As the bitter Alaskan wind whips across deck, ensure you’re wrapped tightly in cashmere throws and sit back to enjoy one of nature’s greatest shows – the Aurora Borealis. Moor up in the Port of Anchorage and gaze up at the bright starry night sky, the perfect backdrop for a mesmerising performance. From September to April, vibrant blues, pinks, greens and yellows mark the path of the dancing Aurora.
Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos Islands are a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna. As well as being home to countless species found nowhere else in the world, this rugged, volcanic coastline is a breeding ground for the native Galápagos fur seal. Arrive in the last week of September when females give birth to a single pup that they have carried for eight to twelve months. Then head to Santiago Island to enjoy a memorable encounter with these endangered mammals from one of the few shore-accessible snorkelling locations in the Galápagos.
A Long Way Down
In the first two weeks of January, almost the entire population of grey whales migrate 6,000 miles from the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the warm waters of Baja on California’s central Pacific coast. Gather on deck to get a matchless view as these magnificent mammals socialise, mate and calve in their natural habitat. This awe-inspiring natural phenomenon is best viewed in the beautiful Scammon’s Lagoon in the northwestern Baja California Sur.