"There is no other comparable expedition in the world and for an introduction to and understanding of the dynamic and diverse Southern Ocean ecosystem this is an expedition of a lifetime."

The spectacular, isolated, wild and seldom visited Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia are recognised as some of the world’s great “biodiversity hotspots” and listed as World Heritage Sites. Home to almost half of the world’s albatross and penguin species, these islands are true havens for anyone interested in wildlife and pristine nature.

During our expedition we will visit four island groups - the Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands. There is no other comparable expedition in the world and for an introduction to and understanding of the dynamic and diverse Southern Ocean ecosystem this is an expedition of a lifetime. The region hosts the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world, with over 40 seabird species breeding here and we will have the opportunity to hopefully spot up to eleven different species of albatross and even more penguin species during our voyage. Several of these are endemic to the area and can be found nowhere else on earth. Be one of the privileged few lucky enough to explore these magnificent and fragile islands, all of which are protected nature reserves and only a limited number of permits are granted each year to an exclusive number of operators.

Highlights


• Discover Stewart Island - New Zealand’s third island that is well off the usual beaten tourist track

• Visit Campbell Island - the most southerly of the Subantarctic Islands

• Explore Macquarie Island, a geological wonder where 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals come each year to breed against a backdrop of mountains and tussock covered headlands

• Spend the day on Enderby Island, regarded as one of the most diverse wildlife havens that fringe the Antarctic continent

Arrive this afternoon in Queenstown and transfer to our hotel for a two night stay. The remainder of the day and evening is free for independent exploration.
Enjoy a full day in Queenstown. This morning we will take a scenic cruise on Lake Wakatipu enjoying wonderful views of the Remarkables Mountain range and Mount Nicholas. The afternoon is at leisure to explore independently before we meet this evening for a Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast in the hotel we will travel via the town of Te Anau to Milford Sound to embark the MS Caledonian Sky later in the afternoon. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board as we sail this evening.
New Zealand’s third island is well off the usual beaten tourist track. It is a wonderfully tranquil place and the scenery of untouched bushland is stunning. After a relaxing morning at sea we will arrive at Oban on Stewart Island and have the chance to wander amongst the shops and see the Rakiura museum. The island is rich with European, Maori and nautical history and the museum offers displays showing how early Stewart Islanders lived, the industries they were involved in and how they travelled. Alternatively join a drive along some of the 15 miles of sealed road to some of the beauty spots including Observation Rock with views over Iona and Ulva Island and the beaches lining the East coast. This evening we will clear New Zealand customs at Bluff before setting off towards the Sub-Antarctic Islands.
Spend the day at sea as we cross the Southern Waters. Maybe join one of the onboard lectures or find a spot on deck to look out for some of the wildlife that may follow the ship including albatross and southern ocean petrels.
The most southerly of the Subantarctic Islands, Campbell Island is a magnificent island offering great birding and unique photographic opportunities. It is home to six species of albatross including black-browed and greyheaded and holds the world’s largest population of nesting southern royal albatross. The regeneration of the megaherbs since the removal of the sheep is another spectacle to behold. We should also sight Hooker’s sea lions whilst birders search for the endemic Campbell teal and Campbell snipe which were previously believed to be extinct.
Our lecture programme continues as we make our way to Macquarie Island whilst our naturalists will be on deck keeping an eye out for wildlife.
We have two days to explore Macquarie Island, a geological wonder where 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals come each year to breed against a backdrop of mountains and tussock covered headlands. It is the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantle - deep below the earth’s surface. We hope to visit the King penguin colony where up to 100,000 pairs breed each year as well as colonies of Gentoo and rockhopper penguins and fur seals. Several species of albatross also breed here including wandering, black-browed, greyheaded and light-mantled sooty. During our time here we will use the Zodiacs to land whilst our onboard naturalists run a series of walks on the island.
Spend a day at sea as we cruise towards the Auckland Islands. Here we border the Sub- Antarctic Convergence Zone so we expect abundant birdlife including albatross and petrels.
Spend the day on Enderby Island, regarded as one of the most diverse wildlife havens that fringe the Antarctic continent. A series of nature walks through lush vegetation and rata forest will take us to the nesting sites of the southern royal albatross with the chance to spot giant petrels, shags, parakeets and tomtits as we walk. We will also visit the beaches covered with Hooker’s sea lions and keep an eye out for the shy yellow eyed penguins, one of the rarest species in the world.
After breakfast we will lower the Zodiacs for a morning cruise around the Snares Islands. More seabirds nest on this small island than around the entire British Isles and we should see the endemic Snares crested penguins and the endemic Buller’s albatrosses soaring overhead. There are also an estimated six million sooty shearwaters nesting here. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at sea arriving back into Bluff this evening where we will clear immigration back into New Zealand.
We have two days to explore the incredible wilderness of fjords in the South West corner of the South Island. This is an area rich in history, Captain Cook landed here on HMS Resolution in 1773 and offers majestic scenery and abundant wildlife. It is only accessible by sea, making it the most remote region of New Zealand. Our schedule may include Astronomers Point, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound but final itinerary decisions will be made by the Captain and expedition team based on weather conditions. Zodiacs will be used daily either to shuttle from the ship to a landing site or as our transport to explore the fjords.
Be on deck this morning to watch the panorama of Milford’s sheer cliff faces, which rise thousands of feet almost vertically from the water’s edge, as well as the crashing waters of Bowen and Stirling Falls and the stunning mile-high Mitre Peak. Disembark the MS Caledonian Sky and drive to Queenstown, with lunch en-route, for an overnight stay.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Please note that flexibility is key to a successful expedition. Although we have outlined our itinerary, this is only a preliminary plan, and our exact route will depend on weather conditions and the wildlife we encounter. The use of Zodiacs will be integral on this trip.

