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BirdLife South Africa Guests


Attention all BirdLife Guests booked on the 24 January 2022 cruise. We have had further updates from the vessel on the weather conditions. Unfortunately the weather has not improved with anticipated significant winds on the afternoon of Monday 24th January 2022, which may prevent us from sailing.


Due to this, we are bringing the start of embarkation forward to commence as early as 07:00 to ensure we embark all guests timeously and safely. 


Please take note of new embarkation timeslots below :


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Flock to Marion 2022

The BirdLife South Africa Expedition to South Africa’s remote islands

24-31 January 2022

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the remote Southern Ocean!


Set sail with BirdLife South Africa from Cape Town onboard the MSC Orchestra and become enchanted by the awesome diversity of seabirds and cetaceans en route to Marion and Prince Edward Islands, South Africa’s territories in the Southern Ocean. After eight days at sea enjoying this entirely unique voyage, we will return to port in Durban. 


Some of the highlights will be:

·       The opportunity to view over 70 seabird species and 19 seals and cetaceans (whales and dolphins)

·       A world-first visit of a cruiseliner to this remote part of the Southern Ocean

·       A team of over 40 expert seabird and cetacean guides onboard

·       Lectures and workshops by some of the world’s foremost authorities on seabirds and cetaceans

·       The opportunity to contribute to the ‘Saving Marion Island’s Seabirds’ initiative

·       Joining over 2000 like-minded people for the birding trip of a lifetime

·       All the regular hospitality and comfort that MSC has to offer


There are limited bookings left. This trip may never be repeated, so be sure not to miss out!


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