The Tristan Albatross, which is critically endangered (the annual breeding population is currently estimated to be 1,250-1,750). All species of albatross lay a single egg. Several species breed only every second year. Most take 10 years to reach sexual maturity.
See the Tristan Albatross before they become extinct on Gough Island, in the Atlantic Ocean, with Swan Hellenic.
Gough Island is a rugged volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It’s home to two endemic species of birds, the Gallinule and the Gough Rowettie. Plus, some of the most important seabird colonies in the world.
Although they can have long lifespans, with some individuals living to 60+, many Tristan Albatross are now being killed before they can reach half that age. As a result, populations are in rapid decline.
Gough Island is also under threat from mice! They were accidentally introduced by sailors during the 19th century. A huge restoration programme is taking place to rid the island from mice. But they are still eating the flesh of live chicks. More recently, they have been attacking live adult birds too.
Located 1,700 nautical miles from Cape Town, Gough Island is very difficult to locate on a map. It is only home to a permanent group of scientists, and unique flora and fauna.
Passengers will this island, and hopefully the Tristan Albatross, on the incredible South Atlantic Semi-Circumnavigation expedition cruise with Swan Hellenic.
Starting in Ushuaia, the ship will navigate the Antarctic Peninsula, before exploring the South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands (home to Adélie and Gentoo penguins). Then onto and South Georgia (where Ernest Shackleton is buried). Finally she will sail around Gough Island (hopefully seeing a Tristan Albatross). Then it’s on to Cape Town, where the unforgettable journey ends.
The 21-night South Atlantic Semi-Circumnavigation expedition cruise, departing 4 March 2024, onboard SH Vega. It costs from £18,492 pp (two sharing). Included in that are return regional flights to the port of embarkations and/or disembarkation, plus group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port. It also includes one night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast at a four / five star hotel.
Onboard, all meals and accommodation are dependant on stateroom selected category. There is a complimentary 24-hour room service. Selected drinks available 24-hours per day. Lecture programmes by Swan Hellenic’s experienced expedition team and guest speakers, are free of charge. The fare also includes one selected shore excursion per port of call. Guests are given branded expedition parka and use of rubber boots in the Polar Regions. The fare also includes standard Wi-Fi, and onboard gratuities and port taxes.