The Big Four – adventure: Bird spotting in Antarctica

bird spotting

From colonies of penguins to unique species of albatross, Antarctic is home to around 11 per cent of the world’s seabird population. We have included a tour here with Heritage Expeditions, which is perfect for ornithological enthusiasts, while the One Ocean Expeditions cruise is run in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. The Quark tour is perfect for those who want an ‘express’ way of seeing the region!

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s Expedition & Adventure guide 2015-16, each week we will be running our Big Four feature, which gives you four cruise options to choose from. This week it’s cruises to Antarctica.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s Expedition & Adventure guide email: or read it online here.

Bird spotting

Line: Heritage Expeditions
Departure port: Invercargill
Departure date: November 16, 2016
Destination: Sub-Antarctic Islands
Duration: 19 nights
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Price: £6,800

Line: Lindblad National Geographic
Departure port: Ushuaia
Departure date: February 14, 2016
Destination: Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Duration: 24 days
Ship: NS Orion
Price: £15,527

Credit: David-Stanley

Credit: David-Stanley

And two more

Line: One Ocean Expeditions
Departure port: Punta Arenas, Chile
Departure date: November 8, 2016
Destination: Antarctica
Duration: 12 days
Ship: Akademik Loffe
Price: £5,709 (for triple share)

Credit: Mark Carwardine

Credit: Mark Carwardine

Line: Quark Expeditions
Departure port: Punta Arenas, Chile
Departure date: December 13, 2016
Destination: Antarctic
Duration: Eight days
Ship: Sea Adventurer
Price: £5,825


Cruise Adviser top tip

While we would never suggest guaranteeing animal sightings, catching a glimpse of vast penguin colonies is usually a pretty safe bet

(Main credit: David Stanley)

Anthony Pearce

Anthony Pearce is the co-publisher of CRUISE ADVISER. He can be contacted on 

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