Castle Standard Forward Suite

£ 8350 GBP pp
Castle Standard Forward Suite
The two Standard Forward Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 metres and feature two portholes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Castle Standard Suite

£ 8550 GBP pp
Castle Standard Suite
Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature four port holes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Caledonian Superior Suite

£ 8750 GBP pp
Caledonian Superior Suite
Suites on the Caledonian Deck measure 21.6 square metres and feature en-suite bathrooms with bath tub and shower (except for suites 329, 330 and 331 which feature only a shower), spacious wardrobe and large window.

Promenade Premium Suite

£ 9350 GBP pp
Promenade Premium Suite
The Premium Suites on the Promenade Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a spacious wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower (cabins 431 and 432 feature a bathtub) and a large window.

Castle Standard Suite Sole

£ 9550 GBP pp
Castle Standard Suite Sole
Sole Occupancy. Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature four port holes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Caledonian Superior Suite Sole

£ 9750 GBP pp
Caledonian Superior Suite Sole
Sole Occupancy. Suites on the Caledonian Deck measure 21.6 square metres and feature en-suite bathrooms with bath tub and shower (except for suites 329, 330 and 331 which feature only a shower), spacious wardrobe and large window.

Bridge Deluxe Balcony Suite

£ 9850 GBP pp
Bridge Deluxe Balcony Suite
Balcony Suites The Premium Balcony Suites on the Promenade Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 5.6

Promenade Prem. Balcony Suite

£ 10050 GBP pp
Promenade Prem. Balcony Suite
The Premium Balcony Suites on the Promenade Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 5.6

Promenade Owner's Corner Suite

£ 10350 GBP pp
Promenade Owner's Corner Suite
The two corner suites on the Promenade Deck measure 22.6 square metres and feature one window facing to the side and two forward facing portholes, a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with shower.

Caledonian Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)

Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012

The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows.

If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere.

Your Suite
Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub.

Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

Your space
The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request.

Your dining
With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board.

For your comfort, safety and security
The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only.

Gratuities
Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

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