New Zealand Subantarctic Islands CruiseSubantarctic New Zealand Cruise
The Bounties, Antipodes, Aucklands, Campbells and Snares - their name indicates seclusion protected from the winds; places for flocks of bird life, not for humans. Silt puddles gushed out of the soil next to poisonous sulfur slits and vapor nozzles, as if the island's tubes had to be insulated. Chatham Islands are 423 leagues eastwards from the New Zealand continent and were our last populated station.
During our voyage we had crossed the huge pyramid rock, populated by the only Chatham Mayawks in the whole time. Words "nowhere else on the planet" became the subject of animal life when a Zodiac trip showed tiny riparian plover (world population: 200) and a walk through the luxuriant jungle with pouty doves from Chatham Island.
So we sailed southward to the sub-Antarctic a fortnight later. The Bounty Islands, the day's goal, was out of the question with Zodiac-exeditions. However, the waves had dropped, the sundown was out and the Antipode Islands appeared. Next, Campbell Island, was the most southerly point of our journey.
At its lower hillsides we looked through the thick elf forests for the allegedly stormy New Zealand sealions: these marine animals are threatened, but we did not want them to endanger us. Macquarie Island cabbage heads and bulbinels with green flowers dominated a knee-high carpet of flowers from "megaherbs" on the table.
"This is the only rat-free little isle you' ve ever abandoned me," it seems to say. Deeply infiltrating into the maze of Fjordland, this craggy bay seemed as savage as any sea isle. Curious New Zealand puppies peer from the rocks and fjordland pens from the roots of trees. It was a last night from Ulva to Dunedin and to the end of our cruise.
Next year will be a particularly thrilling year for the cruise, with a series of big boat starts, special occasions and party. The new Britannia, the newest member of the cruise liner network and the biggest ever build for the British cruise industry, will be the centre of attention in March.
The first voyage of the 928 passenger strong 928 passenger vessel to Scandinavia, the Baltic and the Mediterranean will take in April, when an important actor in the cruise liner shipping industry, named Victorinox. Likewise in April, the newest vessel in the Anthem of the Seas cruise liner range, the Anthem of the Seas, will start a Mediterranean cruise from Southampton, while Allure of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner, will start the Mediterranean from its home harbour of Barcelona.
Cunard celebrated the date in May when 175 years earlier his first vessel departed for America. The festivities will take place on every cruise in 2015 and in towns on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Halifax and Liverpool. Further boat starts, among them Pontant and Norwegian Cruise Line, will take place in the course of the year.
Telegraphs Jane Archer and Sara Macefield will help you find your way to a great time. Our trade press and destinations specialist will advise you over three workingdays about the cruise's most important details, from what to grab and how much to take with you, to the tip.
The Destinations Theatre offers a fistful of Telegraph Travel authors advice and insights for cruising in the Caribbean, Norway's fiords, Baltics, the Mediterranean and the Pacific, Europe and the United States. The cruise line will be present at the end of each meeting for a Q&A meeting.
For a Cruise Show booking, please go to the website or call 0800 542 5859. You can use your Telegraph Cruise Show Tickets to attend the London Boat Show, also on ExCeL for free on Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th.