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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Martinique
February 21, 2017
Field Report

Sunday, December 4, 2016

USA / Martinique

We touched down at Fort-de-France, a sleepy capital city set against a backdrop of saw-tooth volcanic peaks. We checked in to the Cap Est Lagoon Hotel & Spa Resort where we gathered with our fellow travelers and met Expedition Leader Jeff Gneiser and Cruise Director Cynthia Gneiser.

As an astounding background chorus of...

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
February 16, 2017
Field Report

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / Embark Caledonian Sky

Today, our Melanesia expedition began as three different groups came together in Papua New Guinea. Some had flown into Port Moresby the day before from home ports; some sailed from Indonesia; and a smaller group flew in from Mt. Hagen. The new arrivals met up with those from the pre-extension over lunch at the ...

Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia
January 5, 2017
Field Report

Saturday - Monday, November 5 - 7, 2016
Singapore, Singapore / Jakarta, Indonesia / Manado / Embark Caledonian Sky / Bunaken National Marine Park / Siladeng Island

After a welcome from Expedition Leader Mike Messick, he shared that our charter flight to Manado had been canceled, and we were about to embark on a strategy that would deliver us all safely to the ship via planes, trains, and automobiles! We began our journey the...

St. Petersburg, Russia
December 16, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, July 3 & 4, 2013
Stockholm, Sweden / Embark Island Sky

Today we arrived in Stockholm from all corners of the globe to begin our journey together. A brief introduction to the majority of the expedition staff was provided before dinner at the hotel, and guests soon sought the welcome comfort of their beds.

Our city tour of elegant Stockholm commenced at City...

Istanbul, Turkey
December 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, October 5 & 6, 2016
Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky

Welcome to Istanbul; straddling both Europe and Asia this city was the core of civilization for centuries. The pride of both Christianity and Islam, Istanbul remains a captivating blend of East and West, antique and cosmopolitan. On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly...

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
October 12, 2016
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, July 28 & 29, 2016 - Reykjavík, Iceland / Embark Sea Adventurer

The conversation buzzed with excitement as we gathered in the Grand Hotel Reykjavík to meet our fellow travelers, and greet friends both old and new. Over dinner, Expedition Leader Russ Evans introduced the large team of naturalists and lecturers who would be accompanying us to explain and interpret all we would see over the next two...

Valletta, Malta
August 5, 2016
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 31 & June 1, 2016 - Valletta, Malta / Embark Island Sky

Welcome to Malta, the honey-hued and history-steeped island sitting at the crossroads of the Mediterranean! After checking in with Cruise Director Lynne Greig and into the Grand Hotel Excelsior, we scattered to enjoy the amenities of the hotel’s coastal location or walked into...

Lisbon, Portugal
July 20, 2016
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, May 12 & 13, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal / Embark Sea Adventurer

We checked into the Intercontinental Lisbon after our various journeys and met for a wine reception in the evening, followed by a welcome dinner. We caught up with old friends from previous Zegrahm trips, and met new acquaintances. Expedition Leader Mike Messick and Cruise...

Tokyo, Japan
July 13, 2016
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, May 1 & 2, 2016 - Tokyo, Japan / Niigata / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered as one group for a sumptuous Japanese meal at our hotel. Our Expedition Leader, Mark Brazil, introduced our expedition team, including our local guides, before we all headed for bed, ready for a full day and a fresh start tomorrow!

The...

Casa Orquideas, Costa Rica
July 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, April 13 & 14, 2016 - San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Sea Adventurer / Golfo Dulce

We converged in San José for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Central America. We stopped first at a coffee plantation, where we roamed through the grounds, learned...

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