Led by Co-founder, Mike Messick, watch centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. You'll explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.
Expedition Leader / Cruise Director
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 Director of Expedition Staff and Field 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
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & JordanOctober 22 — November 4, 2021
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.