Monday, 12 July 2010

Last Call for Biscay Sailings!

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 Dolphins

Common Dolphin with a tiny calf - amazing!

Fin Whales - the second largest animal on the planet!


Mary Howell Cromer said...

Hugh these are stunning images, really with special appeal. Love the Dolphins, what very special and brilliant creatures they are. Hugh, I am so sorry that the future journey's for many shall change drastically and I hope that you all shall figure out a way to view the beauty in this region some how. How unfortunate, yet count the blessings you have had, and shall continue to have~

Daniele C. said...

Hello Hugh, congratulations for your work .!!!.
I like to come to Shetland with his family one day we'll ...., ...!!!
hello ...

eileeninmd said...

Love the dolphins, would lvoe to see these and the whales,

DrB said...

I just reserved a place for a September trip on your website. I was recommended one of these trips a couple of months ago, but had planned to go some time next year. I'm really glad I saw your post!

I'd be interested for your advice on the best focal lengths to bring. Your pictures above are fantastic - what did you use?

Hugh Harrop said...

Hi Nick

A focal length up to 500mm is best for cetaceans and seabirds on this trip. Most of these images were shot with a Canon 400mm f4 DO.