Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Richard Jacoby

Zodiac Driver

Richard Jacoby

Richard’s love of the sea began at a young age, and he has worked on boats from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean, Central America to Alaska, and beyond. He has worked as the captain of a training schooner with a focus on celestial navigation and offshore sailing, and was third mate on the 150-foot topsʼl schooner Californian from Norfolk to San Diego. He eventually settled in Alaska, where he has been running glacier and wildlife cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park for over 20 years. Richard also works as an instructor with the Alaska Maritime Training Center, teaching basic and advanced operations and safety training topics for professional mariners. He spends his free time exploring the remote Alaskan shores aboard his 36-foot sailboat, playing the Flamenco guitar, and learning bluegrass guitar and banjo.


Richard's Upcoming Expeditions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wild & Ancient Britain

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 11May 26, 2020

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Circumnavigation of Iceland

    June 10June 22, 2020

    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.