Nature lovers will feel a sense of rare privilege during Ponant’s 15-night voyage around the Sub Antarctic Islands. The voyage is an opportunity for traveller’s to observe endangered wildlife, including the world’s rarest penguin, the Fiordland Crested, and the second rarest, the Yellow Eyed penguin.
The voyage departs from Christchurch on 29 December 2015. Guests will spend New Year’s Eve in New Zealand’s famed Fiordland National park, which as expedition leader, Mick Fogg puts it, is “a place where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions.” Departing shortly after, the voyage heads to the Sub Antarctic islands of Snare, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands and Macquarie Island before disembarking in Melbourne.
Ponant offers guests access to highly restricted, permit-only islands. A rare privilege, the Sub Antarctic Islands remain in pristine condition as tourism does not yet really exist in this region. Here, travellers will be met with boundless photo opportunities as they encounter endangered wildlife, spectacular views and more.
To put things into perspective, the following compares the number of visitors to the Sub Atlantic Islands versus other popular expeditions:
- 700 people visited the Snares
- 1100 visited Auckland and Campbell Islands
- 950 visited Macquarie Island
- 170,000 visited the Galapagos Islands
- 35,000 climbing to Everest Base Camp
“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 an amazing world,” says Fogg.
Prices for this cruise in a Prestige Stateroom with balcony start from $12,940.