Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Kelsey Simmons

Expedition Leader / Cruise Director

Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling through Europe and living in various parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey’s wanderlust then turned her to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at Zegrahm, Kelsey has traveled to all seven continents onboard a variety of expedition vessels in the capacity of both Cruise Director and Expedition Leader. Most recently, Kelsey took on the role as Head of Field Staff Operations. Two of her favorite destinations are places she visits often—the Arctic and Antarctic. However, don’t be fooled! She enjoys warm-weather destinations as well with her favorites being Indonesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Kelsey has traveled to the countries surrounding the Black, Adriatic, and Mediterranean Seas in addition to Australia and the South Pacific, Central and South America, parts of Southeast Asia, Europe, and northern Africa. When Kelsey isn’t traveling to the far-flung corners of the world, you can find her remodeling her own home on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

 

Kelsey's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 24February 14, 2019

    Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.

  • Alhambra, Spain

    Iberian Peninsula

    April 18May 3, 2019

    Join this brand-new itinerary highlighting the very best of the Iberian Peninsula’s diverse history, cultural traditions, and architectural wonders. Tour the Alhambra, visit the Sagrada Familia Church, stroll through the old town of Porto, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Christian pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

  • Wild Norway & Svalbard

    Wild Norway & Svalbard

    May 17June 2, 2019

    The Arctic summer and its lingering daylight allow ample time to discover Norway and Svalbard, with their abundant wildlife and stark natural beauty—journey by Zodiac and on foot, meeting the region’s hardy residents.

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    Best of the Baltic

    July 4July 18, 2019

    Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallinn.

  • Gros Morne National Park, Canada

    Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec

    August 27September 12, 2019

    Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Cruising Sicily

    Circumnavigation of Sicily

    September 22October 4, 2019

    Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agrigento and Syracuse; cruise among the scenic Aeolian Islands and enjoy up-close views of still-active Stromboli Volcano; and tour Monreale’s impressive 12th-century Cathedral, hailed as Italy’s most beautiful Norman church.

  • Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 4January 25, 2020

    Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.

  • Tubbataha Reef

    Philippines with Palau & Taiwan

    February 29March 16, 2020

    On this exotic Philippines tour, explore mangrove forests and scenic coastlines on numerous Zodiac excursions, while nature hikes reveal the amazing biodiversity of these isolated islands. A special highlight is the opportunity to interact with native cultures whose customs are reflected in their intricate tribal dress, colorful dances, and rich folklore.

  • Horizontal Falls, Kimberley, Australia

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    April 21May 5, 2020

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Odessa, Ukraine

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    June 26July 10, 2020

    Centuries of history and architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria—and its busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.