Cruise Reports & Newsletters

Sightings Reports, usually illustrated with photographs and including contributions from fellow passengers, are published as soon after the end of a cruise as other commitments permit!

Now up to date, to June 1st 2018!

The reports are free but donations to the Sea Watch Foundation using the link at the bottom of the page will be gratefully received.

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Black Watch – Azores (May 2018) 

April and May in the Azores is the best time of year to see Blue Whales and other species in the waters around the Azores and so a great reason to cruise there at this time of year. We saw  Blue, Fin, Sei and Humpback Whales on whale watching excursions there, as well as Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. Sightings from the ship included close encounters with a Fin Whale and both Common, Striped and Bottlenose Dolphins, more distant sightings of other species and lots of seabirds!

Click here to download the Islands of the Azores and Madeira Report

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Boudicca – Madeira and Canaries

April 2018

With decent sea conditions, a crossing of Biscay always brings whale and dolphin sightings, as well as seabirds. The Canaries and Madeira are also great locations for a number of species and this cruise resulted in great encounters with Striped and Common Dolphins as well as Pilot Whales. Larger whales, including Fin and Sperm Whales were spotted but most excitingly of all a rarely seen Pygmy Sperm Whale was recorded in the waters between Lisbon and Gran Canaria.

Click here to download the Madeira and Canaries Sightings Report

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Viking Sky – West Indies to Spain

Mar 04th 2018 to Mar 17th 2018

A fabulous Transatlantic voyage on the superb Viking Sky which included close encounters with Sperm Whales and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, with lots of seabirds including a Bonaparte’s Gull which breeds in Alaska and Northern Canada and is only rarely seen in Europe! A late night passsage through the Strait of Gibraltar was followed by a whole day of Common and Striped Dolphin sightings and a close encounter with a solitary Risso’s Dolphin. I hope you enjoy the Sightings Report!

Click here to download the West Indies to Spain Sightings Report, complete with photographs

 

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Viking Sky – Caribbean to the Amazon

Feb 11th 2018 to Mar 04th 2018

An amazing cruise on the Viking Sky from Miami to San Juan via the Amazon. Lots of wonderful wildlife including both “pink” Boto and “grey” Tucuxi Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins at sea, Monkeys and many rainforest birds and insects. Some photographs are included in the Report but many more, together with some scenic shots to provide context, are included in a new Amazon Wildlife DVD, available from mid-May 2018. See the home page for details.

Click here to download the Caribbean to the Amazon Sightings Report, with photographs

 

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Viking Sun – Round the World Cruise

Miami to Los Angeles Dec 15th 2017 – Jan  4th 2018

Los Angeles to Auckland Jan 4th 2018 – Feb 29th 2018

Two sectors of Viking’s inaugural World Cruise on the sensational Viking Sun, from Miami to Los Angeles and then on to Auckland. It was a privilege to part of this amazing voyage and we enjoyed some terrific wildlife encounters at sea and on land throughout the voyage. These are now listed in two wildlife reports, complete with photographs.

We have also produced a DVD based on my final lecture, the wildlife slide show, which includes many additional beautiful wildlife photographs and some scenic shots to provide context. See the home page for ordering details.

Click on the itinerary for the relevant report,  Miami to Los Angeles  or  Los Angeles to Auckland

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Viking Sky – Panama and Central America

Nov 12th-26th & Nov 26th-Dec 10th 2017

Two identical cruises on the beautiful Viking Sky from Miami to Miami including a partial transit of the Panama Canal and visits to Key West and ports in the Caribbean and Central America.

Sightings reports, with photographs are available for both and guests may want to download both for comparison and a wider range of photographs of the amazing wildlife seen!

Click the relevant dates for the reports. Nov 12th-26th 2017     Nov 26th-Dec 10th 2017

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Viking Star – Mediterranean Odyssey – Oct 2017

A lovely cruise to some beautiful European destinations between Barcelona and Venice. Only one sea day, from the Tyrrhenian Sea, through the Strait of Messina to the Ionian Sea but lots of Striped Dolphins and a few Loggerhead Turtles too! We even saw Bottlenose Dolphins sailing away from Split and had hundreds of Yellow-legged Gulls around us as we sailed from Naples in the dark!

Click here to download the Sightings Report, with photographs.

 

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Viking Star – Trade Routes of the Middle Ages – Sept/Oct 2017

An amazing cruise from Bergen to Barcelona with sightings of 5 different dolphin species in the Bay of Biscay, North Atlantic and Mediterranean as well as porpoises outside Zeebrugge and a few whales during the voyage too!

Click here to download the Sightings Report, with photographs too!

 

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 Balmoral – Iceland – Aug/Sept 2017

Northern itineraries towards Arctic waters rarely disappoint and this wonderful cruise was no exception. Despite some strong winds and poor seas initially, we were soon amongst the whales and Akureyri in particular offered great views of Humpback Whales from the ship but particularly on shore excursions with Ambassador Whale Watching.

Click here to download the Sightings Report which includes, whale, dolphin and seabird photographs.

 

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Balmoral – Arctic Norway & Svalbard (June 2017)

As usual with North Atlantic and Arctic itineraries we enjoyed some amazing whale and seabird encounters. On one occasion we had hundreds, perhaps thousands of Fulmars flying around us and twice on one day the captain even announced whales to allow passengers to enjoy a number of Humpback, Fin, Sei, Minke and even a Blue Whale near the ship!

