STOP PRESS: only a few vacancies left on the following sailings:
Sunday 8th August - Wednesday 11th August
Wednesday 11th August - Saturday 14th August
Tuesday 7th September - Friday 10th September
All of our other scheduled 2010 departures have SOLD OUT
As you may have read in the press, heard in the news or seen in our special e mail, P&O Portsmouth are withdrawing their sailings between Portsmouth and Bilbao at the end of September 2010. Thus, our exceptionally popular series of summer and autumn trips operated by our sister business, The Company of Whales will sadly come to an end. Naturally, after 15 years of fantastic wildlife-watching in Biscay, we are saddened at this news, but our 'COW' team are already busy investigating possibilities for 2011 - and also busy creating some superb new itineraries here in Shetland and beyond for our parent business, Shetland Wildlife!
One thing we do know for sure is that the superb route schedule is unlikely to be matched. The real beauty of utilising the Portsmouth to Bilbao route is the considerable amount of time we get to spend in the most productive waters of the Bay, in particular along the continental shelf, which is currently crossed twice by other operators in complete darkness. In short, our route currently offers more daylight hours at sea and this means more opportunities to see whales, dolphins and seabirds!
And remember - when booking your holiday with the Company of Whales you will have: privileged and exclusive access to our dedicated whale-watching platform, exclusive check-in and pre-boarding facilities at Portsmouth and exclusive access to our on-board lectures on whale and dolphin identification and ecology. These privileges have been awarded to us under special contract from P&O Ferries and have not been afforded to any company other than The Company of Whales. The itinerary for all June, July, August and September departures can be found by clicking here and further information about The Company of Whales can be found here.
To whet your appetite, here are a few examples of what images can be taken on our trips across the Bay of Biscay:
Common Dolphin with a tiny calf - amazing!
Fin Whales - the second largest animal on the planet!