Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Kelsey Simmons

Expedition Leader / Cruise Director

Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2006 with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling in 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 aboard a variety of expedition vessels in the capacity of both Cruise Director and Expedition Leader. She regularly leads travelers to the Arctic and Antarctic, two of her favorite destinations. Kelsey has toured the countries surrounding the Black, Adriatic, and Mediterranean Seas, and recently completed the last leg in her circumnavigation of South America. When Kelsey isn't traveling, she makes her home on Whidbey Island in Washington, where she enjoys water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.

Kelsey's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    April 14April 28, 2017

    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.

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Circumnavigation of Iceland

    June 1June 12, 2017

    Iceland—a land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls—is a nature lover’s paradise. Explore the country’s fabled Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir Center—and look for a variety of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, and puffins.

  • Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska

    Wild Alaska

    July 6July 20, 2017

    This expedition takes advantage of the long mid-summer hours of daylight as you trace pristine shores, cross the Arctic Circle, and observe countless numbers of seabirds. You’ll visit remote Bering Sea and Pribilof Island communities, and search for whales, northern fur seals, Arctic foxes, and brown bears.

  • Lipari, Aeolian Islands

    Circumnavigation of Sicily

    September 26October 8, 2017

    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, all on this circumnavigation of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

  • Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 4January 25, 2018

    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.

  • Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent

    January 22February 4, 2018

    Be one of the very few to cross the Antarctic Circle and witness one of the planet’s last frontiers. In Zodiac cruises, search for humpback, minke, and orca whales, as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals. And of course, keep your eyes open for gentoo and Adelie penguins.

  • Cape Verde

    Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco

    April 7April 22, 2018

    Join Zegrahm Cofounder, Mike Messick, on a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic port of call. Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages; hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands; explore magical Marrakech; and experience the undulating Sahara Desert.

  • Discoveries of Coastal Europe

    April 28May 11, 2018

    The coast of Western Europe makes for a sweeping journey—soak up the fine food and fantastic art, plus the myriad historical sites, from France’s Mont Saint-Michel, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, and the French- and British-influenced Channel Islands.

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 15May 29, 2018

    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.

  • Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest

    Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest

    July 10July 23, 2018

    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.

  • Hidden Gems of the Caribbean

    November 25December 6, 2018

    On our journey through the lesser-known Eastern Caribbean, we’ll venture to ports inaccessible to larger ships, affording you the chance for dazzling snorkeling, hiking, bird-watching—glimpse the St. Vincent parrot—and explorations of historic forts and peaceful colonial plazas.