Click here to download the Sightings Report which includes, whale, dolphin and seabird photographs.

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Boudicca to Norway – May/June 2017

Sailing from Greenock, there were good sightings opportunities in the Hebrides and there are more whales, dolphins and porpoises in the North Sea, and even the fjords, than people realise! There are lots of seabirds in these waters too.

Click here to download the Sightings Report which includes, whale, dolphin and seabird photographs.

 

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Marco Polo – Amazon Adventure – Jan/Feb 2017

The Amazon is a wildlife-lover’s dream and our sightings included both Boto and Tucuxi (so-called “pink” and “grey” dolphins) and lots of other wildlife. A DVD is now available based on my final “wildlife roundup” talk. This is a compilation of over 200 wildlife images and additional scenic shots to complete the story. The cost of £25, includes p&p and a donation to the Sea Watch Foundation so your purchase will be helping to study and protect UK whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Click here to read or download the sightings report from the Marco Polo Amazon, West Indies and Azores Cruise, Jan 2017

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Voyager – Beyond Ceylon, Nov/Dec 2016 Yuletide in East Asia, Jan 2017

Two wonderful cruises with our first sightings of Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins and lots of other wildlife. Sadly, these cruises turned out to be the last for Voyages of Discovery as the company went into administration immediately after the last cruise finished in Kuala Lumpur.

Click here to read or download the sightings report from the Beyond Ceylon cruise on Voyager, November 2016

Click here to read or download the sightings report from the Yuletide in East Asia cruise on Voyager, December 2016

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Aurora – Caribbean to UK – October 2016

Our first sighting of Fraser’s Dolphins, during a shore excursion in St Lucia and great encounters with Common Dolphins from the ship were our highlights from the cruise.

Click here to read or download the sightings report from the Caribbean to UK cruise on Aurora, October 2016

 

 

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Viking Star – In the Wake of the Vikings – September 2016

This fabulous cruise started in Bergen and ended in Montreal, visiting many of the places the Vikings landed and settled. Lots of whale and dolphin sightings on the voyage!

Click here to read or download the sightings report from the Viking Star, In the Wake of the Vikings Cruise, September 2016

 

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Queen Mary 2 – New York to Southampton – May 2016

On the first day out of New York we had one of our best ever whale watching days, multiple sightings of Fin, Sei, Sperm and Minke Whales, one of only 350 Northern Right Whales left in the world and hundreds of Common Dolphins!

Click here to read or download the Sightings Report from the Queen Mary 2, New York to Southampton, May 2016

 

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Cruise Archive

Saga Pearl II “A Grecian Odyssey” October 2015

I was delighteddsc_2064spiismall3 to be able to join passengers on board Saga Pearl II for this wonderful cruise from Southampton to the Greek Islands and back. We were able to record sightings most sea days, even during periods of poor weather and sea conditions but most of the sightings were during the first part of the voyage, in Biscay, off the coast of Spain and Portugal, in the Straits of Gibraltar and the Western Mediterranean. Species recorded were: Common, Striped, Risso’s and Bottlenose Dolphins, Pilot Whales, a probable Sperm Whale, possible Sei Whales and a number of Fin Whales! In addition, a sea turtle and sunfish were also spotted!

CLICK to read or download a copy of my Sightings Report from Saga Pearl II “A Grecian Odyssey” in October 2015

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dsc_2870smallBlack Watch Caribbean – UK, December 2015

It was a great pleasure to join Black Watch for the first time on this cruise. Unfortunately, we had very variable weather and sea conditions so sightings were limited but we had some nice encounters nevertheless, including a probable Gervais’ Beaked Whale and numerous dolphins.

CLICK to read or download a copy of my Sightings Report from Black Watch, Caribbean to UK in December 2015

 

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BWBlack Watch “World Cruise” January – May 2016

What a great adventure! It was wonderful to meet and spend so much time with great people as we sailed around the World together. It is difficult to list the highlights, there were so many! Blue Whales off Peru and Salalah have to rate highly but we saw many other “great whales” including Sei, Fin and Sperm as well as numerous dolphins including, Common, Striped, Spinner, Bottlenose and Risso’s. Four different species of Booby, three of Tropic Bird and many different Terns and Noddies were amongst numerous bird species spotted. Add in Sea Turtles, Sea Snakes, Tuna and Marlin, Manta Rays, Spotted Rays, a Sunfish and even Crocodiles (in the Panama Canal) and you begin to see what a range of wildlife we spotted at sea. With Komodo Dragons, Iguanas, Bats, Wallabies and many more birds spotted ashore, the story is complete! As the trip was also sold as two separate halves, I have split the Sightings Report into two sectors, Southampton – Sydney and Sydney – Southampton.

CLICK to read or download a copy of my Sightings Report from Black Watch “World Cruise” Southampton – Sydney, January – March 2016

CLICK to read or download a copy of my Sightings Report from Black Watch “World Cruise” Sydney – Southampton, March – May 2016

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The Sightings Reports above are free to download. However, I would appreciate a donation to support the work of Sea Watch Foundation studying and protecting UK whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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