.
Sub Antarctic expedition overview: 16 nights CruiseAlong Sub Antarctic Islands voyage departs Dunedin, New Zealand, 22 February 2019 bound for the famous Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and then on to The Snares and Auckland Islands and Australia’s own Macquarie Island. This expedition includes Campbell, Antipodes and Bounty Islands en-route returning to Dunedin.
- Fares from $14,990 per person twin share in a Prestige stateroom Deck 4 with a Private Balcony for the 16 night voyage Dunedin / Dunedin 22 February 2019, Le Laperouse.
Fare includes return economy class flight from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Dunedin, private transfer airport to Distinction Dunedin Hotel, overnight accommodation, transfer to Le Laperouse, accommodation onboard, all meals on board, Open Bar, 24 hour room service, expedition parka, free boot hire, outings in Zodiacs with the expedition team, onboard presentations.