Summary : The Subantarctic Islands are among the last unspoilt environments on Earth. Almost half of the world’s albatross and penguin species reside here and The Snares Island alone boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. 95% of the world’s population of New Zealand sea lion breed here. See breeding populations of New Zealand, Antarctic and Subantarctic Fur Seals as well as Southern Elephant Seals. Discover landscapes on a breathtaking scale, glacial fiords 100,000 years in the making, and ancient forests untouched since the dawn of time. Enjoy guided walks on Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands. For nature lovers, birders, photographers, and travellers wishing to venture where few have gone before, these UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide a truly privileged glimpse into a unique world.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Embark the ship in the afternoon.
Milford Sound fjord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiorldland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometers inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred meters high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
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Meals on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); gratuities; parka; boot rental; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; passport and visa fees; travel and medical insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, internet, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: Milford Sound © Nathalie Michel; gannets, Maori carving and dolphin © Margot Sibilaud, © Ponant, King penguins © Lorraine Turci